What Do You Do When You Change Blogging Platforms?

What do you do with a blog which you are no longer using?

I’ve just closed a blog I started on Typepad 21 months ago, the first version of Thinking Home Business. I had tried a lot of blogging platforms and found Typepad very good value at the time. It did not require much or any technical expertise to get it going and I had the benefit of a lot of guidance from Andy Wibbels, the original blogging evangelist and now author of the best-seller BlogWild!

But after a only a couple of months I became frustrated with some of the limitations of Typepad and went looking for a blogging platform that would better serve my purposes, which is how this blog came to be on BlogHarbor, a move I am still very happy about, although I still acknowledge that Typepad is an excellent blogging platform and hosting service.

Typepad has an easy system for exporting posts and I moved all the posts at that time to this blog. There are a few others, more recent, which I may copy across to this blog.

Having had a Typepad domain name, I wasn’t able to close down the site without losing links to it or to particular posts. So I kept it going, but downgraded to the most basic level of membership and tweaked its name to The Original Thinking Home Business. That rather complicated process – and modest but probably unproductive expenditure for the past fifteen months or so – prompts me to emphasise now to business people the value of having their own domain name for their blog from the outset and preferably to choose from the outset a  blogging platform or blogging hosting service that is likely to meet their needs for the foreseeable future.

Fortunately, I’m still very happy with BlogHarbor as a content management system and blogging platform, with great support.

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About Des Walsh

I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.