Blogger Com No Longer Support Ftp Publishing In Blogger After March 26

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Dear FTP user,

yep, now it is official: FTP publishing will no longer be supported. blogger’s custom domain service will be still available and will be the only alternative for blogger, who can’t switch to an own hosted blog application for many reasons.

for me it was quite obviously that blogger will close their ftp service in the next time; all the new features developed by blogger in the last time did not support ftp published blogs;  many ftp-blogger requests and questions in google-groups and blogger-help-group did not resolved, so it was just a matter of  the (right) time to go officially with this.

Here is an excerpt of the changes to Blogger FTP Service:

Last May, we discussed a number of challenges facing[1] Blogger users who relied on FTP to publish their blogs. FTP remains a significant drain on our ability to improve Blogger: only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP — yet the percentage of our engineering resources devoted to supporting FTP vastly exceeds that. On top of this, critical infrastructure that our FTP support relies on at Google will soon become unavailable, which would require that we completely rewrite the code that handles our FTP processing.

Three years ago we launched Custom Domains[2] to give users the simplicity of Blogger, the scalability of Google hosting, and the flexibility of hosting your blog at your own URL. Last year’s post discussed the advantages of custom domains over FTP[3] and addressed a number of reasons users have continued to use FTP publishing… In evaluating the investment needed to continue supporting FTP, we have decided that we could not justify diverting further engineering resources away from building new features for all users.

For that reason, we are announcing today that we will no longer support FTP publishing in Blogger after March 26, 2010. We realize that this will not necessarily be welcome news for some users, and we are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible. To that end:
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We have a number of big releases planned in 2010. While we recognize that this decision will frustrate some users, we look forward to showing you the many great things on the way. Thanks for using Blogger.