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the Big Blog Company | Caveat emptor
“Who yer callin' a sparrow, you schmuck?!”
The bird on the back.
October 19 2004
Tuesday
Caveat emptor
Perry de Havilland • Blogs & Blogging 
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Recently a centrally hosted blogging solutions provider called mBlog went ‘belly up’ without warning its users of their impending doom… thereby not even giving their hapless clients any time to back up their sites and move them elsewhere.  Such behaviour is simply inexcusable as it is hard to believe that mBlog could not provide a lousy 24 hours warning that all was not well before shutting down its service.  Whilst our clients (so far) have all been privately hosted rather than centrally hosted, it does as ever demonstrate the importance of choosing to do business with reliable people who actually think that reputation matters.

To add insult to injury, if I understand correctly it appears that mBlog was running unlicensed Movable Type software to power its blogs.  All credit then to Six Apart, the company behind Movable Type, for proffering some good technical advice to mBlog’s marooned customers as to how they might recover their data and even offering them a discounted program to help them find a new home for their blogs.

Now that is the way to do business.

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