Reverting back to Windows Live Spaces

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  • #524382

    auxclass
    Member

    I saw in another thread that there seems to be a bit of a backup as 30 million users migrate and the conversion process took a couple of hours for everything to convert for a couple of users.

    Going back to M/S I don’t think can be done, also M/S will shut down their blogging platform sometime in 2011.

    Contact staff if things totally die, the staff here are great people but I suspect a bit overworked today so it might take a few hours. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    #524385

    I want to ask a simple question, do my previous blogs transfer to the wordpress blog automaticly?? Now I was so sad when I do the migration, I can’t see any previous blogs……

    #524386

    hewsut
    Staff

    @chuatekming, MS is closing Live Spaces in six months. We’re very happy to have you join us here though and we’re here to make you as comfortable as possible.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, we have an awesome zero to hero guide called Learn WordPress:

    http://learn.wordpress.com

    #524388

    chuatekming
    Member

    @hewsut

    I know MS is closing that is why I need to temporarily revert back to it to save & retrieve some of the stuff that weren’t transferrable.

    I hope something can be done because there are lots of draft blogs that I wanted to carry over but couldn’t so please if there is a way to make it temporary I’ll be glad to do so & then bring it to WordPress.

    Please, please, they’re very important to me. Thank you

    #524461

    raincoaster
    Member

    Everything IS transferable including the drafts; as you can see, staff are on the case and they will find your drafts. Everything at MS is apparently staying in place for 6 months, so that gives them plenty of time to make sure they’ve got what they can and for you to copy to your computer or upload to Flickr the pictures you had over there which you never included in a blog post.

    #524462

    [opinion]
    I can’t believe that drafts do not transfer over, but that is what MS said in their sticky posts relating to this migration. There has to be a way that people can get their drafts out and saved to their computer or something.
    [/opinion]

    #524463

    From http://windowslivehelp.com/thread.aspx?threadid=8105174a-0041-44a4-b101-b4837355fea9

    3. What will happen to my draft blog posts?
    Your draft blog posts will not move with you. Please publish or back them up before moving your content.

    #524475

    markel
    Staff

    Hi, guys.

    I looked into this just now and draft posts are not being sent with the import service. This is intentional.

    We are communicating with the Windows Live Spaces team to see if there is a workaround or a solution for this, but there is not one at this time. If you are interested in being notified if an option is made available, please send us a notice at http://support.wordpress.com/contact/ and we will let you know.

    Please note that it’s possible we will not be able to move draft posts at all. The only thing I can promise is that we will ask if it’s a possibility.

    If you want your draft posts to come over with you to WordPress.com now, you will need to publish them first.

    #524478

    raincoaster
    Member

    Oh that’s going to thrill people to the very core of their being. I didn’t realize this was that different from regular exports.

    So neither drafts nor photos which haven’t been included in published blog posts are part of the normal import, correct?

    #524485

    I wonder if MS could put up some warnings right as a user starts the process so that they could cancel out and retrieve any draft posts, and/or download their images from their photo albums to their computer. It could sure save a lot of grief and anxiety if they did have a warning.

    #524486

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, or just some clear instructions that included that. We’re going to get a wave of “Where’d my photos go” in six months.

    #524511

    markel
    Staff

    Oh that’s going to thrill people to the very core of their being. I didn’t realize this was that different from regular exports.

    So neither drafts nor photos which haven’t been included in published blog posts are part of the normal import, correct?

    That’s right.

    Photos that weren’t used in posts are not part of the import process because they aren’t actually part of the Windows Live Spaces blog. They are part of the Photos or Skydrive service.

    I wonder if MS could put up some warnings right as a user starts the process so that they could cancel out and retrieve any draft posts, and/or download their images from their photo albums to their computer. It could sure save a lot of grief and anxiety if they did have a warning.

    We’re already working with them on improving the messaging.

    Right now, the draft posts are trapped in limbo, but the photo albums from Skydrive are always accessible and aren’t going anywhere. Anyone can find them at http://photos.live.com/.

    I am completely aware that the draft post situation caught some people off-guard, which is why we’re asking about it.

    Yes, or just some clear instructions that included that. We’re going to get a wave of “Where’d my photos go” in six months.

    We’re already seeing these questions because of how differently photos work on Windows Live as opposed to the WordPress.com Media Library. On WordPress.com, you can’t have an image album just for its own sake; it has to be part of a published post or page.

    As mentioned above, the photos aren’t going anywhere because they are part of a different service that is not closing.

    #524512

    raincoaster
    Member

    Ah, thank you. That clears up a lot of questions.

    #524513

    chuatekming
    Member

    @raincoster, thesacredpath, markel

    I hope that what you say the drafts are still transferrable & I’m hoping that the stuff that weren’t transferred are still in their old database.

    I’m crossing all my fingers in hopes that it can be done so or at least resetted to the point when I did the upgrade because like I’ve said they’re very important to me.

    #524521

    @markel, thanks for clearing those points up, and glad messaging is being worked on. It will certainly cut down on the anxiety going forward.

    #524672

    chuatekming
    Member

    Well? ANYBODY?! It has been a few days and close to a week!

    Is there any answers from the technical people of wordpress or windows spaces about how am I able to retrieve my draft blogs?

    If reverting back to old spaces isn’t possible, at least I want to recover all my draft blogs.

    Please help me as I have exhausted all avenues and am very desperate!!!

    #524673

    markel
    Staff

    We are still waiting on word regarding drafts.

    #524684

    virtualdark
    Member

    I CAN’T BELIVE I WASN’T WORNED THAT ALL THIS TROUBLE WOULD EXIST. I HAVE CUSTUMERS THAT CONSULT LISTS EVERYDAY. I HAVE 16 LISTS, EACH WITH MORE THAT 50 LINKS… NOW I HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER MANUALLY?
    COME ON… THIS IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE WAY OF DOING THINGS!
    I CANNOT DO THIS NOW… NOW WHAT?
    I AM SO FRUSTRATED THAT I DID NOT CHOOSE GOOLGE A THREE YEARS AGO! :-((
    We have no help at all. This is so lame.
    I should have have got suspicious when they removed statistics.

    #524685

    markel
    Staff

    I CAN’T BELIVE I WASN’T WORNED THAT ALL THIS TROUBLE WOULD EXIST.

    You were.

    From the page on Live Spaces before you began the migration process:

    What comes with me?

    • The text, photos, videos and comments that are part of your blog are transferred as they appear on your space today. We will even try to get rid of some of the spam in the process.
    • We automatically redirect your readers to your new WordPress.com blog, including old permalinks.
    • There are no changes to your Windows Live Profile, Contacts, and SkyDrive photos. You can still share your stuff with your Windows Live friends and across the services you already know and love.
    • If you choose to connect your blog to Windows Live using Messenger Connect, we will put a link to your WordPress.com blog on your Profile page.

    What doesn’t come with me?

    • Your draft posts, theme, gadgets, guestbook, and lists aren’t transferred.
    #524686

    auxclass
    Member

    @virtualdark please do not yell over here – your gripe is with Microsoft for not giving you and export function and throwing you off their servers.

    The WordPress.COM team has been literally working around the clock to make the best of things for you. Now that your data (or what M/S cared to let you take with you) is here you can export your blog and move many other places if you want (including have your own self hosted blog where you control everything on your own server.

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