Posterous Shut Down

Blogging platform Posterous has been acquired by Twitter. Given Twitter’s history in buying companies and changing the products (Tweetdeck comes to mind), many of the Posterous bloggers might be looking to transfer Posterous sites to a new home. Posteorus and Twitter have released this statement:

We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.

Update: Finally 8 months after the acquisition there’s a backup tool announced. Posterous has had “numerous disruptions and outages” since the acquisition, and its founder is now project manager at Twitter so it is very possible that the platform will be shut down during 2013.

Update 2: Posterous has now announced that they will be shutting down on April 30th 2013.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to backup your Posterous content and move your content over to WordPress before April 30th as from that day your Posterous account will not be able to be viewed or edited anymore.

Why WordPress and how to start there

WordPress is the most popular blogging software. Over 60 million people have chosen it to power their websites and use it to create some of the biggest sites online. It is free source and is built by a community of volunteers. It features a wide range of free plugins and designs to help you make your unique.

WordPress is ready to welcome Posterous users. There is a free importer tool created by WordPress to help you transfer your Posterous posts, comments and other files. Nice and easy!

First you need to know that there are two versions of WordPress. One is hosted version at WordPress.com, and the second one is the home of the software, the self-hosted version at WordPress.org. The difference is kind of like renting or buying a house – using WordPress.com you just rent the place, using WordPress.org you own and control the site completely. Because of this reason I recommend WordPress.org for your new blogging home.

So how do you install a WordPress.org you may be asking? The process is actually pretty simple. You need to pick a domain name, and you also need a hosting account to host all your files. When you have these it is a one click process to install WordPress software and get your site live.

Moving from Posterous to WordPress – Step-By-Step Guide

Now that you have a WordPress website setup you need to move your Posterous content over to you. Follow this:

  • In your WordPress.org dashboard go into “Plugins” and “Add New”
  • Search for “Posterous Importer”. The plugin is created by Automattic (company behind WordPress) and imports posts, comments, tags, and attachments from a Posterous.com site
  • Install and activate the plugin
  • Go into “Tools”, then “Import” and click “Posterous”
  • Type in your Posterous host name, user name and password and click “Submit”
  • WordPress should now import your Posterous content into your new site

That’s it! All your Posterous content has now been moved to your new WordPress.org site. You can now keep working on your site without worries about your content going missing. Happy blogging!