Since Yahoo bought Tumblr many users have been concerned about what changes in policy Yahoo might take with the popular blog service.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for Yahoo to start alienating users of Tumblr. The story of Bohemea having her accounts deleted for 5 copyright violation notices. Bohemea has blogged for 5 years, posting photos she liked always trying to give credit to the photographer, helping promote them. This was a hobby without any commercial gain. She lost over 100,000 posts and 150,000 followers as a result.
Why couldn’t Yahoo have simply given her notice of the copyright violations with time to remove the content or removed the posts that were in violation?
As a web hosting company we sometimes receive these notices about clients. When this happens we contact the client and make arrangements to either modify the content to make it compliant or remove the content. We would never think of just deleting an account for a couple copyright violation notices. However, we are a paid service and Tumblr is a free service.
WordPress.com is also guilty of doing this. We had a client with an account on wordpress.com and Automattic (the company that owns WordPress.com) deleted the account without any warning and gave a notice afterwards stating the deleted the account because of not enough unique content. The blog contained various articles from various authors around a specific niche where the authors had given permission for their articles to reprinted to get more exposure.
The lesson is that with any free service like Tumblr, Blogger or WordPress or any of the various social media services such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, you must accept the possibility that your account could be deleted or modified at any time. It’s essential for any serious business to maintain their own presence outside free services. Own your own domain and host it with a reputable web hosting firm. Then use the free services to help compliment your main website, to help feed traffic to it, but don’t make it your primary web property.
The good news it’s now quite easy to migrate your content from a free blog from Tumblr, Blogger or WordPress to your own hosted version with your domain.
For those interested, for a limited time, we have decided to offer a low cost WordPress hosting option. For $5/month or $60/year we will host your WordPress blog.
If you take advantage of this offer, the price will stay at $5/mo for as long as you host your site with us.
A run down of the details is below:
$5/month WordPress Hosting Offer:
- WordPress installation/access only.
- 1GB of Storage
- 1GB of Bandwidth
- 1 Database
- No setup fee
- Free basic setup of WordPress
- Free help with migrating posts from a wordpress.com, blogger.com or tumblr.com account if purchase a year in advance ($60).
Once setup, you will be able to install any theme and/or plugins you like and can import your existing posts from wordpress.com, blogger.com, tumblr.com or other services.
If you find you need more storage, bandwidth or wish to host more than a wordpress installation, you may upgrade at anytime to our regular $10/month or $99/year plan.
Also, if you would to register a new domain with us we can do this for an additional $12.17/year.
To take advantage of this offer simply email me at: [email protected] with “$5 WordPress Hosting” in the subject line and either provide me the details of the current site you would like to migrate or if it will be a brand new site and I will respond with details.