Note: Comments on this post are closed. Send your request for setup or help to to Exodus at wizbangblog dot com and all the fine folks who have volunteered to help will be notified. One of them will be back to you with details on the setup.
It's time for Blogspot Jihad Part II.
It's time to put a new call to arms out for a mass exodus off of BlogSpot. The major objection to moving to Movable Type is that you must pay a monthly fee to a hosting service to run MT. That's not a problem anymore...
For some unknown reason 1&1(Part of United Internet) is offering a free three year hosting setup with 5GB monthly transfer, e-mail, FTP, PHP, Perl, MySQL, CGI, SSH, and Cron Jobs. This is not a fly-by-bight company - they have the leadoff ad in this months Wired magazine.
First - You will need to sign up for a free hosting plan at 1and1***. The plan is free hosting for 3 years no credit card required. You will need a phone number to activate the service.
Second - You will need a domain name for your blog. 1and1 allows you to register and configure a domain name for $5.99 a year, but you can use any registrar. You will need to handle the DNS settings yourself if you do not use the built-in registrations at 1and1.
Third - Leave a note in the comments that you signed up and are interested in an MT install (make sure you use a valid e-mail address in the form). I will contact you about getting the login settings for your control panel and other issues.
Coordinators to help do blog setups for the less technically able should contact me. If we can get a small group to distribute the workload this shouldn't be too big a deal.
Since the 1and1 service is still sort of a technical unknown, it's going to be a few days before I have a feel for how MT will work on their service, but they appear to have all the proper components.
*** I have no financial ties to this company. Registering through that link does enter me in some sort of drawing, but you can find your way to their registration another way if you would like.
Update: I've got my fist site setup. No catch, no credit card required - just a phone number to activate. I used a work number (you have to be able to receive the call to get the PIN) and Hotmail to signup. I looked at the T&C's and there's nothing unusual. It's a full access hosting account, with all the features you'd get at other sites.
Here's a site I setup tonight with MT 2.64 running on MySQL: http://kevinaylward.com/. Total cost to setup: $0. Total monthly cost: $0.
Update 2: I've setup a new e-mail address to handle requests for the BlogSpot Jihad (Free MT hosting at 1and1). Send your requests to Exodus at wizbangblog dot com and all the fine folks who have volunteered to help will be notified. One of them will be back to you with details on the setup.
Comments on this post are closed. Send your request for setup or help to the e-mail address.