Wikispaces is closing, per this announcement, which means the home of the Virtual Volunteering Wiki is going to have to move to my own website. That's going to be a much less neutral space and means it won't be a wiki anymore, plus, I put the Wikispaces address throughout the Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook... and that will produce an error message as of September or October 2018.
Once again, buying third-party online space to host something bites me in the... elbow.
This is the third time that this has happened to me. The first two times, it was with my blog: my first blog host was teetering on viability when I moved it to another host and then, after two or three years, bam, that platform got bought and discontinued, so I had to move it again, this time to WordPress, but it's hosted on my own web site. At least with that last platform discontinuation, they provided a way to easily download all of my blogs and repost them to my new site. But those broken links still show up in web searches and on other people's pages sometimes.
I frequently caution nonprofits about using such platforms - the reality is that they can go away at any time - they WILL go away. I don't say don't use them - obviously, I have used such. But it's why I tell nonprofits, for instance, "Don't make Facebook your central, core online space for online communications - always link back to your web site, with your own URL that you own." Companies go away. Platforms go away. URLs are much more permanent because they can be pointed to something new relatively easily.
Since my wiki will be up until or through September 2018, I've already put an announcement on the home page of the Virtual Volunteering wiki and several key pages noting that the wiki is moving, and where it is moving. That way, it will get picked up by archive.org in their archived versions of the site for most of 2018, in case, when someone finds the broken link after the site goes down, they'll go to archive.org and see where the site moved.
And if archive.org ever goes away, I'm giving up on the Internet forever...
Anyone else want to share what the did when faced with things like this?
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
I had some problems when I had about 60 blogs on Blogspot.com and they changed what they offered so it didn't work for me anymore.
Sorry about your pain with this. I always tell people that for a monthly cost of about $10-30 a month you can have a web site and email that will never change if you don't want it to. My main email address is the same one I created back in 1999!
And if your site is still online you CAN keep it in a different form. You can use a site copier to make a copy and then host that on another site. It will be a STATIC copy, but it's better than losing the entire thing. I can provide details if interested.
I'm just going to put it on my website. And that will be there until... well, until I retire from the Interwebs. Which will happen some day...
jcravens42Anyone else want to share what the did when faced with things like this?
CiviHosting is now offering a migration service: https://civihosting.com/wikispaces-migration/ which may help in this particular instance.
Thanks for posting this. Good for this company for seeing a business opportunity. However, I'm not going to fall into the trap again of putting the info on a web site that may not exist if the company goes out of business. So... yeah, still working to put it on my own site... so much work...
To clarify, first, with CiviHosting, we provide our clients will full access to their files and databases and you can download a backup of all your data whenever you want. Second, the service we are offering is to migrate wikis into DokuWiki format, which means that the wiki is portable. The problem with Wikispaces is that their export is not compatible with any other system, so it's not very useful. With our service, however, your wiki is in DokuWiki format and can be exported and easily installed on another host.
We are trying to fix the problem that Wikispaces has created, not create more. And no traps involved. :)
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