April 2011

MLB & WordPress latest update & what to expect

:: Updated with new dates ::

All of our blogs will be migrated from Movable Type to WordPress tentatively starting on Friday, May 13, with expected completion late Monday, May 16. That was just pushed back a week from May 6-9 to allow more time for a smooth conversion for fans.

What you need to know:

DOWNTIME: You will not be able to access your blog software or view your blog during that scheduled May 13-16 service outage. Anyone attempting to access your blog then will be redirected to this community blog, which will keep you updated on the status. I will respond as needed to comments here during that weekend and let you know when the final changes are completed, signaling your return to blogging in a brand-new way using the latest WordPress blogging software.

Plan on not having access to your blogs and dashboards after the afternoon of the 13th, with exact times to come. If you get the urge to write during this downtime, write it in a text editor like Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac) and save it to copy and paste into your blog when the next system is online on May 16.

EMAIL UPDATING: It is imperative that you take the opportunity in the meantime to make sure a current and reachable email address is in the profile of your MLB.com registration account. Everyone will receive a WordPress activation email that will contain very important details on how to access your new WordPress dashboard, and WordPress is going to email the address that is currently associated with your MLBlog.

This means if you created an MLB.com account (and thus your blog) using a dummy email that has no inbox, or if you never check that email you used to create an MLBlog a long time ago, you will not be able to receive the activation email and won’t be able to access your converted blog on WordPress. It’s easy to log into your MLB.com account on top of the MLB.com homepage and edit the email to include one that has an active inbox that you will be checking after this transition is done.

Having already migrated over hundreds of the PRO blogs authored by members of the MLB family, trust me that this has overwhelmingly been the main problem area. Avoid that issue at all costs so you don’t lose a lot more important blogging time after the downtime. NOW IS THE TIME TO DO THIS as it will not be possible after we return from the weekend downtime.

CONTENT: All content from your current blog should show up just fine after the migration. Exception: blog posts with a draft/unpublished status WILL NOT be converted, so you either need to save those elsewhere or publish them before the service outage if you want them to be in your dashboard going forward. If not, they will be lost. We are spending the days leading up to the full migration constantly testing and looking for bugs. If you encounter any missing content after the final conversion, it should show up shortly thereafter.

SUPPORT: Once the conversion to WordPress has been completed, all Blog Support will be handled by the very capable WordPress support team — not MLB.com customer service or any other source. DO NOT contact MLB.com customer service about blog issues. WordPress has extensive support documentation and can be contacted directly. As always, this community blog also will be a help resource on any issues that are representative of a collective need, but this will not be a technical-support blog.

THEMES AND WIDGETS: You are going to have access to the three types of themes you’re used to (per MLB and Club), plus the impressive volume of WordPress themes. In turn, this is going to drastically expand this community, because hundreds of thousands of WordPress bloggers will have access for the first time to MLB themes. We’re also gaining the capability to add a wide variety of widgets to the blog sidebar, as well as complete customization capability for the sidebar. Fun is coming.

The next update with more specific times and any further news will come shortly, and feel free to post any comments here in the meantime.

KEY ACTION STEPS for you to take before the scheduled downtime:

1. Make sure the email address you are using for your blog is updated to one that you can access and that can receive email. Crucial.

2. Publish all draft/unpublished blog posts or copy and paste the text into a text editor.

We’ll post the April Latest Leaders at a delayed date once the conversion is finished and sure everything is going smoothly. And on another note, we’ve changed the name of this from “MLBlogosphere” to “MLB.com Blogs Central” – same blog, new title. Thanks.

Latest Leaders – March 2011

The regular season is under way, and your March Latest Leaders were in peak form for Opening Day here at the MLB.com blogging community. Rays Renegade took top honors in the Fan category, while Bloomberg Sports (1) and MLB.com Fantasy 411 (4) rode the Fantasy Baseball draft wave in the PRO theme division. It was Todd Zolecki’s The Zo Zone claiming top spot among MLB.com beat writers.

Here are your leaders by page views from March 1-31, 2011:

1. Rays Renegade
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Rockpile Rant
4. The Three Bs
5. Unfinished Business
6. Red State Blue State
7. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
8. Hands off my Pirates Booty
9. Yankee Yapping
10. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
11. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
12. Phillies Phollowers
13. Dodgerfilms
14. The Closer
15. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
16. The Pittsburgh Peas
17. The 1 Constant
18. The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
19. Pinstripe Birthdays
20. Yankees Chick
21. Counting Baseballs
22. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk
23. White Elephant Parade
24. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
25. Observing Baseball
26. FutureAngels.com
27. The Phanatic Addict
28. Underneath the Halo
29. Amazine
30. Red Sox Nation Daily
31. Strictly Cubs Baseball
32. Justine’s Baseball Journey
33. Art of the Pale Hose
34. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts
37. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
38. A Misplaced Astros Fan
39. This is a very simple game…
40. El Designado
41. 2131 and Beyond
42. The Cub Den
43. Baseball, Apple Pie, and Lobster
44. More Splash Hits
45. Prose and Ivy
46. Minoring In Baseball
47. The Wizard of Ozzie
48. Cardinal Girl
49. Phillies Red Pinstripes
50. (:> Bird Brained

1. Bloomberg Sports
2. Better Off Red
3. Baseball Nerd
4. MLB.com Fantasy 411
5. SFGiantScoop
6. Alyson’s Footnotes
7. Inside the Dodgers
8. The Byrd’s Nest
9. Inside the White Sox
10. Around the Horn in KC
11. Ben’s Biz Blog
12. Comerica Park, 48201
13. CastroTurf
14. Phillies Insider
15. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
16. Newberg Report
17. John & Cait…Plus Nine
18. Curly W Live
19. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
20. MLBlogosphere lol
21. @MLB
22. Ozzie Speaks
23. Heard It From Hoard
24. Kara’s Hot Corner
25. Tommy Lasorda’s World
26. The D-blog
27. Philling You In
29. The LumberBlog
30. Dodgers Photog Blog
31. MLB.com Hot Stove blog
32. Rattler Radio
33. Clubhouse Confidential
34. The Dish
35. MLB Urban Youth Academy
36. Mrs. Singy
37. Above the Plate
38. The Schlact Stories
39. Delmarva Shorebirds Blog
40. The Watson Files
41. ‘Cats Corner
42. Diamond Digs with Daniel Descalso
43. Ozzie Habla
44. Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs
45. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
46. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
48. Yard Work
49. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
50. Inside the Chiefs

1. The Zo Zone
2. Bombers Beat
3. Brew Beat
4. Bowman’s Blog
5. Postcards from Elysian Fields
6. Muskat Ramblings
7. Beck’s Blog
8. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
9. Mark My Word
10. Haft-Baked Ideas
11. Mets Cetera
12. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
13. Mariners Musings
14. North of the Border
15. Major League Bastian
16. Brownie Points
17. The Fish Pond
18. Britt’s Bird Watch
19. Tag’s Lines
20. All Nats All the Time

Who are those people on the MLB.com/blogs page?

See the community MLBlog to ID each of these Latest Leaders!

Did you guess any of them correctly? Let’s ID those Latest Leaders featured in that panel…next month might be you!

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