Due to reduced usage, security concerns, and campus support of comparable tools such as Blogger, Sites, Moodle, and Drupal, UThink will be decommissioned on June 30, 2015. Additionally, no new blogs may be created after June 30, 2014.
Support RequestsFor guidance on how to migrate your UThink blog, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised, none of these migration options will give you a perfect conversion of your blog into a new platform. All of these options require work on your part, both to manipulate your data and create your site's "look and feel" on a new platform. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to move from one platform to another.
Before contacting email@example.com for support, think about what you want to preserve out of your blog. Do you want your blog entries, comments, images, video, audio, or uploads? Do you want a copy of your blog to archive on your computer or in the cloud? Do you want the blog to live on in a new platform like Blogger, WordPress or Drupal? Note that your blog is most likely already archived in the Internet Archive.
Exporting your media files
If you need assistance with exporting your images, video, audio and other uploaded content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We can send them to you in a compressed folder (ZIP, RAR, TAR). Alternatively, advanced users can try using Wget to retrieve files from the UThink web server: http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/
Exporting your blog entries and comments
You can export your blog entries and comments as a text file by going to Tools > Export.
Exporting to WordPress or Drupal
Advanced users may find reading on using the Movable Type Backup feature for importing into systems like WordPress. If you find steps that require this, please contact email@example.com.
Local copy of your blog files
We can use a free tool called WinHTTrack to capture an entire blog and create a local copy that you could store on a CD or cloud server. The advantage of WinHTTrack is that it looks for external files that your blog depends on, downloads them, and then updates the link in the code. In short, the local copy can stand on its own as a static archive, though you'll lose functionality such as commenting, creating new entries, and any server-side dynamic scripting like PHP.
Inevitably you will have to do some initial setup of the new location of your blog, and we believe that in all cases it will be easier to start over at the beginning with a new template than to try to emulate the exact look of your UThink blog. For most users, it will not be worth their time to keep the exact look of your UThink blog, but there is no reason why choosing a tool like Blogger, Sites or Drupal should mean a loss of functionality or content. If your UThink blog has a lot of customization, you might need web development support within your department that goes beyond the support that firstname.lastname@example.org can offer.
Start by making a list of what you need your blog to do. Here are some ideas:
Then take a look at our Feature Comparison Chart. Contact email@example.com if you are uncertain which tools will suit all of your needs.