June 20, 2013
Hey guys, we’re almost halfway there to reaching our fundraiser!!
Thanks so much to everyone ($28,874!!) for your support. We’re beyond excited, and hard at work preparing for the relaunch of Xanga!!
I also wanted to share a bunch of news on the Xanga Archives feature… including these two announcements:
1) We’ve built XML archives and they are now available!
We just built an XML archive generator for everyone’s blog posts. You can generate the XML archive (and then download from our servers) here… just go here to “Update your Archives”, and then download the second file:
The XML archive is WordPress-compatible, and you can convert it from there into any number of formats. We’d love for you to stick with Xanga (and hope that you do!), but wanted to make sure you guys have your data.
2) Please make sure to also download your photo archives!!
We wanted to make sure that everyone gets a copy of all of your photos, so we have had a complete download of your photos for a while now. The third file in on our archives page is a photos.zip file that contains all of your photos!
Please make sure to download all of your photos (along with all of your other archives, while you’re at it).
One note: if you view your archives (either in HTML or XML), the photos should all appear nicely. But we wanted to give a heads up that your images are still being served off of Xanga’s servers! So you definitely want to download your photos, so you have a copy of them.
Please note: we definitely are aiming to raise our full fundraising goal, and keep Xanga up for everyone! In that case, we plan to use the same URLs for all of your photos and they should all just keep on working. This is just a heads up to download all of your archives, just in case.
While we’re talking archives, we fixed three issues in our HTML archives that were flagged by a few users.
A. Titles in the HTML archives
JulieMillerFan asked: “I have downloaded and saved my archive…. opened it up… and found that every single Blog-post title no longer exists.”
We fixed that right up… blog post titles now appear in the HTML archives!
B. Full archives
JulieMillerFan also asked: “[My] “Archive” download ended with May of 2012 – Where’s the last full year’s worth of my blogging?”
This is fixed for you now too!
C. Time Zones
We got an email asking if the HTML archives could make sure to respect time zones (especially important for our users in Hong Kong). So while we were at it, we fixed that up too!
You can generate and download a fresh copy of your archives here:
And please check out and support our Relaunch Xanga fundraiser here!! We’re almost halfway there… I’ll be posting more info on the fundraiser soon!