Posthaven adds features

Now that the Posterous migration functionality has been finalized, the Posthaven developers have started working on building out the feature set. The Post Settings section now includes options to add tags to a post, make the post private and schedule posts for publishing. I'm enjoying watching Posthaven come to life and look forward to having all my favorite features up and running.

Posthaven editing screen

Posthaven update

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My Creekside Chatter blog in Posthaven

My Creekside Chatter blog has been painlessly - and successfully - migrated from Posterous to Posthaven. As you can see there's not much here in the way of design, but with the April 30th shutdown for Posterous looming, pretty is not the priority right now. It's getting those sites moved off Posterous.

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Posthaven site settings screen

Once you get into Posthaven's backend, you immediately see that they are still focused on migration. The settings page is quite sparse and should remain so for some time yet.

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A view of the posts page in Posthaven.

I do like the clean look - not just here on the posts list page, but also in the editing screen (below). I don't expect Posthaven to be a "full-service" blog platform with every whistle and bell known to man. I want clean and simple - exactly what Posterous provided and what Posthaven plans to deliver.

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The Posthaven editor screen.

So, right now you can import up to 10 blogs to Posthaven, create and publish new posts via the web interface and even include images and other media. As of March 27th, the importer component was complete with no reported bugs and they declared the platform officially in a public beta status. It is my understanding that there will be no charges made to blog customers until they exit beta status - expected to happen sometime later this month.

Plans are to have all the capabilities Posterous had, including my favorite - posting via email. These will be announced as they are deployed. All the code is being completely rewritten to take advantage of latest technology so it won't all happen immediately. And, having people dedicated to maintaining and improving the platform will insure this delightful little blog platform stays . . . delightful.

The $5/month cost will get you up to 10 Posthaven blogs. If you want more, you can have them for a small (yet to be determined) price. They are serious about their pledge to keep Posthaven up "forever". Yes, that is quite a commitment, but they are already looking into building a foundation to support the program even if something happens to the developers.

While "free" is always tempting, both Posterous and Google Reader have shown us that free is seldom the best option. Hopefully Posthaven has found the pricing sweet spot that gives us beautiful blogs we can all afford.

Posthaven opens to public beta

Great news! This just arrived in my mailbox:
Posterous users finally have a zero-data-loss option for switching to another blog platform. Read the Posterous Migration Guide to see how Posthaven stacks up against Wordpress, Tumblr, and Squarespace options. We've imported over 850,000 posts, photos, videos, audio files, and documents in just the past few weeks. 
 You now have full access to Posthaven and can import your existing Posterous blogs, create new blogs, create new posts using the web post editor. 
 Go to your Posthaven Dashboard to get started 
To keep on top of the latest feature updates, we recommend following @posthaven on Twitter. This project is under active development. 
Please feel free to email us at help@posthaven.com if you have questions, feedback, or anything we can help with. 
Yours faithfully in code, 
-- Garry and Brett 
Cofounders, Posthaven.com

Posthaven Rises

Posthaven - the new alternative to the soon-to-be-shuttered Posterous platform - is quickly becoming a reality. I was lucky to get included as a tester and my Creekside Chatter blog has now been migrated to Posthaven. For several days, all I could do was look at my posts and enjoy how well the migration went. This morning I discover that I can now actually add and edit posts from the blog platform. The editor is still quite basic - there's no facility for including photos or other media yet - but the editing toolbar has a much cleaner look. Creekside Chatter on Posthaven The public side of the blog is quite basic - no themes yet. Most of the formatting is CSS defaults giving the site a simple, clean look. There's still a lot of work needed before Posthaven has all the features and functionality of Posterous, but I'm delighted with the progress and look forward to enjoying one of my favorite blog platforms without worrying about it's future.