In yet another speedbump in my "one-step-forward, two-steps-back" progress, this little tidbit:
I started designing websites for organizations I cared about, just so they would have a "point-of-presence" on the world wide web back in the late 1990's. They started out as single-page sites with general information, but eventually grew into encyclopaedic behemoths, which became a management nightmare. One by one, I asked for assistance, and when that didn't work, one by one, I resigned my position as each organization's unpaid webmaster.
Given the puny operational budgets of local nonprofits, and (back in the day) the low priority of having a well-planned online presence, my job was to save costs...at all costs. Meaning, I would migrate content from my personal ISP's "personal web pages" to GeoCities (before they were assimilated by Yahoo!), to, most recently, Microsoft Office Live for Small Businesses.
MSOLB made a very cautious, quiet entry into the small business web hosting market (think Intuit websites), with their own, proprietary, SharePoint-esque WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) basic editor. I chose this form because 1) the editor seemed to accommodate people who may not have much web design experience, so maybe...possibly...web management obligations could be more easily shared by other members of these organizations, and 2) the web hosting was free.
Of course, all things must come to an end. This past week, I received a "Dear John" letter from Microsoft, saying their "MSOLSB" product life cycle has run its course and will be discontinued, but I am "cordially invited" for a six-month free trial of their "new and improved" enterprise service called "Office 365." Sorry, Redmond: Fool me once, shame on you...
For a nice laugh, take a moment to read their 22 PAGE "Self Transition Guide" from MSOLSB to O365...THEY WON'T EVEN MIGRATE YOUR WEBSITE ON YOUR BEHALF!!!!! http://g.microsoftonline.com/0rmcm00en-us/5223
Anyway, as many of us have stories of "ultimate deadlines" to get our rear-ends in gear, this one is mine. Unfortunately, the websites I still claim that use this service are not my personal for-profit websites. I had planned on focusing my Spring Break (I currently temp at an educational institution) on getting that elusive new business website up and running. In order to do that, this new, NEW task is going to have to occupy every waking moment until then.