Xanga 2.0 is a Go!   10 comments


Here’s a summary:

  • John released a video showing what Xanga 2.0 looks like.
  • All Xanga usernames have been migrated to Xanga 2.0.
  • All blog content from current Lifetime/Premium Xangans have been fully migrated (that includes comments on people’s pages).
  • They are currently importing blogs of those who contributed to the fundraiser.
  • They are also migrating every single photo that Xangans have uploaded to the new server.
  • John is donating $10K to the fundraiser, therefore, lowering the goal to $50K.
  • John convinced their network facilities to extend the lease.
  • Fundraiser extended to end of August to allow more non-Premium/Lifetime Xangans to contribute and have their blog migrated.
  • Fundraiser still needs to reach $50K by end of August.
  • Current count as of 7:04AM Eastern Time today: $47,941. Needs $2059 to reach $50K.


After John finally released that video of what Xanga 2.0 would be like and some more info on buying additional servers, everything clicked. Xanga 2.0 will not, I repeat, NOT have the same upgrade plans as WordPress.com.

Using the WordPress software, the XangaTeam (since they are not answering) may have enabled Multisite. WordPress.com, itself, is a WordPress Multisite. WordPress Multisite allows you to build your own blogging community. That’s where Xanga 2.0 comes in the picture. Building a new and improved Xanga software would have taken years. So they use the open-source alternative and beautify it. It’s cheaper and faster to build.

We get all the functionality that premium WordPress.com users get for half the price. And, since they are customizing the software for Xanga, they might as well add all the Xanga functions we’ve come to enjoy for years. This fundraiser is really for all the initial migration and start-up costs, upkeep and paying the web developers and network admins.

There are times when you get proven wrong and you slap yourself upside the head. This, for me, is one of those times. Then again, I can’t blame all the dissenters for the past two months. Maybe it’s the fact that I work in the same field that I’m starting to see the full picture, but the Xanga Team badly needed someone to properly convey this info from the get-go.

I’m done.


10 responses to “Xanga 2.0 is a Go!

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  1. I hear the negative things about Xanga, I also hear the hope to keep it alive. I understand both, and will go with whichever way it happens.

  2. I’m just a sloppy American who likes the word FREE.

  3. I shall remain here. Good luck with the ride the Xanga team is putting everyone on.

  4. What about protected and private posts?

    • With the video preview, they were only able to show private pulses as private posts. WordPress.com has private and password-protected posts.

      Since Xanga owns their custom installation of the WordPress software, they should be able to implement private and protected functionality. If they choose to do it. But I don’t know.

      With how WordPress.com is right now, You can create multiple blogs in the same account. One of these blogs could be private and invite only.

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