Conversion to WordPress starts at 10 am ET today – fan blogging availability expected to return Monday

We appreciate your patience as we begin the process of converting thousands of Major League Baseball fan MLBlogs from Movable Type to WordPress! Starting at 10 a.m. ET this morning (Friday, May 13), your blog will not be available for updating nor will it be visible to the public. We tentatively expect the process to be completed by 5 PM ET ON MONDAY (May 16).

Anyone trying to access your blog during that downtime will see an “Under Construction” page and will be referred to this community blog — where we will continue responding to comments and keep you updated on progress.

Here again are two VERY important steps to take in advance to help ensure a smooth transition:

EMAIL UPDATING. Make sure a current and reachable email address is in the profile of your MLB.com registration account. Everyone will receive a WordPress Activation Email that will contain very important details on how to access your new WordPress dashboard, and WordPress is going to email the address that is currently associated with your MLBlog.

This means if you created an MLB.com account (and thus your blog) using a dummy email that has no inbox, or if you never check that email you used to create an MLBlog a long time ago, you will not be able to receive the Activation Email and won’t be able to access your converted blog on WordPress. It’s easy to log into your MLB.com account on top of the MLB.com homepage and edit the email address to include one that has an active inbox that you will be checking after this transition is done.

* NOW IS THE TIME TO DO THIS * as it will not be possible after we return from the weekend downtime.

If you have trouble receiving your activation or account information emails please check your spam/junk email box. If you have an option to unblock specific email addresses, try allowing *@wordpress.com (all emails from the domain) and/or no-reply@wordpress.com anddonotreply@wordpress.com addresses.

PUBLISH ANY DRAFTS OR LOSE ‘EM. All content from your current blog should show up just fine after the migration. Exception: blog posts with a draft/unpublished status WILL NOT be converted, so you either need to save those elsewhere or publish them by Friday afternoon if you want them to be in your dashboard going forward. If not, they will be lost, with no exception. If you encounter any missing content after the final conversion, it should show up shortly afterward.

MORE IMPORTANT INFO:

Plan on not having access to your blogs and dashboards after 10 a.m. ET today (Friday, 5/13/11). If you get the urge to write during this downtime, write it in a text editor like Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac) and save it to copy and paste into your new blog when the next system is targeted to be online on May 16. If you post every day and are worried this ends your streak, no problem, just backdate your posts and publish them once we’re all live on WordPress.

The community blog will respond as needed to comments on that blog during this outage weekend and will let you know when the final changes are completed, signaling your return to blogging in a brand-new way using the latest blogging software from our WordPress friends.

SUPPORT: Once the conversion to WordPress has been completed, all Blog Support will be handled by the very capable WordPress support team – NOT MLB.com customer service or any other source. WordPress has extensive support documentation at http://en.support.wordpress.com and can be contacted directly at http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact

As always, this community blog also will be a help resource on any issues that are representative of a collective need, but it will not be a technical-support blog.

THEMES AND WIDGETS: You are going to have access to the three types of themes you’re used to (per MLB and Club), plus the impressive volume of WordPress themes. In turn, this is going to drastically expand this community, because hundreds of thousands of WordPress bloggers will have access for the first time to MLB themes. We’re also gaining the capability to add a wide variety of widgets to the blog sidebar, as well as complete customization capability for the sidebar. Fun is coming.

BLOG URL: It will remain the same, for example http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com and not http://fantasy411.wordpress.com

LOGIN: Once you have received the activation email from WordPress, we recommend bookmarking your WordPress dashboard at that point to save time and logging in there. You also will be able to log in from http://MLB.com/blogs or simply WordPress.com.

KEY ACTION STEPS for you to take by 10 a.m. ET today (Friday, May 13):

– Make sure the email address you are using for your blog is updated to one that you can access and that can receive email. Crucial.
– Publish all draft/unpublished blog posts or copy and paste the text into a text editor.

None of this applies to those members of the MLB family who maintain the MLB PRO BLOG theme. Their blogs already have been converted to WordPress as a successful first step toward the full migration.

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