Blogger deleted the site on Christmas Eve; I have initiated the dispute process to have the site reviewed and (hopefully) re-activated.
In the meantime, thanks for your patience. I appreciate all of the support GL has given TLPM over the years, and will let you know how this turns out.
Originally, I was notified by Blogger that my site was in violation of their Terms and Conditions under Spam. I reviewed the T&C, and don't understand how TLPM can be categorized as Spam.
And now, after filing an appeal, I'm being told that being an "affiliate" and/or having content that is largely script-driven (which, as an Amazon.com affiliate, does apply to my site), is a violation of their anti-spam rules. This is NOT mentioned in their T&C document, and it's certainly the first I've ever heard of that in the 6-7 years I've been using Blogger as my web host. Blogger techs actually helped me with my site upgrade this past summer -- why wasn't this "infraction" brought to my attention at that time?
For now, all of my files have been locked and are inaccessible, so I can't even move my site to a new host. I just don't have a good feeling about this. :(
Good to know I'm not an isolated case, I guess, but frustrating that I still haven't heard anything back (TLPM has been down for a week, as of today).
I'm wondering how involved it would be to put up a temporary site on Weebly and transfer my domain name over to that. Honestly? Even if Google/Blogger graciously decides to un-delete my site, I'll always worry that this will happen again.
- E's Moriarity
Have you explored wordpress.com? It hosts free sites similar to blogger. I don't know what sort of terms of agreement they have.
Can you afford your own web hosting? If you can, you control this and it isn't up to some third party to decide if your site is spam or not. If so, Wordpress.org is the way to go: free content management system that is pretty easy to use. You'd need to figure out how to put everything into the database and find a theme to style it the way you like, but it is a very powerful CMS.
- Supporter 2004-2017
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I do host the local Humane Society's site on DotEasy, and it has been pretty reliable over the years. It doesn't have a good "drag & drop" web design feature, so I'd have to brush up on my HTML skills (or buy a template and tweak it to my liking), but it's fairly reasonable at $25 for the domain name and free hosting per year. Plus I already know how to use it, so there would be no learning curve with it vs. WordPress. The support is a little slow, as it's out of Canada, but if I'm comparing it to Blogger support...
I've seen Joomla mentioned, too. It's similar to Weebly, right? I like Weebly's drag & drop format, and it has some nifty new features. The templates aren't too bad, or you can use your own (or tweak an existing template's CSS). I know a few folks here use Weebly and seem to like it. I think ProWeebly is a little pricey.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
I have a Wordpress site and a Weebly site. Wordpress is nice, but it is complicated to format (to me), compared to Weebly.
I've had to contact Weebly once for support last week, and they answered reasonably fast. Never had to contact Wordpress.