As i opened my email today, i got an email from i.ph informing that the blogging service will be closing on May 21, 2012 due to the costly maintenance. Here is the content of the email.
Dear i.ph blogger,
All good things must come to an end.
It’s been a fun ride, but we will be closing the i.ph blogging service on May 21, 2012. Maintaining it as a free service has become unsustainable and we are unable to devote the resources neccessary to keep it going.
You have 2 months to transfer your content to another blog, because on May 21 all i.ph blogs and files will be deleted from our servers. Within the next couple of weeks, we will provide you with a way of transferring your blog posts easily. In the meantime, we will lock the blogs so that no additional content can be put on them. This will make things easier for you when you move your posts out.
If you would like to keep using your domain even after the i.ph blogging service has shut down, it will be available as a low-cost personal domain for individual, non-commercial use.
The i.ph personal domain will be fully-functional and will work just like any other. You can use it for your own website and as an email address. It will even come with free mailforwarding so you can use it as an address and still receive mail through your Gmail or Yahoo Mail account. The only restriction is that it cannot be used by companies/organizations or for selling goods, products and services.
i.ph domains will be priced at $14.00 for a 2-year registration. Not free anymore…