Microsoft Office Live websites are now being transitioned over to Office 365. Many of you are getting emails about the mandatory move. This has upset many website users who have their websites hosted at Microsoft Office Live (Melbourne). The reasoning is because Microsoft hosting was a free service and all we had to do is pay for our yearly custom domain name renewal. Now they are making this transition to office 365 and going to be charging each website user an additional $6 or more a MONTH for hosting their website. Plus, we will need to pay for the normal domain name renewal. At first, I didn't worry too much about it because I figured they would offer free transitioning so that beginner website owners didn't have to manually transfer all their files, images, contacts, email ect.. But no they say that every thing must be manually transferred by the Administrator or owner of the website. This is bad news for people like myself who have close to a hundred website pages and thousands of email contacts. A lot of website work is in store for myself and many others.
So instead of transferring all website content and email files over to Office 365 and paying a lot more a year for hosting, I am going to be transferring my Office Live Websites over to a more affordable hosting company. I will be using Siteground Hosting where it is only $9.95 a year (special I am offering) instead of $6 a month which equals an additional $72.00 a year plus domain name renewal. If any Microsoft Office Live Website owners want to follow me and transfer your website contents to a new hosting company and need help, I am going to be offering my transfer and website help services for a reasonable fee. Considering we will have to transfer our websites no matter what or lose them.
Please contact me here at this blog or comment below.
Below is a copy of a support ticket from Microsoft Office Live!
Subject: SRX1170591719ID - Microsoft Office Live: Concern related to transition
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:59:50 +0000
Thank you for contacting us at Microsoft Office Live Support.
My name is Rajendra Kumar and I have updated the Service Request # 1170591719 to track your concern.
I understand that you have two domain names and need support on getting the promotional link to start the transition. You want to know, if you do not do the self transition on your own, will your website will get transferred automatically to Microsoft Office 365. I value the importance of your concern and I am here to provide you with all the relevant information.
Tammy, I am sorry to say that there is no automated mechanism available to transfer your business to Microsoft Office 365. You will have to transfer it manually by following the simple procedure mentioned below:
1. Create your Office 365 account
2. Create accounts for your users
3. Move all email, contacts, and calendars
4. Move your website to Office 365
5. Save your business applications
6. Move your custom domain.
Find out more at: Microsoft Office Live Community website. Also, I would like to assure you that we will help you if you face any problem while following the above mentioned procedure.
You are our valued customer and we appreciate your business with us.
For your convenience, our support staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have additional questions, concerns or need further assistance, please be sure not to change the subject line while replying to this email, so that we can urgently address any remaining concerns.
February 4th Update!- Transitioning Office Live Website to Office 365This is an update since my post above....YES. I did it. I transitioned one out of my 3 Microsoft Office Live Websites to Office 365. Well I should say....I transferred my custom domain name to Office 365. My shopping Website needed Re-designed anyway so I didn't transfer all the content, just the domain name, some text and hopefully the email account and contacts are all transitioned. We will see. My website help site is not yet transitioned....I wanted to make sure I was able to transfer my other site to Office 365 first. For those of you who would like to know what Office 365 is like, well it is the same sitebuilder as office live website. Nothing much different other than we will have to pay more now. I would like to say that the Website transition was easy but nope...I was shaking my head through out the whole process. I am glad I had my shopping website to do the testing transfer. Well if anyone needs help transitioning your website to Office 365, you need to contact me REAL soon because it is a process and it is time consuming. The more content and pages you have, the longer it will take.