With the invaluable help from Warecorp we have migrated our Soapbox site to WordPress. It’s not perfect and there is still work to do, but the hard part is done and our 5000+ post have been saved and migrated.
Soapbox will be going dark October 15, 2015. It’s been a good ride and there are many people to thank like Paul Preston, Chris Dykstra, Evgeny Mironov, Andrei Tyuhai, Roman Grishkevich, Tom O. and all of the folks at Warecorp.
A little Soapbox history.
Soapblox was an inexpensive, community-building content management platform developed by Paul Preston.
January 7, 2009 Soapbox was hacked and Paul Preston was ready to throw in the towel.
SoapBlox is Dead
by: pacified (Paul Preston)
January 07, 2009 at 08:15:46 MST
It was a good ride, but it’s over.
Thanks for all the fish.
All these hackers messing with our stuff, and we here at SoapBlox have no clue what to do. We don’t have enough knowledge, time, money, or care to fix it.
So I hope the Hackers are happy.
If you want the data from your blog, we will get it. But we are not going to try and restore anything.
Consider this the “We’re Out of Business” post.
Most of the servers have been taken off line because they were being used to hack and exploit other websites. The hackers install this crap on servers after they get in. SoapBlox’s ISP then takes the servers off line.
We do not know when they will come back online.
We do not know if they will come back online. Read more.
January 2009 Daily Kos
SoapBlox is used by approximately 90% of the 50-State Blog Network — the sites that were instrumental in the DNCC embedded blogger program, and as a community have worked together to improve and expand state-level blogging across the country. Calitics, My Silver State, NMFBIHop, Loaded Orygun, LeftInTheWest, MN Progressive Project, Burnt Orange Report, Tondee’s Tavern, The Albany Project, Raising Kaine, Blue Mass Group, Blue Jersey, and many others use this platform. Read more.
The Progressive community rallied and Soapbox was saved.
Daily Kos Jan. 09, 2009
Here is what Soapblox needs in the immediate short-term to become safe and secure once again:
–Recharge ten servers
–Perform a full security audit of the SoapBlox server/unix infrastructure to prevent hackers from gaining access
–Ensure all backup processes are working and functional to guarantee that if hacking happens, data is preserved
–Perform a security audit on the SoapBlox code itself so that hackers cannot exploit the SoapBlox code itself.
–Migrate to new, secure servers
The good news is that, in addition to restoring full service for Soapblox, Paul has already found a system administrator who lives in his area and is able to help. All of the work listed above is currently underway. Here is what it will cost:
–Recharging ten servers at $100 apiece: $1,000
–Purchasing new, secure severs, and migrating the data: $8,000
–One month of full-time work at $50 / hour in order to complete all of the tasks listed above: $8,400
So, for a total of $17,400, we can secure Soapblox, and ensure that yesterday’s dangerous attack can never be replicated. Let’s make this happen. Save Soapblox and secure online progressive media. Contribute today. Read more.
Soapblox Selects Warecorp to Provide Strategic Hosting.
Business Wire February 04, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warecorp, a web and software services firm and hosting provider, has been selected to provide strategic hosting and maintenance support services to SoapBlox, one of the fastest growing blogging platforms on the Web. Read more.Business Wire February 04, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warecorp, a web and software services firm and hosting provider, has been selected to provide strategic hosting and maintenance support services to SoapBlox, one of the fastest growing blogging platforms on the Web. Read more.
Warecorp acquires and upgrades the popular Soapblox platform for progressive bloggers.
Business Wire June 16, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warecorp, a software and web services consulting company, today announced the introduction of SoapBlox 2.0, an upgraded and revitalized version of the original SoapBlox blogging platform the company acquired in January. The SoapBlox 2.0 introduction was announced at the sixth annual Netroots Nation convention in Minneapolis on June 16. Read more.
October 15, 2015 Soapblox will go dark. So long good friend.