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We just have received final notice of shutdown of Google Maps API v2.

This means that if you are using an older application that uses google’s older API, such as our Store Locator prior to v1.7.0, then you will need to update to ensure continued operation of that application.

Here is the official notice:

As you may be aware, JavaScript Maps API v2 was scheduled for shutdown on May 19, 2013. After listening to feedback from developers we decided to extend the deprecation timeline by six months, to November 19, 2013 to allow more time for migration to v3 of the API.

On November 19, 2013 we will deploy a JavaScript wrapper that attempts to automagically turn remaining v2 maps into v3 maps. Though we expect this wrapper to work for most simple maps, we cannot guarantee that your maps will continue to function. We therefore highly recommend that you migrate to v3 before November 19. The good news is that Google Maps JavaScript API v3 is more robust and feature rich than v2, and we’ve written a guide to assist the migration.


Google Maps API Developer Relations


End of an Era

When I got to work this morning and checked my email, I had a pretty huge surprise waiting for me. I’m a member of the NY Tech Meetup email list, and someone sent an email to the list announcing that Geocities would be shutting down at the end of the month.

For many younger web developers (myself included), Geocities was where we got our web design start. Suddenly web design was accessible to just about anyone who was curious enough to put in the time playing around with their free tools. In fact, about 10 years ago I put up a (relatively useless) site on Geocities with my own web design tips. I only vaguely remember it, but I’m pretty sure it was mainly about then-cutting-edge things like changing text colors and sizes when you moved your mouse over it. Ah the good ol’ days.

But what about all of those websites still on Geocities?!

I have a website at Geocities. What do I do now?!

To everyone who still has a Geocities page and is unsure what to do, I’d like to help. For starters, if you have any basic questions, you should look through the FAQ that Yahoo! has put up about the transition located here.

To sum it up, you have until October 26th to move all of your site files to a different web host or they will be lost.

The New Era

Of course, Yahoo! suggests moving to their paid hosting (big surprise, right?)… but what surprised me is that Sysgen Media web hosting is actually cheaper than Yahoo! web hosting.

Yahoo! Monthly Pricing Sysgen Media Monthly Pricing
$4.99 first year / $9.99 after $4.95

Yahoo! is offering hosting at $4.99 per month for the first year and then $9.99 per month after that. If you look at our hosting plans you’ll see that our cheapest hosting is $4.95 per month if you pay upfront for the year and will stay $4.95 as long as you don’t need extra space or monthly data transfer.

Save Over $60 Per Year with Sysgen Media Website Hosting

Your savings: First year – $0.48. Woohoo! But your savings each subsequent year: $60.48.

You’ll need to purchase a domain name (such as sysgenmedia.com or yourdomain.com) but that’s a low one-time-yearly cost, and you’ll get at least 3 email addresses at your domain (ie: yourname@yourdomain.com), possibly more depending upon which hosting plan you select. We’ll be happy to guide you through the process of transitioning to our hosting, and are also available to help move your site for you at a low cost.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at nlandis@sysgenmedia.com and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about our hosting, moving your site to Sysgen Media web hosting, or anything else website related.

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