Two months ago, I observed in a blog post entitled “CertCities.com: Lights on, Nobody home?” that there hadn’t been any new activity in those pages since the end of January (2013). Now that I’ve had a change to talk about what’s going on over there — or not going on, as the case turns out to be — with long-time resident blogger and writer, Emmett Dulaney, I’m truly sorry to report that the site has been deactivated. If you visit CertCities.com, you’ll see the site and its content are still there, but according to what Emmett told me, there won’t be any new content coming to those pages until and unless the site’s owner and operator (The Redmond Media Group, which I’ll abbreviate as RMG) decides to resuscitate this online presence. It’s not like RMG has nothing else to do: following is a screen snip of the company’s online properties, most of which are still quite active, and some of which are at least fairly successful:
Of the many, many RMG properties, the Redmond (Microsoft) focused sites/publications and the education topics are still thriving.
In learning how CertCities got wound down, I heard from Mr. Dulaney that the company went through several fits and starts. They indicated to him on at least two occasions that the site would get an additional infusion of money and writing resources but as the stated deadline for their deployment approached, the company backed away from those plans. Mr. Dulaney also indicated that in March, he’d been informed that CertCities.com would become inactive and that no new content would be appearing on its pages for the foreseeable future. As far as I can determine, he’d been the only source of anything new for the site for two years or more before the actual cut-off occurred anyway.
Nevertheless, it’s sad to see this once-vibrant and incredibly active IT certification resource fall by the wayside. I always used to enjoy their salary surveys, IT cert wishlists, and even their lists of best certification authors and training sources (among which my own work, and the Exam Cram series I created, made frequent appearances). So please join me in wishing CertCities.com a fond farewell. It was nice while it lasted!