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Good things and bad things about TypePad/WordPress: Importing blogs

June 30, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s fairly easy and straightforward to import TypePad blogs into WordPress and vice versa. But beware. There are some pitfalls, and some pleasant surprises.

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Good things about TypePad: File Manager

June 29, 2008 Leave a comment

When I moved my old static website to a blog format I was faced with a seemingly unsolvable dilemma: My domain had been up for some 8 years, with a Google PR of 5, and with a considerable numbers of links coming in from Google or other searches and/or websites. How could I retain my links in and not loose readers? I assumed that Google eventually would update its results, but could I be sure? That’s where TypePad’s File Manager came in handy. It allowed me to create directories and files to “mirror” my old site and automatic redirect the old html-file to the new html-file of the posts on TypePad that had been created from my old pages, i.e. creating a “www.mydomain.com/mydirectory/myfile.html” on TypePad, which auto-redirected to “www.mydomain.com/blog/year/month/mynewpost.html”, which was where my old page was now sitting in my new blog. This way no search results or old links in would get lost. Many pages also had links to uploadable files, so instead of re-writing all links in all posts I just re-created the directory the files were sitting in and uploaded the files to there using the File Manager.

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Customization: TypePad versus WordPress

June 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Customizing your theme is way better in TypePad than in WordPress. Well, this is a half-truth. In the TypePad “Basic” account at $4.95/month you have pretty much the same options as in WordPress: You can select which content too use, and where to put it, drag and drop. There are slight differences, but basically both TypePad and WordPress offer the same functionality here. WordPress uses “widgets”, TypePad calls it what it is, plus they have something called “Typelists”, where you determine your own content.

Then comes the TypePad “Plus” account at $8.95/month…now we start talking. Here you can design your own template from scratch:  colors, number and width of columns, header, sidebar content, fonts and styles. You are not in total control, but almost.

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Some annoying things about TypePad: Stats

June 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Now this is where WordPress really beats TypePad: Blog stats. Even free stat counters are seldom as comprehensive as what you get with WordPress. TypePad’s stats function is hardly worth mentioning, a simple hit counter, that’s what it is, basically. On the other hand, since TypePad allows you to insert JavaScript on your blogs, it’s easy to find a suitable free or paid counter for your TypePad blog. WordPress’ stats are simply great. I must admit that. Well, compared to TypePad. I can get better stats from a self-installed counter on TypePad, but that’s not what we are comparing here.

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Some annoying things about TypePad: Changing your theme

June 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Both TypePad and WordPress have many templates to choose from. As of writing this post, WordPress comes with 67 different templates or design themes. TypePad has about the same, but it looks more, since most themes come ready in different colors; I counted more than 180 different variations based on 65 themes. In WordPress, only some themes come with customizable colors, so it’s difficult to count how many variations there actually are there. That aside, choosing and previewing a theme is much better in WordPress than in TypePad.

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Some annoying things about WordPress: Category assignment

June 25, 2008 Leave a comment

As you develop your blog, you may decided to change the overall topic of your blog. Thus, you may want to re-categorize your posts. Or, as the number of posts grow you decide to stremline your topics and cut down on categories (and use tags instead). How easy is that in TypePad versus WordPress?

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Writing a post in TypePad versus WordPress

June 24, 2008 Leave a comment

A blogger’s first experience with blogging is determined by his or her experience writing and editing and publishing his or her first post. How easy is that in WordPress versus TypePad?

I’m fairly new to blogging. But not to having an online presence. I’ve had a website up and running since 1998, so I do have some experience with web editing tools, ranging from handcoding HTML in Notepad via FrontPage to lastly Dreamweaver. So I know my share of editing tools and my review of WordPress and TypePad as far as editing and managing content goes will be colored by that.

Looking at the screen shots below, bear in mind that TypePad is currently upgrading its composer, and I am still working with the old composer, because my blog is not upgraded yet, so it may look as if TypePad has many fewer options than WordPress. Compared to the new composer, the differences between WordPress and TypePad are not that big. I will get back to that as soon as I too have been upgraded by TypePad.

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