Here’s a cool little WordPress feature I just discovered recently, the “nextpage”-function, which separates looong posts into page or screen size chunks, making for easy reading. As far as I know TypePad doesn’t have this functionality, but I could be mistaken.
On this blog it may not make much sense, at least not yet, but WordPress has one category functionality that TypePad does not have: nested categories, or parent categories and children categories if you so wish. Dividing your categories into more categories is a very useful feature if you are blogging about topics within a topic. It can give your blog a much better structure than just listing the categories.
On this blog I could for instance make something like this:
where Pros and Cons are children categories of their parent categories, TypePad and WordPress. This is very nice if you want to structure your topics neatly instead of just listing them one by one. Mind you, by default, categories are ordered alphabetically. If you desire a different order, you need to put the categories into a text widget by hand.
So how do you do it?
Why use a contact form?
This day and age, if you have a website, you don’t leave your email-address on it. You use a contact form. Why?
- To avoid spam (there are programs designed to crawl websites and look for email-addresses that can be used for spam).
- To make contacting you easier (no need to open an email-program, simply type and hit “Send” while still on your site).
In TypePad you need to find and add a script for that. Sure, that should be easy enough, but WordPress has a built-in contact form that saves you the extra work. Is it any good?
File or post naming conventions in TypePad versus WordPress are a hot topic among bloggers. Here comes another one: How your post title displays in Google searches. A typepad.com blog appears different from a wordpress.com blog. That was indeed most surprising to me. Before you read on, let me remind you that I’m not discussing SEO techniques here, I’m merely pointing at how the search results display. Now, I didn’t do a thorough research here, just a few examples, so if I’m wrong here, TypePad will want my head on a plate for sure…