wordpress.com – not for serious bloggers?
It’s so funny. A year ago, after testing both systems, I knew very little about everything WordPress, but I fell in love with everything TypePad in an instant. Today I know I should have stayed with WordPress. A year ago I probably would have sided with johnny on his post about TypePad for serious bloggers. Today, I’m actually defending WordPress more than I thought I would ever do, hence my compulsion to leave a long comment on that post.
You see, as I’ve learned now, WordPress has a lot more functionality that TypePad doesn’t have, functionality that I’ve missed so much in TypePad that I am now seriously considering switching over to WordPress. In summary, as far as typepad.com versus wordpress.com goes, TypePad is left with these pros (lacking features in WordPress):
- The ability to add scripts, which allows you to add almost any widget to your blog.
- The ability to have AdSense or other ads, as in “commercial content”
- The ability to build a blog theme from scratch or edit your theme’s CSS.
- A wider selection of themes.
Back then, those were in fact the reasons for me to chose TypePad over WordPress in the first place. Now, on the other hand, WordPress wins me over because of these pros (lacking features in TypePad):
- Full control over post URLs. Edit them, change them, and the old URL still forwards to the new URL. No links lost. No traffic lost.
- Error 404 – Page not Found default page still on your blog. This keeps your visitors on your blog, even if they mistyped a URL or used an outdated or broken link to find you. No links lost. No traffic lost.
- Integrated search box. (In TypePad you can add Google Search, more cumbersome and not as nice)
- Integrated Contact Form. (In TypePad you can add one via scripting from an external host like formlogix.com)
- Nested categories. Creating sub-categories helps structuring and organizing your blog content.
- Tags. TypePad only has Categories. Tags are helpful in targeting specific search keywords.
- Integrated stats. TypePad stats are at best a hit counter, not stats you can use.
I’m not sure what johnny defines as a “serious” blogger. His other half seems to be in love with WordPress, though. Me too. In my opinion a serious blogger cares about his readers, and in my opinion WordPress achieves that a lot better than TypePad. Neither systems are perfect, but for my use and my needs, WordPress is the better system. Whichever you want to choose, that I leave up to you. I know what I want.