Have you heard about Google Webmaster Tools? With Google Webmaster Tools, you can view which of your pages are included in Google’s index, see any errors encountered while crawling your site, find search queries that list your site as a result, find out which sites link to yours, and much more. In order to take full advantage of these tools you must first verify your site with Google, thus asserting ownership of said site. This is done by a) adding meta tags to your blog’s HTML or b) by uploading a certain HTML-file. The former is only possible in Blogger, the latter can be done in TypePad and in WordPress, but how?
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this announcement today: Go (Even More) Ad-Free. Finally, wordpress.com is doing away with the Google Ads that have plagued my blog for so long. Well, they’re not really doing away with them, I have to pay to opt out of them, but it’s at a very reasonable price: $30/yr.
Are you afraid of the Cookie Monster? In clear words: Are you worried that someone could steal your personal data and, potentially, hijack your blog account? WordPress has apparently done something to help you protect yourself: SSL. Now, when you access your blog administration pages, WordPress encrypts your connection and helps prevent data scavengers from stealing your password and other info.
When I started this blog about comparing WordPress and Typepad, what I forgot or didn’t really think about is that any software is continuously improved, so any comparison is only valid for so long, and soon, many of my posts will be obsolete. Such is the case with my previous observations on TypePad Help versus WordPress Help. Both WordPress and TypePad have now revamped their support functions recently – and I need to make a new post…so what has changed?
The Visual mode does display, but it seems that I can only write in HTML mode.
Image insertion seems impossible.
NOTE: The links were inserted later.
Finally! No more workaround for making “sticky posts”. No more laboriously changing the date of a post to make it stick to the top, as I explained in a previous post. WordPress has caught up with TypePad and is now offering sticky posts, too, just announced today. Fantastic! I’ve been waiting for this….
So, TypePad versus WordPress, now: TypePad-1, WordPress-1.
Comments are great on a blog. They allow for interaction between you and your readers. I love blogs with comments and I love to have comments on my blog. However, replying to a bunch of comments means that you have to add your answers at the bottom of a long list of comments. With WordPress, not TypePad, you can insert your reply in between every comment, thus creating the illusion of a conversation, even if you are replying at a much later time or date. How is that possible?
Finally. Google Chrome is out!
It was just a matter of time before Google would release their first browser. Google is now becoming the world’s second Microsoft and there’s hardly anywhere left to turn on the web and on your computer without running into Google one way or the other. And now the latest addition: Google Chrome. So, how good is it really?
Google Chrome, Google’s own browser will be released tomorrow. I didn’t even know they were working on a browser, but then again, I don’t tend to follow tech news that much. On the official Google blog there’s also a comic book, explaining how they came up with their new browser and explaining the technology behind it and how it works. Still a bit too techie for me, but I had a lot of fun reading it. To be officially released in 100 countries tomorrow, I can’t wait to try it out. Anything that is non-Microsoft works for me.
One area that many bloggers do not always pay attention to is the front or home page. The ability to customize your home page is one of the most important factors in making your blog attractive and thus keeping visitors on your site. How does wordpress,com compare to typepad.com when it comes to front page customization?