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 latest addition to useful tools in WordPress (and it’s a tool that TypePad does not have) is the Press This bookmarklet, which lets you copy and paste anything from other websites into a post or a page you are writing, simply with the click of a mouse, so to speak. No more laboriously copying and pasting and formatting and HTML-stripping text, it’s all there in one go. Isn’t that great?
For the first-time blogger, deciding which platform to sign up with, comparing features is important. How much is advertising and how much is truthfully telling what you can really do? Today marks the start of a new series, comparing the features of WordPress and TypePad, as they are advertised on the TypePad Features website and the WordPress Features website.
By now, if you have been following this blog, you should know that your wordpress.com blog does display Google Ads to first-time visitors to your blog coming from a Google search. There’s nothing you can do about that. Inspired by a post on Notes, links and conversation I decided to do some digging, and for your convenience I have collected some examples:
So far I have praised WordPress’ functionality and made it the main reason for why I would choose WordPress over TypePad. There’s one functionality, though, where TypePad takes the lead, and that is the ability to design your own theme from scratch, even without using any CSS.
If you read my post 2 days ago, showing how how my blog looks like with the Google Ads that WordPress is serving to my first time visitors coming from a search result, you will know that the ads really ruin the design and visual impression of my blog. Is there a way to make the ads more inline and less protruding? A theme change maybe?
This week seems to be a philosophical week. After first pondering the supposed pros of an ad-free blog, then discovering that my blog is in fact not so ad-free after all, the question naturally arises: What to do next?
So should I go back to TypePad, because at least there I have control over my ads? Or stay with WordPress, because of the added functionality I have here? Just looking at the scoreboard should be enough to convince me. I have already moved my blog to WordPress, but do I really want to stay here now?