The title for this post stems from one of the search phrases found in my stats, so I thought it would be fun to set up a step by step tutorial, especially since I have been through this myself, with all the pains and pleasures it entailed. It was a hard learning process, and a steep learning curve, but in the end I am very happy with the result.
Both TypePad and WordPress can import from each other, but WordPress seems to have one little flaw: pages in TypePad are imported as posts in WordPress, so you will have to manually copy and paste and make them into pages. It’s not a great deal of work, but it’s still extra and annoying work if you have a lot of pages. TypePad does not have this problem, pages and posts are imported seamlessly as pages and posts. I don’t know if this is a general issue with importing from Typepad to WordPress or whether I did something wrong. If you have other experiences, I’d love to hear from you.
One particular nice feature about WordPress is the so called error 404 Page not Found default page. What it means is that if for whatever reason a reader types in the wrong web address for a post on your blog, or if a Google search or some link on someone else’s web site still lists a post or page on your site that you have already deleted, the reader will not be met with a blank white page with no clue what to do, but will still find your blog. With this WordPress feature the visitor is more likely to stay on your blog and search for the missing post.
Done. Finally. I just moved 4 (actually 5) blogs from TypePad to WordPress. For some time I had been pondering of downgrading my TypePad Pro account ($14.95/mo) to a TypePad Plus account ($8.95/mo), since I was not fully using the features of my Pro account.
However, while Pro allows an unlimited number of blogs, Plus has a limit of three, which meant I had to delete (move) some of my blogs from TypePad to WordPress, which was the obvious choice, since I already had some blogs there. I left the rest of my blogs on TypePad, and if the move goes well, maybe they too will follow suit.
It was not so easy as I thought it would be, and I learned the hard way all the things I don’t like about WordPress, or TypePad, for that matter. Things like batch (re-)categorization of posts, inserting images, finding various settings, template shortcomings, etc.
Well, coming up I will tell you how it went and what are the pains and pleasures of WordPress and TypePad. People have done this move before, so it will be interesting to see if my move has the same experiences.