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.
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?
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.
Both TypePad and WordPress have many templates to choose from. As of writing this post, WordPress comes with 67 different templates or design themes. TypePad has about the same, but it looks more, since most themes come ready in different colors; I counted more than 180 different variations based on 65 themes. In WordPress, only some themes come with customizable colors, so it’s difficult to count how many variations there actually are there. That aside, choosing and previewing a theme is much better in WordPress than in TypePad.
As you develop your blog, you may decided to change the overall topic of your blog. Thus, you may want to re-categorize your posts. Or, as the number of posts grow you decide to stremline your topics and cut down on categories (and use tags instead). How easy is that in TypePad versus WordPress?