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?
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.
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?
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?
I made a post in my early days of this blog, comparing TypePad stats with WordPress stats, and looking back at it now, I must admit that I did not cover the WordPress stats well enough. Especially after WordPress released their tabular stats feature. There’s really not much to say about TypePad stats, except that they are useless. So lets present the WordPress stats as they really are for this blog.