User Feedback: Typepad

Our guest poster today is none other than Antique Mommy. Yep, that’s right. We know her. Eat your hearts out.

This is what she has to say about TypePad:

I started out with BlogSpot (or Blogger) in July of 2005 and
made the switch to TypePad about a year ago. Blogger provided everything a blogger could want and it was free, but at
the time, they were having a lot of down time and service problems and I became
frustrated and made the jump to TypePad.

TypePad is not a free service, but you can get basic service
for about $5 a month, which is a pretty cheap hobby – much cheaper than my
former hobby, shoe shopping. And,
anytime I’ve had a problem I’ve gotten a quick response to my help ticket.

What I don’t like about TypePad:

  •  You have to go several pages deep to locate the
    permalink for a post (much easier with Blogger)
  • I can’t change the font size easily within the post
    (which I could also do at Blogger).
  •  I can’t play around with picture placement in the post
    (easily)
  • They don’t have that many standard templates to choose
    from. I remember Blogger having quite a
    few. And I found that it was a lot easier for a novice like me to play with the
    template at Blogger. Not so at TypePad.

What I do like about TypPad:

  • I can ban an IP address if I have an unruly commenter.
  • I can assign a category to my posts (even though I
    don’t)
  • Lots of reports they provide that I never look at.

I’m sure TypePad has many more bells and whistles, but I
just haven’t had the time to find them.

In the year that I’ve been with Typepad, their service has
been steady and reliable and if you don’t mind spending the money, I would
recommend it. However, for basic
blogging, I don’t think you can go wrong with Blogger either. If it hadn’t been for service issues, I’d
still be with Blogger.

3 Responses

  1. Andrew May 10, 2007 / 1:15 pm

    I am a typepad user, and I agree with just about all of the pros and cons here (though I haven’t used any other service like Blogger for comparison). Though I am a little confused about the claim that “You have to go several pages deep to locate the permalink for a post.” On my typepad blog, there is a link for the “permalink” right at the bottom of each post. Maybe it’s the specific template that I’m using, but it is there as clear as day. Thanks, Antique Mommy, for your review.

  2. Andrew May 10, 2007 / 1:19 pm

    Afterthought on my post above: Blogging Basics, in fact, is hosted on Typepad, and there is a “permalink” link right here below this very post! 🙂

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