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    Wordpress vs TypePad

    From the creators of Movable Type and Vox we bring you TypePad, a very powerful and convenient blogging utility which resembles Google’s Blogger in many aspects.  Today we will compare this great blogging tool to the all time famous Wordpress blogging application which is better known for being extremely flexible, expandable and easy to use.  TypePad’s home page makes it very clear that they are an easy, good looking solution for bloggers who care more about creating content and building their community than managing hosting environments and related matters; lets take a look at each blogging tool set of features shall we?

    Hosting Options:

    The very first thing you will notice is that TypePad much like Google’s Blogger is hosting within their own servers; recently Blogger has introduced features which allow you to remotely publish your blog using FTP modules - but this is just so you know, moving along - the fact that TypePad’s is hosted in their own machines limits the configuration and customization settings you might want to apply to your blog, moreover TypePad is a paid service which is free to try for the first two weeks.  Wordpress on the other hand is free all around, this means that you can download the main script and install it in your own virtual, collocated, dedicated, etc. environment and be able to tweak it as you please without having to pay a dime for it.

    In addition, Wordpress allows you to host your blog in their own servers much like TypePad does but unlike TypePad - Wordpress is free and you have to trial periods, this means that you can run a test blog to get a feel of the utility first, using Wordpress’s subdomain system and then if you like the tool you can publish your blog, give it its own domain and hosted in your own machine.  The advantage of having your own hosting environment is that you are able to set customized 404 pages, .htaccess files, set folder permissions, configure robots.txt files and much more.

    Templating system and StoreFront Appearance:

    Both blogging tools are big on this area.  TypePad allows you to control the aspect of your site with just a few clicks, you have widgets which let you add customized content to your sidebars, you can use CSS or JavaScript to format your text and the way your blog behaves, TypePad provides over 100 themes (falls short to Wordpress’s thousands of available themes), TypePad allows you to configure custom layouts and banners.  Wordpress covers pretty much all of TypePad’s features regarding templating and store front customizations.

    Pricing:

    This is an obvious difference between Wordpress and TypePad, this last tool offers several plans starting at $4.99 a month or $49.95 a year all the way to $89.95 per month or $899.50 per year for business class operations.  There are of course three more plans in between the two mentioned and more features become available as you upgrade from plan to plan.  With wordpress all you need is a virtual host if you are starting and that’s it.  Virtual hosts run as low as a couple of dollars a month and the allowed disk space and bandwidth is very generous too, so Wordpress doesn’t limit you in this area.

    If you prefer blogging tools which are easy to use and manage all the back-end customizations then TypePad is a good tool for you, but if you are a more advanced user who wants to have access to every setting imaginable then you can’t go wrong with Wordpress.

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