Typepad vs WordPress Series – Own Your Blog

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This is the first in a series of posts in which I will compare the two most favored blog platforms, Typepad and WordPress.  The purpose of this is not to crown a winner in a contest, rather to help you find the blogging platform that is right for you.

One of the difficulties in making a proper determination about which platform to choose is that most of the people you talk to will be biased – they will recommend the platform they use.  And they will probably make this recommendation without even getting to know you and your objectives.  That’s right, they will prescribe without diagnosing.  Brilliant, isn’t it?

This is one reason for this series of posts.  I hope to clear the air by educating you so that you can make your best choice.  And just to be fully transparent, this blog was hosted on Typepad for 5 years, but is now a self-hosted WordPress blog.

Stay tuned and you will learn why.

Own Your Blog Domain

Having a unique domain that you own is an essential feature for any blog.  And it is one that both Typepad and WordPress offer.  To my knowledge, this is not possible with many of the others.  This alone is why I only recommend these two platforms – they allow you to protect years of blog content that is a living Web legacy of your business.

To be successful with blogging, regardless of your purpose, you will need to work very hard at it.  The good word is this places you in a very select group, because most bloggers ignore the cardinal rule of blogging consistently.   Here’s the best part:  I can say without qualification that among the inconsistent bloggers are many self-described social media and blogging experts.

How It Works

Typepad assigns a unique Typepad URL when you sign up for their service. It will be something like myblog.typepad.com.  That URL never changes, but when you map over your own domain, which in my case is my name: jeffkorhan.com, that is what gets indexed on the Web.  As long as you maintain control of that URL by keeping it registered at GoDaddy.com (my preference) or wherever you wish to park it, then you are in good shape.

To be clear – with Typepad you have two URL’s.  You have the one they give you that still works but sits in the background, and you have the one you own that is mapped over it.  It works much like it does with email aliases.

With WordPress, and this is WordPress.org we are talking about, you set everything up on your domain from the get go, so there really isn’t any mapping.  The key here is to understand that there is a difference between WordPress.org, which allows you to own your blog, and WordPress.com, which doesn’t. UPDATE:  You can now own your blog on WordPress.com for a small fee.

One advantage of having a unique domain for your blog is you can export your entire blog from WordPress to Typepad or vice-versa.  Even if you are loyal to one platform, you never know with mergers and such if there will be a desire to change down the road.  So, do this.  You will thank yourself some day – that much I can guarantee you.

If you are Typepad blogger, here are the instructions for getting this done.  I highly recommend using GoDaddy for your domain because they provide phone support to work out the kinks in your mapping process, and I can assure you there usually are a few.

The Differences

Typepad is hosted on their servers – which to you and me means it is hosted in the cloud.  Some will consider this advantage a disadvantage.  It is a matter of perspective.  I like knowing that there is a company with technical expertise that is focused on making sure everything is working well – software and hardware upgrades are being made, protective measures against viruses in place, etc.

WordPress requires you to self-host your data.  Some consider this to be an advantage because it gives you more control.  To me, it is an advantage akin to owning your own home.  It seems like the perfect scenario when everything is working well, until something goes wrong, such as the housing market collapsing.  Then you may wish you were a renter.

Your WordPress blog could get hit by a virus because you weren’t upgrading the WordPress software, as just one example.  Or your data is lost because you weren’t backing it up.  You can solve this problem by using Jungledisk to automatically back-up to the cloud (actually Amazon’s servers) – for just a few dollars per month.

You see, with WordPress you do have control, but having that control also means you and you alone are responsible.  To quote Clint Eastwood (aka Dirty Harry) … “you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? ”

Finally, as a consultant, another advantage to having the data in the cloud is that I can step in when necessary and help my clients.  In other words, their blog is much more easily sharable.  That is not as easily done when the content is housed on the client’s servers.  To access that data poses all kinds of security risks for both of us.

This Series

One intent of this series is to help you by giving you my perspective as a loyal Typepad user.  Many of my readers know I am a Typepad advocate, so I finally decided to take the time to explain why.

You certainly have the right ro disagree with me.  In fact, if I happen to misrepresent either WordPress or Typepad, please leave a comment and I’ll do the research and set the record straight.  Naturally, I welcome agreeable comments too!

My True Purpose

I really want to see more small business owners blogging.  The data I’ve seen indicates the percentage of small business owners blogging is about 10%.  This is pathetic.  If you and I are to have more social media engagement within our markets, we need more people blogging. This is why I recommend the simplicity of Typepad to entrepreneurs and small business owners who have their hands full just running their businesses.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Since this article was written over a year ago, there have been a number of changes at Typepad – with the most significant one being the sale of the company to Say Media.  After careful consideration, including meeting with Typepad representatives in person, I have moved this blog to WordPress.

You can read more about why Jeff Korhan moved to WordPress here to learn more about WordPress and how it compares to Typepad, and how I moved thousands of posts and comments intact.  It’s not easy, but it is possible when you own your blog.

Indeed, it appears this series will indeed continue – with a new direction.

Here’s another comparison of TypePad vs WordPress – Pros and Cons that is based upon my personal experience using both.

About the Author:  Jeff Korhan, MBA, helps mainstream small businesses create exceptional customer experiences that accelerate business growth. Get more from Jeff on LinkedInTwitter and Google+.

Jeff is also the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business – (Wiley 2013)

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Comments

  1. Great Article! Really helps the beginner blogger, like myself, choose a direction that isn’t either too simplistic nor complicated.

    Thanks!

  2. Chris – That’s what this blog is about is keeping it simple – and just letting everyone know more so they can make the best choices for their situation.

    Thanks for reading. :)

    Jeff

  3. Jeff,

    Thanks for a great article. I am starting a little business of my own in interior design. Needless to say the blog will be heavy on the visuals and I’d like to really be able to be creative with the space… I would be interested in your take on WP vs TP from a creative flexibility standpoint (and ability to use that feature as a beginner blogger…. aka, no background in coding websites). I am currently toying around with unpublished blogs on both and so far finding typepad to have a bit more bells and whistles with customizing, layout options, etc. Any thoughts from that angle?

    Thanks!

  4. Little Mrs – What you are discovering is that the functionality that everyone raves about on WP is not part of the “starter package.” It all has to be added with plug-ins. And all of that has to be managed. TypePad does that for you.

    Your approach to testing on unpublished blogs is a good one.

    As we saw with websites, the better blogs are becoming simpler. It’s a less is more approach that keeps your blog fresh – and your readers engaged.

    You sound like you are on the right track and doing your homework!

    Jeff

  5. Nice article. I have both typepad and WP blogs, mostly so I can understand the advantages/disadvantages of each as I try to teach agents in our office the power of blogging.

    I agree that Typepad is the better choice for many. Besides some of the WP problems you noted, it demands a much higher set of skills and time commitment than TypePad.

    I hope people hear you about having their own URL point at their typepad blog… very important indeed.

    I look forward to reading more in your series.

  6. Gene – Indeed there is a greater time commitment with WordPress. A good friend of mine who is a huge WordPress fan just had her blog hacked.

    Now, she is technically savvy so she was able to take care of things. Something like that could shut down those of us with average tech skills for a while – possibly forever!

    Thank you for your comment,

    Jeff

  7. Hi Jeff, I’m looking forward to more in this series, as people always ask me for recommendations for blogging platforms and it’s always nice to be able to point people to thoughtful pieces like this.

    I blog with both WordPress.com and TypePad, and I thought I should point out that WordPress.com (which is hosted like TypePad) does offer domain mapping for a small yearly fee. This service is not an additional charge in TypePad, but WordPress is free, and TypePad (with the exception of Micro) is not.

    We don’t need to get into features-to-cost comparisons here, and I’m sure you’ll touch on the other reasons why TypePad might be a better platform (lately I prefer it, too), the features mentioned in this installment of the series (hosted-ness, domain mapping, ease of use) are available in both.

    Thanks,
    Josh

  8. Josh – Excellent feedback – and I really appreciate it. Much of my WordPress background comes from heavy users, though, just like any other technology, things change. I was told you can’t own your domain the the WP.com platform. Great to know.

    My favorite feature that TypePad recently added is the Toolbar that allows me to check stats, reblog, and do a quick edit. Does WP offer anything like that? It’s a huge time-saver.

    Jeff

  9. Jeff, great comparison of WordPress and TypePad. As a songwriter I have been blogging on MySpace but I need to get out to a wider audience and am ready to start my first “real” blog. My comparisons of WordPress.com vs. TypePad have made my head spin. After reading your blog I am leaning toward TypePad, which I notice you are using. It seems that for the fixed fees of TypePad you get pretty much all the features I need and simplicity.

    One issue that you mention is using your own domain name. In my case my domain name is used for my website. Would I need a different domain name to do what you recommend? If so, I’d be better off using the TypePad URL and linking to it from my website. Any thoughts?

    Again thanks for clarifying a number of issues.

    Howard

  10. Songduck – You’ll want to set up a unique url that you own and map it over the TypePad url. The reason for this is that you then ‘own’ all of those links as long as you own that url.

    There are many reasons for this. It allows you to switch to WordPress if you decide (and seamlessly switch back) and essentially carry those links you have previously created with you. And it also gives an identity to your blog that relates to you.

    Your url could be a descriptive phrase or another version of your name or company name. I’m extraordinarily happy with my experience here at TypePad, but you never know what the future will hold. It’s just good insurance, that’s all.

    Most significant with having your own url is that it can and should be memorable, and therefore easier for your community to find you in a pinch.

    Plus, remember that you always have the TypePad url that sits behind your url. This gives you double protection.

    To your last question about linking from your website and so forth, I recently did a post that gives my perspective on that: http://bit.ly/bdvUEP

    Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate knowing that my work has been helpful!

    Jeff

  11. Great article! Thanks Jeff!

  12. Annie – :) Glad you liked.

    Jeff

  13. Hi Jeff great article. I find myself now smarter due to the last 10 mins I spent digesting what your wrote. Forgive me for asking a dumb question, but I still am foggy regarding having my own url for my typepad blog or just having a link to my blog on my webpage (which is what i have now and why i think no one is reading it!). So you recommend buying a url (ie. a “.com” address) and redirecting the typepad blog to it so it works as a separate webpage? Hopefully my question makes sense and THANK YOU for your help!

  14. Mike – Makes complete sense. There are many reasons for having your own url- for one thing you can pick a name that is easy to remember. It looks more professional. And it can be more personal.

    Here’s another example:

    Let’s say you build up thousands of links with a blog that you have mapped your url over to. Now you want to stop blogging. No problems, you can take that url and host a website with it and the people that find those old blog links will still find you.

    The url doesn’t help your readership, that’s another matter altogether. And don’t forget that with typepad you always have the typepad url in addition to the one you map over.

    Jeff

  15. Hi Jeff,

    What an excellent post defining the two! I’ll post a link to this from my blog, it’s perfect for my readers.

    Sincerely,

  16. Thanks Nelson – I appreciate that. This one certainly has generated some attention. I really should add to the series to share more of what I have learned since this post.

    For one thing, I need to get a new Dirty Harry video as YouTube took down the one I had embedded.

    Thanks for reading. I’ll swing over to your place and take a look around. :)

    Jeff

  17. as of now i am using free platform but many people said on forum that typepad was the best blogging platform to used because it is do follow. But i am thinking better and finding more option on the web it typepad really the best.

  18. Hi Jeff,

    Great article. I recently set up my new food blog on blogger. I’m having some serious concerns only 2 weeks into this project. I previously looked into WordPress and found it too complicated. If you don’t know CSS and html you’re completely helpless. And WordPress doesn’t have live tech support.

    My question is this: does TypePad have 24/7 telephone support? Is it easy to migrate over from Blogger? Yes, Blogger is relatively easy to use, but the downside is no tech support and lack of customization. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

  19. Yes, I agree with many of the comments here, this post is quite informative overall. I am in a similar situation with Gail above. Currently on Blogger but considering options. It’s important to own the content we create!

  20. Danielle – You put a lot of heart and soul into that content. And it tends to build and grow over a lifetime. That’s the legacy to protect. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jeff

  21. Jeff, I’m going to do more than bookmark this, I’m going to print it out and save it. Blogging is a perpetual learning experience. The questions never stop, they just become more informed. And the TypePad support team is great.

    I found your analogy of domain mapping/email alias really helpful. Analogies, I’ve heard, help non-technical people understand IT concepts. http://is.gd/e8AzL

  22. Susan – Well, you have indeed made my day! Thank you.

    It just so happens that analogies, metaphors, and the like are how I think. :)

    Jeff

  23. Gail – Sorry, but I missed your comment earlier due to travels. Telephone support is becoming a rare thing. TypePad has a knowledgebase that is very easy to follow and frequently updated. Additionally, you are able to complete a help ticket if you get stuck and they will respond within 24 hours.

    With WordPress you have to go out to the forums, and from what I’ve seen, it can takes days to resolve problems – in addition to the many hours reading the forums.

    I’m not familiar with what Blogger offers.

    Also, my understanding is that it’s easy to migrate to TypePad, although I do not have first-hand experience doing so.

    Jeff

  24. You’re welcome, and thanks for the follow! I’m honored.

  25. Jeff,

    Good article, thanks. Do have you have any experience with or have you used squarespace.com for blog hosting? If so, what are your thoughts? Especially as compared to typepad.

  26. Randy – I seem to recall that SquareSpace has been around for a while, though I do not have direct experience with them.

    I took some time to review their site, and they seem to do a fine job – though it also appears that their focus has been websites, as opposed to blogging – which they have recently moved into.

    I may be wrong on that, but one clue is the “just released” social integration widgets.

    It appears the ideal user for Squarespace is one that places a premium on the look of the site. I’m concerned about that, but I’m also concerned about functionality and SEO, among other things.

    Also, consider that TypePad is more than a hosting site. They are a social community too, and there are some subtle, yet tangible benefits to that. I like knowing they are in the trenches with us. That experience has to help them forge a better product.

    I hope this helps. Thanks for you question.

    Jeff

  27. Jeff, Thank you for this post and your attention to your readers. Eventually (in 6-12 mo.) I would like to set up a membership site, and WordPress (the pay one) was recommended for that purpose. We have a web site, which we’re hosting, that my husband put together. His knowledge base is about 10yrs old and even though I gave him examples of what I wanted, he doesn’t get it. In order to redo it w/out hurting his feelings, I’m thinking I’ll need to use a format such as the ones reviewed here. I’m wondering if I use the free WordPress to start, can I change it to the pay one later? We have a domain name and I’m wondering about using it simultaneously w/wp or tp? Can Typepad be used to make a membership site? If you have any additional advice regarding my short term web site dilemma and eventual long term goal it will be greatly appreciate. Current web site bygproductions.com.

  28. Bygproductions – Whoah, lots of questions! ha ha. I’ll do my best. First, a url is a unique address that can only be used one place. So you’ll have to make a decision there.

    I don’t believe you can move around in WP as you were wanting to.

    In regards to the membership site, yes, you can definitely do that there. In fact, I’m planning to do the same. I don’t believe you can presently have a membership site on TypePad.

    It’s a good question and I will investigate with TypePad. You’ve made me curious. :)

    Jeff

  29. Hi, Good start. Are you going to finish writing it soon? Can’t wait to read the next chapter!

  30. Alexandra – This is long overdue, and since you asked, I’ll move this higher on my list – maybe as early as next week.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Jeff

  31. Hi Jeff,
    I’m just wondering, from an SEO perspective which is better – WordPress (specifically the thesis theme) or Typepad.
    Can you get the same capabilities out of Typepad as you could with WordPress?

  32. You asked, “I’m wondering if I use the free WordPress to start, can I change it to the pay one later?”

    Yep, you can move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org (or vice versa) any time.

  33. New features at WordPress.com include post by email, post by voice (kinda fun), reblogging, new social sharing tools, automatic publicize options for Facebook, Twitter, and Messenger Connect, and tons more. Check out the WordPress.com Blog for the latest updates.

    Cheers!

  34. WordPress.com does NOT own your blog… you own it.

    I use wordpress.com for my page and I love it.

    You can do so much with plugins, and with certain upgrades I believe you can also change the CSS if you want.

    I chose a theme that allows a custom image header (my own), and didn’t use ANY plugins so far. I worked really hard to get my site working the way I wanted on wordpress (com) and the only problems I ran into were ordering my posts (which I think is ALWAYS done chronologically, although I prefer to have control over that… so I eventually just fudged the dates and created sticky posts so I could at least control the front page content).

    I also had NO trouble mapping my domain name, as you can see (below). I didn’t pay anything extra to do this, I just set up domain name forwarding on Godaddy.com where I host my domain.

    I ran into a few troubles with trying to get rid of the tabs at the top of the page, but I think I’d have to upgrade to the custom css editor for that, which I didn’t want to right now.

    I created a static home page to control the content, which, for my purposes (using it as a writing portfolio site) was the best. I wanted to keep the site really clean and be in control of the content, I didn’t want it dynamic because it’s really more of a website than a blog per se.

    So, you can see that there is TREMENDOUS flexibility within wordpress, although I have not had any experience with typepad.

    And no, they do NOT own your content! You always own it. That is inaccurate what you said about only owning it if you use the .org version of wordpress, I checked with them (in a panic) and reread the TOS.

  35. Susan – This is a big question. Notwithstanding the fact that several top bloggers who were largely responsible for the success of Thesis switched to another theme, I don’t believe it had anything to do with SEO.

    I can tell you I have been very pleased with my SEO results. This tells me TypePad is doing their job. So, if I do mine and they do theirs, results should (and have been) happening.

    As I’ve suggested in other posts, there must be a a reason why so many notable bloggers use TypePad. I believe the reason is that things like SEO are handled automatically.

    Jeff

  36. Sarah – The “ownership” I’m referring to has to do with the links to your blog.

    When I click on your alias that you host at GoDaddy – here is where it takes me: http://sarahnoack.wordpress.com/

    That is a wordpress.com url. Sure, you own the content in that you can download it. However, the links to your blog go to wordpress.com – not to your url.

    Jeff

  37. Hi Jeff

    Great article. Precise. Could be even better if you could sum it up and give a vote towards the end.

  38. Hello Jeff,

    Thank you for the great article!

    I’m looking to start a blog similar to tmz and perezhilton.com

    My question is, which of the two would allow me to have a separate page for comments, an option for user submission material, a membership sign up, customized banner ads and an extremely secure firewall to shield the site from hackers & viruses?

    If my question sounds ridiculous, please let me know. Lol

    Thank you

  39. Wow!

    When I searched TP vs WP i wasn’t countng on so much information. Tnank you!

  40. Oh! it is very interesting and important for me.

  41. The blog provides helpful information regarding the topic and it also gives a vast knowledge as well which helps us in our studies and in practical life.

  42. Crys Galivan says:

    Jeff,
    Thanks for keeping it simple. I’m still in the research phase. I hope to start my blog in about 10 minues. Penelope Trunk says to JUST DO IT! And what I’m getting from you is that it can be done.
    Stand-by !
    and THANK YOU !!

  43. Crys – Well, 10 minutes may be a stretch – but yes, just get started … build the plane as you fly!

    Jeff

  44. I am so glad I found this article. I have been blogging (sort of) on typepad for a while now but I really want to get more serious about it. Recently I have been hearing a lot about wordpress and how great it is and I was feeling like maybe I was in the wrong place.
    I want to check into the mapping over with my own url. I am assuming that the map can be anything I want and doesn’t have to be related to my typepad url? Right now I have a Blog Name (Outside the Cocoon)that doesn’t match my typepad url which is (Reachingformore.typepad.com.) I am assuming that with the map url I could use Outsde the Cocoon provided it is available. Is my assumption correct?

    Thanks I am looking forward to your next article on this topic.

  45. Cindy – You are correct. TypePad gives detailed instructions. If you happen to get your url from Godaddy, they do a great job of working with you to get everything set up just right!

    Jeff

  46. Thanks for your post, it has been a great comfort….to know that you think Typepad is a good company to work with.

    I lay awake at night worrying that all the content on my Typepad blog ASK Harriete (from 2 1/2 years of blogging )will be lost.

    How can I prevent this from happening?
    How do I back up my Typepad account without spending days copying my posts?

    Harriete Estel Berman

  47. Harriete – TypePad has a back-up feature that’s very easy to use – like one click. However, the format leaves something to be desired.

    Another option set up a mirror blog on WordPress and migrate your content over there every now and then. It’s one that I have not tried but I know others that are doing this.

    I’m with ya. I’ve got over 4 years invested in my blog!

    Jeff

  48. would love to read answers to Stella’s question, too.

  49. You cannot do a membership site with TypePad – that I have confirmed. Beyond that, if you (as Stella suggested) are planning to build a site at the level of perezhilton or tmz … well, that’s something I would take directly to TypePad.

    TypePad/SixApart does host sites such as HuffingtonPost. So, I’m sure the capabilities are there.

    My recommendation would be to contact TypePad directly to be absolutely clear.

    Jeff

  50. Jeff, great series here…thank you. I’ve been with Typepad and blogging regularly for over three years. Love the company in every way. As you know, they’ve recently merged (or were bought out?) by another outfit. I’m curious to know how you are feeling these days being with Typepad after the merger. On the Typepad blog there were lots of people very upset about this merger and initially spoke like they were going to switch elsewhere. I’m guessing most did not. But what’s your comfort level these days since the merger?

  51. Thanks Kevin – TypePad indeed was bought by Say Media this year. Naturally, change of any kind is going to make some people happy and others not.

    While I personally know of one notable blogger that left TypePad, there are plenty of others that are still here. In the business space where I live – this includes Seth Godin and David Armano.

    Personally, I think it is always wise to have a back-up plan – especially in regards to technology. Just as technology sites back-up to multiple servers for obvious reasons, you and I should be doing the same.

    I know of others that maintain a mirror blog on other platforms just to be safe. I’m not sure how this is done, but having now over four years invested in this blog – which is my primary business website, it’s on my list of projects for the year.

    While I did attend the TypePad meet-up in Chicago, I didn’t really learn much about future plans. I suspect the process of assimilating the two companies is still a work in progress.

    Jeff

  52. Thanks again, Jeff. Happy New Year, too!
    - Kevin

  53. I have blogs using these two bloging platforms and through the years that I have been using them, never really encountered problems with them so for me basically, Typepad and WordPress are good platforms to use when you want to have good platforms for your blogs…

  54. Typepad is really one of the most user-friendly, simple, but at the same time powerful platforms for blogging, and I also consider it the best platform for entrepreneurs

  55. Jeff, Nice overview of the platforms. I have been using WP for about a year now and wonder how hard is it too convert/migrate to TP. I’m a dabbler who needs to get consistent as you point out in the post so wonder if platform really matters or just being consistent with content?

    Happy New Year!
    Barry
    http://yourpersonalworth.com

  56. Hi Jeff! This whole article is a great help as well as reading all the comments. I currently have a domain name registered with Godaddy and I use Blogger for my platform. I have wanted to go with WordPress but found them confusing. I didn’t consider Typepad and now I will. My question though is about using Templates. Wanting a new design for my blogging but not familiar on how templates work and what gliches there are. How easy is it to use, download, and freedom of changes are there?
    Carrie

  57. Carrie – You’ll find the templates are easy enough to work with. There will some trial and error, but TypePad is always there to help if you make a mistake – and I’ve made plenty!

    Even uploading a custom banner is simple – you just need to know what size to create it for.

    The trend is to keep things simple. Every browser will show your blog slightly differently, so keep that in mind – try to view with Safari, Chrome, Firfox, etc.

    Jeff

  58. MaggyGiunco@optonline.net says:

    Jeff,
    Which of the two provides a better transition from a Blog to a traditional website with e-commerce and more “pages”? I’m trying to decide between the two while looking into where I want my Blog to go in the future.
    Thanks!

  59. Maggy – Not sure if I understand the question.

    My personal preference is that the blog should be a stand-alone entity with the e-commerce being conducted from your website. Your blog should be more personal to encourage engagement. That can be challenging if e-commerce competes with it.

    Jeff

  60. Great article! I just came across a few Typepad blogs, and was curious how effective they are in terms of SEO. It seems as though they will work fine, but a wordpress.org blog may be the better solution in the long run?

  61. Adam – I know there are many theories on SEO, but I’ve done very well for myself (as have others) with TypePad. For one thing, they added the Facebook LIKE button months before WP, which has been phenomenal for my traffic.

    Sustainable SEO comes from great content and interaction. The key with both TP and WP is to just be sure you have a unique url that you own.

    Jeff

  62. Hi jeff,
    Thanks for this interesting post. I am completely new to the blogging world, but I have a book coming out in June and my publishing house is really encouraging me to get blogging. Sounds like Typepad would be less of a challenge to get the hang of for the time being, and I could always switch pretty seamlessly over to wordpress down the road if ever I changed my mind? Did I get all of that right :)?

  63. hi jeff,
    i just wanted to ask, wordpress.org needs HTML learning right? is typepad need it too?
    thanks for answering in advance

  64. Adsabry – There is definitely some html understanding necessary for WordPress.org … not so much – if at all with Typepad. The only time you’ll really need to know html with Typepad is inserting videos and affiliate links – things of that nature.

    It really amounts to coloring between the lines. And TypePad provides some nice tutorials for you to follow, so you are not on your own.

    Jeff

  65. Hi Jeff,

    What an informative article. I’m in the process of creating a new blog for a small online art business. Hosting plans, html, .org and .com almost got the best of me! Happy for your article :)

    What is your advice on having my own name as the .typepad.com address and mapping my registered domain name ie, myshop.com over it?

    Would this help to route traffic if someone couldn’t remember my shop name but knew my name?

  66. Ashley – I’m not sure if there is a good answer for that. I have used multiple domains over the years and finally decided to go with JeffKorhan.com for obvious reasons.

    You could look at it that as business becomes more personal – which it is, then mapping your personal name may be the best way to go.

    Even if you decide to change down the road, you can. You just have to continue owning the previous domains and forward them to the most recent one – as I have.

    At some point I’ll let those others expire and just go with JeffKorhan.

    Jeff

  67. Hi Jeff, Not sure how I came across your blog and this article ; but I have to say, I was so inspired by reading your post and started my blog using Typepad 14 days trial version. Let’s see whether I can keep up to my blog and if it does, I might as well purchase Typepad subs for an year to start with. Many Thanks Sumudu

  68. Jeff, I came across your post when I Googled “TypePad versus WordPress” and found your post very useful. But it’s been about a year since you wrote this, though, and I am wondering if you still feel the way you did last March.

    I’ve been blogging using TypePad’s Pro Basic ($49.50/year) for two years and wanted to get updated information so I could make an informed decision about whether to continue with TypePad or consider one of the free blog hosting sites, like WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr. (Someone recently suggested I look at Tumblr as a relative newcomer to the blog hosting business.)

    I am a non-commercial blogger in that I don’t have a service or a product that I’m selling. I blog because I enjoy it and I typically post one to three times a week, depending upon time availability. And I’m very satisfied with TypePad.

    Have you taken a look at Tumblr? Blogger? Do you still feel that TypePad is a better choice for the “casual blogger” like me than WordPress?

    Any updated insights would be appreciated.

  69. Jeff,
    Thanks for reinforcing what I was leaning toward with Typepad. From your site, it looks like you can make this your primary site, ads, even add a shopping cart? I was thinking about putting a Blog option on my existing website menu linking to this site as mydomain/blog but I’m now more inclined to get rid of my other web hosting environment and use Typepad. On the surface, does this make sense?

  70. Wow.Its a great comparison of word press and type pad. I too agree that Having a unique domain is an essential feature for any blog. And it is one that both Typepad and WordPress offer. To my knowledge, this is not possible with many of the other commenting system.I have got lot of information after reading your blog.Thanks for sharing.

  71. Yes. And word press website is seo friendly. Good for link building.

  72. Dr. Rich Rotfort says:

    Hi Jeff, In your article you say to use a backup like Jungledisc. I use Carbonite.com for my computer. Am I accomplishing what you suggest by using Carbonite?

    Thanks in advance
    -Rich

    • Jeff Korhan says:

      Dr Rich – I’m not completely familiar with Carbonite but I’ve heard good things. The benefit to Jungledisk is you have immediate access to your data. That may not be the case with Carbonite. Incidentally, Rackspace bought Jungledisk and they have outstanding customer service – i.e. you can talk to a human being. Price went up a bit but still reasonable.

  73. How can you say you’re not bias anyway? Your blog is hosted by Typepad.

    Well, Your comparison is great. You really give the beginner blogger an idea and needed information about what hosting sites should be chose in creating their websites.

    • Jeff Korhan says:

      Ah yes, … completely unbiased. Please note the update posted at the close of this article and you’ll note that I moved to WordPress in May of this year – and why, along with a new article on the Pros and Cons of both platforms – based upon direct experience with both.

      Pleased to learn you found this helpful.

  74. Thanks for this article Jeff. i’m glad i stumbled upon it – especially since i’m in the market of finding something that works for me.

    The thing that turns me off about WordPress – as you already stated – is that i have to host the website myself. However, since my blog is actually an online magazine, i find their templates really alluring.

    So my question is this: with your experience with Typepad, would you recommend them for someone whose blog is actually an online magazine. I mean template wise…thanks.

    • Jeff Korhan says:

      Nana – I view my blog as an online magazine: http://bit.ly/tYutE7

      My feeling is you have so much more flexibility with WP.

      I wouldn’t worry about the hosting. See the InMotion Hosting ad on this site. Give them a call and they’ll walk you through everything.

  75. Great resources Wish i could find more info like this from others!

    nice post

  76. Thank you for your insight.

    K, bye

  77. I was planning to open a typepad blog. But since you already moved to wordpress, I’m having second thoughts.

  78. The post is handsomely written. I have bookmarked you for keeping abreast with your new posts.

  79. WordPress really is the ultimate gorilla in the room in that space, i’ve tried not only typepad but also blogger and i would never move back to these from WordPress – WordPress just won the battle :-)

  80. I love WordPress, because its easy to use and SEO friendly… but I am impressed from your post. :)

  81. This is a good discussion between typepad and wordpress. Right now I am using typepad and it served me best.

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