My free 30 days trial for Typepad, from Six apart, is coming to an end. I have 6 days left and I need to decide if I will keep running Macs, if I will keep blogging about it, and if I will continue to use Typepad.
My experience with Typepad has been excellent. It was very easy to sign up and I had my first blog running almost immediately. My blogging needs have been pretty basic so far, and I haven't customized my blog design and layout beyond the standard templates offered by Typepad. Going forward, if this blog will continue, I am going to want to personalize it more, to use a personal web address, a custom layout, etc. I wonder how flexible Typepad will be in this regard, or if I will have to upgrade to MovableType.
- Easy setup and configuration.
- Service reliability has been flawless.
- Customer support team is excellent. I typically blog late at night; if I have any questions or concerns, I can file a trouble ticket and I will often have the reply waiting for me early in the morning.
- Lack off offline authoring tool.
- Online authorizing tool offers limited support for Safari.
- Support for blog site "pagination" - the ability to display n blogs at a time with the option to going to the next n group of entries.
- Calendar control only takes you to the last entry of the day - with no method for the user to see other entries made on the same day.
- Lack of an integrated search control - the current method to search your blog is through a custom search on Google. Not an ideal solution.
I would recommend Typepad to anyone who wants to get a taste for blogging. It is a quick and easy way to get your blog configured and published with the minimal hassle.
As a "reference" site, Applepie users are are going to need to look around the whole weblog site and search through all of its content. The lack of blog pagination, a working calendar control, and lack of tightly integrated search control means that I will migrate off typepad if I choose to continue writing this blog. But the great experience with Six appart means that I will probably migrate to Movable Type instead of looking around for other blogging tools such as WordPress.