Thursday, January 27, 2005

Should I move the blog to Typepad?

I was looking into moving the blog to Typepad. I spent two hours or so playing with Typepad. It seems easy enough to use. Does anyone have any comments about whether this would be a good or bad idea?

31 comments:

saltypig said...

hi, LG. as an expert on blogs, i would say move yours to the toilet for now. don't bother with typepad.

DevP said...

I've alwasy liked TypePad and the Movable Type software it's based on for ease of use and looks. KickAAS and Democratic Freedom both use it:

http://kickaas.typepad.com/
http://libertariansforamerica.blogs.com/

(For personal blogs I use free stuff instead, but that's a personal preference, and I'm already paying for unix accounts in that case.)

Paul Snively said...

If you feel you have to go with a hosted solution, TypePad is a fine system. I'd still encourage you to investigate whether you could host your own system with your ISP, or perhaps one of the very inexpensive general hosting sites out there, and find a geek friend to install the software, whatever software that happens to be (I posted a link to a comparison chart in comments on your "Does Blogger Suck?" post). Moving from Blogger's hosted service to TypePad's hosted service may or may not solve your problems either in the short or the long term, whereas moving to a hosting environment that isn't a lightning rod for blogs, comment spammers, e-mail harvesters, etc. is more likely to successfully address them for a longer time, perhaps even indefinitely. If your ISP will let you host a MySQL database and PHP, Perl, or Java code with your existing Internet access, then you don't even have to spend any more money than you already are. I see a potential win-win there, depending upon what your ISP says and whether someone, whether a friend or someone at the hosting site, is willing to help install and configure one of the do-it-yourself systems—assuming, of course, that you aren't able or don't wish to install it yourself.

Tom said...

You might consider regular webhosting with a provider that offers PHP and mySQL and install any of the good open source blog software. Advantage to that is that you have all the other things that go with having a complete hosting setup instead of just the blog - storage space, multiple email accounts, ability to install multiple blogs or even host your friends blogs, your own domain name and more I can't think of at the moment. WordPress is an excellent piece of blog software and really does install in under 5 minutes.

Libertarian Girl said...

I don't really want to know about Perl and MySQL and PHP and whatever other acronyms you guys threw at me. I think it's worth $80/year to avoid that stuff.

The question is whether Typepad's features would make the blog better.

The thing I hate most about Blogger is that it's always so slow to edit my posts and the comments are also so slow.

I also like the "trackback" feature that Typepad has, but I'm not really sure how that works. All I know is that it's not fair that when I link to someone's blog, my blog doesn't appear as a trackback. I feel like I'm being cheated.

dadahead said...

You have to manually do the trackback thing. You can do it through haloscan; you have to go to their site, put in the URL of yer post, put in the URL of the linked-to place, and then it will show up on their trackback thingie.

If you sign up with haloscan, you can use their commenting service (which is better than blogger's) and also their trackback. That's what I did.

Paul Snively said...

I can understand not wanting to know about PHP etc. That's why I suggest finding a geek friend to worry about it. Bottom line is, in the end, I don't trust centralized blogging services, especially to handle comment scalability. It's a pretty classic example of the tragedy of the commons. You're right that $80/year is a pretty affordable way to avoid the complexity... so affordable that lots of people take advantage of it, and pretty soon you're overwhelming servers and possibly naïve implementations of things like comments. If you're seriously considering moving the blog, I think you'll find that for no more than the cost of taking one knowledgable friend to lunch, it'd be no worse to move to a "self-hosted" system like WordPress, which has all the features you want and more, than to TypePad.

DevP said...

I'm technically minded enough to put together a stand-alone WordPress install, and still would recommend TypePad for ease of use. I trusted it for my group's use, and lots of others bloggers (ex: Ygelsias) trust it as well.

Anselm said...

It just took about 2 minutes for the comment window to come up! I'm also looking at moving. I'd like to just trun off a regular web site rather than being hosted but I'm worried about the technocal issues also. I'll be back to read more comments, maybe I can learn something.

Robbie said...

Look, if you're not smart enough to install, configure, and maintain your own blogging software, such as Wordpress, than you're probably not smart enough to have a blog.

If the terms PHP, MYSQL, and CSS scare you, then I would suggest you take up a diary, and leave blogging to those who are truly capable.

And, if it's a case of being to lazy to be 'bothered' by learning HOW your blog works, I implore you once more: start a diary or quit whining about it.

Starlet said...

I used my own hosted blog for a long time. I finally got sick of it and went to dland, lol. Recently I moved to typepad. I like it cuz it works and its easy and I don't have to make things hard for myself.

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bryan said...

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