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Personal blogs have innumerable benefits for web workers including establishing expertise on a subject, personal branding, online marketing and general desire for keeping your name up there in Google search results. The right hosted blog platform is a time-saver for web workers who may not be […]

TypePad_LogoPersonal blogs have innumerable benefits for web workers including establishing expertise on a subject, personal branding, online marketing and general desire for keeping your name up there in Google search results. The right hosted blog platform is a time-saver for web workers who may not be design or HTML-savvy.

I’ve been running my personal blog on TypePad since 1993 and the early adopter in me made me make the jump to trying out the new preview version as soon as I got the opportunity. Here are some of my first impressions about the impending update to this fee-based blog publishing platform.

TypePad Dashboard

The new TypePad dashboard is more expansive than the previous version. Significant changes include:

  • Follow TypePad Members. This is a social networking feature that enables you to follow other TypePad members who are running blogs of interest to you.
  • Comments. You can view full text of the recent comments left on your TypePad hosted blog.
  • TypePad Blogs. You can access any of your TypePad blogs from this feature. You can also create a new TypePad blog from your dashboard.
  • Question of the Day. This is a new TypePad feature to inspire blog writing. You can answer the question of the day as a post on your blog, view answers to questions of the day, and even submit your own questions. While this is a fun feature, if you are using your TypePad blog as a more professional blog than Question of the Day is going to prove detracting to your professional message.

There is also includes access to widgets you can add to your blog, and the option to subscribe to “Everything Typepad,” which provides updates to new TypePad features. I like the new user interface because it is better balanced and more usable than the old one.

TypePad_Dashboard

Library
When I first made the jump from Blogger to TypePad, it was the media management tools in the library that drew me in. The  TypePad library provides access to the following:

  • Photo Albums. You still have the option to host your photos on TypePad, but you are probably hosting your photos on PhotoBucket or Flickr anyway.
  • TypeLists. TypeLists can include links including books, music, your other Web properties, or your Flickr account.
  • File Manager. You can manage the files you upload to your TypePad blog from File Manager. While the TypePad interface has gone through some changes, the File Manager has stayed largely the same.

Final Thoughts on the TypePad Preview
A hosted blogging platform can be a good choice for your personal blog, because it takes a lot of worries off your plate and lets you focus on your core business. TypePad is a fine blogging platform, but this new version isn’t really bringing too much new to the table, except for interface tweaks.

Have you tried out the TypePad preview? What has been your experience?

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  1. “I’ve been running my personal blog on TypePad since 1993″

    My first thought was, “my god, have I really been doing this that long?!” :) But I think you probably mean 2003. Thanks for having been a loyal member so long, and thanks even more for the thoughtful look at all of our new efforts.

  2. Anil–

    Yes, I meant 2003! Keep up the good work.

  3. Taylor Adair Friday, August 7, 2009

    I am an online marketer for my company and I am currently on Blogger-is Typepad a better blog platform?

  4. Typepad is a much cleaner platform. Blogger is better for generating ad-revenue. Also, the most recent update to Typepad is a lot of smoke and mirrors. You’re right, the only major update is the interface, the rest is really the same. I still want to be able to customize etc without having to know much HTML nor upgrading my account. They need to make it easier to do what I envision.

  5. Dave Barnhart Friday, August 7, 2009

    You may be interested to know that I have written a 35-page ‘Guide to the New TypePad’ to help people making the transition. Everything in it comes from ‘How Do I..’ questions asked by my own clients:

    http://www.GuideToTheNewTypepad.com

  6. Keith Bohanna Saturday, August 8, 2009

    I have used Typepad for a number of years and came across a security issue over 2 years ago. You can password protect a blog, but photos you upload into that blog are not protected. They refuse to correct same unfortunately ;(

    consequently I never recommend them.

    Keith

  7. I’m with TypePad for about 2 years now. The new version has a much better editor. Since there is no decent WYSIWYG blog editor for Mac OS X, that’s very useful.

    I think it lags behind WordPress in terms of plugins and themes. That’s its’ main disadvantage. There’s seems to be a stagnation in the TypePad widget library – I’m subscribed to the RSS feed and not much is coming from that direction. This tells me that they are not doing enough to nurture the community of developers around TypePad.

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  9. The new TypePad has changed how I blog. TypePad was my first blog host but I found it clunky in a lot of ways. It was hard to do the things I wanted to do with my blogs and I did not go there often. I signed up at a bunch of blogging and social net sites trying to do what I needed. But that got to be confusing and even more time consuming. Since the new TypePad became available I’ve completely reconfigured how I do blogging and networking, with TypePad as my hub, and use of TypePad’s new QuickPost and BlogIt buttons directly from other Internet sites.

    I’d have to agree with Zviki (in 9:28 pm Aug 8th post) about themes, plug-ins and widgets: WordPress does that stuff better than TypePad at the moment. I added a lot of TypePad widgets when I started there, but after awhile I never found any new widgets that appealed to me.

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