Test Drive: All-new TypePad Preview

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. TheĀ  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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