It’s a really exciting experience starting your first blog. Are you debating between Typepad vs WordPress? With this article the choice has just gotten way easier. Read below and you will be set on the path to success.
When making a website or blog you must make sure that you have complete ownership of it. With TP you are not the owner. Your site is on their servers, which is a big no.
Think about this, if you were to start a business in real life would you want the future of your business in someone else’s name? Of course not. You need your own hosting provider so your content can’t be modified or so your blog can’t be terminated for any stupid reason.
TP TOS – Typepad reserves the right to change, suspend or discontinue part or all of any version of the Typepad Service at any time, for any reason, without notice and without explanation.
Having a “site.typepad.com” domain is not a good look for your blog or brand, but this is what Typepad gives you. If you want a professional domain you need to pay for your own from a domain registrar. With WordPress when you host with Bluehost you are given a free domain name.
Typepad has 4 different plans. The Plus plan is going to cost you $8.95/mo. With this plan there are monthly upload limits. You will only be able to upload 150MB per month. The Unlimited plan is going to cost $14.95 per month. Premium is going to cost $29.95 and the Enterprise plan is going to cost you $49.95 a month. For a blogging service these are not the best prices.
WordPress doesn’t cost a thing, but you have to pay for a hosting company to host your site. The best hosting company at the best price is Bluehost. This is what WordPress recommends for all of their users. At a discounted price for less than 4 dollars a month you can’t beat it.
The plan that most people are choosing with Typepad is the $14.95 plan. If we compare these prices in the next 3 years you are going to be paying $538 with Typepad and $142 with Bluehost. At this point WP is the more attractive option, but let’s move on.
Typepad backup is basically non-existent. With TP you are not able to backup all of your content. You have to find alternative ways to get around this. With WP it’s easy to backup all of your content. You can do it with your hosting company or you can install a plugin that will automatically backup your content for you.
One of the strengths of WordPress that makes it so appealing to beginners is the huge library of plugins. No other platform can compare. You want your blog to grow with you and these plugins give you the edge over all the competition.
Many people think that you have to be a coder to use WordPress and to customize your site to your liking, which is not true. You don’t have to know a drop of code to customize your site. All you have to do is go to the plugin section and in one second you can install a plugin to give your site superpowers.
Maybe down the road you want to add a live chat feature to talk to your readers, you are given a plugin for that. Maybe down the road you want to add a membership forum to your site, there is a plugin for that.
These thousands of plugins should cost over 100 dollars, but they are free. You might be asking does Typepad have this and the answer is no. They might have a small amount of basic widgets that you would expect from every blog platform, but it’s not the same. Typepad was never meant to be extremely customizable. It was meant to be an easy blog option for beginners.
Typepad is not good for SEO. I checked the rankings of various Typepad sites with a good banklink history and the sites were still not ranking well. Typepad does not have the top of the line SEO plugins like WordPress. You are not able to install plugins to help increase your site speed and make your site more visible. The head of Google webspam should know a few things about ranking better and the fact that he uses WP along with the Yoast SEO plugin should tell us something.
Typepad is missing a few SEO features as well.
TP doesn’t allow you to rename your image file names. Optimized images are important for SEO. What this means is, you are going to have to use a long and ugly image file name that search engines are not to fond of.
You can’t have different titles and SEO titles. Everything has to be the same.
Typepad does not allow 301 redirects, which is a bummer.
No Canonical Tags. Canonical URL meta tag helps your SEO because it helps get rid of duplicate content problems
The best Typepad SEO tip is to move your TP blog to WP immediately.
WordPress has a better permalink structure.
Themes to increase SEO.
Better and easier CSS modification.
Powerful SEO plugins.
TP allows you to choose from hundreds of pre-made themes or you can create your own design using the Nimble Design Lab
WordPress lets you choose from thousands of themes. With WordPress themes you are getting more power, more speed, more customization, and a larger selection. These are a different class of themes. If you want the theme that most famous bloggers like Brian Clark and Matt Cutts use for SEO then I highly recommend that you check out (Genesis) which is great for beginners.
Like I said above the goal of Typepad is to be an easy way to start blogging for beginners. You can’t take away the ease factor from them, but WordPress is just as easy if not easier because you are backed up by a gang of plugins. When you sign up with Bluehost it will literally take you less than 5 minutes to be on the web, it is that simple. Not only that, but WP lets you go deeper into customization.
Obviously when it comes to getting more help and support the bigger option is going to be better and that of course is WP. The Typepad community is dying. It is safe to say that it is dead. Most people have already switched over to WP. WordPress is the largest blogging platform in the world. There is nowhere that you can’t go to find help. Even your hosting provider offers phone support and live chat support. Why would anyone limit themselves to just the TP help center?
Even though Typepad is older than WordPress it is not more popular. Many people who switched along time ago from TP to WP didn’t even know that TP was still running. Over a quarter of the web is WordPress. Upon checking keyword searches I found out that “Typepad” has only 12,100 monthly searches. “WordPress” has 2,740,000 monthly searches.
Facebook likes(TP) – 13,581
Facebook likes(WP) – 965,880
Overall WP is clearly the best choice. I’ve been using WordPress for years and I am more than satisfied. WordPress gives you the best chance to grow, make a living, and rank #1 for keywords. The Bluehost setup is easy. They walk you through everything and they even have live chat to help you while signing up. It will take you 5 minutes to have your site online.