The next in our series of different blogging platforms is Typepad. Typepad was created in 2003, and is currently used to run some of the largest blogs out there – one of the main ones you may recognise is A Beautiful Mess.
Typepad is a fully hosted system that you pay for, much like Squarespace. However, it’s slightly more expensive (starting from $8.95/month compared to the $8/month for Squarespace, or whatever you pay for hosting with WordPress) and is lacking in features, compared to Squarespace and WordPress.
Here’s how to get started…
To see which is the best option for you, you can sign up for a 14 day trial, and you can upgrade/downgrade this account in the period to see if Plus or Unlimited meets your requirements.
The sign up form is simple enough, but you’ll need a valid debit or credit card to carry on. Make sure to put a reminder in your calendar for 12 days time to make sure you remember to cancel this (if you decide it’s not for you!)
That’s it! Time to get started on your blog!
The dashboard looks like this – if you follow any other Typepad blogs through this account, then those posts will appear here as well
To get to the designs section, click the Blogs dropdown in the top menu bar, then choose your blog, and head to the Design tab. There are a reasonable amount of ready made designs available, and you can edit your template if needed
You can get help from the Typepad team to improve your site – at a cost.
Typepad has always been touted as one of the most reliable blog platforms out there, but lately, they’ve suffered some down time. It’s worth looking to see if Typepad is a suitable platform for you, but we would recommend Squarespace or WordPress over it, which offer more features for a lower cost.