Apparently, 2005 is the year of the switch for me. From PC to Apple and from TypePad to WordPress. Enough folks have asked, that I’m feeling compelled to write a brief explanation of why I’m switching from Typepad to WordPress. But let’s get this straight: I’m still a fan of Six Apart. They make good software that I have used and enjoyed. In fact, I’ll continue to use and enjoy their software over at AllBusiness.com.
And next, a little history. I used Movable Type back when the Trotts were working out of a garage or living room or something. Like a lot of folks, I ditched it when they became a real company and later announced their pricing structure. At that time I had a single installation over at pintglass.org and a bunch of friends and I were each keeping a blog. Our usage was fine but we could never upgrade without paying for it and we just weren’t that serious about it. So we switched to individual installations of WordPress. Since then, I’ve used WP for a bunch of different projects. I’ve also messed around with a lot of other software that can be used for blogging like Blosxom, Mambo, Textpattern, Blogger, Drupal and so on. WordPress is easy for my brain to understand.
Despite all my experience with various packages, when I began this blog I decided to go with Typepad. My decision pretty much revolved around these two things: I liked Six Apart, based on my previous MT experience; and I wanted the relative simplicity of a hosted package, but with power features. TypePad fit the bill nicely.
There was a brief learning curve with getting the domain redirected, but then I was off and running. TypePad lets you mess with custom templates, so I could screw things up to my heart’s content. TypePad also has these "TypeList" thingies that provide a lot of extra functionality. It worked pretty well for me.
A few weeks ago, TypePad recognized that the application had been pretty sluggish. They had a good reason for that, but even so, they offered up a menu of free choices to extend your service. One of the choices was "No thanks", which is what I chose. I really wasn’t so inconvenienced as to feel justified taking the offer. I was still a fan, though wavering at that point. Mainly because I longed for additional "plug-in" type functionality that TP couldn’t provide.