A few months ago on my Radiant Marketing Group blog, I entered a discussion which others had started about Typepad’s need to upgrade their product to focus on a growing group of users of their platform, small business. People like John Jantsch, Denise Wakeman and others (me included) have suggested Typepad as an platform option for small business, particularly small-small business.
This new version has several features that make it worthwhile, even though the cost is quite a bit more than the original at about $90 per month. Rather than list those here, let me suggest you visit the page on their site. Feel free to download this Word document the folks at Typepad sent me listing features in more detail as well.
A word about the cost…It will be interesting to see if prospective customers are scared away by the monthly fee. You can have a basic Typepad site for as little as five dollars per month, and that will continue to suffice for some. However, this new version’s ability to integrate seamlessly into your existing site design, along with advanced comment moderation and administrative controls may make it worth the price.
Typepad is getting stiff competition from WordPress’ new development, WordPress.com, which offers many of the same features and is…uh-hum…free. Even celebrity bloggers like Robert Scoble are using it now. I will say WordPress’ new version is really designed for the personal user moreso than business and, as such, is targeted to compete with Tyepad’s original. Nonetheless, it does offer most all the features of the server-side version, WordPress.org, which is geared for business use.
I’m going to ask SixApart if I they’ll grant me use the new version for review purposes. If so, you’ll be the first to know my impressions.