Blogger versus WordPress versus TypePad

22 Jul 2008 - 11:15am
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tiagomarques
2008

Hello creative people,

Can I get your opinion on blogging services? I'm unsure on which one to start using: Blogger, WordPress or TypePad.

Since most of us blog nowadays - it's a nice way to show people and potential clients how smart and alert we are to our "design surroundings" (from evil toasters to human social interaction), and a way to bypass the fact that many clients won't let us publish the work we did for them on our portfolios - I thought you guys might be able to give me an opinion.

I'm looking for services that allow flexibility regarding media (embedded Flash files and other media would be nice, Flickr already covers sharing of images and movies) and privacy (some of the blogs and posts I plan to create will be semi-public). Also, the blogs and media should be hosted by the services themselves, not my own server.

Cheers,

Tiago

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22 Jul 2008 - 1:38pm
Bryan J Busch
2006

I've used nearly every popular weblog CMS at some point, and I think
I am finally settled on WordPress for two major "selling" points:

1) Plugins

2) Talented developers

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23 Jul 2008 - 12:15am
Itamar Medeiros
2006

Well said, Bryan! The current (and growing!) base of Wordpress
users/developers makes it a very good choice!

I've been using Wordpress myself, and I find it's framework quite
easy to understand, to that I make make adjustments in the layout
without "super-hacks" that other CMS tools require!

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23 Jul 2008 - 1:13am
Ashim
2006

As a long time *free* subscriber to both Wordpress and Blogger, I lean
towards Wordpress. Some of my observations-

+ves
1 Wordpress has the 'Categories' feature where you can categorize each post.
Blogger 2.0 has 'Labels' plug-in, but its not the same thing.
2 Wordpress supports multiple pages in a blog, where Blogger does not.
3 Wordpress templates looks 'cleaner' than Blogger.
4 The 'Stats' section is great in Wordpress!

-ves
1 Wordpress does not allow modifying the CSS of the template (cannot add
Adsense to the template or images to the side-bar ).
2 Inserting tables is a pain in posts in Wordpress, easy in Blogger.
3 Blogger automaticaly generates an RSS feed for the blog.

-- ashim

23 Jul 2008 - 2:42am
AJ Kock
2007

1 Wordpress does not allow modifying the CSS of the template (cannot
add
Adsense to the template or images to the side-bar ).

This is possible.

2 Inserting tables is a pain in posts in Wordpress, easy in Blogger.

There is a plugin for WordPress that allows old fashion tables.

23 Jul 2008 - 4:45am
Anonymous

What about blogging services that make it easy to create accessible
content?

I've used joomla, blogger and tumblr, and although tumblr and
blogger make it easy to just sit down and start blogging, they don't
prompt for alt tags when you upload a photo for example, - something I
would like to see to encourage the practice of creating accessible
content - without people even needing to know what html is!

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23 Jul 2008 - 7:54am
tiagomarques
2008

Hi Elizabeth, "Flexibility" is one of the issues I had in mind in my research for a rich blogging service, and accessibility-promoting features would be welcome. If a service forces me to think or do too much in order to obtain something (in this case, hand-coding in order to make everybody else's life easier), chances are I'll bypass it and just focus on the content (hey, the day only has 24 hours...). Thank you to all who've replied to this thread -WordPress' my choice for my upcoming blogs :) Now, to find some place to host my media files and link them to my blogs for live access... (A conundrum: if my blog is private and you need a password to view it, and my Flickr media are private and you need a password to view them, can I still access my Flickr photos and videos from within my blog? Or has privacy just backfired onto me? Hmmm.) Cheers, Tiago

> To: discuss at ixda.org> From: > Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 03:45:07 +0000> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Blogger versus WordPress versus TypePad> > What about blogging services that make it easy to create accessible> content? > > I've used joomla, blogger and tumblr, and although tumblr and> blogger make it easy to just sit down and start blogging, they don't> prompt for alt tags when you upload a photo for example, - something I> would like to see to encourage the practice of creating accessible> content - without people even needing to know what html is!> > > . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .> Posted from the new ixda.org> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=31497> > > ________________________________________________________________> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
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23 Jul 2008 - 7:55am
tiagomarques
2008

Hi Elizabeth,

"Flexibility" is one of the issues I had in mind in my research for a rich blogging service, and accessibility-promoting features would be welcome. If a service forces me to think or do too much in order to obtain something (in this case, hand-coding in order to make everybody else's life easier), chances are I'll bypass it and just focus on the content (hey, the day only has 24 hours...).

Thank you to all who've replied to this thread -WordPress' my choice for my upcoming blogs :) Now, to find some place to host my media files and link them to my blogs for live access...

(A conundrum: if my blog is private and you need a password to view it, and my Flickr media are private and you need a password to view them, can I still access my Flickr photos and videos from within my blog? Or has privacy just backfired onto me? Hmmm.)

Cheers,

Tiago

> To: discuss at ixda.org> From: > Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 03:45:07 +0000> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Blogger versus WordPress versus TypePad> > What about blogging services that make it easy to create accessible> content? > > I've used joomla, blogger and tumblr, and although tumblr and> blogger make it easy to just sit down and start blogging, they don't> prompt for alt tags when you upload a photo for example, - something I> would like to see to encourage the practice of creating accessible> content - without people even needing to know what html is!> > > . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .> Posted from the new ixda.org> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=31497> > > ________________________________________________________________> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
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23 Jul 2008 - 11:30am
DanP
2006

I was swayed by the fact that Wordpress's documentation is stellar,
informative and downright educational - especially with respect to CSS.

Best,
-D

On Jul 22, 2008, at 10:15 AM, Tiago Marques wrote:

> Hello creative people,
>
> Can I get your opinion on blogging services? I'm unsure on which
> one to start using: Blogger, WordPress or TypePad.
>

23 Jul 2008 - 2:46am
mirweis SANGIN
2008

I would also suggest WordPress as my preferred choice; although
depending on the version you use, there are some usability bloopers
that I found quite annoying in the past. For instance, if you use
their on-line publishing interface, in some version, the highlighted
button is the "save" button, even though the most relevant action
when you've finished blogging is usually to "publish" the post
(see here). It leads to the annoying process of always wondering what
happened to your post and figure out that it was actually saved as
draft. Just an anecdote :)

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23 Jul 2008 - 4:08am
TPvsWP
2008

I would definitely settle for WordPress. I have only little experience
with Blogger, but I have used typepad.com and wordpress.com
extensively. I have no idea about wordpress.org, since wordpress.com
is more than sufficient for me and my needs and has all the
flexibility I need, despite some limitations.

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23 Jul 2008 - 10:31pm
TPvsWP
2008

I recently migrated from typepad.com to wordpress.com, and although I
feel slightly more constrained than before as in not being able to add
Javascripts and such, there is so much more functionality in
wordpress.com versus typepad.com that this convinced me to do the
switch, after some serious testing and posting. In terms of embedding
media files I assume a self-hosted wordpress.org installation would
allow for the flexibility you are looking for.

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24 Jul 2008 - 3:28pm
Séamus T. Byrne
2010

1 for WordPress. I have used it many times (both the downloadable
version and the hosting service version (wordpress.com)

I find it especially easy to set up for clients and there are a
fantastic array of stunning visual themes available, that are very
easy to swap out.

As mentioned earlier in the thread, there are loads of useful plugins
that are easy to activate providing a plethora of useful
functionality.

Recently, I had to choose between WordPress and Joomla for a
collaborative Blog. After taking some serious time to evaluate the
two, WordPress won hands down due to its level of sophistication when
it comes to catering to the specific needs of bloggers.

Another point is that it is totally easy to set up and manage
multiple author accounts when there is more than one contributer to
the blog.

I find the interface to be extremely well designed and intuitive, and
my visual designer side is continually surprised by the countless
novel ideas that I encounter when perusing the WordPress world.

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24 Jul 2008 - 9:12am
John Chin
2008

I use blogger and Google announced a related product called a "knol"
Google states:
"One other important difference between Knol and Blogger is that Knol
encourages you to reveal your true identity.
Knols are meant to be authoritative articles, and, therefore, they have a
strong focus on authors and their credentials.
We feel that this focus will help ensure that authors get credit for their
work, make the content more credible."

I'm curious what people think of this. Does typepad or wordpress make this
distinction?
Thanks,
John

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:31 AM, TPvsWP <tpvswp at gmail.com> wrote:

> I recently migrated from typepad.com to wordpress.com, and although I
> feel slightly more constrained than before as in not being able to add
> Javascripts and such, there is so much more functionality in
> wordpress.com versus typepad.com that this convinced me to do the
> switch, after some serious testing and posting. In terms of embedding
> media files I assume a self-hosted wordpress.org installation would
> allow for the flexibility you are looking for.
>
>
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