Monday July 28, 2003

TypePad is in sight

When I first started playing with weblogs, I used Greymatter. I didn't do much with it, and things just sort of lay fallow for about a year. Then I heard about Moveable Type at the O'Reilly Mac OS X conference and (eventually) got around to installing Moveable Type in February, 2003. I really like MT and I've been steadily adding to my journal ever since.

Fortunately (for me) but unfortunately (for many potential users) MT provides a wealth of options for configuration, most of which require a knowledge of HTML coding to use! To address this "problem", the developers of MT have announced (and will soon be releasing) releasing TypePad.

TypePad is an upcoming hosted service providing powerful tools for creating full-featured weblogs. Built in response to the needs of webloggers, online diarists and writers, TypePad harnesses the power of Six Apart's popular Movable Type personal publishing system into a turnkey service, suitable for beginners and experts alike.
TypePad will offer 3 service plan levels: Basic, Plus, and Pro. Basic is a good choice if you're new to weblogs or prefer a simpler site. If you're familiar with weblogging and want more control over your site's design and format, along with the ability to publish photo albums, Plus will be the right level for you. Choose Pro if you're experienced with weblogs and don't require hand-holding or guidance. Although none of the levels will be free (at least at first), the developers promise the pricing structure (to be announced soon) won't be too onerous.

I've been participating in the beta program for TypePad and am really looking forward to the release date! I like Moveable Type a lot and I really like what I've seen of TypePad; I'm hoping Six Apart will roll some of the awesome user interface editing capabilities into a future release of Moveable Type!

Starting today, the TypePad team will begin presenting more in-depth information about TypePad, including detailed descriptions of major features, screenshots and a number of ideas that inspired our development of the service. The "Five Days of TypePad" begin with a look at the system's templating tools - very easy to use (I think) without the need to know any HTML.

If you've been thinking about starting a weblog, I invite you to take a look at TypePad. If you've already started a weblog, but would like an easier interface, TypePad may be the change you're looking for. If you're still wondering what all the fuss is about, take a look at my weblog reference pages.

Watch this space for updates.

TypePad is in sight ( in category WebTech ) - posted at Mon, 28 Jul, 22:42 Pacific | «e»