TypePad's Features and Prices Have Been Set
For those who don't know, TypePad is the new service by Six Apart, the creators of Movable Type, the software that powers this site. What is TypePad? To quote their site:
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 simple service, suitable for beginners and experts alike.The features and prices have been set for the service.
What are my thoughts? I won't comment on the business aspects of this (though I think the prices are a bit steep, but I guess you are paying for the software and support), I kind of wonder where this leaves Movable Type supporters? There are some compelling features that have yet to be smoothly integrated into the main Movable Type distribution, and I can understand their reasoning for not including them in the free product, but why not for supporters?
I have no intention on moving my blog to a server that is not under my complete control. I would pay (and have) for a "Pro" version of a product, and there have been mumbles in the MT Support Forums for some time that a Pro version of MT is coming. But when are we going to see it? I'm a Movable Type supporter, as it's a great product, but I worry that with TypePad, Six Apart is going to be moving towards providing the best and newest features to users of their services, and rely on plug-in developers to add all the other features to the main distro. I hope that isn't the case, but only time will tell.
Update on 8/5: MT guru Richard has a good review of TypePad, as well as links to other reviews.
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