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So I am contemplating a move over to my own site / WordPress. But holy shit is it ever time sucking, playing around with this stuff. Can’t decide… I’ve bought my domain name… But I’m very worried that, really, at base, typepad is good for me because it does everything that I need it to do with a minimum of difficulty. Anyone want to chime in, pro or con?

UPDATE: I think the grand WordPress experiment may have come to a close on my end. It’s a lovely little bit of software, and I actually succeeded in launching a site, importing my posts from here (minus images, as they’re tough to untangle), and I learned a ton about how this crazy internet thingy works. But I think I’m going to stick with Typepad. For a few reasons:

1. While I was relatively successful playing around the ftp uploading and even a bit of code editing, I can’t see wanting to do that on anywhere near a regular basis. And I think you’d have to.

2. I really like the backside post composition in typepad. Between the on-line imputs, and Marsedit, I’m all set, and I’d hate to leave those behind. WordPress would theoretically work with Marsedit, but it seems very complicated to get it to work correctly…

3. My ultimate goal was to start using my own domain name, which should still work under typepad. I’ll set it up soonish

In sum, while it’s nice to head into Open Source territory, right now it would simply add a layer of obsessive complexity to my life which I really don’t need… So typepad it is.

Luckily, I only bought a month of hosting from a small orange for $5. What a deal. And I do recommend it as a host if you’re looking for one. But I’m not going to be out all that much cash for my little vacation into the world of web formalism…

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June 24, 2006 at 2:14 am

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  1. I’ve mostly enjoyed having my own domain name (easier to tell people at the bar) and a slightly higher-powered platform (Movable Type), but I really regret not being able to incorporate YouTube videos, which will only sync (unevenly, at that) with Blogger, Blogspot, and LiveJournal.


    June 24, 2006 at 12:07 pm

  2. Thanks for the comment, Jane. Actually, you might be able to use YouTube. I was under the same impression about who was able to use it – but you’ll notice there’s YouTube on here, which is a Typepad blog. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see some examples.

    Just copy the link provided in the “embed” box next to the video on YouTube into your post. Strangely, nothing shows up when I preview my post in my editor, but the YouTube box shows up when I post to my site.

    You should give it a try. Typepad and Movable Type are basically the same thing.


    June 24, 2006 at 11:50 pm

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