Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Change of venue

I've been considering migrating this blog from Blogger to another platform. This is, in part, prompted by Blogger/Google's recent change in their comments link and trackback system.

I'm considering Wordpress, Movable Type and Typepad.

My main criteria:

- Easy to import my current blogs to the new site
- Flexibility and ease of use
- Free or inexpensive

My thoughts so far:

I set up a new site on Wordpress and imported my x365 project over to see how it works. The import process was quite painless and I like the look of their templates.

I also like the look of Typepad, but don't know too much about it.

I think Movable Type is more than I need.

I'd be happy to hear any opinions regarding the above platforms and any advice or suggestions. Or should I just stick it out with Blogger?

3 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

I've considered a change, too. Please let me know how it works out.

naomi dagen bloom said...

like kay, i've considered changing from type pad to word press. mainly due to problems with second blog, knit a condom amulet.

however, i do like the service that type pad provides. am trying to get straight whether my issue is with the service or designer of my new gorgeous banner. i worry that i do not know enough to go to open source.

ell said...

I've been playing around with the Wordpress site and it's not bad. As I mentioned in my post, importing from Blogger was very easy.

The downside is that if you want to tweak the look, you need to know some basic html. The themed templates don't allow you to change font sizes, faces and colours from the posting window. For example, if the theme you choose uses Times New Roman as the default font, but you want Verdana or Arial, you must code each and every post, using html. There is no easy drop-down menu to change it, as in Blogger. That's not a problem for me, but I can see it would be a bother for people starting out who don't know html.