Executive Summary: I highly recommend TypePad for anyone willing to pay a few bucks for a third party to host a blog for them. A great combination of features and usability.
I have got to hand it to the folks at SixApart, they have done a great job,
Yesterday evening I was at a local bar with a bunch of SBS MVPs and other folks involved with small businesses, and I ended up talking to one of them for 20 minutes about how great TypePad was and how easy it was to set up a beautiful looking blog to keep my family updated about my son.
What do I like about TypePad? The first thing that made me smile when I saw it was the UI. It's obvious that a lot of thought has gone into streamlining the UI and minimizing the number of clicks and "where the heck was that option" hunts that you often see with web applications. Some examples:
There are some very handy features on the site as well:
At this point I only have a few minor complaints:
[Update later that evening: I figured out how to delete the trackbacks]
If you like TypePad -- and I love it, too -- try BlogJet or ecto for offline blogging. They both worth seamlessly with TypePad.
Been using Typepad as my Blog host. And I'm not much of a web author so I use w.bloggar for offline blogging.
So who do you use for hosting lemson.com? I'm looking for a decent cheap'ish host but there are so many out there that I'm looking for a recommendation...
A box in a friend's basement =)
I really enjoyed our conversation at the SBS MVP get together in Seattle. Jared is just adorable and I could not wait to try Typepad when I got back home.
I am now in the midst of setting up a blog for my daughter Alex and one for Outlook.
I will let you know when the blogs are setup and ready to view.
KC Lemson's the release manager for Microsoft Exchange Server, and she's got some very kind words about TypePad over on her work blog. We'll definitely be taking note of the complaints and trying to improve the service, but thanks for...
Just an FYI that Blogspot.com has many of the features that have drawn you to love Typepad. Blogspot's free, though...
I actually prefer pay services to free in this case, because I feel that I can trust the pay service to be around for a while and not do anything too screwy.