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Typepad vs. WordPress: A Biased Comparison

WordPress and Typepad both have their merits.  We at Raidious choose to work with WordPress because it allows us complete control over the design and coding of the platform.  This ensures that we have access to make any changes necessary to allow for scaling and flexibility of the blog.  Another major perk is that the code lives on our server, we own it, and can do anything we like with it.

Typepad is a great option if you don’t need as much control over your blog.  If you just want to pick a design and start writing, then this may be the way to go.

Below, I will go into more detail on some of the key differences between these two platforms.

TypePad WordPress
License Closed Source
End users do not have the permission or ability to change the platform’s source code.
Open Source
Wordpress is developed and maintained under the GNU General Public License, which allows anybody using the code to make changes and copies at their digression. Since anybody can view the source code, bugs and security holes are often identified and fixed very quickly.
Theming Typepad themes tend to be very similar to each other in design and layout. They do allow for customization but it is not intuitive. WordPress themes can be found in a variety of formats. And almost all of them allow for complete customization.
Development Source code is maintained by Typepad. Source code is maintained by the end user, however updates are frequently published by Automattic (the WordPress developers). The open source nature of WordPress allows for third party developers to create any plug-ins or add-ons necessary to accomplish their goals.
Ease of Use A direct result of limiting available options is an intuitive administration interface and diminished barriers to entry. With a greater level of control come a more complex administration interface. WordPress does a great job making these options user friendly. However, the more complex the site is, the more complex the CMS will be.
Pricing $8.95-29.95/month Free

When comparing these two platforms, the power of crowd-sourced development cannot be ignored. When thousands of minds are all actively helping drive development, you end up with a quality product.  Typepad is great for entry-level bloggers, but when it’s time to step up and build powerful, solid, and secure platform, we recommend WordPress.

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