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Will WordPress Beat TypePad, MT, Blogger, and all the rest?

Is WordPress.com going to beat TypePad? Is WordPress better than Blogger? And what about MT? Will MoveableType be left in the dust with the next major release of WordPress?

Until WordPress 1.6 hits the floors in beta or final version, we can’t be specific about comparing apples and oranges on which one is better than the other. But I do know something that is above and beyond more important than which version will be better or worse than WordPress.

We will reap the benefits, either way.

That’s right. If you are a blogger or website owner, the competition heating up between WordPress, MoveableType, Blogger, TypePad, and the rest is only going to be good for us. I love what competition does for users.

As a photographer , I watched during the 70s and 80s with glee the battle in the photography industry over film. Fuji entered the picture after investing millions in serious research to determine what the consumer wanted in film and photographs, not just what some group thought the consumer needed. Kodak shook in its boots and the race for the pocket book of the photographer went into overdrive. With the invention of one-hour photos, the need to see your pictures NOW intensified the technology. One-hour wasn’t fast enough. Computers entered the consumer marketplace and totally revolutionized photography. Now, waiting the 1-2 seconds for the image to be viewed on the back of your digital camera’s LCD viewer still isn’t fast enough. And viewing a photograph in a scrapbook or even on your computer isn’t as exciting as sharing it with the world – enter Flickr.

Competition over film led to a complete revolution in how we think, take, and use photographs. In less than 30 years, photography is completely different. I remember my mother’s excitement at her first Polaroid camera when I was a child. She saved and scrimped to buy it for the thrill of instant pictures of us as we grew like weeds. Now, she tosses a small digital camera around off her wrist to grab pictures of her grandchildren, also growing like weeds, which she emails around the world to friends and family.

The competition for blogging tools will be the same. WordPress will come up with something awesome. Then TypePad will have to meet it or beat it. Then Blogger, and so on. WordPress will come slamming around from behind with another tweak or tool to blow the others out, and again, the developers will jump into the fray.

No matter who pulls what tricks out of their hats, if you are a blogger or have a website, sit back and enjoy the ride. The face of the web is changing fast, and we are going to get all the fun and benefit from competition.

4 Comments

  1. Posted December 28, 2005 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Am trying to make a strategic decision between WordPress, Typepad and Blogger. Will be using it as blogs about my electronic trading book and also medical well-being info. What I don’t like about wordpress is that you do not have the option of adsense, ie. potentially making money.
    What I do not like about Blogger is complaints that for false spamming reasons people are losing their blogs. Typepad’s hosting cost is $4.95, 8.95 and 14.95/month. Looks like wordpress and blogger have a free option. I welcome your recommendation and a notice as to when this comment is answered. Thanks and happy holidays.

  2. Posted December 28, 2005 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    It’s really clear to me that you don’t need a hosted blog but one of your own. Find a reasonable host which ranges from $5 to $20 a month and sign up. If they have WordPress automatically installed, you are ahead of the game. If not, install it yourself.

    Then you can add e-commerce and whatever you want with full control over everything.

    Pay close attention to bandwidth, storage space, access, database type and version, PHP version, and email services when you choose a host.

    While WordPress is free, if you want to make money expect to spend some money to make money. Going for free or low cost hosting will only limit your efforts, and in a few months of frustration, you will want to get your own site with its own name (not myname.cheaphost.com), and then have to deal with transferring everything. Start smart to begin with.

    Luckily, with WordPress you have the option of free, low cost and host control, or do-it-yourself, total control versions.

    If there is one point I can make that I hope you will listen to, it is this.

    If you are doing this as a business, be professional. Do things professionally, seriously, and make a plan. The more serious you are about your plan of action, the more focused and professional you are about the plan, the more likely you are to be successful, in whatever you are doing from blogging to setting up shop anywhere.

    Part of focusing and being professional also means focusing on ONE THING not two. Pick one and then go with it for a year. If it fails, learn from your mistakes and then try the other. But doing the two, unless you are HADD, will only hurt you in the long run. Focus, focus, focus.

    Good luck.

  3. Posted January 8, 2007 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    I am always intrigued and thrilled by the passion of Bloggers. WordPress never ceases to amaze me as I constantly bump into new blogs which really takes me by surprise for sheer energy and passion in maintaining a Blog. Good work and nice blog, I really enjoyed visiitng your place.

  4. Posted January 19, 2007 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    The new Blogger is now better than wordpress.com IMHO. WordPress is nice if you have it hosted, but Blogger has much more to offer like customization, including CSS customization and domain mapping, both of which are free, while wordpress.com charges for it.


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