TypePad review: TypePad

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good

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The Good Excellent tech support; many tools and features, including Widgets; better tagging support; customizable layouts; allows for more than one author.

The Bad Paid service; hard to host blogs under your own domain.

The Bottom Line For a small monthly charge, you can create professional-looking blogs with Six Apart TypePad.com.

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Six Apart TypePad.com is a paid blogging service, so it's not surprising that it offers more features than Google Blogger , which is free. That's not to say that TypePad.com is expensive. TypePad Basic service, for one individual, starts at a reasonable $4.95 per month, while TypePad Pro service, allowing multiple authors, costs $14.95 per month. If you're ready for serious yet easy blogging, it doesn't get much better than Six Apart TypePad.

TypePad's setup is easy and quick. To create a new account, simply choose a username and password, then add your billing information. Next, you'll need to decide how you want your blog to look and pick from nine layouts and six styles. Finally, you must choose whether you want your blog to be public (anyone can read it), private (only you can read it), or password protected (anyone who has the password can read it). That's it.

Overall, we like TypePad's clean and intuitive interface better than Blogger's.

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  • Release date Sep 10, 2004