March 11, 2011

FYI: Feature Comparison - Major Blog Providers

 

Having a blog hosted through a blog provider is a great solution for attorneys without the technical expertise or free time to set up and maintain a blog on their own web space. Choosing which service to use, however, can be daunting. To help you make your decision, we've put together the following chart comparing the important features (and any associated costs) for the three major blog providers: Blogger, Wordpress, and TypePad.

 

 

 

 

 

Features
Blogger
( www.blogger.com)
Wordpress
( www.wordpress.com)
TypePad
( www.typepad.com)
Base Cost Free Free

Free (TypePad Micro)
$8.95/month+ for fully featured TypePad Pro

Shared URL example.blogspot.com example.wordpress.com example.typepad.com Custom URL (not including domain registration fee) Free

$10/year (you bring domain)
$15/year (register domain through Wordpress)

Included with plans $8.95/month and up Storage No published limit

3 GB included free
+ 5 GB ($20/year)
+ 15 GB ($50/year)
+ 25 GB ($90/year)

Unlimited total storage, monthly uploads limited by plan:
150 MB ($8.95/month plan)
1000 MB ($15.95/month plan)
2000 MB ($29.95/month plan)



Bandwidth No published limit No published limit No published limit Number of blogs Unlimited Unlimited

4 ($8.95/month plan)
Unlimited ($14.95/month plan)
Unlimited ($29.95/month plan)

Number of blog authors Unlimited Unlimited

1 ($8.95/month plan)
Unlimited ($14.95/month plan)
Unlimited ($29.95/month plan)

Private blogs Yes Yes (30 users)
Unlimited users available for $30/year Yes Post by email Yes Yes Yes Post by mobile device Yes Yes Yes Scheduled posting Yes Yes Included with plans $8.95/month and up Generate RSS feeds Yes Yes Yes Pre-designed templates Yes Yes Yes Customize design/CSS Yes $15/year Included with plans $8.95/month and up Integrated Statistics No Yes Yes Photo Albums Yes (via Picasa Web Albums) Not built in, but support for Flickr widget Yes Spellcheck Yes Yes Yes Spam protection Yes (via moderation and word verification) Yes Yes Integration with 3rd party services (Flickr, Facebook, etc.) Yes Yes

Yes

User can add advertising Yes Yes Yes Provider inserts advertising? No advertising, but Blog*spot hosted blogs do have a navigation bar inserted at the top of every page.

Wordpress reserves the right to "very rarely" show text ads on free blogs.

Ads can be eliminated for $30/year.

No Import data from another blog? Possible, but may require workarounds for non Blogger-to-Blogger transfers Yes Yes Export blog data for backup/transfer? Yes Yes Yes Professional support No, though support may be available through a community help group Yes Yes (priority support for $29.95/month plan)
More on blogging for lawyers:
  • YourABA: Blog Technology 101
  • FYI: Blogs
  • This chart was last updated on July 12, 2012. Any suggestions, corrections, or additions should be emailed to Joshua.Poje@americanbar.org.