I’ve only just signed up for the 30 day free trial, but first impressions are favourable (or should I say favorable as I think it’s a UK company angling its pitch for the US market).
What I like:
- Easy to sign up and doesn’t require a credit card for the free trial (I hate those as I always forget to cancel)
- Initial templates are actually attractive, although obviously will look like templates as everyone uses them
- Appears to be very feature rich, although I haven’t had time to study them all yet
What I don’t like:
- Terrible launch press release, these guys apparently don’t have a budget for professional public relations support
- “Once your free trial runs out, your site will be deleted.” Unless you get a massive time window to ‘reclaim/pay’ then this is terrible – far better to lock it for 90 days so you can’t edit it or add posts.
- Pitching just to the USA – it’s right for UK tech companies to look to the US first (much bigger market), but I feel Terapad needs to give a bit more of a nod to the UK.
- No integration with FeedBurner (particularly bad as they make it so easy to use Google Analytics for visits its a shame you can’t do the same for your feed)
Some of Terapad’s rich features include:
- Customise author access rights to each module of the admin system
- Edit WYSWIG CSS for your design
- Lots of integration built-in e.g. del.icio.us, Google Analytics, Flickr, Digg etc
- Easy to add extra lines of code to integrate with other services
- Sidebar containers for widgets etc (just three to start with but a proper container management system coming soon)
- Standard web pages as well as a blog
- Forums – including forums with a blog is an interesting twist as I’m often asked about the comparative merits of each (which I expand into a full post if anyone is interested)
- Shop using PayPal Premier or a business account
- Events calendar
It looks good and if I didn’t already have a Typepad Professional account (which allows multiple blogs) then I’d give Terapad a go for a new personal blog I’m about to start. As it is I’m probably going to be too tight to be pay the $18.