Well, it’s a week later and my switch from Typepad to WordPress is complete. This was not an easy process!
My main motivation for switching was simple: cost. It turns out that Amazon Web Services has a “free tier” where you can run sites at no cost for 12 months. But to get to that, I had to migrate to WordPress.
Typepad wasn’t bad. However, the idea of paying $10 a month to broadcast my thoughts started to bother me. I know there are free blogging services like Blogger, but I was looking to maintain control and ownership of the content. I wanted the blog to be portable so to speak, so that I could move it to the lowest cost provider.
Unfortunately, Typead makes it hard to leave with the way the content is stored. Maybe that’s part of their business model! But I have escaped. WordPress seems to be the dominant blogging platform anyways, so this seemed like a logical move.
The Amazon web stuff was very tricky. I learned about all kinds of things this week that I never wanted to: SSH, elastic IPs, sFTP, etc. So even though the service is free for a year, it is not for the faint of heart.
I think all the content made it over except for some lost comments on the pages.