On WordPress.com, everyone’s free upload space has been increased 60x from 50mb to 3,000mb. Matt followed up the news with some competitor comparisons.
To get the same amount of space at our nearest competitor, Typepad, you’d pay at least $300 a year. Blogger only gives you 1GB. We’re doing the same thing for free.
I thought of following up on the comparison with TypePad, then forgot about it. Then I saw that Justin interprets Matt’s announcement as “FU” to Typepad and decided to do the comparison after all.
The table shows that the comparison is a tricky one, in that WordPress.com and TypePad are packaged differently. Automattic offers free, ad-supported, hosted blogging at WordPress.com, and offers a few specific paid upgrades. Six Apart offers paid, ad-free blogging at TypePad.com in the form of different packages: Basic and Plus are the “smallest.”
|WordPress.com||WordPress.com upgrades||TypePad Basic||TypePad Plus|
|Storage||3 GB (= 3000 MB)||+ $20 for + 5 GB,…||100 MB||500 MB|
|Can store JPG, GIF||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Can store MP3, video||No||With storage upgrade||Yes||Yes|
|Bandwidth||Unlimited||2 GB/month||5 GB/month|
|Domain mapping||No||+ $10||No||Yes|
|Ads||Yes, by/for Automattic||Ad-related upgrade in the works||Yes, by/for you if you want||Yes, by/for you if you want|
|Drag and drop to customize layouts||Using sidebar widgets (only within sidebar)||No||Yes|
|Customize CSS||No||+ $15||No||No|
The mapping between features of WordPress and of TypePad isn’t always a neat one. This is borne out in particular by the last rows of the table, and by the notes they prompt me to add. Custom CSS for TypePad requires the Pro package, which costs $150/year. But TypePad plus offers some customization options not available at WordPress.com, even with the CSS upgrade.
The difference is sufficient to prompt the cliche of “comparing apples and oranges.” It might be interesting to expand the comparison to include pears and kiwi fruit: that is, Blogger and Vox. In fact, Matt made the comparison with Blogger’s storage allowance in the above quote. Vox is the most recently-introduced of Six Apart’s blogging services.