Just thought you might like some feedback.
This weekend a friend came by to set up a blog site, she wanted some advise.
She looked at Travellerspoint(of course!), Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, LiveJournal for the purpose of a travel/information blog.
I let her do most of the comparing and here's what interested her the most.
1. Lots of Templates on offer (erm, especially Lilac colored ones??!!)
2. A free tour, on the home page showing whats on offer.
3. Simple language.
Her first impressions
LiveJournal was in the lead until the list of what was on offer showed up in little children's cartoon icons. . .
Blogger was in the running for a long time due to it's word of mouth factor, but upon seeing the homepage and what they offered she was disappointed.
Typepad was eilliminated immediately due to payment needed.
Travellerspoint she like because it was travel based, but felt intimidated a little by this(can't win everyone) and the tour of what was offer did not impress her. (visually)
Wordpad toped the marks with first impressions to her. She liked the homepage, and liked how they laid out what they had on offer.
Sorry to say guys but she went with Wordpad. The massive Template section, the widgets and the stats ad won her over.
That's not to say TP does not have the above, but she was won over with their presentation.
Anyway I saw her through the sign up with WP and i did see a couple of nice things they had there:
The write section (edit) is nice with lots of simple user interfaces. Like the ease of inserting and placing a photo. A WYSIWYG type interface. REsizing photo's in the edit blog text section was sweet.
Also the widgets. I am not a big fan of them. But I did see some nice stuff like creating your own custom Catagories with sub categories etc.
The whole dashboard to other blogs by the same user. I have only one on TP so can't comment, but it looks nice on WP
Change blog order, that whole show blog in reverse order argument.
Overall a very clean interface.
Having said all that, and I do feel strange having done so. There are some drawbacks on WP.
Namely one part of their interface is strange in the whole new page, new entry terminology as it can mess titling up a bit.
The forum is very detached and corporate looking.
The feedback looks to be very poor in their Cust service.
Though the interface is nice, it does constantly remind you to upgrade. ( and gives me the feelign that one day you might login and be told you have to pay)
Anyway that was what happened to me this weekend. Sorry I lost you a new blogger! But I thought it might be worth letting you know some third party feedback.
It was still interesting for me to see what some people look for in a blog.
Either way I am still happy with TP!! And will not show anyone Wordpress next time!!!
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 9, 2008, at 5:42 AM by outcast ]
Hows it goin?
Thats a pretty interesting post mate. I'm about to head off and have been considering a blog and which one to use, although not actively just yet.
A friend of mine raved about wp a while ago so it did stick in my mind, but just readin your post 1 thing did occur to me. WP seems a bit lonely and distant as a travel blog, whereas tp seems a bit more connected to people and things that are relevant to travelling. Did you get the same sort of feel?
I've never used another travel site, although I've belonged to various other sites on and off for a few years. I must say, TP is the only one I stick with--since sometime in 2004, I believe. It's all the great things you mentioned, plus it's just a nice, cosy place--like people genuiely care and you won't get berated for asking a naïve/dumb/repetitive question. It's truly like talking to friends--no matter where in the world they are. I check in every, single morning unless I'm away from home.
TP has that elusive "it" factor you can't really put down in a list. You just have to live it to know!
As tway mentioned TP pretty much comes out on top as a travel blog site. And you your self hit the nail on the head with WP being a bit loney. I personally prefer TP 10 fold to word press my posting above was about this one girls approach to choosing a blog. Then having seen some things on WP I said I would mention them here. Not so much as a knock on TP but to try and help out with improvements.
That's what makes TP better as a travel blog than WP. Support here on TP is second to none. Word Press is a pretty dull place. Support is lame, and there is little in the community factor. TP has a great community feel. No one knocks anyone here you will notice. And what better to travel with than a good community? That's a key factor with TP. Support is always there in a friendly manner.
Add to that the fact that TP has a host of easily available travel based links and help, it makes it a better choice in my opinion. Check out the growing Travel Guide or Accommodation areas.
People listen to you here. If your stuck and need help be it with travel, or on your blog, just post and it will be answered quickly. Trying doing that on WP?!!
On WP I do not see this happening. It's too diverse. WP has it's place alright. But as TP specializes in travel. I would go with TP for a travel blog any day!
All the best in your decision!
Interesting post. I really like the detail in this as it gives us some pretty good ideas of a) what people are looking for in blogging software and b) what people are looking for in a "travel" blog.
Wordpress is for me easily the most comprehensive blogging system on the internet. I use it on another site as well and really am quite fond of the interface. I'd happily use it on any non-travel related blogs I run. They have some quite advanced features, which can be handy, but may in fact be overkill for the Travellerspoint audience.
What we are trying to do with Travellerspoint is ensure that it is the best travel blogging system around. Of course, providing a clean easy-to-use interface is something that any website should strive for and we are always working on polishing our interface for that reason. But the main thing for us to focus on is how it works for travellers. Features like integrated travel maps contribute to that, but also the high-quality travel specific templates, which I think would be hard to find rivals for anywhere. And of course, an immediate audience comes with a Travellerspoint blog - it's already in front of a community of other travellers. Those are our main strengths when compared to generic blogging system.
Anyway, I do much appreciate the post - the feedback we get (negative and positive) helps us decide what to focus our efforts on and there's some good stuff in here