Movable Type and Yahoo

Movable Type and Yahoo Posted by Peter F on December 13 2005 in Business So, as you may have heard Yahoo recently announced that it will be offering Movable Type on its small business hosting plans. Cost is to be around $12 per month. According to both Yahoo and Six Apart, the software has been extensively optimized to run up to 10 times faster than on SixApart’s own server. Great. But it begs the following question: TypePad is SixApart’s own hosted version of Movable Type. It strikes me that they have just created their own competition. Perhaps it’s a survival move – Yahoo was going to go with someone. Better to get a piece of the pie at the expense of cannibalizing their own clients than risk losing a bunch of clients all together. Also, this may help to relieve some of the hardware stress currently afflicting TypePad customers. Plus, Yahoo’s offering is more robust, and cheaper! I, for one, hope there is some truth to the “10 times faster” claim. We do a fair bit of work with TypePad blogs, and have recently made the decision to charge a surplus when working with them. The reason? Developing a site on TypePad takes much longer than a comparable self-hosted option. Their servers are just that slow. This will be interesting to watch. I’ve seen no mention of when Yahoo will begin to offer this service. If I were considering setting up a TypePad blog, I think I’d wait for a bit to see when Yahoo’s option becomes available.

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