Pros For very simple uses it is easy
Cons Complicated Customization, Spam, No Support, Destroyed my blog
Summary My recommendation: Absolutely do NOT use Typepad.
I've used Typepad Pro ($149 / year) for quite a while. Then suddenly they terminated my account, and my entire blog was lost. Countless hours spent working on the blog, writing content, etc., all destroyed in an instant.
I tried to find out why my blog was deleted (afterall I paid for this service) and they wouldn't respond to help tickets. I pleaded to find some way to restore my site, or at least get a copy of my content for me to put elsewhere. No response, no help, no nothing.
Before they deleted my blog, the service was mediocre. There were times when you couldn't make posts and sometimes they were completely down. Doing more than basic customizations of your blog were very complicated, and the documentation and support were extremely poor.
Also, I received SPAM to the email address I used to sign up for Typepad, even though this address was never used anywhere else or ever posted publicly.
For very simple uses, Typepad is easy to use. However, so are many free services like Blogger, MSN Spaces, etc.
With the potential for your account to be deleted without warning or explanation, I can't think of any reason anyone should use Typepad.
"not good idea"on by micku911
Pros good platform
Cons no free version
Summary most people would'nt want to pay money for blog site. if he/she just wants to put things together then website is'nt bad choice for money matter. i myself would go for blogspot. i've been using it and its pretty good, fullfils my needs. only bad thing is they(blogspot) has is little ad banner? dont really care about that, its free so they gotta show something of them. but its negligible. Typepad should've had free version too. well no wonder its good, you're paying $$ for it, hell it HAS to be good. but well, i wont pay for blog site. rather just make website.
"First-rate service"on by Eastport
Pros Easy to use, you can generate and run a great site, works reliably
Cons I did not experience any - except maybe would like an ability to check for broken links
Summary This is a very well designed service that is easy for the beginner to use, and yet has considerable power as the needs and skills of the blogger demand it. I was able to focus on the content of my site, quickly adding to it, and just did not need to worry about technical issues. I also agree that their tech support is excellent - quick, courteous, and right on target.
Pros Usually Available
Cons Poor technical support
Summary I switched to TypePad because the free blog I was using often was not available. Typepad was OK but when I started using EXIF and IPTC industry standard metadata in my images their software couldn't deal with them. When I took the issue to technical support they wanted me to figure out what was wrong. I explained that I didn't have time for that and that they could use my images to experiment. Their response was that I should use different software for my images rather than what I have been using in my business for years and which no one else has a problem handling.
In the process of working on this issue I discovered that the images that are inserted into the blogs become unmanageable: if you want to change or delete an image you must delete the entire blog post and start over ... and naturally this "feature" isn't made clear.
I finally terminated my account. For professional photographers TypePad simply isn't ready for primetime!
Pros They Sounded Good
Cons They're Not Good
Summary The Typepad service is completely unreliable. Check out their own blogs and you will see many posts listing excuses and explanations as to why the service isn't working again.
I'm sure every online service will occasionally have problems. However, when a service continually has issues over many months, that is a huge problem. Maybe they will eventually fix things, but I wouldn't count on it. Problems will continue to arise with a large online service, and they will likely continue to fail at catching them on time or fixing them quickly, without taking the whole service down for protracted periods.
If you want to be able to post to your blog when you want to, Typepad isn't for you. If you want your blog to always be available for people to read, Typepad isn't for you. If you don't need anyone to read your blog and you don't need to post to it either, then maybe try Typepad.