Best Web development tools for Mac
According to one recent estimate, a new Weblog is created every second. Everyone from your geeky IT coworker to your Uncle Marvin has one already. So why don’t you? If you’ve got something— anything —you want to share with the rest of the world, a blog is the place to do it. And it’s never been easier to jump on the blogging bandwagon. The tools and services required are inexpensive (and often free) and as simple (or as powerful) as you want.
Right now, the blogging tools most popular with Mac users are TypePad and Movable Type, both from Six Apart; Blogspot and Blogger, from Blogger (now part of Google); and WordPress, an open-source tool.
These five tools range in power and complexity from simple-but-limited (TypePad, Blogger, and Blogspot) to do-pretty-much-anything-but-may-require-coding (WordPress). Movable Type is somewhere between these two extremes.
Two of them—TypePad and Blogspot—also provide the hosting services you need in order to put your blog on the Web. The other three require that you arrange the hosting yourself (though that’s not especially hard to do).
Here are the tools I’d recommend for different sorts of bloggers.
Hosts with the most
If you’ve never set up and maintained a Web page, you may want to start your blogging career with one of the two hosted services, TypePad or Blogspot. Simply put, this means that your blog will have the address example. typepad.com or example. blogspot.com.
TypePad - Of the two, TypePad is more straightforward: with it, you can have a new blog online within a few minutes. Click on a few buttons in your browser, enter your credit card number, and choose a design, and your site is live. But even with all that simplicity, TypePad offers some decent extras. It allows readers to comment on your posts, and it lets you categorize your posts by topic (or whatever) for easier navigation. Like all the services mentioned here, it supports XML syndication (so readers can keep track of your blog in their RSS news readers).
Blogging tools compared
|Blogspot||TypePad Basic||TypePad Plus||TypePad Pro||Blogger||Movable Type||Movable Type Basic||Movable Type Unlimited||WordPress|
|Full HTML Editing|
|Automatic Thumbnail Creation|
|Cost||free||$5/month or $50/year||$9/month or $90/year||$15/month or $150/year||$70 *||$100 *|
|Drive Space Provided|
|Custom Domain Names|
* Personal licenses; terms vary for commercial, educational, and nonprofit licensees.
But TypePad has drawbacks. For one, it’s the only blogging service described here that doesn’t offer a free version. You can try it out for 30 days; after that, you’ll have to pay $5 to $15 per month (or $50 to $150 a year), depending on the service level you choose (Basic, Plus, or Pro), to keep adding to your site. At the Basic level, TypePad is pretty limited unless you know some HTML. For example, its Mixed Media Layout designs look like promising ways to share photos and even video—but you can’t use them without learning some HTML tags. The Plus and Pro accounts offer more flexibility and power, letting multiple authors contribute or letting you run multiple blogs yourself. But, again, you have to pay for the increased level of service.