The company behind one of the weblog world’s most popular tools is preparing to launch a new service which will attack market leaders Blogger.com head on.
SixApart, the company behind the Movable Type weblogging system, is to lanch a new “hosted” service called TypePad later this year.
Like its rival, Blogger, the new system will be stored along with the user’s writing on a central server. This means that, for the first time, budding webloggers who want to use Movable Type – regarded as the one of the most powerful weblog-building systems – will not have to hire server space from hosting companies. Nor will they need to go through the sometimes difficult processes required to install the Movable Type system on their server.
It is expected that there will be three tiers of pricing, with varying levels of features and complexity. Pricing will be officially announced in May, with a public beta (or test) version being launched in June.