Vox Migration Plan

As you have probably heard – Vox, our preferred free Blog/eportfolio site is closing down on 30 September. You will need to choose an option to move and export your Vox blogs to either: Typepad, WordPress or Posterous (there is no simple export to Blogger or other Blog hosts beyond these three). The import to Typepad is quick and simple, the WordPress and Posterous import can take several hours.

So – which to choose?

Well there’s really not a lot of difference between Typepad and WordPress anymore, and your choice either way will be fine, however I’ll outline what I see as the key differences (PS, I have, and still use: Blogger since 2004, WordPress since 2006, and Vox since 2007, effectively keeping three copies of blog posts and tweaking each site for different audiences).

Unfortunately none of the current free options provide the range of functionality that made Vox so useful for collaborative student projects, however this can be achieved by using a ‘bricolage’ of tools – i.e. Typepad or WordPress for student blogs, turning on the Auto Tweet option for posts in Typepad & WordPress for creating community and social networking, using RSS subscriptions to follow activity (e.g. using Google Reader), and using Flickr or Picasaweb for hosting and presenting images, and Google Docs for collaborative documents.

Both Typepad and WordPress feature the ability to create static pages associated with your main blog, and their themes are more customisable than Vox with both offering add-on free widgets. They are both also more iPhone/iPad friendly than Vox, and provide limited free blog-view statistics options.

1. Typepad:

The Typepad import is the easiest.
Typepad includes a ‘follow’ option that is similar to Vox’s ‘neighbourhood’ feature for building online community.
Only the Typepad ‘Micro’ option is free – however the import from Vox feature appears to give free users more feature access than standard Typepad Micro, and is add-free.
Typepad’s more powerful customisation and community tools are paid upgrades.
There are several iPhone/mobile editing apps available for Typepad blogs, but no free iPad editor yet.
The paid Typepad options offer more flexibility than WordPress.


Mobile version: http://itypepad.com
Also support for email upload and blogging

2. WordPress:

WordPress offers more customisation for free than Typepad, although media hosting for free is limited, including no video (you can still embed YouTube etc in posts for free) – paid upgrades provide video hosting and larger media allowances on WordPress.
There are a couple of free iPad WordPress Blog editing apps available.
Wordpress uses custom embed code for externally hosted media – that can take getting used to.


Mobile version: http://m.wordpress.com
Also support for email upload and blogging

So depending on what is most important to you you can choose either Typepad or WordPress and have made a good choice!

The simplest option in my opinion is Typepad Micro.

Hope this helps.



Twitter Tales

We are using Twitter to communicate between New Zealand, Ireland and Chile for a collaborative Product design student project.

Students have setup Twitter accounts and begun ‘tweeting’, with their Lecturers also using Twitter to respond, guide and inform their students during the project.

Serendipitously, an online PODCast show host has chosen one of our students at random to get them to the top of the twitter followed list and make them famous!

Lisa’s “I hate technology” tweet caought the PODCast show hosts eye and recommended all his listeners follow her on Twitter. 24 hours later she has over 8600 followers. The goal is to get more than 15000 followers in a week, and one of Lisa’s follows (at random) will win an Apple iPod from Leo Laporte, as will Lisa herself!

Lisa’s Twitter page: http://twitter.com/LisaTickledPink

Leo has also taken Lisa to the top of DIGG: http://digg.com/comedy/Leo_Laporte_takes_a_stranger_to_the_top_of_Twitter

Leo Laportes PODCast show: http://twit.tv

Episode on “I Hate Technology” – watch the video from 24 minutes to 30 minutes, and 1 hour 26 minutes to view the sections on Lisa’s story! http://twit.tv/238