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If you're looking to push the boundaries of what you can do with a blog – especially if you want to use the blog as a part of your business – check out Six Apart's TypePad.
This service is more flexible than Blogger and WordPress, and it gives your blog room to grow. In fact, several professional media outlets, including MSNBC, Time, and Wired, rely on it for their weblogs. TypePad is not for people looking for a free trip through the blogosphere, though: plans start at $4.95 (£2.49) a month for the basic level, which gets you one blog for a single blogger, and run to $29.95 (£14.86) a month for a plan with multiple authors, unlimited blogs, and lots of bandwidth and storage space.
One feature that makes TypePad ideal for businesses is that it lets you set up static pages – for example, a home page or a bio page – with designs that match your blog's theme. Meanwhile, you get incredible control over your blog's layout; for instance, you can set the number of columns, specify whether your sidebar is on the left or right, and more. For multimedia-heavy blogs, TypePad offers a selection of mixed-media layouts that prominently display photos or videos.
TypePad's protection against comment spam goes beyond the capabilities of Blogger and WordPress. For instance, you can restrict comments to authenticated users, or require that people type in a code, which ensures that a human being and not a computer program is doing the commenting. You can also ban commenters and report spammers to TypePad to help weed those users out.
But one of TypePad's biggest draws is its tech support. When we've had problems that we couldn't find an answer to in the knowledge base – rare occurrences – we've always been able to get an actual living, breathing person to give us a hand.