This newsletter has been hosted for about ten years on TypePad.com. While you may enter an address of http://www.eogn.com into your web browser, the pages you viewed were actually hosted at http://www.typepad.com. I have always been very happy with TypePad’s service until recently. Even though I became dissatisfied recently, I also realize the problem was not created by TypePad.
TypePad was the victim of intermittent DDOS attacks for several days. The blog.eogn.com pages were up and down repeatedly for several days. (You can read more about DDOS attacks at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ddos.) Out of frustration, I moved the web site to WordPress.com and tried to make the best of a poor situation. I announced the move at the time as a “temporary change” at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/04/21/this-newsletter-has-been-moved-to-a-temporary-host/.
In fact, the new home has worked rather well.
When articles were moved, hundreds of links were broken. I have fixed many of the links but will never be able to fix all of the remaining thousands of broken links. Nonetheless, operation on the new hosting service has been reliable.
There are many visual differences between the old hosting service and the new one. Most feedback has been favorable, with comments including, “LOVE your new look on WordPress. So much brighter and spread out. Much easier for me to read.” and “Love your new website! So clean & streamlined looking. Very easy on the eye & enhances the ability to read. Love it!”
I have had a few complaints about broken links and I am still working to correct them as fast as I can. One person complained that the new site has very small fonts. That report confuses me as many others have sent messages complimenting the new, larger fonts.
Older articles and comments posted to the newsletter have not been carried over to the new web site. However, all those articles remain visible in the Plus Edition subscribers’ web site at http://www.eogn.com/wp. Of course, you do need a Plus Edition subscriber’s user name and password to access them.
The Typepad hosting service has now apparently resolved the issues with the DDOS attacks and is once again reliable. I could move the web site back to the prior hosting service, if it seems wise to do so.
From my viewpoint, the two services are about the same. Both cost me about the same for hosting fees. WordPress seems to have a better-looking user interface, works better with social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and a host of others), and does a better job of handling users’ comments. WordPress also looks better on small screens, such as iPhone, iPod, and Android devices. In contrast, Typepad does a better job of handling pictures and other graphics inserted into messages. Typepad also has a better iPhone app for remotely handing articles and users’ comments when I am traveling.
In short, it seems the decision is based upon six of one thing, a half dozen of the other. Now I would like to read your opinions. I have created a poll and would love for you to offer suggestions. Please note that it is completely anonymous, there is no need to enter your email address or any other identifying information.
What do you think? Should the newsletter remain where it is or should it revert to the old web site?