We heard you...
September 19, 2006
Since we launched the new "Home" tab inside TypePad, we've heard from many of you that the page was a good start, but that it could use a little work. Specifically, you told us that we should give more prominence to the tools that you use the most -- the QuickStart section that gives you easy access to your weblogs, TypeLists and Photo Albums.
This afternoon we pushed a change to the Home tab that does exactly that. We've re-ordered things a bit, and moved the QuickStart module right to the top of the page, and shifted the other modules accordingly. Let us know what you think!
It's always nice to see usability improvements. The Home tab is just that - a small usability improvement.
Nice, but no big deal.
I'm hopeing Typepad does not start focussing on the icing yet, where so much of the cake is still half-baked.
Posted by: Account Deleted | September 20, 2006 at 01:51 AM
Bernd -- thanks for your comment. There's a lot yet to do on TypePad; we're nowhere near "done" with the cake part.
Posted by: Michael Sippey | September 20, 2006 at 02:05 AM
I'm afraid I question whether you did hear us... I had thought, and said in a help ticket, that it was increasingly difficult to get through to the parts of TypePad where one actually does work; it certainly feels cumbersome.
Posted by: inthehallofmirrors | September 20, 2006 at 02:37 AM
Paul -- we're continually working on TypePad's infrastructure to improve application performance and to make it feel snappier. We've done a lot in the past six months to make the app more responsive, and we have a lot more improvements coming down the line.
Posted by: Michael Sippey | September 20, 2006 at 03:28 AM
The interface is getting better. I've been a member for almost a year now and I see steady improvement. However, I don't see a pretty simple feature that I'd like to have added to the basic TypePad functionality. I'd like a way for my blog readers to be able to subscribe to an RSS feed (or email) for comments made on the blog.
Posted by: Brian Smith | September 20, 2006 at 01:13 PM
Hey, Brian... Thanks for the feedback! If you're using Advanced Templates with a TypePad Pro account you can build a feed of comments; we'll look into adding that for non-advanced template users as well.
Posted by: Michael Sippey | September 20, 2006 at 01:56 PM
Here's what seems to be a simple feature - the ability for users to send a link to a post to a friend. This is standard in Blogger.
Posted by: Risa and David Weiss | September 20, 2006 at 01:59 PM
I think it's great - was my biggest frustration. Didn't occcur to me to say something about it. Is there a place to go to find out what is being worked on down the line?
Posted by: MsShad | September 20, 2006 at 02:56 PM
What about including a link for visitor stats in the QuickStart box?
Posted by: Rob Edwards | September 20, 2006 at 04:04 PM
It looks great! Thanks for that! I just hope you guys work on improving the stats page next! Thanks, Erika ;-)
Posted by: Erika Verginelli | September 20, 2006 at 04:36 PM
Is there any way to sort the listing of posts within a category, alphabetically, for example?
Posted by: Joe Kunkel | September 21, 2006 at 07:55 AM
what about bringing some new themes, you haven't upgrade them in a very long time, some very bold themes are out there at your competitors, or what about giving non techies a few more tools to change their theme in a easier way.
other wise pretty happy with Typepad.
Posted by: mariapia | September 21, 2006 at 10:56 AM
I'm very pleased with TypePad.
Would love to have some flexibility around organizing my TypeLists on the main TypeList tab (even just being able to sort by "type" would be a start!); would also like to be able to tell at a glance which blog(s) a particular TypeList is active on. For example, TypeList #1 is active on Blog A & Blog D; TypeList #2 is active on Blog B & Blog C, etc.
Posted by: Kathy M. | September 21, 2006 at 06:43 PM
This is all great feature feedback. Thanks so much, everyone!
Posted by: Michael Sippey | September 21, 2006 at 07:15 PM