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Dec12
Movable Type Marks Yahoo As Preferred Provider
Reuters's Eric Auchard reports that Yahoo! will now be the "preferred provider" of Movable Type (the highly popular blogging software) for small businesses.  So one of the largest Web companies has now teamed up with one of the most prominent blog publishing software makers to create an enticing opportunity for business owners.  For about $10-30 a month, your small business will get 5-20 GB of hard disk space and 200-500 GB data transfer per month (three basic plans are available).  And Movable Type will power your blogs for Yahoo!

I checked out Six Apart's website (Six Apart makes Movable Type) to see if there was more news on the partnership with Yahoo!, but all I could find was a new link in the upper right area of the screen that took me to a page at Yahoo! Small Business offering a combination of Yahoo! Web Hosting and Movable Type for small businesses.  I just wish that it were easier to find news and information about the new partnership directly from either Yahoo! or Six Apart.

I think this new partnership not only shows just how serious Yahoo! is about establishing itself as a Web 2.0-savvy, blog-savvy, social software-savvy enterprise (see my posts on Yahoo!'s purchase of del.icio.us and Yahoo!'s new RSS email folder), but also bodes well for Movable Type in particular and business blogging in general.  People's heads continue to turn due to news like this about business blogging.  I think it's another important step toward bizlogging becoming "mainstream."

What do you think about the new Yahoo! / Movable Type partnership?

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Depending on the size of the business, I think some people would probably still find TypePad easier than going for the Yahoo!/Movable option.
It's really flexible, particularly if you go for the pro option, and once you get it set up with a third party blogging application like Qumana or even Flock, it takes little effort to keep the plates spinning.

Thanks for the tip, Neil. The competetion is getting tighter between blogging platforms as they clamor for the attention of businesses who are looking to blog.

For everyone's reference: Six Apart offers both Movable Type (which a business needs to install on its own server) and TypePad (a hosted blog service like Google's Blogger). It also bought the LiveJournal blog hosting service in January 2005.

Me again.
Just out of curiosity, I signed up for the new Yahoo service. Very slick. I can usually get a TypePad blog up for someone in about 20 minutes to half an hour. This took a few minutes longer but included domain registration - travelprblog.com. (Both timings involve regular supplied templates of course, nothing fancy) I am going to play with it when I get a chance over the holidays to see how it stacks up against TypePad.

You again - Neil, I'm glad you took the time to follow up on this thread. I'd love to hear more about your experiences with the new Yahoo! Movable Type offering.

Thanks for the link! We'd held off on posting about the partnership until all the signup process was up and running (the press/blogosphere coverage was a little early on this) and now there's a post up.

We'll be following with more information, like an article in our Professional Network section of the site, soon.

Oh, and we have an info page at:

http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/yahoo

Anil, thanks for the clarification and link. I'm sure you're very busy, so I appreciate the comments. We'll keep an eye open for information as it comes. Know More Media uses Movable Type in part because it allows us great scalability and the ability to customize our blogging process. Keep up the great work!

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