TypePad vs. WordPress.com: neither measure up

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I've been looking into moving a Movable Type instance onto a managed hosted blogging platform. The obvious next step up from Movable Type would be TypePad, the hosted blogging service operated by Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type. I really like MT and Six Apart, and would normally be happy to stick to their platform.

But TypePad's slower rate of development, nonfunctional multi-author import tool, and aging look and feel are worrisome, enough to make me seriously evaluate WordPress.com, the other best-known hosted blogging platform.

I want reasonable modern business-class weblog hosting, with multiple authors, a custom domain, pretty-ish URLs, no ads, developer flexibility, FeedBurner support, and business-style billing. Is that too much to ask for? I did some research, and here's what I found (important distinctions bolded):

Feature TypePad WordPress.com
Cost $150/year (Pro account) $55/year (domain, CSS, no ads)
Platform stability high high
Usability high very high
Rate of active development medium high
Business-friendly invoicing, etc. high medium
Disk space 1 GB 3 GB
Bandwidth 10 GB unmetered
Canned themes "hundreds" 70+
Widgets many, but limited growth many
Category support
1 level
multiple levels
Tag/keyword support
Clean URLs medium very
Spam blocking quality high high
# of blogs unlimited 1
Custom CSS yes yes
Custom HTML yes limited
Custom JavaScript yes no
FeedBurner support yes no (autodiscovery URLs fixed)
# of authors unlimited? unlimited?
# of administrators 1 unlimited?
Import multiple authors no ?
Edit posted author no yes

Some of the two platforms' gaps are puzzling. I can't comprehend why TypePad doesn't support multiple levels of categories, something Movable Type's supported for ages. And it's head-bangingly frustrating that WordPress.com just doesn't work with FeedBurner, because there's no way for administrators or widget authors to edit the feed autodiscovery URL.

In the end, I grudgingly ended up picking TypePad because it gives users full HTML and JavaScript access, allowing first class integration with 3rd party services like FeedBurner. (It's nice knowing you always have an escape hatch if the platform isn't giving you every service you need.)

It's frustrating having to make these choices. Why aren't there better options out there?

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