RealMac Software Announces Crowdfunding Campaign for Typed: A Better Blogging Platform

Update: RealMac Software met their funding goal after about 12 hours. 24 hours after the campaign went live, they’re at +50% of their goal. Talk about a resounding success! I guess there are enough people who want this sort of lightweight blogging platform.

Last week, I migrated this website to a new hosting company. I had outgrown my old host, and I needed something more reliable, and that could handle more traffic. At the time, I was thinking about what alternatives there were to WordPress, which has become cumbersome. It’s a good, free blogging platform, but it’s getting complicated to manage, and I, as a writer, would rather spend my time writing than worrying about what runs my blog.

Coincidentally, around the same time, I got a heads up from RealMac Software saying that they were launching a crowdfunding campaign for Typed: A Better Blogging Platform. The company recently released a text editor called Typed, which has become my daily writing tool. So this blogging platform looks to be an extension of the text editor, reproducing the same ethos of its simple, minimal interface and features.

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Typed will work with Markdown as input, allow you to have most of the features that make WordPress attractive: posts and pages, tags, scheduled posts, responsive layouts, themes, and much more. It will be a hosted service, but where you can use your own domain names.

The idea of a new, slimmed-down blogging platform is very attractive to me. I’ve contributed to the crowdfunding effort, and if you’re a blogger, you should consider doing so as well. It’s great that WordPress is the leader in blogging, but it’s becoming too much to handle for many people. I hope that Typed will be a viable replacement, and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Check out the IndieGoGo page for Typed: A Better Blogging Platform.

12 thoughts on “RealMac Software Announces Crowdfunding Campaign for Typed: A Better Blogging Platform

  1. Sounds like they’re trying to emulate Ghost (which successfully Kickstarted in 2013 by a former member of the WordPress team), which has a nice head-start and works pretty well *now* as a non-bloated-CMS, blogging-first platform. Ghost is open-source, run by a non-profit foundation, and you can download/modify/host it yourself or get your blog hosted by someone else. It’s dead-simple to use if you get it hosted, less so if you host it yourself.

    https://ghost.org/
    http://ghostforbeginners.com/

    I’m sure Realmac intend to leverage their experience with Rapidweaver to get an ecosystem of themes, but having used Rapidweaver and seen how clunky it worked I’m not optimistic that a Typed blogging platform will be sufficiently competitive and easy to use.

  2. Sounds like they’re trying to emulate Ghost (which successfully Kickstarted in 2013 by a former member of the WordPress team), which has a nice head-start and works pretty well *now* as a non-bloated-CMS, blogging-first platform. Ghost is open-source, run by a non-profit foundation, and you can download/modify/host it yourself or get your blog hosted by someone else. It’s dead-simple to use if you get it hosted, less so if you host it yourself.

    https://ghost.org/
    http://ghostforbeginners.com/

    I’m sure Realmac intend to leverage their experience with Rapidweaver to get an ecosystem of themes, but having used Rapidweaver and seen how clunky it worked I’m not optimistic that a Typed blogging platform will be sufficiently competitive and easy to use.

  3. That was exactly my thought (although expressed a bit too compact :D), I supported Ghost although I’m not using it (can’t install it on my shared hosting).

  4. That was exactly my thought (although expressed a bit too compact :D), I supported Ghost although I’m not using it (can’t install it on my shared hosting).

  5. Thanks for the heads-up. What text editor(s) has Typed the text editor replaced for you? Can you compare Typed with Byword for Mac?

    • iA Writer. Typed and Byword are similar, Typed is s bit more limited in options, which is part of its concept.

  6. Thanks for the heads-up. What text editor(s) has Typed the text editor replaced for you? Can you compare Typed with Byword for Mac?

    • iA Writer. Typed and Byword are similar, Typed is s bit more limited in options, which is part of its concept.

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