Typepad University: Adding Instagram Pictures

January 28, 2015

If you're like most of us on the Typepad team, you love Instagram.  You love taking pictures while out and about, trying out all their nifty filters, and sharing them with your friends via social media.

But what if you want to share these pictures with your blog readers?  Using IFTTT, it's a straightforward process!

IFTTT is a service that lets you create connections between other services where no connection previously existed, using their special blend of channels, triggers, and actions (read more here). Just create an IFTTT recipe, add your ingredients, and boom: you're photo blogging.

Instagram hasn't yet added an option to publish directly to your blog from the app, but thanks to IFTTT and Gmail, cross posting from Instagram to Typepad is not only possible, but hassle-free.

To get started, either log in to IFTTT or start an account (it's free!), then click Create a Recipe:

Ifttt1 The next steps are pretty obvious! Just start clicking:

Ifttt2 And then! Ifttt3
Next, choose a "trigger," the thing that makes the cross-posting magic happen. If you want to have any new photo you post to Instagram appear on your blog, just choose "Any new photo by you." Want to have only specifically tagged photos post to your blog? No problem! Choose "New photo by you tagged" - you'll specify which tag during the next step.

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Then just click Create Trigger, and IFTTT will take you here: Ifttt5 Next, choose an action channel - in this case, we'll want to choose Gmail, so make sure you already have a free Gmail account. Click the red Gmail icon, then click Send an email and enter your information, starting with your Typepad Secret Email Address (make sure to use your own - it will not look the same as the one in the example), which you can find at Blogs > Settings > Post by Email. Next, you'll want to customize the rest of the fields or leave them as is - for instance, you may want to edit the Body field if you'd prefer for your post not to say "via Instagram."  You can also leave this blank. Ifttt6
Click Create Action, and you're almost done! Finally, give your recipe a name, and click Create Recipe. That's it! IFTTT will take you back home, where your new recipe is on and ready to go. There, you can turn your recipe off and on, delete it, share it with others, and edit, check, or view it. IFTTT runs triggers about every 15 minutes, so if you don't see your next Instagram photo on your blog right away, don't worry. It will appear there in short order.

Once you do that, your Instagram pictures will be created as new posts that look similar to this:

Ifttt_instagram

Are you looking to add your Instagram pictures to your sidebar instead?  If so, we've got you covered!  If you're using one of our responsive themes, you can use the widget described here.  If you aren't using a responsive theme, you can follow the steps here.

Have any questions or need help getting IFTTT started?  Just ask and someone will be happy to help you out!

Compose Editor: Changes to the Spellchecker

January 27, 2015

Today when you use the Compose page, you'll notice a change with the Rich Text editor.  The spellcheck button will be missing.

Don't worry, though!  You'll still have spellcheck available. The Rich Text editor's spellcheck was conflicting with many browser-based spellcheck features. While the built in check was great before browsers added spellcheck, now it's redundant.
 
As such, we decided to make it easier for you to take advantage of the spellcheck right in your browser which gives you features available to add new words to the dictionary to use across all webpages, including when composing your Typepad posts.
 
If you don't already have spellcheck enabled in your browser, you can enable it from the Edit menu in most browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

We hope this makes composing your posts much easier.  If you have any questions, we're always here to help!

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