We recently introduced you to a new feature in TypePad, the ability to create individual Pages in your weblog. As we mentioned, this is a great way to add new information to your weblog but how else can this great feature be used? The Pages feature is also a great way to build a custom website for a business or for any purpose at all.
Let's say that you want to build a website for your business. With the introduction of a new preference, you can now create a series of Pages to build your website instead of using posts. This allows you to control the Page’s file name and it is positioned in the main directory of your website’s folder.
For example, you can create an about page, a contact page, a page to display products or services, displaying a map with directions to your location or even sharing your own customer feedback. The possibilities are endless. Start by creating a new weblog and click on the Compose tab to begin creating the various Pages that will be the content for your website. You can use our text editor's tools to add as much content as you would like to your Pages.
Once you have finished, go to Weblogs > Configure > Preferences and select a Page from the drop down menu under "Front Page Preferences." There you can select the Page that will be displayed when users visit your website's URL. When you enable a list of Pages on your website from Weblogs > Design > Select Content, you have yourself a website complete with navigation.
Also, if you choose to combine your weblog and website in one, you can display a links to your recent posts on your sidebar from Weblogs > Design > Select Content.
As a finishing touch, you can use domain mapping for a custom URL.
No one will ever have to know that building your website was so easy to do!