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Keep It Simple: Create About and Contact Pages

The Pages feature in TypePad makes it easy for you to supplement your blog with static website pages which can provide information to your readers. About and Contact pages are seen on most sites, and we’ve provided tips below on how to create and link the pages on your blog.

Create a New Page

To create a Page, open the Compose drop-down menu and select New Page. Composing a Page is similar to writing a Post but a Page is not dated or included in your blog’s feed. Pages are great for creating static website pages. Besides About and Contact pages, some other ideas for pages are Resources, Authors, Shop, and Portfolio.

The About Page can include details on the author(s) of the blog, the purpose of the blog, and anything else you want to tell readers about your site. You could also include information on the  blog’s comment policy and subscription options.

Although TypePad provides you with an About Me Page for your entire account, you may prefer to create a separate page for each blog.

The Contact Page can be designed to include a contact form. A contact form will give readers of your blog a private way to contact you, instead of comments, and you don’t need to display an email address on your blog. There are a lot of free and paid contact form tools available. Google Docs has a built in form creator--Jotform.com and Formstack are two other quick and easy contact form creators--and it’s free.

The form generators provide you with the tools to create a form specific to your needs. Add name, email address, and comment fields to your form. You can also add checkboxes and select options in addition to the other fields. Instructions specific to using Google Docs are available in the Knowledge Base article on how to add a form.

After configuring your form, you’ll be provided with the embed code which can be added to the Body of your Page. From the Compose page in TypePad, click the HTML tab and paste in the form code. The Rich Text editor can not be used when adding the HTML code for the form. To see how the form will appear on your blog, click the Preview button.

When finished creating your page, click Publish. Click the View Page link to open the newly published page in a new window. Copy the URLs for both Pages as you’ll need the URLs to add a link to the pages as described below.

Link to the Pages

To highlight the newly created Pages, you can add a link to each Page in the Navigation Bar. Links in the Navigation Bar display below the banner on each page of your site.

At Design > Content, click the pencil icon next to the Navigation Bar to edit it. Enter the Title and URL for each Page in the pop-up box and click OK. Finally, click Save Changes to update your blog.

Now you have added helpful information to your blog which is easy to find by new visitors to your site!

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