Typepad 101: Adding Text to Your Sidebar

January 23, 2013

Welcome to Typepad 101! Whether you want to add some new features to your blog's design, or simply make your blog more functional, Typepad 101 has you covered.

Your blog has so much information that you want to get out to your readers.  Maybe you're a business that wants to make sure its hours are prominently featured so that your patrons know when to come by.  Maybe you're going out of town and want your readers to know there's a reason that you're not responding to posts or comments.

You can use the featured post option to add a post that stays at the top of your blog, but if your visitors are on another page like your archives, they won't see it.

To get around this, you can easily add text to your blog's sidebar.  Since the sidebar is the same throughout the blog, your readers will always see it.  With our "Embed your HTML" widget, this is as easy as pie for the majority of our designs.

All you need to do is go to Blogs > Design > Content. Select Widgets, then the "Embed your HTML" option, and click the "Add this module" button.  You would then enter your text into the new pop-up window and click "OK" to close the pop-up box.  You can rearrange the content into your preferred order, and then save your changes.

If you're using a Mixed Media layout, you'll need to use a Notes TypeList. With the Chroma or TweetPad Themes, use the Custom Sidebar option on the Design tab.  With Advanced Templates, you'll need to add the code directly to the template or use a TypeList.

We have more information on this in the Knowledge Base.

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