Response to Typepad Downtime this week

April 20, 2014

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Update 21-April-2014 9:45AM PT: We're sorry to inform you that Typepad was attacked again overnight. Our team has been working around the clock to restore service. While most blogs are available and the application is up, some mapped domains are showing a message that the domain is "unknown", but there is no problem with the domain itself. We're working to correct the error on our end.

First, let us say how much we appreciate all members of the Typepad community. We know the last few days have been trying and stressful to you all and us. Please know you have a team of people who love Typepad who have been working and continue to work to keep Typepad up 24/7.

What happened? Beginning Thursday evening, Typepad was hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) off and on through today. A DDoS attack is an attempt to make services unavailable, but in no way was your Typepad account compromised. All information in your Typepad account is secure, including billing information. The attack on Typepad was similar to an attack on Basecamp which you can read about here.

The Typepad blogs and application have been restored. We put in place some roadblocks to mitigate the attack, but we are on high alert as attackers change their tactics regularly.

We really appreciate all members of the Typepad community and your patience during this time. We're here to answer any questions you may have about the attack.

Beta users, let us tempt you with some new features for our Snap theme.

April 11, 2014

We were hoping that our post last week about customizing our new Snap theme would tempt more of you to try the design out and give us some much desired feedback. Alas, we're just not getting the input we've been hoping for. So, we're upping the ante with new features that are only available if you use the Snap theme.

First, we have two additions to the navigation bar: you can center the links and include social media icons. Here's what to look for in Blogs > Design > Content: Navigation Bar:

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And here's how the two options look together on a blog:

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Cool, right? The social icons come from the profiles you've added on the Account > Other Accounts page, so make sure you have your social media profiles listed there.

The second new feature is what we're calling Post Link Tooltips. This can be selected from the Blogs > Design > Content page as well. Here's what to look for:

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This feature adds a little hover effect to the links you include in your blog posts. The tooltip will use the title field from the Insert Link tool. Here's a visual of how that works:

Tooltips

Also cool, yeah? Don't you want to give this awesome theme a whirl? If you do, head over to our original announcement post for all the details. Then, after you've had some time to play with the bubble wrap and kick the tires, open a help ticket and let us know what you think. If you find something that looks amiss, we need to know. If you love it and think it's perfect, we won't turn away that feedback, either.

Good News: Typepad is Not Vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug

April 09, 2014

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug has exposed a collection of popular websites, posing a potential security threat to credit card information and passwords. We want to assure you that Typepad is not one of the websites affected, and your information is safe.

The security of our bloggers is a top priority. We were able to confirm that Typepad was not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as soon as the bug itself was discovered, and we worked diligently to ensure that none of our bloggers' personal information was compromised. As always, we will continue to work to protect the security of Typepad users and their data.

Your Community and Support team is always here to help, so please reach out if you have any lingering concerns about the Heartbleed bug.

Loft -- Now with two column layout options!

March 28, 2014

After receiving requests from our bloggers to see Loft with layout options, we're giving you what you've been asking for! The popular theme now boasts two different two-column options, looking gorgeous with a sidebar on the right or the left. 

Go on, tell it it's pretty.

Loft - two column layout

With both a two-column-right and a two-column-left option, it's now easier than ever to keep the look of your blog in place while reducing the need to scroll to view sidebar content. Loft remains clean, swank, and a bit too hipster for its own good, which is why we all love it so much.

Note: The Loft theme in a two-column layout automatically hides the reblog, digg, and delicious buttons in the post footer in order for the alignment to remain intact. Other than that, everything else is the same.

Go to Design > Layouts, and preview your blog with one of the two-column options to see how your content looks. Did you fall in love? Then click to apply the theme and save your changes! 

New for Beta users: A Responsive Design!

March 18, 2014

We have a very special and exciting new feature that we hope all of you Beta users will try out: a Responsive blog theme! This is for all of you folks who have asked for blog designs that look great at any screen size, from tiny mobile phones all the way up to giant widescreen monitors. Oh yeah, it's awesome.

Snap

There are a lot of technical details around responsive design but all you really need to know is that your blog will look good at any screen size, without the need for a separate mobile version of the blog or the theme. It's all in one - the design itself adapts and responds to the size of the reader's screen.

Because this is a brand new thing for us, we wanted to start with a simple theme that Beta users can try out and put to the test. If you don't want to use it on your blog, we understand! We have instructions for creating a test blog so you can see the design in action before making a committment.

To use the theme, just go to Blogs > Design: Choose a theme and look for Snap in the list of all themes. Then take a look at your blog on your computer, your mobile, your tablets, your microwave ovens - anything you can use to get online.

Here are some notes to keep in mind:

We're mostly testing for functionality at this point. We'll be adding fancier looking responsive themes soon but we need to get the foundation in place first. You can still jazz the current theme up with Custom CSS, if you're so inclined.

Some features are different with the responsive theme:

  • The navigation bar has four options for where it shows (sticky at the top or bottom of the page, above the banner or below the banner) but you won't be able to use Advanced coding there. We think the enhanced positioning is worth the trade off. Plus, something neat happens at the smallest screen size, so you'll want to check that out.
  • We've streamlined the post footer sharing options and styled those to look nice.
  • Images in blog posts are responsive, too! They'll scale down at smaller screen sizes automatically. It works best if you insert your images at the small, medium, large or "full" settings, rather than a fixed pixel width.

With the above points in mind, we really, really want you to try the theme out and give us your feedback and findings. You'll be helping us build a solid foundaton for future responsive themes.

If you see anything that looks like it doesn't belong or isn't quite right, just open a help ticket and tell us what you're seeing. Please be sure to include browser/device info, the link to your blog that's using the theme and if you have a screenshot, that's helpful, too.

Out of Beta: Excerpts

February 26, 2014

We recently announced that we were beginning to roll the excerpts feature out of Beta.

We're happy to announce that the rollout is now complete and all users should have this in their accounts. You can find this feature by going to Settings > Posts. 

As always, our helpful Knowledge Base can help you get started using excerpts on your blog.  You can also get personalized help from one of our Typepad experts by clicking the Help tab and creating a new ticket.

Rolling Out of Beta: Excerpts

February 13, 2014

A few weeks ago, we announced a new feature for our Beta Team to try out that let you easily display excerpts on your blog.

We're pleased to announce that testing has gone well for this feature and we've started rolling it out to all of our bloggers.  Expect to see this new, exciting option in your own Typepad account soon (if you don't already have it)!

If you'd like to get first crack at features like this in the future, simply go to the Account tab and sign up for the Beta team!

Check out our newest theme: Tectonic

February 05, 2014

We've recently released a new theme and we think it's pretty unique. We combined a sleek, grid-based layout with the colors of nature for a fresh look that will suit all types of blogs. It has a 'sticky' navigation bar that stays at the top of the page as you scroll, making it easy for your readers to find important content. There are four color combinations available, so you're sure to find one that suits your tastes.

Tectonic

With Valentine's Day swiftly approcating, we also want to recommend the Heartbeats theme for anyone who wants to show a little love on their blog.

Heartbeats

You can try either theme by going to Blogs > Design > Choose a new theme. If you want to try a theme before you commit, we recommend setting up a test blog and applying it there.

Rolling Out of Beta: Sidebar Image Uploader and Author Photo Configuration Options

February 03, 2014

A few weeks ago, we announced two new features for our Beta Team to try out: the sidebar image uploader and author photo configuration options.

We're pleased to announce that testing has gone well for these features and we've started rolling them out to all of our bloggers.  Expect to see these new, exciting options in your own Typepad account soon (if you don't already have them)!

If you'd like to get first crack at features like this in the future, simply go to the Account tab and sign up for the Beta team!

Announcing: Changes to the way you edit images in Typepad with Aviary

October 31, 2013

As a blogger, you know that adding images to your posts can bring an essential element of interest to your blog, and Typepad makes it easy to add and edit images on the fly. Just insert an image, double click to edit your image with the Aviary image editor, and you're on your way.

This week, Aviary introduced the newest version of their image editor, which brings along with it a few changes to the way you edit your photos. The changes are pretty simple, but if you frequently edit images (add captions, change size, apply special effects) in the Rich Text editor, you'll want to take note and adjust your workflow a bit.

Image_editor

There are two options when editing images; Standard and Aviary. Both options appear in the pop up window after you double click your inserted image in the Rich Text editor, with the Aviary Options on top, and Standard Options on bottom. Here's a breakdown of what you can do with each option:

Standard Options

Caption
Border
Image Size
Description
Alignment
Link to full-size image

After making any changes to the Standard Options, click the Save button at the top right of the pop-up box to apply the changes to the image. Please note you will not see an Apply button, and you will not see the changes to the Standard Options in the Edit Image pop-up. Your changes will appear once you are back in the Rich Text window.

Aviary Options

With Aviary, you can perform advanced editing functions that will change the appearance of your images, including adding frames and stickers, adjusting brightness, contrast, and colors, and removing red eye, and lots more!

Using the arrows in the top menu, you can review the customization options. Click on the tool you wish to use to make changes. You'll see the changes reflected in the preview image. If you don't like the changes, click Cancel. If you do like the changes, click Apply (you can always use the small left arrow under your image to revert the change). You can make multiple changes in one editing session and click Apply before moving from one tool to another. Make sure to click the Save button in the upper right of the window, and you're done!

The Standard Options, including captions, are available for any images regardless of size. However, the special effects can only be added to images of a certain size depending on your Typepad plan. For specific image sizes, see the requirements here.

You can read all about the Aviary Options and what they can do for your images in our Knowledge Base.

That's it! Pretty simple, right? Have questions, comments, or a favorite way to edit images in Typepad? Start a conversation about it, or tell us in the comments!

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