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25 Mobile Design Principles from Google

Americans spend on average 87 hours a month on their smartphones. That is a lot of time looking at a mobile device. This makes it very important to have a great mobile experience for your readers.

Google teamed up with AnswerLab with the goal to establish mobile site design best practices. They created a great PDF you can download: Principles of Mobile Site Design: Delight Users and Drive Conversions. The 25 principles can be grouped into five sections:

  • Homepage & Site Navigation
  • Site Search
  • Commerce & Conversation
  • Form Entry
  • Usability & Form Factor

 The infographic below shows the principles under the five sections. Below the infographic you will see how you can implement some of these principles on your Typepad blog.

PRINCIPLES OF MOBILE SITE DESIGN

Making your blog mobile responsive is easy within Typepad. We have many beautiful themes you can choose and customize. We recommend you create a test blog and go to the Design tab > Choose a Theme > Design Lab (Responsive) to select and customize one of our mobile themes.

You can create your own homepage by creating a page and then selecting it to be a Landing Page.
You can customize a navigation bar within your theme as well. 

Google can help make searching your site easy! They have a Custom Search Engine feature that you can add to your blog. Readers will be able to search your site with the speed and convenience of Google. Go to Custom Search Engine, then click on the Create a custom search engine button. Paste in the URL to your blog, then click on Create. Next to Add it to your site, click on Get Code. Copy the code and then log in to your Typepad Account. Click on Blog tab, then click on the name of your blog. Click on Design, then the Content tab. Search for the Embed your own HTML module, then click on Add this module. Label the module, then paste in the code. Click on OK, then Save changes.

Going mobile can be the boost you need for your blog. Reach out to us if you have any questions about the Google's design principles and how to implement them. 

Comment for help, or click on Help > New Ticket within your account. 


Random Acts of Kindness Winners!

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Congratulations to everyone that entered our Random Acts of Kindness drawing through social media and our mailing list. We are ready to announce our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: 1 year free

Hearts EncouragedHearts Encouraged: A Spiritual Wellness Ministry
www.heartsencouraged.com

Two First Place Winners: 6 months off

SocietyWetmore-Hardcrabble Genealogical and Historical Society
www.wetmorehistoricalsociety.com
Quilts

 

 

Quilts for Orphans
quiltsfororphans.typepad.com

 

 Two Second Place Winners: 3 months off

CTE

Association for Career and Technical Education
ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/

Hope

A Future and a Hope
www.purechristianity.blogs.com

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Be a Guest Blogger for Typepad

Guest Blogger

You have learned a lot from blogging.  Now is your chance to share that experience with other Typepad bloggers. Typepad is looking for Guest Bloggers to speak about their blogging experience.

Content on our blog reaches thousands of bloggers seeking advice on how to use Typepad, best blogging practices and showcasing new Typepad features. We also provide the latest news and blogging trends.

If you are interested in providing your blogging insight we have a few requirements.

Tone of your blog post

All content on our blog must be useful, relevant to our bloggers, and well-written. The tone should be casual and helpful. Think of yourself as sharing knowledge with a friend who may be unfamiliar with the topic. We love posts that have personality and are interesting. Let your voice shine through.

Post Requirements

There are no topic requirements, but your post should be helpful to other bloggers. It can be about your own blogging experience, use of a Typepad feature, or a 3rd party feature that has helped your blog. If you are unsure if a topic is appropriate, ask us. Let us know why you think the topic is beneficial to Everything Typepad readers and we would be happy to speak with you about it.

The post should not be more than 1,000 words. It should be about one topic, singular in focus. We like our posts to include one main image. If you cannot provide an image, we can provide a stock image for you. The content has to be unique, and written by you.

The post should be formatted for the web. Please use short paragraphs, subheadlines, and bullet points when needed. Include real world examples if you can. We will edit for quality, spelling, grammar, structure, and flow. If major revisions are necessary, we will contact you.

Talking about yourself and your blog

At the end of the post you are welcome to include a little blurb about yourself and your blog. Please keep it short and include one link back to your blog. You are welcome to include a logo or an image of yourself in this section.

Submitting your article

After you submit your blog post idea, you will receive an email from Typepad with instructions on how to submit your full article. You will be asked to put your article in the body of an email, with images attached to the email. 

The blog post will be featured on Everything Typepad and promoted on all of Typepad’s social media sites.

Get started writing!

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Rolling Out of Beta: Multiple Usernames and Password Protection for Individual Posts and Pages

We are so excited to announce that the multiple usernames and password protection for individual posts and Pages is now out of Beta and all subscribers should see this option.

To quickly recap, with this feature you can now create unique usernames and passwords for visitors to access your site.

http://kymberlie6.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ee02558883401b8d207e10a970c-pi

This is important because once you set up these usernames, you can restrict each post and Page so that only specific usernames can view the content.  This is particularly useful for blogs that restrict access on a pay to view plan, but it can be just as useful to keep personal posts from being seen by specific people.  The use for the feature is virtually unlimited!

To start adding individual username and passwords to your site, just go to the Settings > Basics tab. We have more information on this in the Knowledge Base.

We hope you love this feature as much as we do!  Please let us know any feedback you may have either in the comments section here or by opening a help ticket.


Rolling Out of Beta: A New Compose Experience and Upgrading Authors

We're so excited today and not just because of the new Star Wars! We've now rolled the new Compose experience and upgraded authors out to 100% of our subscribers, so now everyone should see these features!

The new Compose gives you an updated version of the editor that you're already familiar with, but with improved features like a better restore content feature and the ability to easily add tables to your posts.  These new changes should make creating posts on Typepad easier and more enjoyable.

As always, our Knowledge Base has more information on this particular topic.

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Finally, the upgraded authors feature is also available for everyone to use.  This gives you the abilities to create Author Archives (which are also added to your sitemap) and change the authors on posts.  It's easy to enable the Author Archives at Settings > Feeds.  You can see the option to change the authors either on the Compose Page itself or on the Posts tab.  We have more information on this in the Knowledge Base here and here.

Author_archivesThe year may be coming to a close, but we're still hard at work at Typepad creating new features and improving old ones to make your experience with us the best one possible.  Is there something you'd like to see in 2016?  Feel free to leave a comment here or open a new ticket and we'll see what we can do to make that happen!


Rolling Out of Beta: Upgrading Authors

A few weeks ago, we announced that we had significantly improved the guest author experience and had put it out to our Beta Team members.

We're excited to say that testing has gone well and we're rolling it now out to all of our members.  You'll soon see the option to create Author Archives and to also change the authors on your posts.  Since the initial announcement, we've also added the Author Archives to your blog's sitemap, so you'll now see them reflected there as well.

We've got even more in store for blogs with multiple authors, so we hope you join the Beta Team so you can get in immediately on these new features and all the other functionality that we're working on!


Rolling Out of Beta: A New Compose Experience

A few weeks ago, we announced a new feature for our Beta Team to try out that significantly improved the Compose experience for them.

New_compose

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)!  You can also check out our Knowledge Base article on the new experience so that you're ready when we roll it out to you!

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!


Google Authorship and You Part 2

Previously, we announced the introduction of Google Authorship to Typepad. The goal for Google was to establish ownership of articles in their search results, but it didn't quite take off in the way Google hoped. As a result Google has removed authorship. If you want more information, you can read Google's official announcement and a third-party analysis of the changes.

What does the removal of Google Authorship mean to you and Typepad?

In short, nothing.

No changes need to be made to your blog or Typepad settings. If you previously set up Google Authorship, the rel=author markup will remain within your blog's templates, but Google will no longer use this data. The inclusion of the author designation makes no difference to traffic or SEO even if it's no longer being utilized.

In your Typepad account, you'll notice the Google Settings tab in the Account settings will disappear shortly. (If you do try to set up authorship currently, you'll be unable to do so as Google will not respond.)

What about Google+?

If you have a Google+ account, you can still manage the connection between Typepad and your Google+ account at Account > Other Accounts. The changes at Google related to authorship do not impact your Google+ account.

In summary, Google retired the authorship feature, but the changes at Google do not impact your Typepad blog. If you have any questions, please reach out to us in the comments below, by email, or open a help ticket in your Typepad account.


New to Nimble: Theme Submissions & 3 Column Layout

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Going "Off the Grid" with the Nimble Design Lab

We've been hard at work on making the Nimble Design Lab even more useful and today we're excited to announce not one, but two huge new features!

The first is the ability to submit your own theme and have it appear as an option for other Typepad subscribers to use! If your theme is selected for inclusion, we'll apply a free month of credit to your Typepad account.  You'll also receive credit and a link to your website on the design's thumbnail page.

You can easily submit your blog's current design by clicking the orange "For Designers" button at the bottom of the left sidebar.  Once you do that, you'll see the details of the theme, a screenshot of it, and a form where you can enter the theme name, your name, and a link to your own site.

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Submitting Your Theme to Typepad

Nimble already comes loaded with seventeen pre-made designs by the Typepad Team plus the default Nimble Design Lab design that you can click and choose, including Off the Grid, the design in the screenshot at the top.  If you like one of the pre-made designs but aren't finding it the perfect fit, use the Nimble Design Lab to tweak it to perfection, making it just right for your blog.

At the same time, we're also releasing the 3 column layout for Nimble, with options to have the sidebars on both sides of the content column or on only one side.  This brings the total number of layouts available to a Nimble design to six.

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Buildings and Bridges: A New Pre-Made Theme in the New 3 Column Layout

The 3 Column option is available immediately for all users, but the Beta Team only will have access to the Theme Submission section.  If you want to try the Theme Submission option - and all the other Beta Nimble Design Lab features out now - you can do so simply by going to the Account tab, checking the box to join the Beta Team, and saving your changes.

You can read more about the Nimble Design Lab in our always helpful Knowledge Base.

We've got even more planned for Nimble, so we encourage everyone to keep watching Everything Typepad for more announcements.  We're also eager to hear what you think about Nimble, so leave any feedback, questions, or feature requests in the comments or send a reply to @Typepad on Twitter. You can also always reach out to us directly by opening a new ticket.


Update to Typepad Comments: No More CAPTCHA

You may have noticed the great strides Typepad has made over the years with comment spam.  We've changed systems, implemented different strategies on the backend, and given you additional tools so that you can join in as well.

We're confident in these changes and how they've made a positive impact on Typepad, so we are removing the option to require a comment verification.  This is also known as CAPTCHA.

If you're not sure what a CAPTCHA is, it's a way of verifying a commenter is not a robot by entering an alphanumeric string.  However, the option that we added that puts a JavaScript requirement in place last year provides the same function.

While it may sound conflicting to remove the CAPTCHA, we often get reports from readers that are frustrated with trying to read it.  Due to many of the aforementioned changes, the comments that CAPTCHA was designed to flag as spam will already be caught.  Removing the CAPTCHA will help alleviate reader pain points while leaving your comments as safe as they were before.

If you haven't already, we recommend making sure that you've enabled the option that requires readers to have JavaScript on to comment at Settings > Comments.  This will not affect a vast majority of your commenters, but will greatly help stop spammers.

You can read more about your comment settings in our Knowledge Base article.