Posts categorized "Did You Know?" Feed

Did You Know?: Threaded Comments

Last time, we taught you how to display userpics next to your comments.  Another way to add some pizzaz is to enable Typepad Connect to display threaded comments.

Threaded comments allow you to reply to other comments within your comment section.  This allows for more interaction between you and your commenters and even between one commenter and the next.

To use threaded comments, you must first enable Typepad  Connect. If you haven't done this yet, go to Settings > Comments and click the "Yes, enable Typepad Connect comments" link.

If you already have Typepad Comments enabled, or have just completed this first step, look for the Display section and select the "Threaded" option.  We recommend that you set your comment level to three, but you'll need to choose two to see indented replies. Save your changes.  Your comments will now look like this, with replies underneath each other:

Threaded
You can read more about Settings > Comments in the Knowledge Base.  We also have a section on Typepad Connect.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Did You Know?: Displaying Comment Avatars

Commenting is one of the most important ways to connect with your audience.  A great way to really personalize this connection is by enabling commenting avatars for your blog.  We even do this here on this blog!

If you have enabled Typepad Connect, you simply go to Settings > Comments and look for the Display section.  Check the "Show userpics next to each comment" option and save your changes.

If you have not enabled Typepad Connect, under Settings > Commnets, look for the "Comment Userpics" section, check the "Show userpics next to each comment" option and save your changes.

Now, whenever someone comments on your blog after signing in, you'll see their very own picture!

UserpicsYou can read more about changing your comment sections in our Knowledge Base. We've got more on Typepad Connect settings too here.

If you want to change your own userpic, that's easy too.  Simply edit your profile and upload the image you'd prefer to use.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Did You Know?: Determining the Best Banner Width

We recently gave you information on how to increase the widths of your columns.  When you change the widths of your columns, you'll probably need to adjust your banner size as well.  But how do you find out the best size for your banner?

Your banner area is surrounded by 15 pixels of padding on each size. When creating a banner image, it should be the total width of the blog less 30 pixels.

For instance, if you've set your blog's width to be 900 pixels, your banner would need to be 870 pixels wide.

We have more information on figuring our your banner's width in the Knowledge Base.

If you're a Pro Unlimited subscriber and would like to remove your banner's padding, you can do that with Custom CSS.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Did You Know?: Post Footer Options - Part II

Two weeks ago we explained all about the text options you can use for your post footer.  This week, we're going to tackle the button options.

To edit your Post Footer, you need to go to Design > Content.  There, click the pencil icon for Post Footer.

Postfooter

These are the buttons you can add to your post footer:

Reblog - Links to Reblog a portion of your post which opens the Blog It window.

Favorite - Allows your readers to Favorite your post.

Tweet This! - Opens a window so that your readers can Tweet a link to the post on Twitter. More information is available in the article on integrating your blog with Twitter.

Google +1 - Add the +1 one button to allow readers to share your post in their Google circle. More information is available here.

Pinterest - This button lets your readers pin images from your posts to Pinterest. We've got more information on adding Pinterest to your blog here.

Facebook Like - Link to add a link to Facebook wall as liked post. More information on the Facebook Like button is available here.

Digg This - Lets your readers Digg your post.

Save to del.icio.us - Link to save post as a bookmark at del.icio.us.

You can check the "Show footer links as buttons?" option so that the options with images are displayed as a button image in your post footer instead of text.

You can read more about the Post Footer in the Knowledge Base.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Did You Know?: Post Footer Options - Part I

There are many options for your post footer.  Today we're going to look into the text options that you can add there.

To edit your Post Footer, you need to go to Design > Content.  There, click the pencil icon for Post Footer.

Postfooter
These are the options that you'll see first:

Posted - This adds the word "Posted" to the beginning of your post footer.  This is particularly good to pair with the Author Name option.

-This option adds a thumbnail of your profile picture to the post footer.  It's a great way to strengthen your identity if your reader's mind.

- This is another great way to make sure your readers know who created the post they're reading. This is even more important for blogs with multiple authors.

-Adding the date option is a great way to let your readers know when a post was written.

- While maybe not as important as the date option, adding the time to your post footer is a good way to give your readers insight into when you actually created your post.

- It's highly encouraged that you add categories to your posts. Highlighting these categories in the post footer is an easy way for your readers to then find posts on similar things.

- This adds links to the Technorati search results for the same keywords.

You can read more about the post footer options in the Knowledge Base.

We hope you found this useful! Check back in two weeks to learn about the button options you can add to your post.


Did You Know?: Embedding a Pinterest Pin in a Post

If you're like a goodly number of people on the Internet, you probably enjoy pinning items over at Pinterest. What if you have a Pin that you really want to share with your TypePad readers?  Luckily, it's easy to share a Pin on your blog!

First, go to your Pin on Pinterest. You should see a list of sharing options on the right including the option to Tweet it or Like it on Facebook.  If you click the Embed option, you'll see a pop-up like this:

Pincode
If necessary, you can make any adjustments to the size of the window so that it fits your blog's content column.

Once you've copied the code, click the HTML tab on the Compose page and paste the code into the editor.  The image, linking back to the Pin on Pinterest, will now be in your post.

If you're on Pinterest, be sure to follow the TypePad Team's boards!

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Attention Internet Explorer Users Unable To Insert Images And Files!

UPDATE: We are working on resolving the issue with Internet Explorer and the Aviary editor. We believe we're on the right track and will have a solution soon.

In the meantime, we have rolled Aviary back so that it is only enabled for Beta accounts again. We hope this helps relieve the unexpected frustrations that arose for Internet Explorer users.

If you still have issues uploading images in Internet Explorer, and are a Beta user, you can update the Get Satisfaction thread with your findings to help us continue to troublehsoot or temporarily remove yourself from the Beta team until we've fixed the behavior. To remove yourself from Beta, go to Account, uncheck the Beta option, and save your changes.

We apologize and appreciate your continued patience while we are working on a fix for this issue. You can follow the Get Satisfaction thread to stay up to date on issues.

If you are using Internet Explorer as your preferred browser, you may need to clear your browser's cookies and cache to make sure you are not working in compatibility mode. While previously compatibility mode in Internet Explorer was required, the release of the new image editing tools removed the requirement of compatibility mode in Internet Explorer.

A majority of Typepad bloggers have the new image editing tools. If you are not experiencing any problems uploading images and other files, you may not need to clear your browser cookies yet.

To clear cookies in Internet Explorer:

1. In Internet Explorer, open the Tools menu and select Internet Options.

2. Click to the General tab if not already selected.

 

Internet Options

 

3. Under Browsing History, click the Delete.

4. Check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and Cookies.

 

Delete Browsing History

 

5. Click Delete to start the process of removing the cookies and cached files. You will see a pop-up message in your browser when the process is finished.

6. Click OK to close the window.

Clearing the cookies and cache in Internet Explorer will resolve any issues you are having uploading files to your account or rearranging sidebar content on your blog. You only have to clear your browser's cookies and cache once.

We do recommend using Firefox as your browser for best results when using Typepad, but you can choose Internet Explorer or any of the supported browsers on the list in the Knowledge Base to edit your blog.


Did You Know?: Adding the Author's Name to the Post Footer

Adding the author's name to the post footer is one of the best ways to make sure that your readers know who's writing the posts that they're reading. Having your author name in your post footer will strengthen your identity in the minds of your readers. This is especially important if you have a blog with multiple authors, just like this one.

To add your name to your post footer, simply go to Design > Content and click the pencil icon for the Post Footer. Check the box for the Author Name option and click the OK button. Save your changes and the author name will now appear in your post footer.

You can read more about this in our Knowledge Base.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Did You Know?: Print Friendly Pages

As you might already know, TypePad is set up so that when you print your blog, you get a printer-friendly version that is easier for people to read on the page. It doesn't include your sidebars or other design elements. All you need to do is go to File > Print within your browser to do this.

While this does make it easy to print your entire post, sometimes you might want to only print specific sections.  This is particularly helpful for items like recipes or to do lists.  This is easy to do by using the third-party Print Friendly to your blog.

You need to first go here and copy that code into each post where you'd like to have the button to print the recipe. Then, your readers can click on that button to get a printer-friendly version of your post. That will then allow them to print the entire post or delete sections so that only the items like a recipe remains.

You can see this in action on the TypePad blog The Bitten Word.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Did You Know?: Explaining the Full Editor - Part II

Previously, we explained some of the lesser known icons in the full editor.  We wanted to explain a few more of them to you as well.

Bgicon

The Background Color button allows you to highligh the color of the background color behind your text. This is particularly useful if there's something you'd like to make stand out from the rest of your text.

Strikethroughicon

The Strikethrough button will create a line through your text like this.  You could use this to mark items off of a to-do list, for example.

Subscripticon

The Subscript button will make the selected text into a subscript, commonly used for items like chemical formulations. For instance, this is the chemical symbol for water: H2O

Superscripticon

The Superscript button will make the selected text into superscript, which is useful for items like dates like March 26th, 2012.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!