New to Nimble: Theme Submissions & 3 Column Layout

June 11, 2015

Off the Grid
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.

Buildings & bridges
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.

Individual Accounts Now Used for Bitly Links

May 29, 2015

Recently bit.ly made changes to how their system interacts with Typepad.  We took this opportunity to upgrade the experience for you, our subscribers!

If you weren't already familiar with bit.ly, they are a free service you can use to shorten the length of permalinks when sharing posts around the web. The shorter links will automatically be used when sharing to Twitter and Facebook. You can also use Bitly to track traffic to every post on your blog.

What this change means to you, is that now you can easily integrate your own personal bit.ly account into Typepad, allowing you to view your blog's bit.ly links within your own bit.ly account.  Previously these links were housed within Typepad's own bit.ly account.  This change means that you can see all of your links in one place, including the ones you shared through Typepad.

To use your own bit.ly account, simply go to Settings > Add-Ons and scroll to the bottom of the page.  You'll see a section for bit.ly.  Click on their orange logo and you'll be redirected to their site.  Approve the connection and you're done!

image from help-orig.typepad.com

Now, when you go to Overview and click the bit.ly listed under "Recent Social Media Traffic," the links listed there will allow you to view additional information on their clicks under your own bit.ly account. Just click a link to get more detailed stats.  Any links created previously will still retain their stats.

Don't have a bit.ly account yet?  You can register for free here.

We have more information on this topic in our helpful Knowledge Base.

Have any questions or need help with something?  Assistance is just a click away!

Updates to Facebook, Including Integrated Facebook Page Sharing

April 17, 2015

Facebook's current API is being retired, so as of today, Typepad is using its most current version.

This will be a seamless change for most of you, so you don't need to worry about anything.  However, if you experienced an issue where you received a message about your account being invalid, we think the new changes should stop this from occurring.  If you continue to see this, please open a help ticket.

Most importantly, though, we now have integrated Facebook Page sharing!

If you've posted to your fan or business Facebook Page through Typepad before, you know that this meant using a third-party platform like IFTTT or RSS Graffiti.  Now, you can do this all through Typepad!

To get started, go to Settings > Sharing and click the "Connect your blog to Facebook" link.  Once you do that, you'll see the following:

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Click the Connect button and you'll see a blue Like box that you need to check.  (If this button already shows a check mark, click the check mark to uncheck the button.)  Once you do that, this will initiate the integration process.  You can select an existing Page you manage from the drop down that loads or create a new Page on Facebook.

After you've completed this process, you can now choose to always publish your posts to Facebook automatically.  This means that any posts sent by a mobile device, the Compose editor, or e-mail will show up on your Facebook Page without you needing to do anything else.  If you would prefer to choose on a post-by-post basis whether to share it or not, leave this box unchecked.

Now when you Compose a new post, you'll see the option to share your post to your Page!

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We hope you're as excited as we are about sharing your posts to your Facebook Page!

New to Nimble: Borders for Posts and Sidebar & Miscellaneous Fixes

March 26, 2015

In case you missed all the hullabaloo about Nimble Design Lab, we're continuing to improve it, based not only on our own ideas for features, but also on all the feedback that we've been receiving from our Beta Team members.  Keep the feedback coming!  We love making Nimble work how YOU want it to.

The first thing we want to show off is that it's now incredibly easy to add borders to your posts and sidebars.  To do this, just look for the Border option within each section.  Click it and the options section will slide into view.  You can then click the "Change" link to see the various looks you can apply to the border like changing its color, style, and width:

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These options allow you to make some great design choices for your blog.  Check out how the use of a solid border on one side and the double border on the other really sets to the two sides apart on this blog:

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Isn't that great?  Borders are just one more tool you can utilize to make your blog stand out from the crowd.

Next, we wanted to cover some of the miscellaneous things we've been fixing as part of our Nimble housekeeping.

Previously you may have noticed that some widgets, like the Twitter or Facebook ones, would overlap within the sidebar.  We've resolved this issue and it shouldn't happen any longer.  If you do see this occurring, though, please open a help ticket so we can help get you straightened out.

There had also been a conflict with the ShareThis widget, but it's also been resolved and you can add it to your blog at Design > Content.  Check out the Knowledge Base for more information on recommended widgets.

Finally, you should see general improvements in icons and margins on blogs.

We hope you're loving Nimble just as much as we're loving working on it!  If you're using Nimble on your blog, leave a comment with a link or send us a Tweet.  Maybe your blog will get featured!  Keep working on those designs and maybe soon, you'll see your own design in Typepad!  (New feature spolier alert!)

New to Nimble: Stickynav & Draggable Spotlight Posts

March 16, 2015

If you've been busy creating great, Responsive blog designs with the Nimble Design Lab, you'll notice that we've made some changes in the past week (If you haven't checked Nimble out, you should! It's awesome!).

We've made some small (but mighty!) changes, fixing paragraph spacing on pages and improving the appearance of blockquotes, but we really want to highlight two major changes that we think are pretty cool.

To begin with, you can now enable a stickynav option for your Navigation Bar! Never heard of a stickynav? Let us fill you in!

Using a stickynav allows your Navigation Bar to sit right at the top of the browser window. When your readers scroll down the page, the Navigation Bar will "stick" at the top, always available, with no need to scroll back to the top of the page.

Stickynav
Even though we've scrolled down this blog, we can still see the Navigation Bar.

Next, we've created a brand new way to use the Spotlight Posts option!

Previously, spotlight posts could only be featured on your blog's Sidebar (check out the right Sidebar on the image above), but now you can drag and drop Spotlight Posts at the bottom of your blog's main content column, and they'll appear under your posts instead. You can add as many as you like, and if you've used images in your post, the first one will be displayed in an eye-catching way.

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Showing off your blog's posts.

We've got even more options and surprises in store, so if you haven't signed up to be a Beta Team member yet, you're really missing out!  Nimble Design Lab gives you so much power to spruce up your blog's design and it's just as easy as can be.

To all of our existing Beta Team members that have sent in feedback, thank you!  Your feedback is very important to us and has really given us some great ideas on what to include in future rounds of improvement!

Compose Editor: Changes to the Spellchecker

January 27, 2015

Today when you use the Compose page, you'll notice a change with the Rich Text editor.  The spellcheck button will be missing.

Don't worry, though!  You'll still have spellcheck available. The Rich Text editor's spellcheck was conflicting with many browser-based spellcheck features. While the built in check was great before browsers added spellcheck, now it's redundant.
 
As such, we decided to make it easier for you to take advantage of the spellcheck right in your browser which gives you features available to add new words to the dictionary to use across all webpages, including when composing your Typepad posts.
 
If you don't already have spellcheck enabled in your browser, you can enable it from the Edit menu in most browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

We hope this makes composing your posts much easier.  If you have any questions, we're always here to help!

Introducing Integrated Domain Registration and Mapping. Plus a Holiday Giveaway!

December 17, 2014

It used to be that setting up domain mapping, which allows you to use your own custom domain with your blog, required you to go through a third-party. You had to figure out what registrar to use, go through their site to set up a CNAME record, and then come back to Typepad to complete the process.

Typepad is all about making blogging as simple for you as possible.  With that in mind, we have paired with OrderBox for domain registration.  Now, at Account > Domain Mapping, you can help establish your brand by searching for, purchasing, and mapping a custom domain all from Typepad.

Most domains are very inexpensive (ranging from just a few dollars to $15 a year for registration), so it's a great way to strengthen your brand for not a lot of money.  You can map subdomains and it also comes with two e-mail addresses.

Domain registration is currently available to our Beta Team.

To register your domain within Typepad, you'll first go to Account > Domain Mapping.  Once there, you'll see this section:

Dmap

You'll first need to search for the domain name you'd like to use.  We have a variety of top-level domains like .com, .net, .eu, and more to choose from.  After you click the "Check Availability" button, you'll be redirected to OrderBox to choose the domain you'd like to register.  You'll complete the process there and get returned to Typepad to approve the agreement.  Once you've done that, you'll complete the registration from within Orderbox.

After doing that, you'll be sent back to Typepad where you'll see a new section called Domain Map with Typepad.  From there you can enter the subdomain you'd like to map with your new domain.  Most people will use the www, but you can map any subdomain like blog, shop, or more.

One you complete this, Typepad will begin the process of creating a CNAME record for your custom domain.  You won't need to go to another site or do anything else.

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You'll need to wait for the DNS to propagate which usually happens in less than 24 hours but can take up to 72 hours.  You'll know it's time to activate the domain mapping when you visit the domain URL and see the Typepad logo favicon. You can also verify that your CNAME record exists correctly. We have more information on this in our Knowledge Base.

We'd love to have some of our Beta Team members use this super handy feature! As a holiday gift from us, the first three members who register a new domain will get $14.95 (the cost of a Pro Unlimited account for one month) in credit applied to their Typepad account.

You'll still need to use your Typepad billing method to purchase the domain, but once you've done that, simply open a help ticket, one of our support team members will verify that you're one of the first three members, and will manually apply the credit to your account.

We're very excited for this new feature and hope you find it as useful as we do!   If you have any questions, we're always here, so just let us know!

The Blog Welcome Message Now Out to Everyone!

September 18, 2014

Not quite two weeks ago, we announced the Blog Welcome Message was being rolled out to all of our Typepad subscribers.  As of today, it's now available for everyone!

For those that might not know, the Blog Welcome Message allows you to add either an embedded or a popover message to first time visitors to your blog. This can include HTML to format the message or just text. You can also include code for links and images.

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The Snazzy Blog Welcome Message!

To add it to your blog, just go to the Settings tab and check it out.  We have more information on using this feature here.

We hope you guys like it as much as we do!  If you have any questions or need some help, the support team is just a step away.

New for Beta Users: The Responsive Theme Builder

September 16, 2014

We here at Typepad know that your readers don't just look at your blog on a traditional computer screen.  They use smart phones and tablets and want to be able to access your blog on the go and you need a good responsive theme to really make your blog shine for them.

We've introduced some great responsive themes (Have you checked out our beautiful Gourmet theme yet?), but what about those of you that have created your own personal design and want to continue to use it but want to get the functionality of a responsive theme? Have no fear!  Typepad has your back with the brand new responsive theme builder!

It's easy to use the responsive theme builder.  It works just as the theme builder you love, but has a few more options.  You can go to Design > Theme Builder to take a look at them.

Responsive_builder

From there, it's just a simple check box to get you on your way to using the responsive theme builder!  You can also switch to a non-responsive theme and back with ease. We've got more information on this feature in our Knowledge Base.

The responsive theme builder is currently only for our Beta Team members, but if you want to try it out now, that's also easy to do!  Just go to the Account tab, check the box for the Beta Team, and save your changes.  Presto!  The new responsive theme builder is within your account!

We want to make this feature as useful for you as it can be, so if you're a beta member, please do give it a good run through and let us know what you think.  Found something that doesn't seem to be working quite right?  Let us know!  Is there something you'd like to see it do as well?  Let us know that too!

Out of Beta: The Blog Welcome Message and More!

September 05, 2014

A few weeks ago, we introduced the Beta Team to our Blog Welcome Message which added the ability to add either an embedded or pop-up welcome message to your blog.

Welcome_message
The Snazzy Blog Welcome Message!

We collected their feedback, improved its abilites, and it's now ready to be seen by the public.  We've started rolling it out in waves to our subscribers, so check your Settings tab to see if you have this new function.

If you don't have it yet - never fear!  We'll be rolling it out to everyone over the next few weeks.  If you want it now, though, simply go to the Account tab, check the Beta Team box, and save your changes.  You'll then get the Blog Welcome Message and any other beta features within your account.

We've also released to all users the Copyright, Introduction, and Spotlight widgets. You can easily add copyright and introduction information to your blog's sidebar with the first two widgets.  With the third, you can add text and images to your sidebar that highlight your posts.

Spotlight_posts
Spotlighting Posts Makes a Big Wow!

We think that these new features are great, but if there's something you're looking for, just leave us a comment or open a help ticket!  We can't wait to hear what you have to say!

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