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.
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 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.