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New For Beta Users: Easily Displaying Excerpts on Your Blog

A feature that we've often had requested is a way to easily display excerpts of your post on your main and archive (date-based and category) pages.  While you can set up an excerpt on a post-by-post basis with the Extended Entry option, we've created a new way to do this automatically.  Our beta team will be the first to get to see this!

If you're a member of our beta team, to find this new feature, go to Settings > Posts and scroll to the "Auto-Generated Excerpts" option at the bottom.  First, set the number of characters you'd like to use for your excerpt.  After doing this, check the "Display excerpts instead of full posts on index and archive pages" box.  You'll then get another option that - if there is a thumbnail within the post - will allow you to show a 200 pixel thumbnail of the first image in the post floated to the left of the content.  If you'd like to do this, simply check this box as well and save your changes.

Now, on your main and category pages, you'll see your posts displayed as an exceprt with a link that your readers can click to read more.


You can find out more on this in our Knowledge Base.

These features will be rolled out to all Typepad subscribers over the next few weeks. If you want to get in on it now, simply go to the Account tab and sign up for the Beta team!

A New Tool in the Fight Against Spammers

We hate spammers.  You hate spammers.  And we here at Typepad spend a lot of time fighting the good fight against them.  Our next step in this battle is giving you a new tool that should significantly cut down on the amount of comment spam you see.

This tool can be found by going to Settings > Comments and looking for the "Require readers to have Javascript enabled to comment" option.  By default, it will have been set to Yes.

With this enabled, readers will be required to have JavaScript turned on in their web browser.  The vast majority of people will have this enabled by default and this should impact very few of your readers.  Non-JavaScript sources, on the other hand, are mostly spammers, so this change means that most of the comments you'll receive from here on in will be from actual humans.

If you'd prefer to turn this option off, you can select the No option, but we do highly discourage this.

Please note that this settings does not apply to Typepad Connect comments since it requires JavaScript to be used.

We've made huge strides in dealing with spammers over the last year and we'll continue to keep improving and offering more tools to help.  We might hate spammers, but we love you.

New For Beta Users: Easily Upload Sidebar Images Plus More!

Starting today, there are some new things for Beta users to play with.  Interested in finding out what they are?  We're excited to tell you about them!

First up is something that's been a popular request from our subscribers: An easier way to upload photos to your sidebar.  Instead of the previous method of manually uploading the image to your account and then creating the necessary HTML code, you can now use our automated method.


By simply using the new widget you see above at Design > Content, you can skip right to putting your image in the sidebar.  There's even options to have a larger image open in a pop-up or to link the image to a URL.

You can read all about this in the Knowledge Base.

We think this is a big win for our subscribers and we can't wait for the Beta team to take it for a spin!

The next item available to our Beta users is author photo configuration options.  When you add the Profile Picture at Design > Content, you'll now get a prompt to select the size of the image and if you'd like it to be centered or not.


Author photos are a fantastic way to get your readers to become more familiar with you, so we think this this will be a nice little addition to Typepad.  You can read more on this here.

These features will be rolled out to all Typepad subscribers over the next few weeks. If you want to get in on it now, 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

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.


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

Image Size
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!

Google Authorship and You

08/05/2015 Update: Google has retired the authorship feature. See the latest news here.

Today we are excited to announce our latest partnership: Google!  Wondering what this means for you?  Let us tell you!

Previously, while it was relatively easy to claim the content you author on Google, we've made this process even easier by integrating Google+ Sign-In with Google’s Authorship program.

Starting today, if you connect to Typepad with Google, the articles you publish will now be associated with your Google+ profile automatically. All you need to do is go to Account > Google Settings and connect your profile by clicking the shiny new red Google ‘Sign-In’ button:


Don't already have a Google+ profile?  Sign up here. Once you've established a connection to your Google+ profile, you may see your name, picture and/or a link to your Google+ profile when your content appears in Search, News and other Google products. This will make your blog stand out, letting your readers easily notice when content is authored by you when they perform related searches:

You can read more about claiming your content in our Knowledge Base.  And, as always, if you have any questions, we're here for you!

Head Module Available to All Pro Unlimited Subscribers

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that a new feature - the Head module - was being released to our Beta team.

We're pleased to announce that today, 100% of our Pro Unlimited subscribers now have this feature!  It's useful for adding custom meta tags, advertising scripts, or third-party libraries.

The Head module hard at work.

The Head module can be used for lots of exciting things, so we encourage you to check it out at Design > Head.  You can also read more about it in our Knowledge Base.

As always, if you have any questions or need anything, support is just right around the corner.

Typepad Release Notes: New Theme and Beta Feature

Today's release is all about a new theme and bringing back our Beta team. We'll have an email out to all of you beta team members in a bit, but we didn't want to hold back on sharing the news with everyone until then. Before we get more into the Beta feature, let's discuss the theme.

Raising the Bar

The latest theme is Highbar, which features the sidebar content pulled up to the top of the browser window, even with the banner and blog title.

Blue + Cherry Gray + Orange Purple +  Pink Green + Teal

With four color variations to choose from, you're sure to find one that fits your blog's style. You can make it even more suited to your blog by customizing it with Custom CSS if you're an Unlimited subscriber or higher.

Beta Feature

Now available for Beta users, who are also Unlimited subscribers or higher, is a Head module! Found at Design > Head, there is now a customizable field that is similar to how the Custom CSS feature works. Any content you add into the Head section will be inserted into your blog's HTML, but, and get this(!), it is placed directly within the <HEAD> and </HEAD> tags.

How the Head is used
Adding content to the Head at Design > Head

Custom Head content in the source code
Custom Head content showing in the HTML source of a blog

The Head section is a feature that's been asked about for a while, and we're ready to deliver! What's more, we're ready for the Beta team to test the feature with everything you've got. Throw your custom meta tags, jQuery scripts, and more at it. Report anything you think is a bug with how the feature works.

To avoid any issues, make sure to use the Head module with a test blog until you're confident that what you're adding works. Now, if you go and break your test blog because you added something that doesn't belong in the Head section (check out the sidebar tips on the Head page to find out what those items are), then your first step should be to review your code and any instructions you're following. If, after that, you're not sure why the code broke, your second step is to open a ticket and direct us to the blog in question, followed by detailed information on what your attempting. We'll be happy to take a look and provide assistance.

If this sounds awesome and you're NOT a Beta user, then go to Account > Summary and opt into the Beta team. We look forward to hearing from you.

Zemanta Automatic Recommended Links & Posts Feature Live For All Users

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the Zemanta Automatic Recommend Links & Posts Feature which we've been rolling out to our subscribers.  As of today, everyone should have this feature.

In case you missed it before, this allows you to it automatically add related posts from your blog to the bottom of each your posts. The above link has more details on the feature, but this video helps explain what's in it for you and your readers:

Have any more questions?  Our Knowledge Base can help you out or you can click the Help link within Typepad to open a new help ticket.

Zemanta Automatic Recommended Links & Posts Feature

You may remember last year when we upgraded our Zemanta integration by adding Related Posts to the Compose page. We've now upped the stakes again by adding their Automatic Recommend Links & Posts feature.

Automatic_recommended_linksThe Automatic Recommended Posts feature does just what you think it does - it automatically adds related posts from your blog to the bottom of your posts. Think of it as the easiest way to add a related posts widget, right from the Compose screen.  Starting today in Beta and for 25% of our subscribers, you'll see the option to automatically insert Recommended Posts from your own blog. This is a great way to generate more page views without doing any additional work.

Additionally, if you choose to sign up directly with Zemanta you can participate in their Promoted Content exchange. This means that your content will be promoted across their network to get you new readers and highly relevant 3rd party content will appear on yours. If you meet their size requirements you are also eligible to earn money by displaying sponsor content.

Also note that when you check the box and turn on automatic recommendations the feature is activated for that post and all future posts until you uncheck it. Past posts are not affected. Please tell us below in the comments if you'd like a simple way to turn on Automatic Recommended Posts for all your posts: past and future.

But why link to other bloggers? What's in it for your readers and, more importantly, for you? We'll let Zemanta answer that for you:

We'll be rolling the feature out to the rest of you within the next few weeks, so keep watching your Compose page!

We do have one known issue right now that we wanted to make you aware of.  If you click the "Automated" related links, make sure not to select any of the links manually. This will cause a duplicate in your posts. 

The folks at Zemanta are working on integrating them soon, but for now, you'll need to just either manually select their related posts OR click the "Automatic" checkbox and update their post, but not both.

Have any more questions?  Our Knowledge Base can help you out or you can click the Help link within Typepad to open a new help ticket.

Introducing Metropolitan, a new theme from Typepad

Today we introduce Metropolitan, the latest theme built by Typepad. 

Why we think you'll like Metropolitan

  • Comes with all 5 classic layouts;
  • Has custom fonts via Google Webfonts for headers and body;
  • It's clean, fresh, and has a great professional look.
  • Comes with 2 great color options;
  • Optimized for 300px wide ads;
  • Looks great on mobile devices;
  • Has default social icons for the Other Accounts (grid format only) module; and
  • Allows you to upload your own custom banner image (1000x330px).

Available Colors

Metropolitan - Dark
Metropolitan - Dark
Metropolitan - Light
Metropolitan - Light

Are you an Unlimited plan blogger? If so, you can easily customize the background of the blog, replacing its native pinstripe background, with your own. Learn more!

Ready for a design change? If so, then head over to Design > Choose A Theme and apply Metropolitan today!