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Amazing Tools To Aid In Blogging

Tools for blogging

There are many tools in a blogger's arsenal that help make blogging easy and fun. Here are some tools we use here at Typepad.

TitlePortent’s Content Idea Generator

Here you can add a subject and this site will generate example titles. Find one that works for you and start blogging. If you are stuck on what to write about, this site will provide you with a plethora of ideas.

Bloglovin', Paper.li, Pocket

Being a trusted source in a community means you need to know what is being said about your chosen subject. These sites will send blog posts about any subject directly to your inbox. Use these posts for inspiration, or reference in your own blog, when you talk about the same subject.

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Hootsuite

Getting your message out there means posting to many different social media sites. Doing it one by one can take a lot of time. Hootsuite lets you manage your social media channels in one place. You can also look at analytics!

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Pexels, Pixabay, Gratisography

Not everyone has the time to take the perfect image that fits your post. These image galleries will have the perfect image for you to use, saving time and money. They have CC0 Creative Common License images for you to use freely on your site.

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Once you have the perfect image, you can edit it! Canva and Picmonkey are great editors that can take your images to the next level. Read our Everything Typepad post about both image editors.

Blogging on the go

You may be struck with inspiration while exploring this great big world of ours. Don't worry! You can still create the perfect blog post on your mobile device. You can save a post for later or publish on the spot. Go to Typepad.com on your mobile device and log in. Explore our  Mobile Compose experience and let the journey begin! 

What tools do you use to help you blog? Share in the comments below! 


Renewing Your Typepad Domain

Renewing Your Typepad Domain

When you purchase your domain through Typepad the time will come when you need to renew your domain. You can easily renew your domain at domains.typepad.com. Let us show you!

Go to domains.typepad.com and log in. If you are unsure of your login information (may be different from your Typepad login information), please reach out to us in support. We would be happy to help you get access to the account.

Once you log in, click on Welcome (your name), then My Account. Along the top, select Manage Orders, then List/Search Orders. Here you will see a list of all your domains. Click on the domain you want to renew.

On the top right, click on the green Renew button. In the pop up, select how many years you want to renew the domain. You can renew up to 9 years. It is also recommended you select Include Privacy. Now click on Renew Domain Name. 

Privacy Pop Up

Now you will see your invoice. To make things real simple, you can use the payment information in your Typepad account. Under Pay Online, select Typepad Information then Continue.

You will be taken to your Typepad account to approve the renewal transaction. Next, click on Complete Registration to finish the approval.

Approve Domain Purchase

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Once Typepad processes your transaction, the renewal is complete. You have your domain for a while longer!

If you don't have a custom domain for your blog, what are you waiting for? Purchase a Typepad domain today!  


Design Lab: View Collections

Design Lab_ Collections

Choosing the correct colors and fonts can seem like an overwhelming task. What colors go together??? You want your blog to be easy to read, what fonts compliment each other? Today we are going to explore our Typepad Collections.

Our Collections are select pre-made color schemes and font combinations to apply to your blog. Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Style. On the bottom right, click on View Collections.

Scroll through the different color choices and find the one that works best for you. If you like a color scheme, click on it and it will automatically show in the preview window.

Click on Fonts to view our font combination. Once you find the right font combination, click on it and fonts will appear in the preview window.

 Once done, click on Return to Builder.

Once you are back at the builder page, you can tweak any of the colors or fonts you select. Click on the tabs (Fonts, Banner, Navigation, Posts, Sidebar, Footer, Background) along the right to make custom changes to the colors or fonts.

Once your blog is exactly how you envisioned, click on Save Changes to apply it to your blog.

 We hope you enjoyed our Design Lab series. Now you are ready to design an amazing mobile responsive theme to really help you blog stand out. We would love to see your blog! Post a link to your blog created with our new Design Lab. We will review the comment (make sure it is not spam) and share it with the rest of our readers!


Design Lab: Blog Footer and Background

Design Lab Blog Footer and Background

Have you refreshed your blog using our new Design Labs? We would love to see the progress. Post a link to your blog and let us know your favorite feature in our new Design Lab. We will review the comment (make sure it is not spam) and share it with the rest of our readers!

Our new Design Lab has more features for us to share! Today we are going to go over how to customize the footer and the background of your blog. To get started click on the Design tab, then click on Style.


FooterBlog Footer

The Blog Footer is at the bottom of your blog, it helps your readers by adding information or navigational links at the bottom of your site.  You can customize the font, text color and size. You can change the background color to help it stand out. Link back to the top of your blog (which is recommended!) to save your readers time scrolling. If you decide to not link back to the top you can left, center, or right align the text.

After you have designed the footer you can add content to your blog footer. This can be used for displaying links to pages on your own blog, a copyright note, links to other websites, or custom code, such as banners or widgets.


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Under the Background tab you can change the color and add a pattern to your background. You can select from one of our background patterns or upload your own. When you upload your own image it will tile it. You want to make sure the image connects nicely from end to end. For the post and side bar, you can select to have a rounded corners or pointed corners.

Love working in our new Design Lab? Check out our previous posts to help you design the best blog theme for your brand.

Design Lab: Adding Custom Fonts

Design Lab: Adding A Banner

Design Lab: Navigation Bar

Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar


Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar

Design Lab_ Posts and Sidebar

How do you like our new Design Lab? Enjoying all the customization options it has to offer? We have more to come!

We are continuing our series on our new Design Lab. Previously we wrote about how to customize your fonts, how to add a banner, and modifying your navigation bar. Now we are going to go over all the options you have for the body of the post and your sidebar. There are a ton of ways to mix and match settings to fit your brand.

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Click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then click on Style. On the right, click on Posts. Here you can customize the posts for your blog. You can change the design to match your business branding. There are many combinations you can use by changing the color, font and size of your Post Title, Dates, Text, and Footer. You can also change the background color and the link color.

There are four different alignment types for you to choose from: left, right, center or justified. You can customize the line spacing to be tight, normal, or loose.

The last cool feature is to add a border to your blog. You can add a border to one side or all the sides. Click on Border to view all the options. First, click on Change to customize the border (color, width, line type) then click on the X to close the window. After you design the line type you can choose where to place it (left, right, top, bottom).

Sidebar

The Sidebar works very similar to the Posts. When you click on Sidebar on the right of the Style page you can customize the fonts, size and color of the Header, Links, and Text. You can change the background, text alignment, and add a border. It has two extra settings for you to choose from: Fill Column Height and Collapse Margins.

If you select Yes for Fill Column Height it will expand the background color you choose from the sidebar past the last module to the bottom of the blog. If you select no, the background will end after the last module (default setting).

Collapse Margins controls the space between the Posts and the Sidebar. If you select Yes, it will remove the margin between them. By default it will have the space between the Posts and Sidebar.

Sidebar Option

As you make changes to the Posts and the Sidebar you can see the changes reflected in the preview window.

How have you customized your blog using the Design Lab? Link to your blog in the comments and let us know how you like using the new Design Lab so far. We will approve it and post your comment. 


Design Lab: Navigation Bar

Design Lab_ Navigation Bar

Thanks for joining us again as we explore more features in our new Design Lab. Previously we showed you how to customize fonts and add a banner to your blog. Now let's focus on the navigation bar. 

Your blog should be easy to navigate. There is nothing worse than getting lost trying to find information. Great blogs make it easy for readers to find information no matter how they came to the blog. Our Design Lab is here to make it easy to customize your navigation bar so readers can easily find the correct information.

Click on the Design tab, then click on Style. On the right, click on Navigation. Here you will be able to customize your navigation bar.

Display Type

We have three options to display your navigation links: Text, Icon, or None.

Text

Make it clear for your readers where they can go in the navigation bar. This will display the text you used when creating the navigation links. When you select the text option, you can change the font, color, and alignment of the text. You can show the name of the blog in the navigation bar or pin the navigation bar to the top of your blog.

Text Navigation Bar

Icons

When you select Icons from the drop down, you will remove the text and have icons on both sides of your blog. On the left there will be a Pancake (yes, that is a technical term, lol). When you click on the Pancake it will show a drop down of all the links in your navigation bar. On the right, will be all your social media sites. Click on Yes/No to add or remove the blog’s name from the navigation bar. You can also pin the navigation bar to the top of your blog.

 

Icon Navigation Bar
The three bars on the top left is a Pancake icon.

None

You can select None if you want to put links on your sidebar. We offer many different sidebar modules for you to add to your blog. The Page Module allows you to link to pages created in Typepad. You can also add a Link Typelist to share other sites you love.

Display Position

The navigation bar position will depend on what type of banner you select. If you have a text banner, you can select to have the navigation bar above or below the banner image. With an image banner, you can only have the banner above the image.

Tip: You can add links to your blog by clicking on the Content tab, then click on the pencil next to Navigation Bar. This will open a window to let you put the text in and the URL. 

Make sure to check back with us for more information about our new Design Lab. Stay in contact through our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 


5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

It is a new year and everyone is thinking about what to improve. You can improve many things, but we recommend you focus on your blog. We complied a list of five things you can do to take your blogging to the next level!

Go Mobile

In 2018 more and more people will be on their phones (they are pretty amazing after all). You want to make sure your blog is easy to read on a mobile device. Typepad is here to make it easy to switch over to a mobile theme. You can use our new Design Lab to customize one of our mobile templates. We recommend you create a test blog and design a new mobile theme. Once your design is complete, you can apply it to your main blog.

Custom Domain

A domain should be simple and easy for your readers to remember. You want a domain that tells your reader exactly what your blog is about. Typepad lets you purchase a unique domain and map it to your blog. To purchase a domain, click on the Accounts tab, then Domain Mapping. Under Domain Mapping, type in your domain and click on Check Availability. If your domain is available you can purchase it and apply it to your blog.

Blog Goals

Goals can  give you focus for the year. Create three goals for your blog; one short term goal, one intermediate goal, and one long term goal. Creating the goals may be the easy part. The next, and maybe the hardest part, is breaking the goal down into steps that you can keep track of. The steps should have measurable results and a time frame. Our best advice for you is to write down your goals and your steps. Use a program like Wunderlist to keep track of your progress.

Learn New Things

When you are comfortable with your blog that is when complacency kicks in. It is important to learn new things to help grow and get out of our comfort zone. Learn something new about your blogging subject or learn something new about blogging (like adding an image gallery to your blog posts or create a YouTube channel and start posting videos through Typepad). Use what you have learned and share it with your readers. Show them you are an expert and they can trust your blog.

Read A Book

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King

When you read you increase your vocabulary and cognitive skills. Reading books will greatly influence your writing. You can read a book about writing, blogging, or whatever you want. The point is to read. Reading helps you get inspiration for your own writing. After you read something you gain knowledge you can use in your own writing. Two great books that come highly recommend to help with writing are Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Everybody Writes by Ann Handley.

What is on your 2018 checklist for your blog? Share in the comments to inspire others! 


Design Lab: Adding Custom Fonts

Design Lab_ Adding Custom Fonts

Our Design lab is now available to everyone who is using a responsive theme. There are a plethora of options to customize your blog to fit your brand. In the coming weeks we will continue this series to help familiarize our bloggers with all the customization tools our Design Lab offers. Make sure to check back with us through our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

The font you pick is very important. Fonts affect the readability and the perceived level of professionalism of your blog. When you are in our Design Lab, you can customize the fonts to fit your branding. Using the preview window you can also see how they look with other font choices. You don’t have to make everything the same font. 

To use the Design Lab you need to have one of our mobile responsive themes. Check out Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta to learn more about switching to our mobile themes! 

Selecting and Applying A Font

Click on the Design tab, then click on Style. On the top right in gray you will see Fonts, click on it to expand your options.

You can choose between many different fonts. We have them organized based on Style.

Handwriting: These fonts are made to look like you wrote them yourself. They have fluid strokes that gives a personal touch. Use this sparingly, as it can be hard to read.  

Display: These are large fonts that are great for headings. They are eccentric and have a variable design to help the text stand out.

Serif: These fonts have a line at the end of every stroke. This is great for bulk text that needs to be read clearly. 

San Serif: These fonts do not have a line at the end of every stroke. It is great for bulk text for easy reading. 

You can select any one of these fonts and apply it to your blog. After you have selected the font you want to use you will see it is the Active Font. Select the tab for the area you want to customize. In this case we want to change the Title Text. Click on Banner, then next to Title, click on Apply Font. You will see the font change in the preview window and under Title.

Selecting a Font
Selecting a font.
Applying Fonts
Applying a font

Importing Fonts

Import A FontWe have a wide selection of fonts for you to choose from. If you need more options you can import from Google Fonts. Find the font you want in Google Fonts and then upload into the Design Lab. Then you can apply it to any section.

From the Style page, on the top right in gray you will see Fonts, click on it to expand your options. Click on Import. You will see where you can import fonts. Click on Google Fonts to view the selection in Google Fonts. Here you will have many different fonts to choose from. Once you have found the perfect font (in this case Roboto), you want to highlight the name of the font and copy it. Go back to your Style page and paste in the name of the font (the font name has to match exactly), then click on Import. To make it an active font you need to click on the name of the font. Then you can apply the font where you want.

Fonts are a great way to brand your business. We have made choosing the right font quick and easy. Have fun and see you soon with more about our Design Labs. 


Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta

Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta

Users spend on average 69% of their media time on smartphones. (Source

A mobile responsive site looks professional and shows you care about your reader's experience on your site. Also, Google loves mobile responsive sites. So much so, they are prioritizing sites that are mobile responsive sites in search results.

We are excited to announce we are rolling out our Nimble Themes (mobile responsive themes) from Beta! They will now be available for everyone. We have 19 Nimble Themes for you to make your own. If you do not see the themes right away, you can join our Beta Team

Create A Test Blog

We know you are excited to get started and we've made it as easy as possible to get going. Before you jump in feet first for your main blog, we recommend you create a Test Blog. This will allow you to personalize one of our Nimble Themes before you apply it to your blog. Take your time with all the cool features and apply it when you are ready. No rush!

View Our Nimble Themes

Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Choose Theme. On the left, click on Design Lab (Responsive). Here you will see all our Nimble Themes. Select the one that works best for your blog, then click on Choose.

Customize Your Theme

Style Tabs
Click on a tab to customize

After you have selected your Nimble Theme, click on the Style tab. Here you can customize your blog with your brand colors and fonts. There are many things you change about the design. When you select a color or font it will automatically apply to the preview design of your blog. 

What it looks like when you change the background colors.

 

After you personalize your blog, click on Save Changes.

Apply To Your Main Blog

Once your theme design is complete you can apply it easily to your main blog. Click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog you want to add the design to. Click on the Design tab. Under Your Design, find the design for your test blog. Click on Actions, then click Apply. Your new design will instantly be applied to your blog. Click on View Blog to see your new mobile responsive blog.

Resources

Below are resources from Everything Typepad and our Knowledge Base.

Make your blog mobile with these great templates!

What Mobile Designs Exist For Me to Use?

How Do I Switch to a Mobile Design?

25 Mobile Design Principles from Google

Design Lab: Adding Custom Fonts

Design Lab: Adding A Banner

Design Lab: Navigation Bar

Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar

Design Lab: Blog Footer and Background

Design Lab: View Collections

 

Nimble On Different Devices

Mobile Example 2
Mobile Example 2
Mobile Example 2

 After you have updated your blog to our new Nimble Themes, post a link in the comments! We would love to see what you have done! 

 


Tweet this! Using Share Link Generator to embed custom tweets

Tweet This

We read blogs to be entertained and/or educated. When you read something funny, enlightening or disturbing you want to share it right away. With the holiday shopping season coming up, you want to make it easy for your readers to share your message/deals with their Twitter followers.

People are 90% more likely to trust and buy from a brand recommended by a friend. (source) Tweet This

ShareLinkGenerator.com enables you to create a Tweet This link your readers can use to easily share to Twitter right away. o0pThis also gives you some control of the message that is tweeted about your post. You can use this to further share an interesting fact or great promotion. 

First, you will need to get the permalink from your blog post. The permalink is generated from your title, make sure you are done changing the title and permalink before you copy the URL.

Get Permalink

Copy the permalink and then go to Bitly and shorten your permalink. Copy the Shorten URL.

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Twitter ShareThisGo to ShareLinkGenerator.com to generate the link/code to add to the body of your blog post. Under Twitter, enter the text you want your readers to share (an interesting fact or information about a sale), and the URL from Bitly. Then click Create The Link. You will then be given a URL and code to add to the body of your blog.

Grab the URL and then go back to your blog post. Type in the same twitter message (without the Bitly URL) and then type Tweet This. Highlight the text “Tweet This” and then click on the Insert/Edit URL button. Paste in the URL and select to open in new window. Click ok and then Publish your draft. Below is how it will look. 

Love learning new tips for my Typepad Blog. Tweet This

Super easy to use!

Your readers will be able to tweet out interesting facts or information to their Twitter followers from the body of your post. This gives you some control of the message that is sent out from your post. ShareLinkGenerator.com also creates links for other social media sites. Play around and see which one works best for you.

Do not forget to add the share links at the bottom of your blog post by configuring the post/page footer. Give your readers more options to share!

Share in the comments other ways you encourage your readers to share your message.