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Can I Map More Than One Domain Name To My Blog?

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You got your blog set up and readers are checking it out. You are ready to purchase a domain name so readers can use "www.myawesomeblog.com" instead of the default Typepad domain name.  You got the perfect name and you don't want anyone else to take it so you buy that name as a .com, .net, and .org. The question now is how can you get all of those domain names to direct to your blog?  This can be done through Domain Mapping one name and forwarding the other names. 

Typepad has made it easy to purchase a domain name through your account.  From your Dashboard, click Account > Domain Mapping, and enter the domain name you want to use. Then click Check Availability, and a list of available domains will appear. The name "myawesomeblog.com" is available in all three formats so you snatch them up.  

You can only set up Domain Mapping with one name to point to your blog, so you set up "www.myawesomeblog.com" to be the primary name where your all of your blog links such as permalinks will have the .com name.  One blog cannot have two different sets of permalinks created.  The the .net and .org names you purchased can be forwarded to your .com name through the Domain Forwarding Service.  If you are using a third-party to set up Domain Mapping such as GoDaddy, the steps would be similar as you are just forwarding the second and third names to your primary domain name.

Not only does buying a domain name with different suffixes help for brand identity, it can also help if you want your website to primarily be a .biz or .org. People are so used to typing .com for a website, you don't want to lose them for this oversight.

Have you purchased a domain name for your blog yet? Sign in to your Typepad account and purchase a name today!


How To Add An Amazing Background Image

How To Add An Amazing Background Image

Adding a background image is a great way to help your blog content stand out and reinforce your brand. When you use one of our Design Lab themes, you can use one of our pre-loaded background patterns or add your own background image. Today we are going over how to add your own background image. 

Find the perfect image

We recommend using one of the many free image finders available to you on the web. Some of our favorites are Pexels and Pixabay. Read our post "What You Need to Know about Using Images on Your Blog" to learn how to safely pick an image to use on your blog. 

When looking for the perfect image you want something that will look good repeating. You don't want the seam between images to sand out. You can use a simple wood image, brick image, or grass! Look for images that look good with your brand colors.

Image comparisonSave the image

Once you have the image, you will need to save it to your computer. Follow their instructions on how to save it to your computer.  A good image size to look for is around 2000px wide. 

Add a background imageAdd to your Design Lab Background

The steps below work if you are using one of our Design Lab themes. Not using the Design Lab yet? Try changing your theme, or apply it to a test blog!

With few clicks you can change your background image.

1) Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog.

2) Click on the Design tab, then on Style.

3) On the right, click on Background to display your options.

4) Under Pattern, select Upload Custom Image and upload the image you saved.

If you like how it looks in the preview window, save your changes.

Finished Example

Super easy! Now log into your account today to get started! 

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Edit the Post Permalink

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When you write your Post Title, the Permalink is generated automatically using the words in the title. However, your Post Title may be long, or may not be using the keywords needed for SEO. You want to make the URL for your post concise, informative, and include key words to help search engines categorize your post.

Here's an example of a long post title where the Permalink needs to be edited from the default:

My Extremely Fun Time Swimming with Sharks in the Bahamas

The default Permalink would be:

http://example.typepad.com/blog/2018/08/my-extremely-fun-time-swimming-with-sharks-in-the-bahamas.html

A better Permalink would focus on the main topic of the post which is swimming with sharks in the Bahamas, and you could shorten the Permalink to:

http://example.typepad.com/blog/2018/08/swim-with-sharks-bahamas.html

This URL explains what the post is about and includes the keywords - swim, sharks, Bahamas - but isn't too long.

You can edit the Permalink any time before your post goes live. It is important to not change the Permalink after you publish the post as this will break any links which have already been shared.

When composing your post, click the blue Edit button below the Post Title field, update the Permalink, and click Done. Make sure to use dashes instead of spaces to separate keywords in the Permalink.

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Creating a Secure Password: the Do's and Do Not's

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As hacking becomes more sophisticated, so too should your passwords. Long gone are the days where using easily memorable words and names for passwords was acceptable. To protect your account–both here at Typepad and with other services–we recommend reviewing your current password. Consider how you can further secure your account from unwanted access by following the Do's and Do Not's we've outlined below. Putting these steps into place will greatly help protect your content and hard work.

First, let's review the Do Not's for password creation so that you have a better understanding of what you may be doing wrong, and can objectively evaluate your current password:

The Do Not's

  • Don't use a password you've used before
  • Don't use identifiable information
    (e.g. yours or family members' names; birthdates; and so on)
  • Don't place the password or hints in plain sight of your computer where someone else can access it

Next, let's review the Do's for password creation, so that you can create a stronger, more secure password for your account:

The Do's

  • Use a mixed- case and character password
    (e.g. use punctuation; upper case; lower case; substitute symbols for letters – D@ngerZ0n3!)
  • Create a password that is longer than the previous standard of 6-8 characters
  • Consider using a pass phrase, which allows you to make use of mixed-case and characters with a longer character count
    (e.g. Thirty8B3arCub$)
  • Use a password manager if you're concerned with forgetting your more secure password

Are you ready to update your password to better secure your account? Learn more about Changing your Typepad Password in our Knowledge Base.

If you have additional tips for password security, leave a comment below to share with your fellow Typepad bloggers!


Get Creative! Add a Presentation to Your Blog

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Visually add to your message by inserting a presentation in to your blog post. There are many great programs out there to help you design a visually appealing presentation. Today we are going to focus on how to add a presentation from Google Slides, Prezi, and Emaze into your blog post.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a free presentation program that is included in your Gmail Account. Click on Google Apps (a 3 by 3 square of smaller squares on the right) and select Slides. Create your presentation. Once your presentation is complete, click on File, then Publish To The Web.  Click on the Embed tab, then select Small under Slide Size. Click on Publish to get the embed code.

Google Slides Pop UpCopy the code and log in to your Typepad account. From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.

Google Slides codeExample of a presentation created in Google Slides:

Prezi

Prezi is a presentation program you can use to create an interactive presentations. Once you have created your presentation, you need to generate a presentation URL. Click on the Share icon and create the presentation URL. Copy that URL and save it somewhere (Notepad or Text Edit). Use the code below and replace your_view_link with your presentation URL

<iframe width="550" height="400" src="your_view_link/embed" webkitallowfullscreen="1" mozallowfullscreen="1" allowfullscreen="1"></iframe>

Copy your edited code and add it to your post. From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.


Prezi Code

Example of a presentation created in Prezi:

Emaze

Emaze is a web based platform that helps you create engaging presentations. After you created your presentation, click on the Share button and copy the Embed code.

Emaze Share

From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then change the height and width size. The height should be 340px and the width is 600px. Click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.

Emaze Code

Example of a presentation created in Emaze:

Powered by emaze

 

Presentations are a great way to visually sum up your blogs main ideas. Share them on social media along with a link to your post to help draw attention to your blog!

Use the comments to share with us posts you have used a presentation in. What other suggestions would you add?


Italicize Words Or Phrases In Your Title!

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The title of your post is meant to grab your reader's attention and get them interested in reading more. Italics can be used to emphasize a word or phrase in your title. Italics can also be use when referring to book titles or similar creative work when you don't want to use quotation marks. This neat trick can be used on your desktop or on your mobile device. 

To add italics add <i> before the word or phrase and </i> after it. This tells our editor to italicize the words in between the tags.

Example:

How to italicize words in your title!

Non italic

How to <i>italicize</i> words in your title!

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This is a great tool to use sparingly. If you use it too often, it will lose its impact. Do you have any fun tricks you use to make your post titles stand out? Share in the comments! 


How To Create Secure Security Questions

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Security Questions are another layer of security to keep your account safe. We've all had those moments when the browser does not remember our password. Don't panic! Answering your security questions correctly will help us get you access to your account or block those up to no good. 

Typepad allows you to add two security questions. Click on the Account tab and scroll down to Security Questions. Select one of our pre-made questions or click on "Create a Custom Security Question" to create your own. Add your answer then click on Save Changes. 

When creating your own security question you want to make sure you use a question and answer that is secure and will help you gain access to your account quickly if you need to use it. We have created a great guide to help you create a secure question and answer. 

Create save and secure security questions
Set up your security questions today! Go straight to your Account page (you will have to log in first).


How To Change Your Facebook Profile To A Facebook Page

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Everyone is on Facebook — family, friends, business, and non-profits. When you started your blog, you may have created a Facebook Profile. A profile is like your personal profile but for your business. This is a big NO-NO for Facebook, and they want you to convert your profile to a Facebook Business Page. They have made it really easy for you to do! We created this great infogragh that goes over the many perks of creating a Facebook Page, what to expect, and how to change! 

Quick Tip: The fastest way to tell if you have a profile or a page is to look how people follow your page. If you have "likes", you have a Facebook Page. If you have "friends", you have a Facebook Profile.  

Facebook Profile

To help, we have included the steps to convert to a Facebook Page below with the clickable link to help you get started!

How To Change To A Facebook Page

Go to Create a Facebook Page Based on Your Profile.

Click Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions.

Your new Page will automatically publish once the conversion process is finished. To change this setting, click to select Off next to Publish Page when done at the top.

If you haven't created any kind of Facebook Page for your blog, what are you waiting for. Get started today!


Back to Basics: Integrating social media with your blog

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With the popularity of social networks like Twitter and Facebook these days, integrating social media with your blog is a necessary strategy for helping readers find your content where they are. Whether you're a new blogger, coming back to your blog after some time away, or just want to make sure you're taking best advantage of Typepad's features, this "back to basics" post will help you cover all the bases.

Let readers know where they can find you

The first thing you'll want to do is make sure your social media accounts are prominently linked on your blog. Start at Account > Other Accounts and add all your social media profiles here. You can then add the Other Accounts module to your blog's sidebar by going to the Design > Content page. This module displays whatever accounts are set up at Account > Other Accounts, so as soon as you add a new account there, it will show up on your blog's sidebar (if you're ambitious and comfortable with code, you can even add custom icons). The Nimble Design Lab will also pull from Account > Other Accounts to automatically display social media icons in the blog navigation bar.

Nimble social media icons

Make it easy for readers to share

Let your readers be your best promoters by making it easy for them to share your posts on their own social media accounts. Go to Design > Content and look for the Post Footer module. Click the pencil icon, which will open a pop-up window. Here you can configure the options for your post footer, and add social media sharing buttons. You can offer options to share to Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Facebook. Choose the ones you want then click OK in the pop-up window and save your changes on the Content page. How the buttons will look depends on what design theme you're using; the Nimble Design Lab offers an eye-catching colorful set of post footer buttons that you'll see right here on Everything Typepad (so don't forget to share our posts!)

Nimble post footer buttons

Automatically post to Twitter and Facebook

Let Typepad do the work for you! After you've added your Twitter and Facebook accounts at Account > Other Accounts, head on over to the Settings > Sharing page for your blog where you'll be able to choose which of these accounts you want all your posts to be shared automatically to. While you're there, don't forget to enable your Twitter card.

Settings > Sharing

When you're composing a new post, you'll see a Share This Post box along the right side. If you have automatic sharing turned on for one or more social media accounts, these will have checks by their names in the list. Don't want to draw attention to just this one post? Clear the check marks before you publish and it won't be shared. You can also choose not to have automatic sharing on, but still share on a post-by-post basis by checking the accounts you want to share to before you publish any given post. Pro tip: when you're ready to publish, customize the text promoting your link to Twitter and Facebook. Otherwise, the title of the post will be used.

There you have it! Whether you want to promote your social media accounts as a whole, let readers share your posts to their own networks, or automatically post to Twitter and Facebook, Typepad has you covered.

What are your best tips for integrating social media with your blog? Tell us in the comments!


How Can Readers Subscribe To Your Blog?

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When you create a new blog, you will notice a “Subscribe” link appears in your Navigation Bar as a default link. The Subscribe link is your blog’s RSS feed URL. When viewing this link, some readers may see a page displaying HTML code while others may see page displaying links to your blog posts. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with your Subscribe link! It only means that your browser does not support viewing a feed directly.  Here are some ways that your readers can utilize your RSS link. 

Blog Readers

Everyone has their own preference on how they wish to follow their favorite blogs, so it’s good to provide options. You already have one by sharing the RSS feed URL directly.  Readers can use this link to add to their favorite blog reader.  A Blog Reader is an online RSS reader where you can collect all of your favorite websites into one place.  Some popular blog readers include: 

The Old Reader

Inoreader

Feedly

Newsreader

Bloglovin

You can group your links into categories to better organize your saved websites. 

Follow By Email Updates

Getting blog posts delivered directly to your inbox is another popular option to offer to your readers. Typepad has Feedblitz integrated into the application and it is really easy to set up an email list to deliver your blog posts.  If you are familiar with Mailchimp for your newsletter needs, they also offer an RSS-to-email campaign.  This way, you can track who on your list is opening your emails to read your post.