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Add the Category Carousel Module to the Sidebar

A dynamic way to draw attention to posts is by placing the Category Carousel in the sidebar. The carousel will rotate through images from posts of the selected category.

At Design > Content, select the Widgets category, choose the Category Carousel, and click Add This Module.

Category Carousel

Name the module and choose a category. There are 10 other customization options available. You can even display an excerpt of each post below the image. Once the module is configured, click OK, drag the module to the preferred sidebar location, and click Save Changes.

On your blog, the module will scroll through the posts assigned to the selected category and visitors can click on the image to open the individual post page.

Carousel Example

After you add one Category Carousel, you can add a carousel for another category highlighting some or all of the categories in the sidebar. Learn more.

Are you using the Category Carousel to highlight posts dynamically in the sidebar of your site? Share your site's address in the comments!


Sharing Your Category Links

After blogging for some time, you may find that you write about certain topics frequently, from recipes to health advice, TV show reviews, family photos and more.    As your blog continues to grow, make it easier to show readers what you write about by sharing Category links.
 
Categories can help you organize your posts by topic. Each category will generate its own index page.  You can add new categories to your blog by going to Settings > Categories, and adding a new category with the appropriate name. When you first add a new category, it will not appear on your published blog although you can see it in your settings. Once you have added posts to the category, it will appear on the published blog. Category links will appear such as: 
 
http://example.typepad.com/yourblog/books/
http://example.typepad.com/yourblog/cooking/
 
You can always edit and remove categories from your blog.  However, changing the name of a Category will not change the category URL.  For example, you can change the name of your "Books" category to "Literature" but the URL will still say "books."

Assigning posts to a Category

 Before you publish your post, refer to the “Categories” box in the right of the Compose page above “Share This Post.”  If you have a long list of categories,  click the drop-down box on the right of the Category box  header to expand the field to see a fuller list of your categories (you can have up to 300 categories saved).  Check off the box or boxes for the categories you want to assign your blog post to.  
 
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If you want to assign more than one post to a newly added category, you can quickly do this by going to the “Posts” tab of your blog and check off which posts are getting a new category.  Then scroll to the bottom and click “More Actions” and the "Go" button, then select “Add Categories” from the menu and check the boxes from your list of categories in the pop-up.
 
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Linking To Categories

There are a couple of ways to share category links on your blog.  You can automatically share your published categories in your sidebar by going to Design > Content > Modules and selecting "Category Archives."   The archives can display as a list or as a single paragraph of links, or “cloud.”  There is also the "Category Carousel" which displays a slideshow of images from posts in that category.
 
Links to your categories also appear in the footer of your blog post if you have Categories turned on by going to Design > Content > Post Footer.  The name of the categories assigned to that post (which you selected in the Compose page) will appear at the footer linking to it’s own Category page. 
 
Say you have a lot of categories saved in your blog but you don’t want to display a giant list of links in your sidebar.  You can link to certain categories in your Navigation Bar at Design > Content > Navigation Bar, or create a Typelist at Library > Typelists > Add a Typelist > Links, then share this Typelist in your sidebar instead of the Categories module.   This gives you more control over what category links are displayed and linked in your blog.
 
Do you use categories a lot on your blog? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!

Why Use Password Protection for Individual Posts and Pages

A few weeks ago, we announced that you could now create multiple usernames for password protection and also password protect each post on an individual level so that only specific usernames can view them.

You might be wondering how this feature can be useful on your blog.  Here's just an example of one scenario in which individual password protection could really make your blog work better for you.

Let's say you sell content of some sort on your blog.  This could be anything from life coaching lessons to a recipe for a specific food dish or even a card made with stamping supplies.  You would like to make the content available to your readers, but only after they pay you to access it.

With this new feature, you can now give each of your paying subscribers their own username and password.  Once they pay you for the content (this could be done as a subscription service or as a per content item fee from a third-party service like PayPal), you would simply go to the post with the content and check the box for their username.

Userboxes

They would then be able to see the content the next time they visited your blog.  This means you to only have to keep up content on one blog, granting access to the content only to those that you want to be able to view it.

This new feature makes granting access a snap.  You can learn more about it in our Knowledge Base.  Please note that this feature is currently only available to our Beta Team members, so you'll need to become a member of the team to use it.

We're very excited about this feature and can't wait to hear how you're using it on your blog.  If you have questions or want to let us know what you'd like to see to make the feature better, just open a help ticket and a Typepad Support team member will be happy to assist you!


Planning Ahead: Schedule Posts to Publish in the Future

We've stressed the need to post content on your blog regularly to maintain and improve search rankings. Sometimes though, you may be too busy to write and publish a new post. That's okay! You can schedule posts to publish on those days where you know you aren't going to have the time.

When composing your post, open the Status menu and select the Publish On option.

Publish On Status

This will open the calendar pop-up box where you can set the date and time you wish to publish the post. After setting the publish day, click OK and click the Schedule button.

The post will be saved in the Posts list with a clock icon indicating it is scheduled to publish in the future.

List of Scheduled Posts

You can also change the date and time of the scheduled post by clicking the timestamp below the Status menu on the Compose page. Learn more.

Do you plan out publishing of your posts in advance? If so, share your tips with us in the comments!


The where and how of receiving support

Your support team is only ever a click or two away, and we take pride in being able to say that we offer support every day of the year. We all reside in different areas of the U.S., allowing us to make ourselves available across multiple time zones for all users. You can find us on social media, not just via the Help tab in your account, and we're available via email as well. It's important to us that you can reach us easily and quickly, so we do our best to respond to every single contact so that you feel heard and helped.

Here's a rundown of where and how to contact us:

  • Twitter
    Make sure you follow @typepad on Twitter so you can keep track of when we release new features, make platform status updates, and share our blog posts with tips and tricks for your own blog.
  • Facebook
    We're available on Facebook as well, and invite you to Like the Typepad page to keep up to date with the blog, help topics, and more. We recommend clicking the drop down option for the Like button on the page and setting it so you see Typepad posts first. This will help you to see any important information at the top of your news feed when it becomes available.
  • Everything Typepad
    We like writing the blog posts for you, but we enjoy interacting with you in the comments even more. Leaving a comment is a great way to reach out to us about a specific topic we're discussing.
  • Email
    On the rare occasion that Typepad is, or appears to be, down, or when you can only describe an issue by way of a screenshot that needs to be attached to your message, an email can be the best method of contact. You can always reach us by sending that email to support(at)typepad.com.
  • Support Help Desk
    We want you to contact us when you're stumped or curious. Helping you find the tool or information you're looking for, or working out how to help you with a specific idea you have, is what we enjoy doing. We don't want you to feel it's difficult or intimidating to reach out for the help you need, which is why we've made it easy to open a help ticket to reach out to us. Simply click the Help link at the top of your account dashboard, then on the "New Ticket" link that appears on the Help screen. Tell us a bit about what you need help with, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. That's it!

Short of a direct telepathic line, the above methods are the best way to keep track of what's happening here at Typepad, as well as reaching out to us for help you may need. Is there another method of contact you think would be of help? Have a favorite "I needed help and Typepad came through for me when..." story? Share it with us in the comments below! We eat that stuff up.


Embedding Third Party Script To A Blog Post

Adding third-party scripts to a blog post can help enhance your content and Typepad allows you to add HTML and embedding in your post. You can add things like an image from Flickr, a pin from Pinterest, a tweet from Twitter, or a comment from Reddit.  When sharing any type of embedded HTML code in to a post, make sure you have switched to the HTML editor tab in the compose page:

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Adding embedded script in the Rich Text editor will only display the actual code as text when you publish your post.  You know you're in the HTML editor as your content will appear as plain text:

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When adding third party script to a blog post using the HTML editor, you may notice a couple of things.  First, you may not see your code in action in the Rich Text editor or in a Preview window.  This is normal and there's no need to worry. Some script is set up to only display once it is published.  An alternative to switching to the HTML editor is clicking the "Source code" button located between the Fullscreen and Restore buttons.

If you are adding embedded script to your blog post, we recommend not switching between the Rich Text and HTML editors when drafting your post.   Due to the nature of the coding, trying to view it in the Rich Text editor can strip some of the code so when it comes time to publish your post, it may not display properly. Just make sure you copy and paste the embed code entirely with all it's closing tags to ensure it will display properly.


Compose Tools: the Insert Menu

When we blog, we tend to find a groove in how we compose–our rhythm, if you will. That can often times lead to tunnel vision, seeing only what we are focused on, and know we need, blind to other tools that could be of use to us. In this post, we'll uncover the tools inside the Insert menu of the compose screen. There may just be a gem in there you'll find useful.

At the top of the compose screen, when in Rich Text mode, you will see several drop-down menus available.

Compose - Available drop-down menus

The menu we're focusing on today is the Insert menu, the first shown at the top left of your Rich Text compose screen. Clicking on it, you'll find several tools you may already use (e.g. Insert Image).

Compose - Insert Menu Options

As you can see, the majority of the tools listed in the Insert menu can be found in the toolbars with a corresponding icon. Those that are not on the toolbar, however, may just be something you've needed this whole time. Let's check them out.

Horizontal Line

Compose - Horizontal Line

The horizontal line option allows you to insert a line that separates content. This is great for adding bylines, designating certain areas for specific topics, and more.

Anchor

The anchor is, in short, a link to another location on the page. With the update we made to the compose editor a while ago, it's now extremely easy to insert an anchor link into your blog post or page. A video may illustrate better how simple it is, so take a look below.

Simply add your text, then place the cursor where you want your link to return a reader. Use the Insert menu to select the anchor option, then give the anchor a name. Next, place your cursor where you will insert the link that will lead readers to the anchor. Add text, highlight it, then select Insert Link (either from the menu or the toolbar; that's up to you). In the pop-up that appears, there will be an anchor dropdown menu. Use that to select the anchor you want the link to go to, then click OK. Well done!

Insert date/time

This is self explanatory, but we'll give explaining it a shot: the tool inserts the date and/or time in the format of your choice. That went really well. Good job, Team Typepad!

Nonbreaking space

The nonbreaking space, or non-breaking space if you can't stand to see that word not hyphenated, allows you to force an empty space to appear before or after text, an image, and so on. It looks like   in the code of your post or page. If you've ever tried to tap the space bar a few dozen times to increase the distance between two words or images, you know that those taps don't translate to actual space. That's where the nonbreaking space comes in.

So, did you learn something new? Figure out how you could ease the burden of some task you undertake in composing your posts? If so, tell us all about it in the comments section below!


Add new voices to your blog with guest authors

Many blogs, especially those run by individuals rather than organizations, have just one author and that works well in many cases. But sometimes you may find that a friend or colleague has a lot to offer your audience and you would like to bring them on board as an additional author.

The ability to invite additional authors to a blog is available on the Pro Unlimited account level and above.

To invite a new author to your blog, go to the Settings > Authors page. Enter the name and email address of the desired author. You can also personalize the message to be sent, or go with the default text. You'll want to select the right access level for the author. A Junior Author can write posts but not publish them, while a Guest Author can both write and publish posts to your blog. If you are on the Enterprise level or above, you will have the option to add at least one Blog Administrator to your blog who can help manage the design and settings and edit posts by any author (depending on your account level, you may not see the Blog Administrator option until the author has already been added to your blog).

Invite authors

The invited author will receive an email message with a link to sign up for Typepad and accept the author invitation.

Once the author has accepted the invitation, you will see them listed along with yourself at Settings > Authors. From the listing on this page, you can change the access level for any additional authors, or remove them from your blog if they are no longer contributing.

The Settings > Authors page also allows you to turn on author archives for your blog. Each author archive will display all of the posts written by that author. You can also choose to display the author's profile photo and one-line bio in the sidebar of the author archive page.

Author archive settings

Have you invited additional authors to your blog? Share your experiences and tips in the comments!


Domain Mapping Made Easy with Typepad

When you browse the Internet, there are a lot of sites to visit and sites to go to.  One of the easiest ways to remember a site you want to revisit is when it has a short and simple or catchy URL.

Your Typepad blog has its own URL associated with Typepad (like example.typepad.com), but it might be kind of long for your readers to remember.  Wouldn't www.example.com be even easier for them?

You can use your own domain with Typepad through a process called domain mapping.  To make this process even simpler, you can order your domain from within Account > Domain Mapping and follow just a few simple steps.  Voila!  Your domain is now mapped, and you readers can find your blog at the custom domain you chose!

You can read more about registering your domain with Typepad in our Knowledge Base.

As always, the Typepad support team is here to answer any questions, so if you'd like to know more, just reach out to us!


Can I Display Recent Comments On My Blog?

We love getting comments! Sometimes we love them so much, we want to show them off right on the front page of our blog.  We have received requests asking if there is a way to display comments under blog posts as part of the front page of the blog.   There is a reason why you don't see this more with blogs, because it is not recommended.  It may appear fine if a blog post has up to 5 comments, but the more comments a blog post receives, the longer it will take your blog to load.   There are other options to show off your wonderful comments.

If you are using Typepad, Typepad Connect, or Disqus comments, you can easily display your most recent comments in your sidebar by going to Design > Content, select "Recent Comments" from the Modules box and click the "Add this module" button: 

Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 10.58.08 AMIf you use Disqus for your comments, there is a separate option which displays more of the comment along with the the commenters thumbnail image. We have a quick and easy way to add a similar feature to your sidebar which involves adding a small piece of code to your sidebar.   In this case, you would go to Design > Content > Embed Your Own HTML and paste the following code:

<div id="RecentComments" class="dsq-widget">
 <h2>Recent Comments</h2>
 <script type="text/javascript" src="http://example.disqus.com/recent_comments_widget.js?num_items=5&hide_mods=0&hide_avatars=0&avatar_size=32&excerpt_length=100"></script>
</div>

Replace "example.disqus.com" with your Disqus URL (ie: everythingtypepad.disqus.com). You can also change the number of comments display.  This code is set up to display 5 recent comments (num_items=5).

Because this a module and not a Typelist, a title for this module will not display unless you include it in the code like the example we provided:

 <h2>Recent Comments</h2>

Here is an example of how Disqus Recent Comments will appear in your sidebar using this code:

Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 11.21.07 AMDisplaying comments on your blog invites other visitors to leave comments in your posts and is a good way to share previous posts on your front page.