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What Mobile Designs Exist For Me to Use?

If you've been following our recent posts about mobile designs, you're now familiar with how to switch to a mobile design and you've learned some design principles to apply to your new mobile design.

We're now going to give you an overview of each mobile design option we have to help you figure out which one will work best for you and your blog.

First we have Snap:

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Red Snap

Snap is a simple design, with twelve different accents colors for you to choose from.  If you like having a minimalist blog, this one is a good choice for you.

Next up is Sol:

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Birdseye Blue

Sol is also of a minimalist nature, but adds more color to your blog, making it stand out.  It has ten different colors from you to choose from, so you can find the perfect color for your blog.

Next up is our Design Lab.  Here's a few examples of the variety you'll see:

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Some Design Lab Options

In total, there are eighteen pre-made designs for you to choose from.  They include options with banners and without banners, in darker and lighter colors, and everything in between.

Like one of the pre-made designs but want a different banner or want to make other design changes?  Then choose the design you want to edit, apply it to your blog, and go to Design > Style.  There you can make all the changes you wish, without even needing to use CSS.  Simply select an option like Navigation or Sidebar and edit to your heart's content.

Also under the Style tab, you can find a selection of pre-made Color and Font collections.  This gives you the option to choose even more pre-made design options and apply them easily to your blog.

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Colors Collection

Finally, you can also use our Theme Builder's Responsive option:

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Theme Builder Responsive Design

This allows you to use the familiar Theme Builder, but also make your design responsive.  If you're scared to dive into the Design Lab, but still want a responsive design, you can use this as a beginner step.

As you can see, there's a great many options for responsive designs with Typepad! You can find more information in our Knowledge Base or open a help ticket if you have any more questions or need more assistance.


How Do I Switch to a Mobile Design?

A request that we get frequently in our Help Tickets is "Can I switch my design to something mobile-friendly?"  The answer is: YES! And it is easier than you think! With your Typepad account, all of your blog designs are saved. You can apply your saved design to a current, new, or multiple blogs.  

To switch your blog to a mobile-friendly, or Responsive design, we recommend first creating a test blog. When it comes time to pick a design for your test blog under the "Design" tab, we have a huge selection of pre-made designs under the category "Design Lab (Responsive).  We have a selection of pre-made designs under the category "Design Lab (Responsive)":

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These pre-made designs can be a starting point for editing and customizing a new design for your blog using the Design Lab at Design > Style.  The Design Lab was created so you do not need to use CSS to make customizations to your design. 

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In addition to these themes, you can also set up a mobile design using the themes Snap, Sol, and the "Responsive" option of Theme Builder.

OK! You selected your design, layout, and applied it to your test blog.  There are plenty of ways to customize these themes the Design Lab and CSS if you have an Unlimited Plan or higher.  If you have joined the Beta team, you can take advantage of the "Style" option for Nimble Design Lab, which allows you to customize your design without the use of any code. 

Once you have your Responsive design just perfect for the world to see, it is time to apply it to your main blog.  Last Summer we shared tips on how to manage your saved blog designs, which you can apply here.  Switch over to the blog you want to make mobile-friendly and click the Design tab.  Scroll down to "Your Designs" and look for the Thumbnail for your new responsive design: 

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Click "Actions", in the drop-down menu, choose "Apply."  Once you click this, the page will refresh with the message "The selected design has been applied to your blog. View your blog" on top.  Congratulations! You just made your blog mobile-friendly! 

A quick note, if you want to make all of your blogs in your account Responsive, you can follow the steps listed.  We do recommend creating a duplicate design for each blog (click "Actions > Duplicate") in case you want to make a design change for one blog but not have it apply towards the other blogs.


Forward your email to Outlook

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Continuing in our email domain series, we are going to learn how to forward your emails to your Outlook account. After you have purchased your domain and set up your email address, you can forward it to Outlook. For Outlook, you will need the IMAP and the SMTP. We recommend you save this information somewhere safe. You will also need the email address (username) and password for your webmail account.

Reminder: If you misplaced this information you can find it in your domain account. Go to domains.typepad.com and log in. Click on My Account, then under Manage Free Service type in your domain and select Email Services from the drop down. Click on Manage Users/ Accounts, then you click on the email address. Here you will see the mail settings information.
If you forgot your webmail password you can reset it here too. To log into your webmail go to: http://webmail.yourdomain.com (replace yourdomian.com with the domain you purchased). 

The following instructions are for Outlook 2016. The instructions for each version are similar. If you would like specific instructions for the version you have, check out this great post Outlook Email Setup from Microsoft.  After you select the version, click on Other Email Account (or I don’t know).

Let’s get started

Open Outlook 2016. Click on the File tab, then click on Add Account. Click on Advanced Setup, then Manually setup or additional server types. Select POP or IMAP then click on Next. You will be taken to a window to add all your account information.

In the Add Account window, you will enter all the information you saved. Under User Information, include your name and the email address you want to add. Under Server Information, change the Account Type to IMAP and put in the IMAP and SMTP information. Under Login Information enter the email address and password for your webmail account.

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Click on More Settings. Under the Outgoing Server tab, then select the box for My outgoing server requires authentication. Click on the Advanced tab, change Use the following type of encrypted connection to SSL. This will change the Incoming server (IMAP) port number to 993, that is what you want. Change the Outgoing server (SMTP) port number from 25  to 465, then click on OK. This will take you back to the Add Account Window. 

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Click on Next to test the connections. Once the tests are successful, click on Close. Last, click on Finish to complete the set up.

If you have a gmail account you want to forward your emails to, check out our post Forward Your Typepad Email To Gmail. If you have an email client you would like instructions for, let us know in the Comments. We would be happy to provide more how-to's. 


Forward your Typepad Email to Gmail

Forward your Typepad Email to Gmail

When you purchase a domain through Typepad you get 2 free email addresses with that domain. To learn how to set up your free emails, check out the "Get an email address with your domain!" post. Once you have successfully set up your email address, you may not want another place to check emails. Here we will walk through how to forward your emails to your Gmail account. 

After you have set up your email address, you are given the POP, IMAP, and SMTP information to configure your account in other email clients. For Gmail, you will need the POP and the SMTP. We recommend you  save this information somewhere safe.  You will also need the Email address (Username), Password and webmail URL. You will need to log into your webmail account because Gmail will send a verification to that email address to complete the set up.

Tip: If you misplaced this information you can find it in your domain account. Go to domains.typepad.com and log in. Click on My Account, then under Manage Free Service type in your domain and select Email Services from the drop down. Click on Manage Users/ Accounts, then you click on the email address. Here you will see the mail settings. If you forgot your webmail password you can reset it here too. To log into your webmail go to: http://webmail.yourdomain.com

Let's get started! 

First, log into your Gmail account and Click on the Cog on the top right, then click on Settings. Click on the Accounts and Import tab across the top (in some versions it is just Account). Next to Check mail from other accounts, click on Add a mail account. In the pop-up,  add the new email address and click Next. On the next page, select Import emails from my other account (POP3) and click on Next.

Here you will add the Username, Password and POP link  you received for your webmail account. We recommend you select Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server. You will have the email in your webmail account and in your gmail account. This is helpful in case there is ever an issue with Gmail servers receiving your email. Then click on Add Account.

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You will be asked if you want to send emails from this address. Click on Yes, I want to be able to send mail as (your email address) and click on Next. Enter the name you want to be shown and make sure to check Treat as an alias, then click Next Step.  Now you are asked to configure the SMTP. Enter the SMTP link, Username, and Password to your webmail. Click on Add Account.

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An email will be sent to your webmail account to verify. Log into your webmail account by going to http://webmail.yourdomain.com and open the verification email.  Click on the link or get the verification code from that email. After you have clicked on the verification link, you will also be sent an email to your gmail account asking to verify your information.  Once both email clients have verified the accounts, you are all done.

You will start receiving your emails in Gmail and you can send from your new email address as well. If you have not bought a domain yet, what are you waiting for? Purchase your domain through Typepad today!  

You can also forward your emails to Outlook, check out the post Forward your email to Outlook.


Domain Mapping: Let's review our tips on custom domain use

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Domain Mapping is one of our most asked about features, with the predominant question being, "how do I use my own name for my blog?" We've provided tips and tricks for domain mapping over the last several years, covering everything from detailed descriptions on setting mapping up to how using your own domain can help facilitate branding.

Let's review some of those past tips here:

Have a question about domain mapping that we haven't covered in past articles or in our Knowledge Base? Open a help ticket (Help > New Ticket), or leave a comment below, and we can provide additional information!


Get an email address with your domain!

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When you purchase a domain through Typepad you also get two free email addresses that use your domain. You can use the webmail services to send and receive emails or you can forward them to a different email address. An email address from your domain has a professional look, it will give your blog and business more credibility.  

Set up your email address

First, you will need to log in to Typepad Domains by going to:

Manage Free Serviceshttp://domains.typepad.com/login.php

Once logged in, you will click on the Welcome tab, then click on My Account. Under Manage Free Services, type in your domain  and select Email Service from the drop down menu. You will be taken to a new page. Under Actions click on New User to create a new email address with your domain. You will need to fill out:

  • Name
  • Desired Email Address
  • Alternative Email Address for important communications
  • Country of User
  • Language of User


Once you have filled out the information you will click on Add User. After you have successfully created your email address you are given a personal webmail URL to check your email and a username and password. Make sure to copy this information and save it in a safe place.

Final successful registration

Next up....

Busy bloggers may not need another place to check email. You can forward your emails to Gmail, check out the post Forward your Typepad Email to Gmail. You can also forward your emails to Outlook, check out the post Forward your email to Outlook.


Let's get meta! Improving blog SEO with meta keywords and descriptions

If you've looked at the Settings > SEO page for your blog in Typepad, you may have wondered what the "Meta Keywords" and "Meta Description" fields are about. What does "meta" even mean?

Meta elements for your blog

"Meta" is short for "metadata", meaning data that gives information about other data. Meta elements on a webpage, such as the meta keywords and meta description, give information about the content of that page. Meta elements are typically not visible to human visitors but are picked up by search engines and other computer-based tools that may be visiting your blog.

The metadata that you enter at Settings > SEO should describe the blog as a whole. For instance, if you have a travel blog, listing "travel" as a meta keyword is a good idea, while a cooking blog should use keywords like "food", "cooking" and the like. Try to think of search terms that you would use to find your blog and then list these as meta keywords. The meta description should be written as complete sentences that make sense to a human reader. In some cases, the meta description for your blog may be shown when your blog appears in search results so you'll want to make sure it gives readers a good idea what your blog is about.

Besides metadata for the blog as a whole, you can also enter metadata for each specific post or page that you compose for your blog. To do this, look for the Keywords and Excerpt fields on the Compose page. If you don't see a field to input text into, click the arrow to the left of the name, and that will open up the text-input field.

Meta elements for your post

If you don't enter an excerpt in the Excerpt field, the first 50 words of your blog post will be used (you can change the number of words at Settings > Posts). Text that is a compelling opening for your post is not always a good description of the post as a whole, so it is a good idea to consider whether writing a custom excerpt will be more effective. Keep in mind that if you have turned on the option at Settings > Posts to display excerpts instead of full posts on indexes and archive pages then the custom excerpt you enter will also be used for this.

The Excerpt for the post, whether custom or auto-generated, will be used as the meta description for the post on the individual archive page, while the Keywords will be used for the meta keywords.

Meta elements are easy to overlook, or may seem boring, but they're a great way to improve how easy your blog is to find via search engines and how it appears in search results. Do you regularly enter custom metadata for your posts? Share your tips in the comments!


Improve Your Blog SEO With Your Images

Images are a great way to enhance your blog content, but did you know that your images can improve your blog’s SEO too?

Search engines provide image results and just like your meta description, it also scans what information is saved for your image files. Besides using a relevant image that is related to your content, things such as file name, size, and description are just as important.

Usually, when saving an image taken from a camera or uploaded from your smartphone, it will generate a filename of random characters and numbers. If you have a gorgeous photo you took of the Eiffel Town, file name “IMG_325.jpg” does not tell Google that this is an image of the Eiffel Tower. Renaming your file something relevant such as “eiffel_tower.jpg” will increase its chances of being pulled for a search result.

If you’re not aware of your image size settings on your camera, your images may be saved as a very large file. Image size will impact your blog loading time, so if search engines find these images taking too long to load, it will also not show up in search results at a decent rank. Reducing the file size will improve your image visibility in search results. ImageOptim (https://imageoptim.com/) is a great tool you can use to adjust the size of your image files for your blog.

How to use SEO with your blog images

Don't forget your image description! This is what search engines use to categorize your images.  Upload your image in to your post, then double-click the image to make additional edits. In the image edit pop-up window, you can change the description for the image. By default, the file name will appear as the description.  Here you can change this into something more descriptive.  

The description does not appear on the published blog post but it is saved within the HTML for the image:

How to use SEO with your blog images

By paying more attention to the images you add to your blog, it will be easier for search engines to index your images and share your content with others.


Do your readers consider you an authority?

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Increasing your readership has less to do with keywords than you might think. Catching viewers is one thing, but retaining and converting them into regular readers should be a priority. Let's discuss an important factor in doing just that: authority.

Are you writing about what you know? Do your posts provide a clear sense of topic mastery? How about clarity? Do you think they trust you, or have you been repeatedly corrected via engagement from readers? Are you expecting readers to base authority purely on your word, or are you citing and linking to credible third party sources that complement your content?

These are all questions you should ask yourself when considering the relationship between you and your readers. If you find that your blog is lacking in some respect, make the effort to adjust and improve in those areas. What you'll see may not only be an increase in the trust of your readers, but a boost in how well search engine algorithms view your content.

Want to learn more about authority and how it affects ranking? Make sure you check out Search Engine Journal's article on The Three Pillars of SEO: Authority, Relevance, and Trust.


Using FeedBlitz to turn readers into subscribers

In today's busy world, with so many different sources of information out there, it's hard to remember to keep checking back at a particular website to see if new content has been posted. You can make it easier for readers of your blog to keep up with your latest posts by offering subscription options.

Typepad offers blog feeds as a built-in feature, which is great for your more web-savvy readers. However, you may want to consider providing more subscription options to your readers by connecting your blog to our partner service, FeedBlitz. Please note that FeedBlitz is a paid service that is in addition to your monthly Typepad subscription fee.

FeedBlitz's basic service allows you to create an enhanced feed that is easier for people to read and know how to subscribe than the built-in Typepad feed may be. Hop on over to our Knowledge Base to learn how to set up a FeedBlitz account. Once you have set up your feed with FeedBlitz, you can connect it to Typepad so people accessing your Typepad feed automatically see the enhanced version. On the Settings > Feeds page for your blog in Typepad, click the "Connect to FeedBlitz" button. This will open a little pop-up window where you can enter the URL of your new FeedBlitz feed. Click OK in the pop-up when you're done and then save changes.

Connect to FeedBlitz

FeedBlitz's enhanced feed feature is great, but may still be confusing for some of your readers, especially those who may be less web-savvy. In this case, we recommend checking out FeedBlitz's email subscription feature. This allows you to create an email sign-up form to place in the sidebar of your blog. After readers sign up through this, they will start receiving an email each time your blog is updated - a great way to remind them to come back and read your latest!

Are you using FeedBlitz subscription services for your blog? Are there other services you would recommend to keep readers coming back? Let us know in the comments!