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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

  Facebook Profile to a Facebook Page

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!


How Can Readers Subscribe To Your Blog?

How Can Readers Subscribe To Your Blog_

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.


Is Your Twitter Card Enabled?

Twitter Card

With all the changes going on with Social Media, one thing remains - Twitter is still a popular platform to share your blog content.  There are so many eyes scrolling through Twitter, you want to make sure your tweet stands out. Typepad made it easier to automatically share your blog posts using Twitter Cards.   

All you need is your Twitter handle to get started.  Go to Settings > Sharing, scroll to the Twitter Card section. Enter the Site and Creator handles for your Twitter accounts, preceded by the @ symbol (e.g. @typepad). This can be the same handle for both fields if you do not have a separate account for your blog.

Twitter.card2After saving your changes, you can prepare your blog post like usual.  Be mindful of your first uploaded image in your post as this will be the image that will appear in your Twitter card.  The more visually intriguing, the better!

Twitter.card

Here's another tip - Twitter Cards allows your tweet to go beyond 280 characters. The card shows the content’s title and description, so you have room in your tweet to draw people in to check out your post.  

Now that tweets show in search engine results, Twitter Cards provide more meta information which could potentially drive additional traffic to your blog. Twitter Cards are a great way to drive traffic and engagement to your blog and make it easier for followers to share (retweet) your post.  


Spotlight Your Categories On A Front Page

Spotlight Categories

If you don't want a traditional blog structure you can use our Front Page feature to showcase different categories in your blog. Readers can click on an image link and see all the posts in that category. 

Full Site Image

First, you will need to create a page to be used as your Front Page. Customize the page with the text you want, then add the images you created for your categories.

TipWhen designing the image you want to use, we recommend Canva. It is a great editing tool to help you create custom images. Check out our article "Using Canva and Picmonkey to create stunning visual content for your blog" to learn more about using Canva. In our example, the image size was 1000 X 300 pixels wide. 

After you have inserted your images, you need the URL’s to the categories you want to showcase. Go to your blog archive, either by clicking on the link in your navigation bar or adding archives.html at the end of your URL.

Archive in Nav Bar

Click on the category you want to showcase and save the URLs somewhere. Once you have a list of your category URLs, go back to your page and make the images a clickable link.

Front Page Archives

To make an image a clickable link, click on the image, then click on the Insert/Edit Link button. Add the category URL, then click OK. Do this to all the images you added.

Once you have the front page exactly how you want it, you need to make it the front page. Click on the Settings tab, then click on Posts. Scroll down to Front Page, then select Display a “Page” as the front page. In the drop down, select the page you created. Scroll to the bottom and click on Save Changes.

  Front Page Feature

We did our example with a one column template. This will move all your modules to the bottom of your blog. Create a test blog to make these design changes. Once you have the design perfect, you can apply it to your current blog. 

Show off your new blog in our comments! Tell us how do you make your blog, not look like a blog. 


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

Complete Registration ET

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!  


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! 

 


How To Use Constant Contact To Keep Your Readers Engaged

Typepad and Constant Contact

Keeping your blog posts in front of your readers is important to help them stay informed and up to date. They may not be on your blog or social media sites to see new posts or promotions. A great way to make sure your readers never miss a blog post is to create a sign up list. A mailing list is a great way to stay connected with your readers.

There are many email marketing companies out there and one we recommend and use is Constant Contact. Constant Contact is an email marketing company that helps you create and send professional looking emails to your readers. A great feature they offer is creating a customizable sign up form for your blog. You can customize the sign up form in Constant Contact and either link or embed the form on your blog. If you look to the right, you will see our email sign up button (sign up today!).

Add An Email Sign-Up Form To Your Blog

Typepad Sign Up Form
Join our mailing list!

After you create your sign up form in Constant Contact, you are given multiple choices to display your form. You can create a button, embed your form, or link to your form.

If you choose to embed your form or button; in Constant Contact they will give you code to add to your blog. You can use the Embed Your Own HTML module to add it to your blog's side bar. Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Content. Under Categories, select Widget > Embed Your Own HTML. Click on Add This Module to get a window to add your code. Next to Label give your module a title (Like Newsletter sign up or Join Mailing List) then paste in your code in the HTML box. Click on OK and Save Changes. You will now see your sign up button or embed form on your blog!

When you create your sign up form, you can select to get the URL to your sign-up form. This is a great option if you want to use your own sign-up button (learn to create custom buttons). To add a clickable image to the sidebar of your blog, click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then content. Under Categories, select Widget > Add A Sidebar Image. Click on Add This Module to get a window to upload your own button image. Next to Target URL, you will paste the URL Constant Contact provides you. Click OK, then Save Changes. Your image is now a clickable link to your sign up form.

You can also add the link to your sign up form on your navigation bar. Click on the Blogs tab, then Design. Click on Content, then next to the Navigation module, click on the pencil. Add a title and then paste in the URL Constant Contact provides you. Click Ok, then Save Changes. Now readers can sign up on your navigation bar. 

Don’t leave your readers hanging after they sign up, Constant Contact also has a Weclome email you can customize. Welcome them to your mailing list by telling them what you will send them and why. Provide your readers with links to your social media sites and encourage them to like and follow. Speak about any promotions that are going on that they may be interested in.

Some other features you have access to if you use Constant Contact.

Autoresponder
Facebook Sign Up Form
Text to Join
Create a QR code for your sign up form

Get started today with Constant Contact with their free 30 day trial.