When you're bit by the craft bug, it consumes your life like it has with Vicki at Knitorious. Vicki has been blogging with Typepad since 2004 in what started as a knitting blog. Knitorious has since grown into a space where she also shares her life with family, gardening, cooking, and other interests.
A top-level domain (TLD) is what comes after your web address. It is usually .com, .org, or .net. These would be the most common TLD out there. You may not know that there are many others that you can use to explain your blog and add pizzazz to your domain.
For example, you may be a band that runs a blog to keep your fans informed of all your tour dates, new albums and more. It would be fun to have a .fans TLD to help your blog stand out.
Here is a list of all the top-level domains offered by Typepad:
Wow! That is a lot of TLD to help you stand out.
Universally when you think of a domain, you automatically think of .com at the end. If you use a different TLD, we recommend you purchase the .com version of the domain and forward it to the main domain.
Forwarding is also handy if you have a commonly misspelled word in your domain, you can purchase the misspelled domain and forward it to the correct spelling of your domain.
Forward Your Domain
Let’s stick with our earlier example of the band. Their blog is at bandrules.fans, but they want fans who go to bandrules.com to land on their bandrules.fans site.
First, you will need to purchase the domain you want to forward (in our case bandrules.com). In Typepad click on the Account tab, then Domain Mapping. Here you can purchase your domain. After the domain is purchased do not map it to your blog.
Once you have purchased your domain, you will need to log into our domain registrar. This is different than your Typepad account.
Quick Tip: If you are unsure of the login information for the registrar, please contact us and we will be able to get you access to the account.
Once logged in, click on Login (Your Name), then My Account. Under Manage Orders, click on List/Search Orders. Here you will see a list of your domains. Click on the domain you want to forward (bandrules.com). Here you will see an overview of your order.
Scroll down to Domain Forwarding and click on Manage Domain Forwarding.
Add www to the Sub-domain prefix. Under Destination URL, select https:// from the drop down and add the www version of your main domain (in this example www.bandrules.fans).
Click on Advanced Settings to turn off URL Masking. Turn on Sub Domain Forwarding and Path Forwarding. Save your changes.
Now you have 2 domains pointing to your blog. You will not miss out on any readers of your blog if they don’t use the correct domain. Share with us what unique TLD you use for your blog in the comments.
Domain Mapping is set up using a CNAME Record to point your custom domain to your Typepad blog.
What is a CNAME?
CNAME is short for canonical name and is a record in the Domain Name System (DNS) which maps one domain to another. DNS can use other record types, but with Typepad, we use the CNAME Record.
Finding Your CNAME
The CNAME is the domain name for your Typepad account. Some examples are: superfriendscook.typepad.com and adventureswiththor.blogs.com. Go to Account and look for the Domain.
Once you know the CNAME, you can set up Domain Mapping. At your registrar, you will need to manage the DNS for your domain. Edit or add a CNAME for the domain's www alias or other subdomain.
The CNAME does not include https:// or any trailing /'s.
You can map a different custom domain to each blog in your Typepad account. However, the CNAME Record used to set up Domain Mapping will be the same. When you add the domain to your Typepad account, you select the blog to map the domain - not at your domain registrar.
It can take some time for the changes to the DNS to resolve. You can quickly check to see if the CNAME is in place using the tool here: https://mxtoolbox.com/ Enter the custom domain name in the text field and click MX Lookup. If your CNAME is listed next to the custom domain, you can continue with the Domain Mapping set up.
In Typepad, go to Account > Domain Mapping and click Begin Here to add your custom domain. Learn more.
With tax season just around the corner we thought it would be great to interview one of our prolific tax bloggers Paul L. Caron, Professor of Law and Dean at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. TaxProf Blog is a very popular tax blog, Dean Caron uses his years of knowledge of taxes to give insight into the latest news. He took a few moments to share with us (and our readers) his blogs and his thoughts about Typepad.
Can you tell us about yourself and your blog? Is it just you writing your blog or do you have a team that helps?
I am a former law school tax professor and am now a law school dean. I started TaxProf Blog on April 15 (appropriately for a tax blog), 2004. I do the blog myself, with several law professors contributing items every week.
Why did you start your blog? Can you tell us the back story to TaxProf?
It was the outgrowth of an email listserv I created for over 300 tax law professors on April 15, 1995. The listserv and blog have helped create a vibrant community of tax professors who share information and ideas about teaching and research.
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What is your process for writing a blog post?
I do most of my posts over the weekend and schedule them for publication during the week, so blogging does not interfere with my job as dean.
How do you find fresh topics to write about?
About 1/3 of the content comes over the transom from folks; the other 2/3 comes from various feeds with tax and legal education information.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to your blog?
My wife was on a bus going to work and a guy overheard her talking with a friend about my blog. He introduced himself and said he worked for the IRS and follows my blog.
What is your favorite feature in Typepad?
The stability of the platform.
What other programs/software do you use to help with your blog?
RSS feeds from various sources.
What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?
That it is not for everyone. I formed a network of over 50 blogs in other areas of law, but most of them have not taken off because the editors were not as committed to their blogs as I am to mine.
You have a few minutes, what is your go to tip about blogging?
Post, post, and post some more. A daily diet of posts help builds a following.
What blogs do you follow?
All of the leading tax and legal education blogs.
What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?
Continue to expand its reach (traffic).
Who or what inspires you to keep blogging?
I feel I am making a real contribution to tax law and legal education.
With more people starting a blog, what is one piece of tax or legal advice would you give bloggers?
Pay your taxes!
Thank you Dean Caron for taking the time to speak with us about your blog. We hope this interview will help with your goal.
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Valentine's Day is here and it has given us all the feels! We want to show everyone our team's favorite blogs. There are many reasons our team loves these blogs so check them out and see if you will fall in love too!
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