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Customizing Your About Page

Your About Page is a special place to display information about yourself to let your visitors know more about your interests.  The About Page for every site is located at http://example.typepad.com/about.html.
(or http://example.blogs.com/about.html if your site is at the blogs.com domain)

Customize your About Page in your Control Panel > Profile > About Page. Here you can select the items that you wish to include on your About Page, and assign a style for the display. Use the subnavigation on the Profile tab to switch between “About Page” and “Profile” for quick setup.

Choosing the Content to Display on Your About Page

Here you can choose to display your profile contact information, and your biography info, and also TypeLists containing items that you enjoy.

Consider what sort of content you feel comfortable allowing the general public to view. For example, if you do not wish to be contacted by email, do not include your email address. Be extremely cautious when including personal information such as your location (other than a general area) or other forms of contact information. If in doubt, just omit any information, as you can always add it in later.

Here are the items you can select to display on your About Page. These are taken from the information entered in your Author Profile:

Name
Your first and last name.
Nickname
Your profile nickname. You can enter anything you would like for this.

Tip: Name Display

By default, your full name (your first and last name) will be displayed as the banner title for your About Page. If you would rather not display your full name on your About Page, to preserve your anonymity or for any other reason, you can choose to either display your “Nickname”, or no name at all, in which case “About Me” will be displayed as the title of your About Page.

Photo
The photo that you have uploaded in your author profile for “Your Photograph”.
Email
If you choose to display your email address on your About Page or your weblog sidebar, your address will be automatically encoded for protection against most spam harvesters. However, if you are concerned about privacy, keep in mind that the most surefire way to protect against spam harvesters is to never display your email address at all.
AIM Name
If you use AOL Instant messenger (www.aim.com), you can display your AOL user name so visitors can instant message you via this method.
ICQ Number
If you use ICQ messenger (www.icq.com), you can display your ICQ user name so visitors can instant message you via this method.
Yahoo! ID
If you use Yahoo! messenger (messenger.yahoo.com), you can display your Yahoo! user name so visitors can instant message you via this method.
MSN Messenger
If you use MSN Messenger (messenger.msn.com), you can display your MSN user name so visitors can instant message you via this method.
Web address (URL)
This is the Web Address (URL) that you have entered in your profile.
Location
Your country.
Biography
Your Extended Biography -- HTML is allowed in this area if you would like to add extra formatting here.
One-Line Bio
Your One-Line Biography.
Interests
Your Interests.
Amazon Wishlist
A link to your Amazon Wishlist.
PGP Key
Your PGP key.

Displaying TypeLists on Your About Page

You can also check the boxes for the TypeLists that you would like to display on your About Page.

Show the TypeLists that are also shown on your weblog sidebar, or create new TypeLists for special use on your About Page.

Choosing a Style for Your About Page

Use the “Choose a style for your About Page” drop-down menu on the About Page setup to choose a style to apply to your About Page. Select to use the default About Page style, or use the same style that a weblog uses, or Plus and Pro members can create a new basic template in the Weblogs > Design > Edit Template Sets to use for the About Page style.

To preview your changes, click the Preview button, and a preview of your page will open in a new window. When you are satisfied with the appearance of your page, click the Save and Publish button for your changes to be applied to your website.

Customizing an Advanced About Page (Pro)

Pro members have the option of selecting to use the About Page default template (as explained above) or using a custom About Page template. With a custom About Page template, enter the HTML and TypePad Tags in the text field to create your design.

Tip: MTUserSiteURL

An About Page does not “belong” to a specific weblog so it does not make sense to use the <$MTBlogURL$> tag in an advanced About Page template. Use <$MTUserSiteURL$> instead, adding the necessary directory information for the weblog that you are referring to.

Important Note: If you're not comfortable writing/editing HTML, you should continue using the default About Page template above.

TypePad Tags for Displaying Author Profile Information:

Name = <$MTUserFullName$>

About Page Title = <$MTUserAboutPageTitle$> (Your first and last name is used for the About Page title. If Nickname but not Name is selected to display on about page, Nickname is used. If neither are selected, “About Me” is used)

Profile Photo = <$MTUserPhoto$>

Email Address = <$MTUserEmail$> (automatically spam-protected as described above)

AIM Name = <$MTUserAIM$>

ICQ Number = <$MTUserICQ$>

Yahoo! ID = <$MTUserYahoo$>

MSN Messenger = <$MTUserMSN$>

Web address (URL) = <$MTUserURL$>

Location = <$MTUserLocation$>

Biography = <$MTUserBio$>

One-Line Bio = <$MTUserMiniBio$>

Interests = <$MTUserInterests$>

Amazon Wishlist = <$MTUserWishlist$>

PGP Key = <$MTUserPublicKey$>

PGP Key Link = <$MTUserPublicKeyLink$>

Your example.typepad.com address = <$MTUserSiteName$>

Your http://example.typepad.com/ address = <$MTUserSiteURL$>

Your TypePad registration date = <$MTUserStartDate$>

Displaying TypeLists on Your Advanced About Page

Use TypeList Tags to display TypeLists in an advanced template.

Setting a Style for Your Advanced About Page

Configure the style by embedding the style for your About Page, or connect to an existing stylesheet by linking to it.

To preview your changes, click the Preview button, and a preview of your page will open in a new window. When you are satisfied with the appearance of your page, click the Save and Publish button for your changes to be applied to your website.

You can also use the user tags in an advanced index or archive template.