Beginning this week, we've introduced some exciting changes to the comment service on TypePad. The changes will be subtle at first, but over time will provide you with more control over your comments and a better experience for your readers. We'll be rolling these changes out to customers in waves over the next several weeks; look for new comment display options in the TypePad dashboard to know when they're available on your blog(s).
- Comment pagination. TypePad will now automatically "paginate" your comments into multiple sets, which will make your comment discussions easier to read and make them faster for your readers to download. By default, entries on your blog will show the first 25 comments left on a post, and then allow your readers to click to the "next page" of comments to read the next 25, and so on.
- Set your comment pagination preferences. We know that control over your blog's look and feel is one of the key reasons why you use TypePad. With comment pagination we're introducing a new set of preferences for your blog where you can define how many comments to show in a set (between 1 and 50), as well as the labels you want to use for the "next" and "previous" links. Don't like "next" and "previous"? Then change the labels to "Read more comments" and "Go back." Or "Mooooore" and "Lesssss." Or anything you like.
- Faster comment publishing. Behind the scenes we're making big changes to the comment service that will deliver faster publishing.
The improvements we're announcing today are just the beginning; look for more announcements in the coming weeks on Everything TypePad.
After the jump, learn more about why we're making this change, how you will know when it's been turned on for your blog, how you can make sure your archives get the changes, and where you can learn more about the new features. This Knowledge Base article has detailed information about the new comment pagination features.
Why are you making this change?
It's simple -- commenting is a critical part of blogging, and we want to make the comment service on TypePad as robust as possible. We've listened to your feedback, scoured our wishlist and have planned changes that will provide more control to TypePad bloggers, more convenience to commenters, and more functionality for the readers who follow the conversation.
When will I see the changes?
We will be rolling out the new features to everyone as soon as possible. To ensure a smooth transition, we will be converting groups of users over the next 6-8 weeks.
How will I know if my account has been upgraded?
After you are upgraded, you will notice the new comment display preferences in your blog's feedback settings page, and if a post of yours gets more than 25 comments you'll see the appropriate changes appear on your blog.
Can you upgrade me now?
We'll be rolling out upgrades as quickly as we can; if you're interested in beta testing new functionality, you can let us know by filing a support ticket and asking to be placed on the list of potential beta testers.
What if I use Advanced Templates?
We will be providing these features to users of Advanced Templates. Users with Advanced Templates are not part of today's release, but the features will be rolled to those users in the next several weeks. At that time we will be providing a full set of documentation regarding how you can apply new template tags to your blog to provide paginated comments.
What about my old posts?
The changes on your blog's old posts will be visible when that individual entry is republished for any reason. For example, if someone leaves a comment, that entry is republished and has more than your preferred number of comments per page, then you'll see the new functionality on that page.
Where can I learn more?
This Knowledge Base article has detailed information about the new comment pagination features and will be kept up to date as we add more options for setting your comment preferences.