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This week in updates: Commenting, Themes, and more

We’re doing a ton of work on the preview of the all new TypePad (already in beta). We’re working on getting it ready for everyone to preview and work with in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can read the Beta Blog to find out more about how the preview is shaping up, and how your feedback has informed and inspired our development.

For everyone this week, we’ve made some great updates and improvements, focusing on fixes that have been the most requested by you in the TypePad community, and with more to come in the coming weeks, especially around commenting. This week's update includes:

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  • Signing in to external services using TypePad as an Open ID wasn’t working for some people as expected - we’ve fixed this now, and more fixes are coming next week.
  • Previous/Next links to navigate back and forth in your comments is now working as expected again.
  • Posts closed for comments were still getting comments – let us know if you still see this happening.
  • TypePad Connect: External logins with Facebook, Google, et cetera, are now showing the correct name.
  • TypePad Connect: Flagging one comment as SPAM no longer hides all comments on that post.

We’ve done some housekeeping fixes, too, to make some features you like in TypePad are more intuitive. We updated the confirmation message you see when you're deleting a blog: now it is much more clear, so that you don’t delete something by mistake. We’re also planning to shift the delete blog function to be less prominent, so you don’t accidentally delete something important when you don’t intend to.

Changes to your credit card or billing address will now show under your “Billing History”, making it easier you to see what’s going on in your account.

My personal favorite feature for this week is that all new blogs will default to our new Journal Black theme. It’s been this same blue default theme when you get started with a new blog for WAY too long! Journal is cool, because you can do all sorts of neat things with it, like using a background image, or customize it without advanced templates. Read more about how to do that and other ways to make your blog beautiful at our designer Jim Ramsey’s blog: allaboutblogdesign.com

There’s more to come that’s even more exciting. Got a favorite feature you want to see? Let us know in the comments.
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