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Kukuli Peruvian Cuisine Looks Delicious

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Beatriz has a passion for Peruvian food and decided to start a blog to share her love with others. To get Kukuli Peruvian Cuisine up and running, she signed up for a Power Launch Service. We worked with her to set up her own custom URL and subscription and sharing tools for the blog, streamlined the blog navigation and sidebar, and set up other recommended TypePad features. Finally, we created a new banner image for her blog that highlights some of the things she loves best about Peru and its culture. This gives Kukuli Peruvian Cuisine a unique, stand-out look. Beatriz is very happy with her new blog and so are we.

Ready to start a blog but not sure what you need to do? Or just need some extra help setting everything up? Check out our Power Launch Service. And don't forget to visit Kukuli Peruvian Cuisine for a food blog with a difference.

P.S. You can view this and many other great blogs in our portfolio.


Introducing Scene: Echo Park, a New Theme from TypePad

Today we're introducing Echo Park, a great new theme in the Scene series.

Scene Theme - Echo Park

Echo Park's release continues the modern and clean lines unveiled with Urban Borough, but includes a feminine, city chic vibe that we're really digging.

Bundled in with this release are adjustments for issues some of you mentioned in the comments of the previous release's post. Now you should notice the following:

  • navigation bar items no longer have a border in the non-hover state, so if you change the background color of the navigation bar, that will no longer be noticeable
  • when the search module code is added to the navigation bar (note: must be between <li> and </li> tags) it sits better within the margins of the navigation bar itself
  • "continue reading" link, as well as extended entry post text, match the size of the rest of the text
  • images within a blockquote that are floated to the left or right no longer break the blockquote style
  • improved alignment for the blog footer when using the Opera browser

If you notice anything else, please let us know and we'll investigate those issues further, but most everything previously brought up should now be corrected.

We hope you'll let us know what you think about the Scene themes so far. Keep your eyes open for the last two still to come!


Elephantine

NAME: Rachel Blakley
BLOG: Elephantine
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2007
WHY WE THINK ELEPHANTINE ROCKS: Rachel Blakely is a jewelry maker, cook, and writer. Elephantine is a blog that features handmade goods, fashion, photography, recipes, and short stories, all wrapped up in a clean, gorgeous design. Rachel's posts are interesting to read and lovely to look at - an instant bookmark for lovers of clean lines and intriguing lives.

Elephantine

FOLLOW ELEPHANTINE: on Facebook and TypePad.


Did You Know?: Adding a Navigation Bar

You might have visited a TypePad site in the past and noticed navigation links under the banner. If you’ve ever wondered how to add these own links to your site, your biweekly “Did You Know?” post is here to help!

It’s very easy to add a navigation bar to the top area of your blog, right under your banner. Simply go to Design > Content, click the pencil icon for Navigation Bar, and, with the Simple configuration, type in the link titles and URLs that you want to use. Our Knowledge Base also has more information on how to do this.

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For those Pro Unlimited subscribers, you can also use Custom CSS to give your navigation bar even more options.

If you’re looking for even more choices for your navigation bar, like adding a script or your own HTML, there’s additional information under the Advanced Navigation Bar Configuration section or, if you're feeling really adventurous, you can add images to your blog's navigation bar instead.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!


Featured Friday: A Day In The Life

Lately on Featured TypePad, we've brought you a great sampling of folks who write about their daily lives, from crafters to moms to actors and local life enthusiasts. Call them personal blogs or life streams, this week's Featured Friday roundup is all about bloggers who give us a glimpse into their day-to-day via words and photos. We hope that these blogs will inspire you to start a personal blog! If you already have one, leave your link in the comments! We'd love to check it out.



Mill Valley Life


Peck Life


Wil Wheaton - WWdN: In Exile


Wil Wheaton

NAME: Wil Wheaton
BLOG: WWdN: In Exile
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2004
WHY WE THINK WIL WHEATON ROCKS: As an actor, author, and champion of geek culture, Wil Wheaton is essentially a household name in blogging circles. But even if you're not familiar with his current incarnation as rock star blogger and actor (you can see him in Eureka, Leverage and The Big Bang Theory, to name a few), then think back to his benchmark roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers, followed by Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you're into pop culture at all, Wil Wheaton is hard to miss.

Wil has been an active TypePad blogger forever, and he's a big favorite amongst the TypePad team. His blog posts are well written, entertaining, and often thought-provoking glimpses into his every day life. Do yourself a favor and get to know him!

Wil Wheaton

FOLLOW WIL WHEATON: on Twitter and TypePad.


Keep It Simple: Add custom social media icons

TypePad offers the Other Accounts feature to display icons which link to your social media accounts, like Facebook and Twitter. If you have an account not listed at Account > Other Accounts or if you want to use your own icons, you can quickly add your own social media icons to your blog's Navigation Bar, Blog Footer, or sidebar.

First, you'll need to find the social media icons you prefer to use. There are many free social media icons online which you can search for or grab the buttons directly from the website you want to link.

For example, Pinterest has an icon available in their Goodies section.

After you have found the icons you want to use, you can upload the icons to your TypePad account at Library > File Manager.

The image URLs will be similar to:

http://example.typepad.com/pineterest-icon.jpg
http://example.typepad.com/rss-icon.jpg
http://example.typepad.com/facebook-icon.jpg
http://example.typepad.com/twitter-icon.jpg

Add the image tags to the code to make the images display:

<img src="https://example.typepad.com/rss.png" />
<img src="https://example.typepad.com/pinterest.png" />
<img src="https://example.typepad.com/twitter.png" />
<img src="https://example.typepad.com/facebook.png" />

To add the icons to the Blog Footer, go to Design > Content and click the pencil icon next to the Blog Footer module. Using the Simple configuration, enter the image tag for the first icon into the Title field. In the corresponding URL field, enter the URL for the website you wish to link the icon. Repeat for each icon and click OK. Finally, click Save Changes to update your website.

Similarly, you can add the icons to the Navigation Bar.

If you want to display larger social media icons, you may want to add the icons to your blog's sidebar. After uploading the images and adding the image tag to the image URL, you'll also need to add the code for the link.

Start with the image URL:

http://example.typepad.com/pineterest-icon.jpg

Add the image tag:

<img src="https://example.typepad.com/pinterest.png" />

Add the link tag:

<a href="http://pinterest.com/username"><img src="https://example.typepad.com/pinterest-lg.png" /></a>

Replace "http://pinterest.com/username" with the actual URL for the image you wish to link.

The full code for our RSS, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter buttons is:

<a href="http://example.typepad.com/my-blog/atom.xml"><img src="https://example.typepad.com/rss-lg.png" /></a> <a href="http://pinterest.com/username"><img src="https://example.typepad.com/pinterest-lg.png" /></a> <a href="http://twitter.com/typepad"><img src="https://example.typepad.com/twitter-lg.png" /></a> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/TypePad/5739054247"><img src="https://example.typepad.com/facebook.png-lg" /></a>

Replace the URLs in the example with the actual URLs for your accounts and images.

Additional information is available in the Knowledge Base on adding sidebar images.


Peck Life

NAME: Emily
BLOG: Peck Life
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2010
WHY WE THINK PECK LIFE ROCKS: Peck Life is a scrapbook of family life, giving readers a peek into Emily's day-to-day with her husband and baby boy, but that's not all! Peck Life features other other great stuff like craft projects, gardening, photography, and a myriad of other happy-making things!

Peck Life is an awesome example of what our bloggers can do with a little elbow grease and a DIY attitude! Emily designed the blog herself, using basic templates and CSS, and a little help from our Support Team when needed (always happy to be there whenever you get stuck). The result? A fantastic, inspiring blog in no time!

Peck_life

FOLLOW PECK LIFE: on Facebook and TypePad.


Mill Valley Life

NAME: Liz Greer
BLOG: Mill Valley Life
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2011
WHY WE THINK MILL VALLEY LIFE ROCKS: Mill Valley is a beautiful Northern California town full of creative, unique, and outspoken people who appreciate a combination of natural resources and easy access to San Francisco. "Mill Valley Life" is a neighborhood blog dedicated to building community by sharing stories of the common experiences of its residents, and covering items that are important to locals but often overlooked by traditional news outlets - an eclectic blend including everything from lost pets and spotted owl sightings to local neighbor profiles and new small business establishments.

Not a Mill Valley resident? Take heart! Mill Valley Life offers folks all over the world a slice of life in an idyllic small town environment. Have a look inside!

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FOLLOW MILL VALLEY LIFE: on Twitter and TypePad.


Got a TypePad tip? Share it with others in our Get Satisfaction forum!

Have you ever found something so cool that you just couldn’t wait to put it on your own blog? Once you added it, though, you wanted to make sure that EVERYONE knew about this amazing thing you found. A good way to do this is to head over to our Get Satisfaction forum and tell everyone about it.

We’ve even started a few discussion threads ourselves, so if you’ve got thoughts on chat widgets, calendar widgets, or recommendation widgets, we’d love to hear them!

Remember that sharing your thoughts can even get you the illustrious title of TypePad Get Satisfaction Champion along with some free TypePad time applied to your account to boot! Plus, you get to help out your community and who doesn’t love to do that?