In case you missed it, we over at Typepad have been hard at work introducing a ton of new things for you to play with. Let's take a look at all of the new goodies!
First up, we have the Post Carousel, which adds a slideshow of the latest posts to the top of your blog.
We didn't want to make your sidebars jealous, so we've also introduced the Sidebar Carousel as well. This is similar in concept, but highlights a specific category in your sidebar as opposed to all of your latest posts. Have more than one category you want to highlight? Add as many Sidebar Carousels as you like!
Continuing the fun with sidebars, we've got the Spotlight Posts widget as well as the Copyright and Introduction widgets.
The Spotlight Posts widget displays a list of posts from a category in your sidebar, even giving you the option to show the thumbnail for the first image in the post along with the post excerpt.
The Copyright and Introduction widgets come pre-loaded with some text that we think is useful: the Copyright widget contains the HTML code for the copyright symbol and your blog's name and the Introduction widget contains a few sentences to give you some ideas. The text for both of these widgets can be edited as you like.
Finally, the new Signature Module is a great way to add signature images, sign-offs, advertisements, or anything else you want to have automatically inserted into the bottom of each post. Add it once and it's applied to all of your posts so that you don't have to copy and paste the same thing in each time.
We've also made some changes to our Disqus comment integration and would love it if you'd give it a whirl on your blog. We're particularly interested in those blogs using domain mapping and would ask that you open a ticket or reply back so that we can take a look at your integration.
In addition to all of this, we also released a new responsive theme called Gourmet that comes in both Spicy and Sweet designs. We think you'll love both its responsive functionality - which allows it to look great on all types of browsers and devices - and its fantastic design.
It's important to note that many of these features are for the Beta team only, so if there's something you want to try out but don't see, swing by the Account tab. From there, check the Beta team option, save your changes, and you'll see all of this Typepad goodness at your fingertips!