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Introducing Integrated Domain Registration and Mapping. Plus a Holiday Giveaway!

It used to be that setting up domain mapping, which allows you to use your own custom domain with your blog, required you to go through a third-party. You had to figure out what registrar to use, go through their site to set up a CNAME record, and then come back to Typepad to complete the process.

Typepad is all about making blogging as simple for you as possible.  With that in mind, we have paired with OrderBox for domain registration.  Now, at Account > Domain Mapping, you can help establish your brand by searching for, purchasing, and mapping a custom domain all from Typepad.

Most domains are very inexpensive (ranging from just a few dollars to $15 a year for registration), so it's a great way to strengthen your brand for not a lot of money.  You can map subdomains and it also comes with two e-mail addresses.

Domain registration is currently available to our Beta Team.

To register your domain within Typepad, you'll first go to Account > Domain Mapping.  Once there, you'll see this section:

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You'll first need to search for the domain name you'd like to use.  We have a variety of top-level domains like .com, .net, .eu, and more to choose from.  After you click the "Check Availability" button, you'll be redirected to OrderBox to choose the domain you'd like to register.  You'll complete the process there and get returned to Typepad to approve the agreement.  Once you've done that, you'll complete the registration from within Orderbox.

After doing that, you'll be sent back to Typepad where you'll see a new section called Domain Map with Typepad.  From there you can enter the subdomain you'd like to map with your new domain.  Most people will use the www, but you can map any subdomain like blog, shop, or more.

One you complete this, Typepad will begin the process of creating a CNAME record for your custom domain.  You won't need to go to another site or do anything else.

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You'll need to wait for the DNS to propagate which usually happens in less than 24 hours but can take up to 72 hours.  You'll know it's time to activate the domain mapping when you visit the domain URL and see the Typepad logo favicon. You can also verify that your CNAME record exists correctly. We have more information on this in our Knowledge Base.

We'd love to have some of our Beta Team members use this super handy feature! As a holiday gift from us, the first three members who register a new domain will get $14.95 (the cost of a Pro Unlimited account for one month) in credit applied to their Typepad account.

You'll still need to use your Typepad billing method to purchase the domain, but once you've done that, simply open a help ticket, one of our support team members will verify that you're one of the first three members, and will manually apply the credit to your account.

We're very excited for this new feature and hope you find it as useful as we do!   If you have any questions, we're always here, so just let us know!


Featured Book: My Berlin Kitchen

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop or charity a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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If you're looking for fun recipes to try out, check out Luisa Weiss' book My Berlin Kitchen. A food memoir including recipes learned from the three countries she grew up and lived in: Germany, Italy, and the United States. You can check out more of her recipes on her blog The Wednesday Chef.

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Typepad 101: Add third-party code for widgets and ads from trusted providers

Typepad offers many ways to incorporate third-party widgets, ads, and other tools on your blog. Many third-parties provide useful services to enhance your blog. However, it's always good to remember to only add code from trusted third-parties.

Recently, some Typepad bloggers learned this lesson the hard way when a previously respected website counter, Sitemeter, changed their terms of use and started adding pop-up ads and redirects via the script for their counter without warning to their users.

A third-party script is hosted by the provider, not you or Typepad, which means the script can be changed by the third-party provider any time. Hosting the script is convenient as the third-party provider is able to make improvements and fix bugs without the need for you to update your website with new code regularly. The downside is that the third-party script can be changed in a way which negatively impacts your blog, and you may not be notified in advance of the changes.

To avoid your blog from being seemingly hijacked by a third-party script, we have a few recommendations:

  • Only add widgets which enhance your blog content. Some widgets may be neat but not benefit visitors to your website on a regular basis. Also, a lot of third-party script can slow down loading of your blog. We previously published an article on making sure your sidebar content is relevant with helpful tips.
  • Add code from trusted third-parties only. Not sure who to trust? Ask the Typepad team by opening a help ticket! We look at hundreds of blogs every day and answer questions about various services that other bloggers are using. If we're not familiar with the particular widget or ad service, we'll check it out or recommend a similar service that we know other Typepad bloggers are using effectively.
  • Do some research. Use an online search, like Google, to check out the tool you want to add to your blog. Check out reviews from other bloggers to see if they encountered any issues. Look to see if the third-party provider has a contact information on their website so you can easily report a problem.

The above are just some recommendations to consider before adding code to your blog. Do you have any good or bad experiences with third-party code? Let everyone know in the comments.

If you do have Sitemeter code added to your blog, we would recommend removing it as soon as possible. Instead of Sitemeter, we recommend Google Analytics for getting advanced statistics for your blog.


Featured Charity: The Humane Society of the United States

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop or charity a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle gives a voice to animals by bringing awareness, confronting animal cruelty, and respecting the creatures we share our planet with on his own blog, A Humane Nation.

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Featured Shop: Cinnamon Pink

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop or charity a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Darlene Koppel is a mixed-media artist with a passion for pink which is commonly used in her work such as her Original Pink Rose Collage piece. She specializes in collage and watercolor paintings and has been featured in publications such as Artful Blogging, Somerset Holidays & Celebrations, Art Journaling and more. Follow along her creative inspirations on her Cinnamon Pink blog.

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Featured Shop: K Sarah Designs

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop or charity a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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K Sarah Designs was founded by Kristen Sarah Cripe, a decorator and crafter.  She has some lovely botanical prints and charts for sale in her Etsy shop for the Botanist in your life such as this Set of 6 Botanical Prints which would hang lovely in a kitchen or home office.

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Featured Shop: Heather Bailey

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop or charity a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Heather Bailey is a fabric and lifestyle designer. Her shop includes a variety of fabrics, sewing patterns, paper crafts, and more. Take advantage of her Big Holiday Sale which ends on Monday December 15th and check out her Holiday selection.

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Out of Beta: Disqus Integration for Typepad

Previously we announced that optional Disqus integration for Typepad was available to our Beta members.

After further refinements, we're pleased to announce that we've begun rolling Disqus out to the rest of our subscribers.  Some of you will already see this option at Settings > Comments with everyone else having the feature released to them in the upcoming weeks.

You can learn more about how to integrate Disqus comments in your blog in our Knowledge Base.

As always, if there's something you need help with, or have any questions on, just leave us a comment or open a help ticket!  We always happy to help!


Featured Charity: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop or charity a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Today we would like to change things up and feature a charity. Amongst all the shopping we do this time of the year, we must remember to take time to give to good causes.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a non-profit working to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay through education, advocacy and education.

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