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Publish Twitter Posts On Your Blog With The Help Of IFTTT

IFTTT and Twitter

IFTTT is a great platform that allows different apps, web services, and devices to communicate with each other. These are called Applets and you can set as many applets as you like.

All blog posts don't need to be 1000 words long. Sometimes 280 characters are all you need. IFTTT allows you to create an applet so Twitter can communicate with Typepad and publish a post when you use a specific hashtag.  Easily share your Twitter posts to your blog readers. 

Create a IFTTT Account

From IFTTT.com you will need to create an account. Click on Sign Up to create an account. You can use Google, Facebook, or Email. Once you create your account, you can create an applet. 

Get Your Secret Typepad Email

In Typepad, click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog. Click on the Settings tab, then Post By Email. Copy the Secret Address and save it somewhere safe so you can use it to create your Applet. 

Create an IFTTT Applet

Click on the down arrow next to your account name, then on New Applet. Select +this then select Twitter.

If ThisSelect "New tweet by you with hashtag". This will set a trigger to publish any Twitter post that uses a specific hashtag on your blog.

Step 2 Choose A Trigger edited

Enter your hashtag and Create Trigger. Enter a hashtag that you don't use often. Whenever you use this hashtag, it will trigger this Applet and post to your blog. 

Add A Hashtag

Now you want to click on That, then select Gmail. From Gmail, click on Send An Email.

Gmail Action

Email set upNext to Email Address you will enter your secret Typepad email address. This email address is used to publish posts to your blog from your email.

The subject will be your blog post title. We recommend using something that can be used multiple times (like Twitter Musings from @ (UserName)).

The body of your post will by default include: the Tweet, link to your Twitter account, and links to show it was created by IFTTTT. 

You can add to what is published as well by adding more the body of the email. After you have customized the body, select Create Action.

Now you can review the applet and click Finish. 

Finished Review

Now that you created one Applet, explore IFTTT.com and see what others useful Applets you can create. 


Blog Smarter with Master Templates

Blog Smarter with Master Templates


Everyone has heard the saying "Work smarter, not harder." At Typepad, we are here to give you tips and tricks to make sure your blog is a success! Today we are going over how to create a Master Template for sharing recipes.  

First, you want to copy the code below and put it into a new blog post by clicking on the HTML tab on the Compose page. 

Code For Recipe Template

Now click on the Rich Text tab to see the post and make changes. 

TIP: Name this post Master Recipe and save it as a draft. Make any changes to the font, color, and branding you want to have in every post.  Change the status to Draft and click Save. Now you have code to reference for future blog posts. 

Table For The Recipe

The recipe is in a 1x2 table. This gives you a section for the ingredients and a section for the instructions. You can change the background of the table to match your brand colors. 

To edit the background color, click in the table then click on the Table Properties icon in the bar under the table. On the Advanced tab, click on the little square to select a color. Put in the hex value or RGB values of the color you want. Click Ok. You will see that color in the little box and the hex value next to it. Click OK to save your changes. 

You can do the same thing to add a border around the table. Keep in mind this will add a border around each cell. 

Advanced Table
Recipe TemplateAdd Code To New Post

Now that you have the Master Template post set up, you want to save it as a draft. Next to Status click on the drop down and select Draft, then Save. 

When you are ready to create a new recipe post, search for the Master Recipe post and click on the title to go to the Compose page. From the Compose page, click on the <> button to view the source code, copy the source code. Next, click on the Posts tab, and create a new post. Click on the <> button and paste in your code. Select Ok. 

Adding A Printed Version

Some home chefs don't like to have their phones out while they are preparing food. Always offer a way for your readers to print out your recipes. We recommend that you write them up in a document and save as a PDF. PDF's are easy to upload, download, and print on a multitude of devices. Look for 'Print Recipe' in the recipe template, then click on the File icon. Choose the PDF file of your recipe, then click OK to upload and link it to the highlighted text. The 'Print Recipe' text will change to 'Download NAME OF FILE'" where "NAME OF FILE" is italicized but not capitalized like in my example here. You can keep the default text or customize the text by clicking the newly made link and editing the text in the 'Change the Text to Display' field. Click OK to save the change. TIP: The Jump To Recipe link is an anchor link that is already set up to go down to the recipe. No need to change anything. 

Image Gallery

The Image Gallery is a great way to display your images. You can add images of you creating the dish or of your family and friends enjoying the meal. 

To change the images in the image gallery, select one image, then click on the Insert Image icon. Choose file and select all the images you want to add.

Image Gallery

Tip: Hold down CTRL to select multiple images if you are using Windows. If you are using a Mac, hold down CMD. 

Select Insert Images to add the images to the scroll bar. Once you have added your images, you can delete our images. Select the Image and tap delete on your keyboard.

To change the text, click on the text and delete what is written. Now type in what you want to add.

We recommend using a master template to save time with formatting and managing images. We provided one example of how such a template could be used, but we'd love to learn what other types of templates you would like to see. Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions!


Start Fresh This Spring With A New Design From Typepad Design Services!

Spring Sale
 
Have you taken a look at your blog on a mobile device lately? Is your blog mobile-friendly or responsive? There are plenty of free tools to use in order to find out.  If you do not have the time to create a responsive theme for your blog, allow Typepad Design Services to help you! Typepad Design Services includes Tune-Up service and Custom Design service for an additional fee. We will work with you to create an amazing blog that is everything you could wish for.
 
When we receive a request to update a blog design, we always refer to the Nimble Design Lab to get started and build your design around this theme.  This includes creating a Test Blog in your account so we can tweak your new design and make it just right.
 
We are excited to offer you this special Spring Sale on our Tune Up and Custom Design Services! This sale is good until April 30th, 2019.  After our free consultation, we will charge the credit card or PayPal account on file.

Tune Up Service

  • Blog Evaluation and Custom Report
  • Implementation of Changes
  • Wrap Up
 
Originally $349
Now $279
 
Follow the link and complete the form on the right. Add the secret code: 25TuneUp after your last name so our designer knows to give you the discount.

Custom Design

  • Free quote before you start
  • Design Creation
  • Banner Design
  • Design Implementation
Originally $200 an hour
Now $150 an hour
 
Follow the link and complete the form on the right. Add the secret code: 25Custom in the Custom Design Request box so our designer know to give you a discount.
 
When was the last time you updated your blog design? Are you using a Responsive theme for your blog? 

New Services On Other Accounts


New Services On Other Accounts

We have been busy at Typepad reviewing social media services that help bloggers get their message out to the world. Using our Other Accounts tab, you can add your personal link to these sites on your Typepad blog. Here is our new list of Other Accounts you can add! Take a moment and review everything. You may find a new platform to showcase your blog. 

500px

A leading network for photographers to discover and share incredible photos, gain global exposure, and get paid for their work and skills.

Audible

Audible allows you to download and listen to a wide selection of audio books. Find something that educates, entertains or inspires your mind. Review your favorite books and share them with your readers. 

Bandcamp

Bandcamp is a publishing platform for musicians. Sell your music or support the artists by directly purchasing their creations.

Codepen

CodePen is a social development environment. It allows you to write code in the browser, and see the results of it as you build.

DeviantArt

DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts. They believe that art is for everyone, and they are creating the cultural context for how it is created, discovered, and shared.

Dribbble

Dribbble is a community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects. It is the leading destination to find and showcase the creative work of the worlds best design professionals.

eBay

eBay connects buyers and sellers from around the world. Explore to find the perfect unique gift or see who will love the products you create every day.

Etsy

Etsy is a market for handmade goods, vintage items, and supplies for making. The community is made up of independent creative businesses from around the globe.

Facebook and Facebook Page

Connect with friends, family, and your readers. Almost everyone is on Facebook and use it to stay in touch with those that are important to them. Facebook Page is for your business/blog to connect with your readers with updates that are important to them. 

Flickr

Flickr will display your photos for all your friends and family to see. Create amazing albums to easily share.

Foursquare

Foursquare helps you discover new places with recommendations from the community. Find a better experience, anywhere in the world.

GitHub

GitHub is the best place to share code. With all the collaborative features of GitHub, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write faster, better code.

Goodreads

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Share with your readers the books you love or the books you are looking forward to reading.

Instagram

Instagram is a platform that brings you closer to the people and things you love. Share with your readers your everyday life and what motivates you.

Last.fm

Last.fm allows you to create a profile, track what you listen to, and explore other cool music that is out there. Share with your readers your taste in music.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. Show off your professional knowledge with other industry leaders.

Patreon

Patreon is a membership platform that easily allows artists and creators to build relationships with subscribers and provide exclusive experiences for their "patrons". Make it easy for your readers to support you and all the work you do.

Pinterest

Pinterest is where you discover ideas. Share your ideas with your readers and discover new ones today!

Playstation

Playstation is for the gamer in all of us. Share your game with readers, learn about new games, and see what your fellow gamer friends are talking about. 

Ravelry

Ravelry is a great resource and community for yarn and fiber enthusiasts. Get inspired by others' work and keep track of your stash, tools, and projects.

Reddit

Reddit, the front page of the internet. Discover thousands of communities, endless conversations, and human connections.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a quick and easy way to connect with your readers with live stories. Give your readers a behind the scenes look of creating your blog or products.

Soundcloud

Soundcloud is a music and podcast streaming platform that lets you listen to millions of songs from around the world, or upload your own.

Spotify

With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment. Create and share music collections for your readers. Create a radio station of all your favorite music.

Stream

Stream is a space in which a variety of content creators can share their passions with the world through video streaming. Connect and interact with live audiences in real time.

Tumblr

Tumblr is your free space to share your interest and connect with others. Add your content and start a conversation.

Twitch

Twitch is a global community who come together to create their own unique entertainment. Share your gaming knowledge and experience with your readers.

Twitter

Be involved in the conversation with Twitter. Share your content and watch it influence the world.

Vimeo

Vimeo is all about videos. Share your videos with your readers or discover new ones.

Yelp

Yelp is your connection to find local businesses. Share your Yelp reviews and help others find amazing local businesses.

YouTube

YouTube gives everyone a voice and shares it with the world. Build your community and share your story.

Other

If you don't see a service you are on, the "Other" option allows you to add the profile URL and makes it easy for your readers to follow you. 

We challenge you to review all these services and try a new one out today. You may find an audience you never knew existed. 


Do You Login With Google+? You Will Want To Read This!


Do You Login With Google+_ You will want to read this!

If you have not heard, Google + is gone. At the end of last year Google announced they were shutting down Google + because they just were not meeting the expectations they set out for their customers. 

So what does this mean for Google + and Typepad? 

Well, you will want to review your blog and make a few changes if needed. Let's walk through those changes. 

Logging in with Google +

Some bloggers may be using Google + to log into their Typepad account. As of right now, your login will work. We believe at some point Google may disable the Google + authentication and we want you to have another way to access your account. 

Google Plus Login

We suggest you add an email address and password to your account. It is easy to add to your account and you can still use the Google + authentication. 

Click on the Account tab, next to Email Address enter your email address. Scroll down and click on Save Changes. We will then send you an email to verify the email address. Please click on the link in the email to verify the email address. 

Next, you need to add a password. On the Account tab, scroll down to Password.  Click the "Add a password" link. Then you will be prompted to add a password to your account. Once you have added a password, you can use the email address and password for your account to sign in instead of the external account.

Links to your Google + page

If you have a link to your Google + page, you want to check to make sure it is still working. Starting April 2nd, Google will start to remove content from the site. You want to make sure any links to your Google + are removed from your blog.

The most common way bloggers have links to their social media accounts is through Other Accounts. Click on the Account tab, then click on Other Accounts. Here you will see a list of social media sites you have linked to your Typepad account. Next to Google + click on Delete. You will get a pop up that ask if you want to delete this account, click on OK. 

Another way bloggers add links to their social media accounts is through the Embed Your Own HTML module. You will need to edit this module to remove the code for Google +. Click on the Design tab, then click on Content. Find the module that has your social media code and click on the pencil to edit. Remove the code for Google + then click on OK > Save Changes. 

If you are unsure how to remove the Google + icons from your blog, reach out to us. We are always happy to help. You can create a ticket in your account (Help > New Ticket) or email us at support@typepad.com. 


New Design Lab Features for the New Year!

New Design Lab Features for the New Year!

The new year is somehow already upon us, so we wanted to celebrate with two new feature additions to the responsive Design Lab!

The first feature is for subscribers that want to custom code their own banner while using one of these designs. This gives you the freedom to really customize your blog.

To add your own banner to your responsive Design Lab, go to Design > Banner, and you'll see the new option to "Code your own banner" in the bottom right.

Code Your Own Banner

Using this option, you can really personalize your banner area. For instance, A Small Orange, used this feature to code their own banner to include a search box:

Banner Example

This feature is currently for Beta Team members only, so make sure to go to the Account link in the top green bar of your Dashboard, and check the "Join the Typepad Beta Team" box to become a member of our Beta Team and give it a try!

Next up is the ability to highlight which page your readers are on in the Navigation Bar via Custom CSS when using the responsive Design Lab.

This requires the use of Custom CSS, so you will need to have our Unlimited plan or higher to make use of this feature. To do this, go to Design > Custom CSS and add the following CSS:

.currentnav {font-weight: bold !important; background-color: rgba(182,182,182,0.3)!important; border-radius: 20px !important; }

Once this has been added, any link in the Navigation Bar will have Custom CSS applied to it to make it stand out while a visitor is on that page.  You can see an example below with the Archives link in the Navigation Bar:

New Highlight Option for Navigation Bar

The CSS can also be edited to change the color, font, and more.

We hope you like these new additions to the responsive Design Lab!  As always, the Typepad Support team is here to help if you need assistance!


Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts Published in 2018

Top 10 Everything Typepad Posts Published in 2018

With 2019 quickly getting closer, we thought we would take a look at some of our more popular posts from 2018. There are some amazing gems here. Take a moment and review. Add these features to your blog in 2019 (or before 2018 ends)!

 

Rolling Out Of Beta: Sidebar Carousel

Sidebar carousel

If you're not familiar with the Sidebar Carousel, it places a slideshow of the images from one category of posts to your blog's sidebar. These pictures will then rotate, based on the various settings you can choose.

Back To Basics: Integrating Social Media With Your Blog

Back to Basics_ Integrating social media with your blog

With the popularity of social networks like Twitter and Facebook these days, integrating social media with your blog is a necessary strategy for helping readers find your content where they are. 

Can I Make My Blog Not Look Like A Blog? 

Can I make my blog not look like a blog

Did you know that your blog with Typepad does not have to look like a blog? If you have a business and you want to keep your blog but expand your web presence, you can build a website around your blog.

Rolling Out Of Beta: Post Carousel

Post Carousel

The Post Carousel adds a slideshow of the latest posts to the top of your blog. Photos from the most recent posts will rotate through the carousel. It's a great way to catch your reader's eye as they visit your blog.

Blogger Beware - What You Need To Know About Using Images On Your Blog

Blogger Beware

Images are a great way to draw attention to your blog post and give it some pizzazz! Sometimes we may want to use an image that we may not have in our personal photo folder. It’s so easy to do a Google search and just grab one that’s appealing from the results right? Wrong! Allow us to help you avoid any potential issues using unauthorized images.

Help! My Domain Name Does Not Work Without the WWW!

Domian with out www

Do you still type "www" when you visit a website? Or do you just type "example.com?" Why is that www even necessary? Learn more about your domain and how to forward your non-www domain to your www domain. 

Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar

Design Lab Sidebar and Posts

Our Design Lab allows you to customize your theme to fit your blog branding. Customize the font, color and size of your text in your blog posts and sidebar.

Amazing Tools To Aid In Blogging

Blogging Tools

There are many tools in a blogger's arsenal that help make blogging easy and fun. Learn about Pocket, Canva, Hootsuite and much more.

Design Lab: Navigation Bar

Navigation Bar

Your blog should be easy to navigate. There is nothing worse than getting lost trying to find information. Great blogs make it easy for readers to find information no matter how they came to the blog. Our Design Lab is here to make it easy to customize your navigation bar so readers can easily find the correct information.

We hope you had an great 2018 with us! In the comments tell us the feature you loved using this year or the feature you are going to add to your blog. 


Switching To a Mobile Design - Let Us Help With Typepad Design Services!

Switching To a Mobile Design - Let Us Help With Typepad Design Services!

For some of our long-time Typepad bloggers, the thought of redoing your entire blog design can be stressful. Where do you even start?  Usually when this request comes in, we first recommend creating a test blog so you can play around with our different responsive themes first before applying it to your main blog.

But what if you don't have the time to do all of that? Let Typepad Design Services help!  Typepad Design Services includes Tune-Up service and Custom Design service for an additional fee. We will work with you to create an amazing blog that is everything you could wish for.

When we receive a request to update a blog design, we always refer to the Nimble Design Lab to get started and build your design around this theme. Here are a few of the Design Services we loved!

Typepad_Service_PetBlogLady

Here is a great example of using a Landing Page with your mobile design.

Typepad_Service_C.Kenneally

When was the last time you updated your blog design? Are you using a Responsive theme for your blog? 


Add A Scroll Bar To Large Tables

Add A Scroll Bar To Large Tables

Sometimes you need to provide a lot of information in a table format. Large tables can be hard to read when they are shrunk down on mobile devices. You can quickly add a piece of code to your table to give it a horizontal scroll bar. When mobile readers view your blog, they can scroll through the table. 

First you will need to add your table. Click on the Table drop down and select Table. Highlight how many cells you will need. 

Create A Table

After you have inserted your table you can customize it by adding your content and changing the properties. 

Once your table is complete, click on the HTML tab on the top right of the compose page. Find the table in the HTML. The table starts with <table> and ends with </table>.  A great way to help block out this code is to put a space before and after the table code.  

Here is how it looks before you enter the code:

How code looks in the HTML tab

Above your <table> tag, add the following code: 

<div style="overflow-x:auto;">

After <\table> add the following code:

</div>

Here is how it looks after you add the code

How the code looks after

Save/Publish your changes, then click on the Rich Text tab to see your table. You may not see the horizontal scroll bar on the compose page, so preview or publish your post to see the scroll bar.

Check out the horizontal scroll bar in action. We have added it to the table below. You may need to reduce the size of your browser window or view this post on a mobile device to see the scroll bar at the bottom of the table.

  Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade Grade
Eric 75% 80% 100% 94% 87% 100% 79% 86% 92% 86%
June 95% 78% 100% 86% 73% 96% 97% 92% 86% 94%

When creating any post you need to make sure you keep your mobile readers in mind. When the table is viewed on a mobile device your readers will be able to horizontally scroll through all your columns and easily read your table. Make sure you are using one of our mobile themes so your blogs looks flawless on mobile devices. 

Go to your account now to get started!


2018: An Early Guide To The Shopping Holidays

2018_ An Early Guide To The Shopping Holidays

The holidays are coming. While you are getting your home ready for friends and family, think about your plans for your blog. You can give your blog a new look for the holidays and start planning your holiday promotions. Being prepared will make the holidays go by smoother. 

Dates

The main shopping holidays to start planning for: 

Halloween Tuesday, Oct 31st
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov 22nd
Black Friday, Nov 23rd
Small Business Saturday, Nov 24th
Cyber Monday, Nov 26thth
Giving Tuesday, Nov 27th
Hanukkah Begins Tuesday, Dec 2th
Hanukkah Ends Wednesday, Dec 10th
Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec 24th
Christmas Day Monday, Dec 25th
New Year's Day Sunday, Jan 1st

These are the main holidays that US customers expect to find promotions for. Use that to your advantage. These holidays encourage people to purchase gifts for their loved ones. 

You should have a plan for an overall promotion and each shopping holiday should have its own version of the promotion. If you are blogging for business, we recommend you take the time to think out a Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday strategy. These are the main shopping days readers plan for. Letting readers know you will be providing deals during these holidays will help them plan their shopping strategy.

Organizations to help you prepare

This is a one stop post to help you get started on your strategy. We did the research for you and prepared a list of places to start. Their websites are full of information that can help guide your holiday strategy. 

Small Business Saturday  Giving Tuesday

Create Material for your Small Business Saturday Promotions

Get your Community together for Small Business Saturday

Giving Tuesday Blog

Giving Tuesday's Tool Kit

Typepad Constant Contact

Call To Action Button

Pre-Schedule Posts

Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Prepare for Cyber Monday

Prepare for Giving Tuesday

Constant Contacts Holiday Blog

Constant Contact Holiday Planning

Hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to get found through social media. We have gathered a list of all the hashtags we could find for each of the shopping holidays and put them in an easy to read infographic for you to use! Use them along with your branded hashtags to help  promote your blog and deals. 

2018 Holiday season


You will feel relieved after all the planning is done and you can sit back and relax during this holiday season. What promotion strategies have worked for you in the past? What has not worked? What is your go to source to help get ideas for the coming shopping holidays? Share with your fellow Typepad Bloggers in the comments below!