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Spotlight Posts To Draw Readers Into Your Blog

Spotlight posts to draw readers into your blog

Getting readers to come to your blog is only half the story when it comes to building your audience - you also want to keep them there exploring all your great content. One easy way to do this is by adding a Spotlight module to highlight some of your recent posts.

For most Typepad design themes, the Spotlight module will appear in the sidebar. However, if you're using a theme from the Nimble Design Lab with a one or two-column layout, an additional option is available to you - the Spotlight module can be placed directly under your posts and will appear in that location both on the main page and on archive pages. Blog visitors don't always look closely at sidebar content, but having the Spotlight module right under your posts means they'll see it as they finish reading. If they enjoyed your post and want to read more of what you have to say, there it is right in front of them! To set this up for your one or two-column Design Lab theme, head to the Design > Content page and add a Spotlight module:

Add the Spotlight module

When you add the Spotlight module, you'll see a pop-up window where you can configure how you want the spotlighted posts to appear:

Configure the Spotlight module

If you post a lot of photos to your blog, we recommend choosing the option to display a thumbnail image for each post - pictures catch the eye a lot more than text does. After you've configured the options you want and save them, the Spotlight module will be added to the sidebar as usual. Bloggers using a one or two-column Design Lab theme will see an additional option on the Content page, however. Under the representation of the main content column, you'll see an area labeled "Drop Spotlight Posts Below". Drag and drop the module to this area and you should see it settle in under the notice:

Drag and drop the Spotlight module

Go ahead and save your changes on the Content page and the Spotlight module will now appear on your published blog right below your posts. If you realize you need to tweak how it looks, go back to the Content page and click the pencil icon on the module to open the pop-up window with the configuration options again. A well-configured Spotlight module provides an eye-catching display drawing readers further into your blog, as shown in the example below.

Spotlight module on Swoonish

You can also see the Spotlight module used in the main content column right here on Everything Typepad! Just scroll towards the bottom of the page. If you like what you see, why not log in right now and head to Design > Content to add the Spotlight module to your blog? And if you're already using the Spotlight module on your blog, let us know in the comments how you like it.


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

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Do you still type "www" when you visit a website? Or do you just type "example.com?" Why is that www even necessary?  The "www" part of your domain name is called the subdomain.  The subdomain is critical when setting up Domain Mapping with your Typepad blog.  In your domain registry, the CNAME Record is set for the WWW alias, and is where we recommend adding your Typepad domain name (ie: example.typepad.com) so your name points to your blog. 

Now, there are browsers that will allow a reader to enter your domain name without the "www" and your blog will load.  This is because those browsers are set up to automatically redirect example.com to www.example.com.  But not all browsers do this, such as Google Chrome.   If you want to be sure your readers can get to your blog on any browser by just typing "example.com" without the "www", you can set this up by setting up a Forward with your domain name registry. 

Set Up a Forward Through Typepad

When you purchase your name through Typepad, it is easy to set up a forward for your domain name.  All you need to do is check off the box at Account > Domain Mapping when you are setting up your new blog name:

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Set Up a Forward Through a Third-Party

If you purchased a name from a third-party, you will need to refer to their instructions for Forwarding.  Not all registries provide this service so check with them first.   If they do, what you are doing is forwarding example.com to www.example.com - not to your Typepad blog URL.  Here is an example from GoDaddy's Forward feature: 

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If you use GoDaddy, we have instructions on how to set up a forward for your name in our Knowledge Base.

If you can't locate the Forward settings on their own, they may be located in the DNS Management section.  Forwards can take a few hours before it starts working, sometimes it takes longer than the mapping itself!  

If you have Domain Mapping set up for your blog, now would be a good time to check if it works without typing "www."

 


Can I Map More Than One Domain Name To My Blog?

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You got your blog set up and readers are checking it out. You are ready to purchase a domain name so readers can use "www.myawesomeblog.com" instead of the default Typepad domain name.  You got the perfect name and you don't want anyone else to take it so you buy that name as a .com, .net, and .org. The question now is how can you get all of those domain names to direct to your blog?  This can be done through Domain Mapping one name and forwarding the other names. 

Typepad has made it easy to purchase a domain name through your account.  From your Dashboard, click Account > Domain Mapping, and enter the domain name you want to use. Then click Check Availability, and a list of available domains will appear. The name "myawesomeblog.com" is available in all three formats so you snatch them up.  

You can only set up Domain Mapping with one name to point to your blog, so you set up "www.myawesomeblog.com" to be the primary name where your all of your blog links such as permalinks will have the .com name.  One blog cannot have two different sets of permalinks created.  The the .net and .org names you purchased can be forwarded to your .com name through the Domain Forwarding Service.  If you are using a third-party to set up Domain Mapping such as GoDaddy, the steps would be similar as you are just forwarding the second and third names to your primary domain name.

Not only does buying a domain name with different suffixes help for brand identity, it can also help if you want your website to primarily be a .biz or .org. People are so used to typing .com for a website, you don't want to lose them for this oversight.

Have you purchased a domain name for your blog yet? Sign in to your Typepad account and purchase a name today!


How To Add An Amazing Background Image

How To Add An Amazing Background Image

Adding a background image is a great way to help your blog content stand out and reinforce your brand. When you use one of our Design Lab themes, you can use one of our pre-loaded background patterns or add your own background image. Today we are going over how to add your own background image. 

Find the perfect image

We recommend using one of the many free image finders available to you on the web. Some of our favorites are Pexels and Pixabay. Read our post "What You Need to Know about Using Images on Your Blog" to learn how to safely pick an image to use on your blog. 

When looking for the perfect image you want something that will look good repeating. You don't want the seam between images to sand out. You can use a simple wood image, brick image, or grass! Look for images that look good with your brand colors.

Image comparisonSave the image

Once you have the image, you will need to save it to your computer. Follow their instructions on how to save it to your computer.  A good image size to look for is around 2000px wide. 

Add a background imageAdd to your Design Lab Background

The steps below work if you are using one of our Design Lab themes. Not using the Design Lab yet? Try changing your theme, or apply it to a test blog!

With few clicks you can change your background image.

1) Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog.

2) Click on the Design tab, then on Style.

3) On the right, click on Background to display your options.

4) Under Pattern, select Upload Custom Image and upload the image you saved.

If you like how it looks in the preview window, save your changes.

Finished Example

Super easy! Now log into your account today to get started! 

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Edit the Post Permalink

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When you write your Post Title, the Permalink is generated automatically using the words in the title. However, your Post Title may be long, or may not be using the keywords needed for SEO. You want to make the URL for your post concise, informative, and include key words to help search engines categorize your post.

Here's an example of a long post title where the Permalink needs to be edited from the default:

My Extremely Fun Time Swimming with Sharks in the Bahamas

The default Permalink would be:

http://example.typepad.com/blog/2018/08/my-extremely-fun-time-swimming-with-sharks-in-the-bahamas.html

A better Permalink would focus on the main topic of the post which is swimming with sharks in the Bahamas, and you could shorten the Permalink to:

http://example.typepad.com/blog/2018/08/swim-with-sharks-bahamas.html

This URL explains what the post is about and includes the keywords - swim, sharks, Bahamas - but isn't too long.

You can edit the Permalink any time before your post goes live. It is important to not change the Permalink after you publish the post as this will break any links which have already been shared.

When composing your post, click the blue Edit button below the Post Title field, update the Permalink, and click Done. Make sure to use dashes instead of spaces to separate keywords in the Permalink.

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Creating a Secure Password: the Do's and Do Not's

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As hacking becomes more sophisticated, so too should your passwords. Long gone are the days where using easily memorable words and names for passwords was acceptable. To protect your account–both here at Typepad and with other services–we recommend reviewing your current password. Consider how you can further secure your account from unwanted access by following the Do's and Do Not's we've outlined below. Putting these steps into place will greatly help protect your content and hard work.

First, let's review the Do Not's for password creation so that you have a better understanding of what you may be doing wrong, and can objectively evaluate your current password:

The Do Not's

  • Don't use a password you've used before
  • Don't use identifiable information
    (e.g. yours or family members' names; birthdates; and so on)
  • Don't place the password or hints in plain sight of your computer where someone else can access it

Next, let's review the Do's for password creation, so that you can create a stronger, more secure password for your account:

The Do's

  • Use a mixed- case and character password
    (e.g. use punctuation; upper case; lower case; substitute symbols for letters – D@ngerZ0n3!)
  • Create a password that is longer than the previous standard of 6-8 characters
  • Consider using a pass phrase, which allows you to make use of mixed-case and characters with a longer character count
    (e.g. Thirty8B3arCub$)
  • Use a password manager if you're concerned with forgetting your more secure password

Are you ready to update your password to better secure your account? Learn more about Changing your Typepad Password in our Knowledge Base.

If you have additional tips for password security, leave a comment below to share with your fellow Typepad bloggers!


Get Creative! Add a Presentation to Your Blog

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Visually add to your message by inserting a presentation in to your blog post. There are many great programs out there to help you design a visually appealing presentation. Today we are going to focus on how to add a presentation from Google Slides, Prezi, and Emaze into your blog post.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a free presentation program that is included in your Gmail Account. Click on Google Apps (a 3 by 3 square of smaller squares on the right) and select Slides. Create your presentation. Once your presentation is complete, click on File, then Publish To The Web.  Click on the Embed tab, then select Small under Slide Size. Click on Publish to get the embed code.

Google Slides Pop UpCopy the code and log in to your Typepad account. From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.

Google Slides codeExample of a presentation created in Google Slides:

Prezi

Prezi is a presentation program you can use to create an interactive presentations. Once you have created your presentation, you need to generate a presentation URL. Click on the Share icon and create the presentation URL. Copy that URL and save it somewhere (Notepad or Text Edit). Use the code below and replace your_view_link with your presentation URL

<iframe width="550" height="400" src="your_view_link/embed" webkitallowfullscreen="1" mozallowfullscreen="1" allowfullscreen="1"></iframe>

Copy your edited code and add it to your post. From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.


Prezi Code

Example of a presentation created in Prezi:

Emaze

Emaze is a web based platform that helps you create engaging presentations. After you created your presentation, click on the Share button and copy the Embed code.

Emaze Share

From the Compose page, click on the HTML Tab. Search through the HTML to find where you want to paste the embed code. Paste in the embed code, then change the height and width size. The height should be 340px and the width is 600px. Click on Rich Text to see it in your post. Last, publish your post.

Emaze Code

Example of a presentation created in Emaze:

Powered by emaze

 

Presentations are a great way to visually sum up your blogs main ideas. Share them on social media along with a link to your post to help draw attention to your blog!

Use the comments to share with us posts you have used a presentation in. What other suggestions would you add?


Italicize Words Or Phrases In Your Title!

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The title of your post is meant to grab your reader's attention and get them interested in reading more. Italics can be used to emphasize a word or phrase in your title. Italics can also be use when referring to book titles or similar creative work when you don't want to use quotation marks. This neat trick can be used on your desktop or on your mobile device. 

To add italics add <i> before the word or phrase and </i> after it. This tells our editor to italicize the words in between the tags.

Example:

How to italicize words in your title!

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How to <i>italicize</i> words in your title!

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This is a great tool to use sparingly. If you use it too often, it will lose its impact. Do you have any fun tricks you use to make your post titles stand out? Share in the comments! 


How To Create Secure Security Questions

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Security Questions are another layer of security to keep your account safe. We've all had those moments when the browser does not remember our password. Don't panic! Answering your security questions correctly will help us get you access to your account or block those up to no good. 

Typepad allows you to add two security questions. Click on the Account tab and scroll down to Security Questions. Select one of our pre-made questions or click on "Create a Custom Security Question" to create your own. Add your answer then click on Save Changes. 

When creating your own security question you want to make sure you use a question and answer that is secure and will help you gain access to your account quickly if you need to use it. We have created a great guide to help you create a secure question and answer. 

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Set up your security questions today! Go straight to your Account page (you will have to log in first).


How To Change Your Facebook Profile To A Facebook Page

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Everyone is on Facebook — family, friends, business, and non-profits. When you started your blog, you may have created a Facebook Profile. A profile is like your personal profile but for your business. This is a big NO-NO for Facebook, and they want you to convert your profile to a Facebook Business Page. They have made it really easy for you to do! We created this great infogragh that goes over the many perks of creating a Facebook Page, what to expect, and how to change! 

Quick Tip: The fastest way to tell if you have a profile or a page is to look how people follow your page. If you have "likes", you have a Facebook Page. If you have "friends", you have a Facebook Profile.  

Facebook Profile

To help, we have included the steps to convert to a Facebook Page below with the clickable link to help you get started!

How To Change To A Facebook Page

Go to Create a Facebook Page Based on Your Profile.

Click Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions.

Your new Page will automatically publish once the conversion process is finished. To change this setting, click to select Off next to Publish Page when done at the top.

If you haven't created any kind of Facebook Page for your blog, what are you waiting for. Get started today!