Typepad 101: Buy Your Own Domain Name

One of the first things you may have noticed when you created your account was the URL created for your blog looks something like example.typepad.com.  Many bloggers are ok with their blog link looking this way, but if you want to customize your blog name and make it easier to remember for your readers, you can do that by buying your own domain name through Typepad.  Setting up a custom domain name for your blog is done through a process called Domain Mapping. Domain Mapping is available with Pro Plus accounts and higher.

Choosing a Domain Name

To get started, go to Account > Domain Mapping, at the top of the page you can do a search on the domain name you are interested in buying (ie: www.ilovestamping.com).

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After clicking the "Check Availability" button, you will be redirected to a new screen showing the name availability in addition to other names you can purchase with different extensions. 

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After you select your name it will appear in your Shopping Cart. Your cart will also include the option purchase additional privacy protection which is recommended if you wish to keep your personal information attached to your domain name private.  When you are ready to purchase, click the green "Checkout" button.  

Create Your New Account

You will be taken to a new page with your cart overview and a prompt to create or login to your account.  If this is your first time purchasing a domain name through Typepad, you will need to create a new account.  This is not the same as your Typepad account and it can have different login credentials. 

Once your account is created, you will proceed with your purchase by choosing the Typepad Billing option and select to Pay Online.  This will set it up so you are charged with the credit card or PayPal account you have saved in your Typepad account. You will be directed back to Typepad where you click Approve to complete purchase of the domain. With successful payment, click Complete Registration.

Set Up Domain Mapping

In your Typepad account, go back to Account > Domain Mapping.  Your new domain should appear under "Domain Map with Typepad." Confirm that it's status is "Verified" - if it's not, that means the domain name registry waiting for you to pay your invoice or confirm your email address.  If it's marked as verified, click the button "Map a Domain Name" to set up Domain Mapping for your blog.

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You will be asked to enter a subdomain for your blog.  The most common subdomains used are "www" or "blog" for "blog.domainexample.com".  Then select if you want to map your domain name to your entire site or just a specific blog in your account. 

The next step is to check the box to "

Activate Your Domain Name

Scroll to the bottom of the page to "Mapped Domains."  Your new name should be listed but not activated.  Click the "Activate" link to make your Domain Mapping live.  The SSL status will first appear as "initializing" but if you refresh browser a couple of times it will change to "pending validation" to "active."  This means your blog is now loading securely with it's own SSL certificate.

Buy Your Domain With A Discount

Typepad bloggers are one big family. Because of that, for the month of August you'll pay what we pay for all .com, .net, and .org top level domains! You can enjoy this discount with a new domain or renewing a current domain.

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$11.99 now $8.89

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$12.71 now $12.01

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Family Discount: Purchase a Domain Today!

Family Discount on Domains

You have a unique brand, make sure your domain represents that. Purchase your domain from Typepad and save today!

Typepad bloggers are one big family, and we love to give our family discounts. For the month of August you'll pay what we pay for all .com, .net, and .org top level domains! You can enjoy this discount with a new domain or when renewing a current domain. 

.com

$11.99 now $8.89

.net

$12.71 now $12.01

.org

$12.71 now $10.99

To purchase a domain, click on the Account tab, then Domain Mapping. Type in your domain then select .com, .net, or .org from the drop-down. Click on Check Availability. If the domain is available you can purchase it. If not, try another version of the domain name. 

Once the domain is purchased, you will need to apply it to the blog you want. 

Don't worry, if you already purchased a domain, you can still get this great deal. You can renew your domain at these prices as well. Renew for up to 9 years to get the most out of this discount. 

This pricing is only available until Saturday, August 31st, 2019. 

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Featured Blog: Fort Lauderdale Blog

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Realtors Marina Sarabina and Kathleen Costanzo have put together the very informative Fort Lauderdale Blog.  Not only is it informative in finding property in the Fort Lauderdale area, it also shares tips for homeowners as well as home improvement tutorials. If Fort Lauderdale, FL is on your radar for a new home, make sure you bookmark the Fort Lauderdale Blog!

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Make Printing Your Blog Post Simple With Print Friendly

Make Printing Your Blog Post Simple with Print Friendly

Do your readers want to print out your posts for use later (like a recipe)? Make it easy for them by adding a print option from Print Friendly. They optimize your blog post for Print and PDF formats, readers can save money and the environment by printing only what they need. Print Friendly removes ads and other non-essential content to allow only the blog posts to be printed.

Go to Printfriendly.com and scroll down and click on "Get Your Website Button". Select the HTML option under Type of Website. 

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Select the type of button you would like on your page. 

Print Friendly ButtonsSelect from a list of features. 

Print Friendly Features

Once your button is designed the way you want, copy the code provided and add it to your Signature Module. To find the Signature Module, click on the Design tab, then Content. Next, click on the pencil at the top of the module and paste in the Print Friendly code. Select Ok, then Save Changes. 

Now you will see the print icons you choose at the end of each post. When readers choose to print your post, they are taken to a preview where they can remove any content they do not need. They can print, save as a PDF, or email the version they created. 

We'd like to hear from you about how you use Print Friendly, and how you feel it's benefited your readers. Leave a comment below to share your experience with us!


Typepad 101: Design Your Blog

Now that your blog is up and running and you are publishing content, let's make sure your blog is looking the way you would like it to look. The look of your blog is really important - it is the very first impression a visitor gets when checking out your blog for the first time. Today's Typepad 101 is about what's available to create a design for your blog.

When you create a blog, it defaults to the "Journal Black" theme. You can stay with this theme if you'd like as it's offered in five different colors.  Or you can switch to another pre-designed theme. 

Choose Your Theme

Choose Your Theme

To see what themes are available to apply to your blog, go to the "Design" tab.  This page is broken up into three sections:

Current Design: This section shows your current design with options on how to customize your current design (Banner, Style (for Design Lab themes), Layout, Content). 

  • Banner: upload your new banner
  • Style: customize the overall appearance of your blog (fonts, colors, borders)
  • Layout: select 1, 2, or 3 column layout
  • Content: Add and edit what is shown in your sidebars, post & blog footers, etc.

Create a New Design: This includes a green button "Choose a Theme."  This will take you to a new page with a gallery of thumbnails showing pre-made designs you can apply to your blog.

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You can view your options by Feature, New, Customizable, and All.  

Your Designs: Every time you add a new design to your blog, it saves in your Typepad account so you can always go back and reuse it instead of starting over.

About Customizable Options

The Customizable option includes Design Lab, Theme Builder, Styleless, or HTML aka Advanced Templates.   The Styleless or Advanced Templates options are recommended only if you are comfortable working with HTML and CSS code and building your custom design from scratch.  These two options are available for Unlimited plans and higher.

Design Lab and Theme Builder are easy to use with no code required to customize the look of your blog. You can select the colors, fonts, and upload your banner.  You can add additional CSS code to customize your design further but not required. Design Lab is responsive and looks great on all devices, large and small, and meets Google's mobile-friendly requirements.  Theme Builder also has an option to create a responsive design

If you ever get stuck or have questions about how to make something work with your blog design, you can always open a Help Ticket and a member of the team will be happy to help!

 


Featured Blog: Bittersweet - The Little Soap Company

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Bittersweet is a blog from a 4th generation soap maker and business owner.  The items featured are for sale at their brick and mortar shop, named Bittersweet, located in a beautiful century-old house in the historic town, Liberty, Missouri.  The blog shares inspirational ideas and creative endeavors that comes with producing their products and how they continue to be in business for over 20 years. Bittersweet Soap has been featured on Home & Garden television and included in the goody bags at both the Emmy’s and American Music awards.

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Interview with Dr. Steven Mintz from Ethics Sage

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Ethics Sage provides amazing guidance and insight into the days ethical questions. Written by Dr. Steven Mintz, from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, his blog was recently named one of the Top 20 Philosophy Blogs in 2019 by Voucher.co.id. It is not hard to see why.  Dr. Mintz does an amazing job writing in a way that is easy to read and connecting the information to what is happening today. We wanted to know more about Ethics Sage so we asked! We hope you enjoy our interview with Dr. Mintz and can get some inspiration for your blog. 

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog? Is it just you writing your blog or do you have a team that helps?

I am a professor emeritus from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I started blogging under the name “Ethics Sage” twelve years ago to share my thoughts about ethics in society, the workplace and in higher education. For the most part I am the only one taking care of writing blogs, but do use guest bloggers for my Workplace Ethics Advice blog. Readers are also free to send me questions and I answer them without divulging any names.

2) Why did you start your blog? Can you tell us the back story to Ethics Sage? How did you get that name?

Academic publishing appeals to a limited group of readers. I started blogging to reach a broader commercial audience. Blogging is my way to contribute to the dialogue about how we can enhance the well-being of ourselves and others by following an ethical path. I chose the name Ethics Sage because the purpose of my blogs is to share my wisdom on all things ethical.

3) What is your process for writing a blog post?

Writing a blog post begins with identifying a topic of interest to the community. I read the news feeds every morning to get ideas. Next, I outline the points I want to make limiting myself, whenever possible, to 500-700 words. I write the first draft, sleep on it, and review and post it the next day or later in the week.

4) How do you find fresh ethical, philosophical ideas to write about?

There’s no problem finding fresh ideas about ethics and philosophy. As a society, we have lost our moral compass and every day we learn about improper behavior by our political leaders, companies, sports figures, those in entertainment and so on. I also look for topics that related to civility, which is also in decline in society. I frequently write about civility along the lines that we, as a society, need to learn how to disagree with each other without being disagreeable.

5) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

Typepad is simple to use and post to social media. As a non-techie, it’s important for me to navigate the system without needing a website support system. Typepad also has great customer service and responds to questions immediately.

6) What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

Be sensitive to your audience and write what they want to read, not necessarily what I want to write about. Sometimes I will ask readers if there are any topics/controversial issues that they would like to learn more about or to find out about my thoughts on these matters.

7) You have a few minutes, what is your go to tip about blogging?

There are five steps I use to guide my blogs that are transferable to other bloggers.

1) Write an engaging headline. Grab the attention of your readers right away.
2) Write short paragraphs. This helps improve the flow of your blog and it’s easier to read.
3) Use subheadings whenever possible. This helps to organize ideas and key readers about what’s coming next.
4) Use images. This tends to attract readers attention and help them decide whether to read your blog.
5) Spend time learning how to maximize your SEO ranking.

8) What blogs do you follow?

I follow blogs in my field. I subscribe to them and frequently make comments on their blogs to gain visibility for myself and my blogs. A word of caution here is that you have to limit the number of blogs you follow because it can consume a lot more time than you want or should spend.

10) What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?

I’ve just written a book on how ethics can help enhance one’s happiness and gain greater meaning in life. The book is Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. It is available for sale on Amazon and on my website (stevenmintzethics.com). My goal is to use my blogging to build interest in my book and engage with my readers to learn what reading the book meant to them. In other words, the blogs should help market the book and the message of the book should guide me in future blogs.

11) Who or what inspires you to keep blogging?

I am inspired by my readers who have commented positively on the issues addressed in my blogs. I’m always looking to reach out to new audiences to gain exposure for my ideas and help readers improve their daily lives, relationships with family members and friends, workplace interactions and on social media. Even though my blogs are on ethics and philosophy, they are written in an engaging format – not preachy. Readers share their thoughts with me and their positive feedback keeps me blogging.

More about Ethics Sage

Ethics Sage addresses some of the most pressing issues facing society, how to develop an ethical workplace culture, and academic freedom and integrity. It has received awards for being the best in their field, including for philosophy, corporate social responsibility, and higher education. Readers can learn more about them on my website (stevenmintzethics.com). Readers can also sign up for my monthly newsletter on my website

More about Dr. Steven Mintz

Dr. Steven Mintz

Steven Mintz is a professor emeritus from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He received his doctoral degree from The George Washington University. A well-known researcher in ethics, Dr. Mintz has published dozens of articles on ethics in society, in business, and accounting ethics, as well as a textbook titled Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases. His first book for a commercial audience is Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. Dr. Mintz has been recognized for his work, including the Accounting Exemplar Award from the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association, an award that distinguishes him as a role model to others.

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Featured Blog: Urban Hawks

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Since 2005, Urban Hawks has been following the Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, American Kestrels, Eastern Screech-Owls, and over 150 other bird species that call New York City home.  As you walk through the concrete jungle, you wouldn't think these majestic creatures are perched and flying above.  The Red-tailed Hawks are beloved local celebrities as you have "Pale Male" and "Lola" overlooking Central Park (see above), with more Red-tailed Hawk nests appearing throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.  Discover your new-found love for bird-watching as you check in on these urban hawks!

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Typepad 101: Let's Get Started - Manage My Blog

Get Started With Typepad

Welcome to Typepad! Or if you previously had a Typepad account and are starting up your blog again - welcome back!  When you begin your free 14-day trial, the first place you go to is your Dashboard.  This is where you can quickly access your blogs, account settings, profile settings, files, open a Help Ticket, view updates from other Typepad accounts you follow, and even purchase your own custom domain name if you continue with a paid Pro account.

Typepad Dashboard

Manage My Blog

Located on the top, right sidebar of your Dashboard, you can access specific settings to your new blog starting from here.  As you add more blogs to your account, you will find more blog names listed in this box as well as the "Blogs" link in the top menu bar. From the "Blogs" menu, you can select the name of the blog to manage the settings of that blog.

View Blog: You can see what your blog looks like clicking "View Blog" under the thumbnail image.  Right now, there is not much there, it is just a skeleton of what your blog could look like but you can design it to your liking.

Blog Setting Tabs

Compose: If you want to get started blogging right away, you can access the Compose page by clicking the "Compose" link under "Manage My Blog".  You will also see a yellow "Compose" button on every page within your blog settings.

Stats: This is your Overview tab. It displays analytics and referrals to your blog. The more you publish and share your blog post links elsewhere, the more data will appear on this page.

Posts: As you publish more posts, this list will grow.  It displays all of your blog posts - published, and saved as drafts in chronological order.   You can change the status of blog posts from Published to Draft or vice versa, or delete posts.  You can select more than one posts to change their status by checking the box on the left of each title, then scroll to the bottom to publish, draft, or delete.  You can also assign posts to categories, open and close comments from the drop-down menu on the bottom right.

Comments: If you use Typepad for your comments, you can view all comments left on your blog on this tab.  You can reply, edit and view comments directly from this page. You can also publish, unpublish, delete, and mark comments as spam.

Design: Typepad has many pre-made designs you can easily apply to your blog or you can customize your own design using Design Lab or Theme Builder.  In "Create a New Design" click the green "Choose a theme..." button and select a theme from our gallery. 

Settings: This is where you create the backend settings to your blog including your blog name and description, welcome message (optional), whether you want to create password protection, search engine optimization, category creation, comment configuration,  post-by-email, and more.

Settings Page

A word about Getting Started Tasks

There is a drop-down menu on the right of your Dashboard titled Getting Started Tasks.  These can be completed at your own time while you are blogging. The Getting Started Tasks on the Dashboard are only suggestions, and you do not need to complete all tasks in order to utilize all the features of Typepad.

Getting Started Tasks

Stay tuned for more Typepad 101 blog posts on how to get started with your blog and publishing your posts!


Add Custom Google Search To Your Blog

Add Custom Google Search To Your Blog

Everyone knows that Google is the top search engine globally.  Why not incorporate their search to cater to your blog specifically? You can add a Custom Search from Google to your sidebar in a couple of easy steps through your Google account.

First, go to the Custom Search Engine Page and click the blue "Create a custom search engine" button. You will be brought to a new page where you can add your blog link (ie: https://example.typepad.com or https://www.example.com) and blog name.  You can add as many websites as you'd like.

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Click "Get code" to view the code to add to your sidebar.  In your Typepad account, go to Design > Content > Modules > Embed Your Own HTML - paste the code here, click OK and save your changes.  The Google Search bar will appear in your sidebar. 

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Immediately after I added the search to the test blog above, it showed me results when I entered a search criteria. The search results will appear as a pop-up: 

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Adding a search feature to your blog will keep visitors at your blog longer and learn more about what you'd like to share!