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Quick Tip: Align Your Blog Title In Design Lab

Align Your Blog Title In Design Lab

The Design Lab is our easy to customize, mobile friendly theme. When you don't add a banner to your theme, your blog name and description will be centered on the theme. 

You can change it up by adding a bit of CSS code to left or right align the title and description. 

Quick note: If you want to make changes to the CSS code, you need an Unlimited plan or higher. You can quickly upgrade if you do not have this plan. 

Add Alignment to your Title and Description

Click on the Blogs > Name of blog > Design > Custom CSS. In the box, paste in the code for the alignment you want below. Last, click on Save Changes. 

Left Align CSS Code:

#banner h1, #banner h2 { text-align: left; }

Right Align CSS Code: 

#banner h1, #banner h2 { text-align: right; }

Left Alignment Your Blog Title

Right Alinment Your Blog Title

Now that you have aligned your blog title and description share your blog in the comments. We'd love to take a look. 

 


Get Your Account In Order!

Get your Account in Order!

You set up your account information when you start your Typepad account, that may have been ages ago. Take a few moments to make sure your account information is up-to-date. 

To update your information, click on the Account tab on the top right. 

Account Tab Final

Name and Email Address

Make sure the correct owner's name is on the account. The name shows up when you create a ticket and helps us know who we're speaking with. 

Your email address is also your username. Your blog may be a personal blog, make sure it uses an email address you will always have access to. Don't use a company email address in case you change jobs and don't have access to that address anymore.  If you are blogging for a company, use a common email address for that company, like info@yourdoamain.com or typepad@yourdomain.com. This way, if the person who is blogging leaves the company, you can still access the account and get important information. 

If you change the email address on the account, we'll send you an email at the new address. This is to verify the email address is valid. Click on the link in the email to verify the change. If you don't click on the link, the change won't be made. Keep in mind, once you update the email address, your username will change too. 

Don't give your login information to anyone. If someone needs access to the account to blog, create a junior or guest author account for them. 

Password

Only you need to know your password. If at any time you believe your account is compromised in any way, you want to update your password. You can do it here, under the Account tab or if you don't have access to your account, you can use the Forgot Password link from the login page

Creating a secure password can be hard. It has to be easy for you to remember, but hard for bad guys to guess. Check out our guide Creating a Secure Password: the Do's and Do Not's to get some great ideas on how to create a secure password. 

Security Questions

Security Questions are very important for account access. If you ever need help getting access to your account, we'll ask you to answer your security questions. If you don't have your security questions set up or don't know the answer, you'll need your billing information to gain access to your account. 

As with your password, you want to make sure your security question answers are something you will think of but bad guys will not. We have a great guide, How To Create Secure Security Questions, to help you come up with great secure question and answer combos.

Language and Timezone

Typepad allows you to pick the language for your account. Select a language that you're most comfortable with. We have a verity of languages for you to choose from. This will make navigating in Typepad easier for those that don't speak English. There will be some areas that have not been translated. If you are having trouble reading areas of Typepad or have questions; you can reach out to us or use Google Translate to decipher the text. This applies to your Typepad account only. You can type in any language for your blog posts. 

When scheduling your posts, it is important to make sure your time zone is correct. 3PM Eastern time is very different than 3PM Pacific time. If the time zone is wrong, the post will not publish as scheduled and the wrong time can show at the bottom of your published posts.

Join our Beta Team

We're continually updating and adding new features to Typepad. Once we're done testing something new, we release it to our beta team for real world testing. If you're part of our beta team you can have access to these features before anyone else. You don't have to use a feature if you don't need it. If you do use a feature, please provide your feedback or any issues you have. We can then look into your experience and make further updates. This testing is important to us because everyone uses their account in a unique way. Having you try out these new features helps us test in ways we may not of thought of. 

Once you're done updating your Typepad account, take a moment and update other programs you use to blog. 


5 Ways To Clean Up Your Blog

5 Ways To Clean Up Your Blog

The spring cleaning season is here. You may be focused on cleaning your home or personal goals, but don't forget to give your blog some attention. It may be overwhelming to think about cleaning up your blog. Never fear! We have a great checklist to get you started!

CheckmarkNew Theme

Can your blog be read on a phone? If you're not sure, take a moment to check. We can wait... 

Was it hard to view your text? If you find it hard, your readers will too. We recommend you update your theme to one of our responsive options. You can select one of our customizable Design Lab themes or our new Featured Cards theme. Our Design Lab themes, the Design Lab builder, and Featured Cards are all great options.

Our Design Lab themes allow you to customize your blog by choosing your own colors, fonts, and more for each section. Below we have some themes for you to choose. Find one that fits your style, then customize it to make it your own. 

 

We have recently added Featured Cards to our themes. This theme is mobile friendly and has a very modern look. Your blog posts will show as a Magazine-inspired layout. 

Featured Cards

Quick tip: Create a test blog to select and customize your new theme. Once it's perfect, you can apply it to your original blog.

CheckmarkCheck Your Links

When was the last time you clicked through your blog? Are all your links still going to relevant information? Take the time and click on all the links of your blog and make sure they are going to their intended destination. Here is a list of places to check: 

  1. Navigation Bar
  2. Social Media icons or links
  3. Any links on your sidebar
  4. Links in footer

Keep a list of what needs to be changed. The first place to start updating links is on your Design tab. Under Content, you will see all of the modules that you can edit. Click on the pencil to update the module with new links. If your link is in a Typelist, click on My Library then Typelist. 

If you recently mapped your domain, make sure to take a moment and check all to make sure they are using your new domain

CheckmarkDoes Your Custom Domain Work Without WWW 

More and more people are dropping the www when they type your domain into an address bar. You want to make sure if a reader doesn't use www, it will still forward to your blog. To check if your forward works, we recommend you use a browser that you don't normally use or use a different computer. Type in your domain without the www and click enter. 

Does your blog show up? If it does, great! Your forward is working great and no need for further steps. 

If the blog doesn't show up, you will need to check your registrar settings and forward the non-www version of your domain to the www version. 

CheckmarkBanners And Logos

Canva and PicmonkeyWhen was the last time you looked at your logo or banner? Does it need to be updated or do you need a new one? Now is a great time to review your logo and banner and make sure it fits your blogs' brand.

If you want to design a new one, we recommend checking out Canva or PicMonkey. Both are paid services, but they offer free trials for you to utilize. You can see examples to help inspire you. Customize the templates provided or make your own. 

Free Image SitesWhen looking for images to use in your logo or banner, you do not want to grab any old image off of Google. You want to use an image that is free for you to use. There are many free image sites out there that offer Creative Common License images for you to use on your blog. You can search by keywords and use the one that works best for you. Some that Typepad uses are Pexels, Unsplash, Pixabay. There are many more royalty-free and free stock images sites available. Take a look and see what you can find. 

If designs are not your thing, you can hire someone to create a logo for you. Typepad's design team can create a custom banner for your blog. We can take an existing logo or design you have and update it. Outside of Typepad, two of the most popular are Upwork and Fiverr. Many design professionals are on these sites and can work with you to create a banner for your blog or a new logo to help stand out. They make it easy to find someone, collaborate with them, then pay them for their services. 

CheckmarkUpdate Your About Page

Your readers are curious about the person behind the blog. Your focus may have changed since starting your blog. Update your About page to include any new information to share with your readers who you are and what the blog is about.

Some information to consider for your About Page: 

  1. Contact info. How can people contact you about your blog?
  2. Include links to all your social media sites. The Other Accounts feature will allow you to link to social media sites on your blog and your About Me page. 
  3. What is the blog about? Create a short summary of what readers can learn from your blog.
  4. How/why did you get started blogging? Are you an expert in the field or do you want to share your experiences? Are there others helping you with the blog? Who are they?
  5. Are there any important milestones or interesting facts about your blog? Was it featured in any well known publications?

CheckmarkMeta Keywords And Description

Your meta keywords and meta description are used by search engines to classify and describe your blog content. As you start blogging your message can evolve. Make sure the content you're blogging about is represented in the meta data. 

The meta keywords help search engines know what your blog is about. You want to add keywords and phrases that describe what information is found in your blog. You want to use long-tail phrases as that is what people tend to use to search. 

For example: What to cook vegan for dinner, How to cook vegan meals, How to find vegan restaurants,  Find vegan recipes, Vegan, Cooking, Vegan Food, Cook Vegan

The meta description is what shows under the search engine results. It is a brief description of  your blog. The primary goal of your meta description is to showcase the value of your blog and to encourage searchers to click. It can be any length, but Google tends to truncate after 160 characters. It should be written in your blogging tone and voice. Include your meta keywords in a natural conversational way. 

If you are thinking to yourself "when will I have time to do all this?" We are here to help! Our Design Team offers a Tune-Up service to review your blog, identify areas that could use improvement, and then make all the changes for you. 

After you have cleaned your blog, post a link in the comments. We would love to see your new and improved blog! 


Why You May Want Multiple Domains

Why You May Want Multiple Domains
A top-level domain (TLD) is what comes after your web address. It is usually .com, .org, or .net. These would be the most common TLD out there. You may not know that there are many others that you can use to explain your blog and add pizzazz to your domain.

For example, you may be a band that runs a blog to keep your fans informed of all your tour dates, new albums and more. It would be fun to have a .fans TLD to help your blog stand out.

Here is a list of all the top-level domains offered by Typepad:

.attorney .dog .jobs .org.uk .tech
.band .es .kitchen .photo .tel
.bargains .eu .lawyer .photography .theatre
.beer .family .lgbt .pictures .today
.best .fans .life .property .trade
.biz .fashion .live .review .tv
.blog .feedback .love .reviews .us
.business .futbol .me .sale .us.com
.ca .game .mom .shop .vet
.co.uk .games .name .shopping .vote
.com .garden .net .site .website
.com.au .group .news .social .wedding
.company .help .nl .software .wiki
.cooking .in .nz .store .work
.de .info .online .studio .world
.desi .ink .org .study  

 

Wow! That is a lot of TLD to help you stand out.

Universally when you think of a domain, you automatically think of .com at the end. If you use a different TLD, we recommend you purchase the .com version of the domain and forward it to the main domain.

Forwarding is also handy if you have a commonly misspelled word in your domain, you can purchase the misspelled domain and forward it to the correct spelling of your domain.

Forward Your Domain

Let’s stick with our earlier example of the band. Their blog is at bandrules.fans, but they want fans who go to bandrules.com to land on their bandrules.fans site.

First, you will need to purchase the domain you want to forward (in our case bandrules.com). In Typepad click on the Account tab, then Domain Mapping. Here you can purchase your domain. After the domain is purchased do not map it to your blog. 

Once you have purchased your domain, you will need to log into our domain registrar. This is different than your Typepad account.

https://domains.typepad.com/

Quick Tip: If you are unsure of the login information for the registrar, please contact us and we will be able to get you access to the account.

Once logged in, click on Login (Your Name), then My Account. Under Manage Orders, click on List/Search Orders. Here you will see a list of your domains. Click on the domain you want to forward (bandrules.com). Here you will see an overview of your order.

Scroll down to Domain Forwarding and click on Manage Domain Forwarding.

Add www to the Sub-domain prefix. Under Destination URL, select https:// from the drop down and add the www version of your main domain (in this example www.bandrules.fans).

Domain Forwarding Image 1

Click on Advanced Settings to turn off URL Masking. Turn on Sub Domain Forwarding and Path Forwarding. Save your changes.

Domain Forwarding 2
It may take up to 15 minutes for the forward to start working.

Now you have 2 domains pointing to your blog. You will not miss out on any readers of your blog if they don’t use the correct domain. Share with us what unique TLD you use for your blog in the comments. 


Fall Design Service Sale

Fall Service Sale
 
Have you taken a look at your blog lately? Does it need updating, but you're not sure how to get started? Or don't have the time? Typepad is here to help! For the month of September we are offering some amazing deals for our design services. Typepad Design Services include Tune-Up service, Custom Design service, and Banner Creation service for an additional fee. We will work with you to create an amazing blog design that is everything you could wish for.
 
When we receive a request to update a blog design, we always recommend the Design Lab theme to get started and build your design around this theme. The Design Lab themes are mobile friendly and responsive. We create 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 Fall Sale on our Tune Up, Custom Design Services and Banner Creation! This sale is good until Sept 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.
 
Here are some examples of blogs that went through our Tune Up service:
 
CNBNews

 

Journey Zing

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 knows to give you a discount.
 
Here are some examples of blogs that went through our Custom Design service:
 
The Plain Truth
Mercury in Retrograde

Banner Creation

Your blog's logo and banner is one of the first things readers see when they come to your blog. Let us help make it stand out. We can create professional blog banners using your logo or other design within reason. 
 
Originally $300
Now: $150
Extra: If you purchase a discounted Tune Up or Custom Design service, we will drop the Banner Creation service to $75. 
 
If you only want the Banner Creation service, create a ticket in your account asking for the discounted service and someone from our design team will work with you. If you want to include it with the Tune Up or Custom Design just let our designer know during the free consultation. 
 
When was the last time you updated your blog design? Are you using a Responsive theme for your blog? Now is the time to update your blog and save some money! Reach out to us today. 


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. 

Type of website

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!


Why You Should Still Use Twitter To Promote Your Blog Posts

Twitter_blog

Twitter is one of the more established social media platforms out there. It is a valuable tool in expanding the reach of your blog to new readers and in driving more traffic to your blog. It is also one of the easiest social media platforms to integrate with Typepad.

Free Promotion

With over 330 million users, that is a large pool of readers you can tap into at no cost! 

Connect With Your Readers

Being active on Twitter is an additional way to connect with your readers outside of your blog.  When a new visitor checks out your blog for the first time and wants to stay updated, they are likely to look for a social media account to follow such as Twitter.

Don't Forget Search Engines

Did you know that tweets show up in Google search results? It's true! As long as your tweet includes relevant keywords and hashtags along with your post URL, they will appear in Google search results.  Now that Twitter allows more characters per tweet, this gives you more room to play around and get creative with how you word your tweets.

Check The Numbers

Each tweet shared collects statistics which you can review by clicking the bar graph icon included in that tweet.  It shows the number of impressions, total engagement, and clicks per link.  This gives you a better idea of what kind of tweets gets more attention.

Twitter_stat

Easy To Share Through Typepad

It is very easy to connect your Twitter account with your blog.  First, connect your Twitter to your Typepad account by going to Account > Other Accounts, and select the Twitter option.   Next, under your blog settings, click on the "Settings" tab and go to "Sharing."  You can set up your Twitter Card information which includes sharing the first image uploaded to your blog post. 

Do you use Twitter to promote your blog? Let us know in the comments! Share your Twitter handle with us! Our Twitter handle is @typepad, follow us today.


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. 


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. 


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!