Cheat Sheet

TypePad For Dummies

From TypePad For Dummies by Melanie Nelson, Shannon Lowe

TypePad is a powerful and simple blogging platform that appeals to bloggers of all levels. Discover resources—both inside and outside TypePad—so you'll always know where to find the best blogging tips. Navigate your Dashboard with easy-to-use shortcuts to maximize your TypePad experience. Understand the different types of TypeLists available in TypePad, and insert images in your TypePad posts.

Blogs about Blogging

As you start your TypePad blogging experience, you'll likely have questions about how the blogging community works as a whole. You can find plenty of technical support at the TypePad Knowledge Base, and you can visit these additional sites outside TypePad for more answers to your blogging questions:

Blogging Help from TypePad Resources

TypePad and SixApart (TypePad's parent company) are known for their online help files. You can find answers to your blogging questions (whether it's how to build community or how to customize your blog's navigation bar) at the following TypePad and SixApart sites:

TypePad Dashboard Shortcuts

On the main page of your TypePad blog, the green strip across the top is the Dashboard — your account-level navigation bar. Use the TypePad Dashboard to access your core TypePad account, not just your individual blog — an important distinction to draw because many people manage multiple blogs from one account.

Here's a handy list of shortcuts that enable you to navigate your TypePad Dashboard quickly and manage your TypePad account.

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TypePad View the TypePad Dashboard.
Dashboard View the TypePad Dashboard.
Blogs See a pull-down menu of the blogs you've set up with this TypePad account. You also see the Add a Blog link, which allows you to create a new blog on the same account or connect blogs on other blogging platforms to your TypePad account. If you have several blogs, you can choose which blog you want to work on from this menu. When you click a blog name, you're taken to a page that gives you an overview of that blog's statistics and links to other tasks (posting, comment moderation, design, and settings).
Library See a pull-down menu that allows you to access your photo albums, TypeLists, and files. If you have a TypePad Micro account, you do not have this option.
[Your Username] See your TypePad Profile page as it appears to your readers. The exception is that you also see the Edit Your Profile button—your readers don't see that.
Account If you have one of the TypePad Pro accounts, you can see and update your TypePad account information. From your account information page you can edit your personal information, notifications, billing information, and About Me page information. You can also add or delete additional social media and affiliate accounts (such as Amazon.com, Facebook, Twitter, or FriendFeed), change your password, or map a domain name to your blog. If you have TypePad Micro, you can update your personal information and notifications settings and add or delete social media accounts.
Help Find answers to your TypePad questions and access TypePad's support team.
Sign Out Sign out of your account.

Getting to Know the TypePad TypeLists

In TypePad, you use the TypeList feature to add to your blog's sidebar. A TypeList is TypePad's way of organizing sidebar information without requiring you to mess with your blog's template code. TypeLists enable you to display simple HTML (such as a text link to another blog) or complex coding (such as a search bar) anywhere in your sidebar(s), all without ever having to alter your template code. TypePad uses four types of TypeLists:

  • Link TypeList: This TypeList allows you to post text links in your sidebar. You might, for example, use a Link TypeList to display your blogroll (the list of blogs you most frequently visit). You might also use it to create a "Best Of" section in your sidebar, pointing your readers to the favorite posts you've written. This kind of TypeList has endless applications.

  • Notes TypeList: This is the TypeList you'll use when you'd like to include more complex code (whether written by you or a third party) in your sidebar (for example, a search bar or an image). Anytime you see a TypePad blog that has a graphic image in its sidebar (such as ad space), it has probably been placed there via a Notes TypeList.

  • Books TypeList: Are you an avid reader looking for an easy way to share what you're reading, what you've read in the past, or a list of your favorite books? You can use the Books TypeList for this. It's similar to a Links TypeList, but it has the additional functionality of allowing you to include your personal book ratings.

  • Album TypeList: Want to share your love of music with your readers? The Album TypeList (similar to the Books TypeList) allows you to share everything from individual songs to entire albums (including how you rate them) with your readers.

TypePad Blogs: How to Insert a Sidebar Image

Including a sidebar image in your TypePad blog is an excellent way to promote another Web site, blog, or product. Sidebar images are usually fairly small (often 125 pixels by 125 pixels), but the size ultimately depends on your own blog’s theme and design. In addition, you can set up the image to link to another Web site or blog.

The following instructions explain how to put an image in your TypePad blog’s sidebar using a Notes TypeList:

  1. Upload your graphic or image to File Manager.

  2. Click the image filename.

    A new browser tab opens and displays the image.

  3. Copy the URL in the address bar.

    This is the URL where your image resides on the TypePad server. You’ll need it for your HTML code in a minute.

  4. Go to your TypeLists Library and add a new Notes TypeList.

  5. Add the following HTML in the Notes field:

    <a href="http://www.blogname.com"><img src="http:// URL_you_copied_in_step_3.jpg"></a>

    Referring to the sample code in this step, change the first URL (http://www.blogname.com) to the address of the site you want the image to link to; change the second URL (in the <img src> code) to reflect the address you copied in Step 3.

  6. Click Save.

  7. Publish your new TypeList to your blog.

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