Creating a New Design
A new design can be created for your blog any time. You can choose from the hundreds of pre-made themes, create your own design using the Nimble Design Lab or Theme Builder, or be adventurous and code your own design using an Advanced Template Set.
Tip: If you're looking to revamp your blog's design, create a test blog to configure your new design, so your readers don't see the work in progress. Then, you can go live with the new design on your main blog seamlessly in a couple clicks. Learn more.
Create a New Design
From the Blogs menu, select a blog, click the Design tab, and click the Choose a Theme button to get started.
Use the menu on the left to choose a category or select All to scroll through all the designs.
Select any design to see the design details and any available options for colors, layouts, and more. After selecting a design, click the Choose button on the right to start editing the design.
All paid levels of Typepad have the option to choose from all available pre-made themes and the Nimble Design Lab. The free plan offers a limited number of pre-made themes.
For more details about some individual themes, see the articles on the following themes:
Plus, Unlimited, Premium, Enterprise, and Business Class plans will see the option to select from the Customizable design options as well as the pre-made themes.
Nimble Design Lab (Recommended!)
The Nimble Design Lab offers you dozens of options to create a custom, professional design that looks great on all devices from small phones to large monitors. The responsive Design Lab makes it easy to apply unique fonts, upload background images, and much more! Learn more.
The Theme Builder will allow you to choose page colors, fonts, an image banner, and many other options without having to code HTML or CSS. After selecting to Choose a theme, you can choose to view the Customizable themes and select Theme Builder. Finally, click the Choose button to begin editing your custom theme. Learn more.
Unlimited, Premium, Enterprise, and Business Class plans also have the option to fully customize their design templates for their blog by creating an Advanced Template Set. Learn more.
An Advanced Template Set is a blog design that can be customized through direct editing of HTML, CSS and Typepad template tags. Please be aware that we only recommend the use of Advanced Templates if you have strong HTML and CSS skills. Once you create and apply an Advanced template to a blog, all of your template changes must be coded by hand using Typepad tags, HTML and/or CSS. There isn't a graphical user interface to modify or select items for your templates.
Unlimited, Premium, Enterprise, and Business Class plans have access to the Custom CSS feature, which will allow you to make even more customizations to your blog's theme via CSS. See the article on Custom CSS for more information and check out the CSS Tips & Tricks.
Not quite what you are looking for? Check out these other articles:
- For tips on managing designs across your account, see the article on managing saved designs.
- Want to add a custom banner to your blog? See the article on adding a banner.
- If you want to change the fonts used in your design, see the articles on implementing Typekit, changing the post title font, and changing the post body font.