August 16, 2011

Organize Content in Blog Design

The Design > Content page is where you can add and order sidebar content, configure your navigation bar and blog footer, and choose which elements to show with your blog posts, like the post title and footer. Blogs using Advanced Templates, a Mixed Media Layout, or the Chroma Theme will not have the graphical interface to organize content.

Sidebar Modules

The top of the Organize Content page displays a listing of sidebar modules that you can add to your blog. In the left column, you can select a module category (About You, Links to your Archives, etc.) or you can choose to view a list of all modules. The middle column will then show a list of the modules in that category to select from. Finally, in the right column, you can click on the Add Module button to configure and add the module to your sidebar.

About You

Amazon Wish List

Displays items from your Amazon Wish List. This option is not available if your blog is using one of the Mixed Media Layouts in Design > Select a Layout.

When you click Add Module you can configure the Wish List by entering its email address, then give it a title and decide how many items from the list to display.

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Email Address

Displays a link to your email address as set on the Account page.
Your address will be automatically encoded for protection against most spam harvesters. However, if you are concerned about privacy, keep in mind that the most surefire way to protect against spam harvesters is to never display your email address at all.

Follow Me

Displays a link to your Typepad Profile where people can view your recent activity and follow you.

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Link to Your About Page

Displays a link to your About Page. Your About Page is configured via Account > About Me Page.

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Other Accounts

Displays your selected other accounts in the format you choose. Other Accounts are added and configured in Account > Other Accounts.

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Profile Photo

Displays your photo uploaded to your Typepad Profile.To upload a photo to your profile, click on your name in the top navigation menu in your account, click Edit Your Profile, and then use the Userpic chooser.

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Tip Jar

Displays a customizable Tip Jar that allows you to earn tips on your blog or gather donations for your favorite causes via PayPal. This option is not available with Mixed Media Layouts and is only open to users at the Unlimited level and above.

In configuring the Tip Jar, you can choose the style of the donation badge you wish to display on your blog, enter the email address for your PayPal account, set the title and description that appear on the badge, link to a post about your donation campaign (if desired) and enter a suggested donation amount.

If the Tip Jar option is not available for your blog, you can still use PayPal to create a custom donation button which can be added to your blog's sidebar using the Embed Your Own HTML module.

Links to Your Archives

Calendar

The calendar displays the current month with links to the archives for this month. This option is not available with Mixed Media Templates.

Category Archives (cloud)

Links to your categories displayed in a "cloud" format, where frequently used categories appear larger than less frequently used categories. This will automatically enable Category archives. Only the 200 most frequently used categories will be displayed.

Category Archives (list)

This is a list of the categories used for the blog that have posts associated with them. Selecting this option will automatically enable Category archives for the blog. Category links will not be listed until a published post has been assigned to the category. Only the 200 most frequently used categories will be displayed.

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Monthly, Weekly, Daily Archives

Displays a list of links to your 10 most recent archives. List your most recent archives in the blog sidebar for access to posts once they are not displayed on the main page of the blog. You can choose any or all of the archive ranges.

Links to Your Blog's Content

Pages

Displays links to your blog's Pages, with the ability to order the Pages by Title or Creation Date. You can configure the header that appears above the list of Pages and the order in which the Pages will be listed.

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Podcast Feed

Displays a link to the RSS feed for your blog that contains the necessary elements for users to subscribe to any media files you post or reference. The link reads "Subscribe to my podcast."

The feed is not designed to be viewed in your browser. Instead, you will subscribe to the podcast through a Podcast supported feed reader, like iTunes, to download the enclosures.

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Post Feed

Displays a link to the feed for your blog. The link reads "Subscribe to this blog's feed." The feed URL is not designed to be read in a browser window. If you click on the link you may be prompted to download the feed file or the display will show the code of the feed. Instead, you will want to add the URL to feed reader by right clicking the link and copying the link location.

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Recent Comments

Displays links to your comments from the last 30 days, with a limit of 10.

Recent Posts

Displays links to your posts from the last 30 days, with a limit of 10. A post marked as Featured will not be included in the Recent Posts list.

Your Photo Albums

Displays a list of all public Photo Albums with a small thumbnail image and album title for each album.

Password protected albums will not display a thumbnail image, only the album title. Non-public albums will not be displayed at all. If you do not have any Public albums, the option to add Your Photo Albums list will not appear on the Content Selections page.

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Typepad

Powered by Typepad Badge

Displays a link to Typepad that reads "Blog Powered by Typepad" and an option to display the date you became a Typepad member.

Widgets

Add A Sidebar Image

A sidebar image can be added to the sidebar using this module. The image can be set to link to another website and a caption added below the image.

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Embed Your Own HTML

If you have HTML code you want to display in your sidebar, you can add it here. You can add a label for your own reference that will not be displayed on your blog.

You would use the Embed Your Own HTML module to place ads, badges, webrings, and other custom sidebar content.

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Your Feeds

The feeds feature allows you to display the most recent posts from another blog in your own sidebar. Each feed can be configured to display a custom name. In addition, you can choose to display either the newest 5 or 10 entries listed in the feed. Unlimited subscribers can add 5 feeds, Plus subscribers 3, and Basic subscribers 1.

Your Photo Albums

The Photo Albums you have in your account, both public and private, are listed to select for display on your blog. This option displays a separate link to each Photo Album in your sidebar.

The Your Photo Albums module listed above under Links To Your Blog's Content will display all public photo albums in a single listing. The Your Photo Albums listing allows you to display only those of your photo albums that you choose.

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Your TypeLists

Each TypeList you've created is listed and can be selected separately. If you select an empty list, the list will appear empty on your blog.

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Drag-and-drop Ordering Area

Below the sidebar modules selection area is a drag-and-drop display where you can set the order of your sidebar modules. You can also configure the display of your navigation bar; archive and post headers, footers, and other information; and blog footer.

Navigation Bar

The Navigation Bar feature allows you to add content below the banner area of your blog.

Check the box next to the Navigation Bar label to enable the feature. To edit the content in the navigation bar, click the pencil icon and choose the Simple or Advanced configuration option. The Simple Configuration can be used to link to other websites, pages you want to highlight on your blog, your About page, etc. Or you can use the Advanced Configuration to include code for ads, widgets, or other content.

Learn more.

The navigation bar will be styled to match your design Theme. Unlimited and above users can use Custom CSS to style the navigation bar as described here.

Archive & Post Settings

Archive Headers

Date-Based Archive Header
Displays information at the top of date-based archive pages to help readers navigate your blog. Options include the following examples:

  • 26 entries from July 2006
  • July 2006 posts
  • July 2006
  • 26 posts from July 2006
  • July 2006 entries
  • Posts from July 2006
  • Entries from July 2006

Category Archive Header
Displays information at the top of category archive pages to help readers navigate your blog. Options include the following examples:

  • Entries categorized "Category"
  • Category
  • 26 posts categorized "Category"
  • Posts categorized "Category"
  • 26 entries categorized "Category"

Post Content

Post Date Header

The date header groups your posts by date written. The date is displayed on your blog at each change of date. Use this setting to enable or disable the display of the date header.

Post Title

This is the title of the blog post, which you enter when composing the post. If you have not entered a title, nothing will be displayed even if the Post Title option here is selected. Use this setting to enable or disable the display of the post title.

Post Footer

This allows you to select which items are displayed in your post footer. The available options include Posted, Author Name, Author Pic, Date, Time, Category, Technorati Tags, Reblog, Favorite, Digg This, Save to del.icio.us, Tweet This, and Facebook Like. You can also choose if you'd like to show the footer links as links or icons. See below for more information on the permalink, which will always be displayed in the post footer.

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Page Footer

This allows you to select which items are displayed in your Page's footer. The available options include Favorite, Digg This, Save to del.icio.us, and Tweet This. This also allows you to preview your Page footer.

For more details on the Page Footer options see the Post and Page Footer Configuration article.

Permalink

The Permalink is the permanent location for the post. When you click the Permalink it takes you to the archive page for that post, which is used to link directly to that specific post.

When a post is no longer displayed on the Main Index, it is still always accessible at the Permalink location. By default, the post footer will always have a permalink.

Blog Footer

The Blog Footer feature allows you to add content to the very bottom of each blog page, below your posts and sidebar content. This can be used for displaying links to pages in your own blog or other websites or custom code, such as banners or widgets, or information such as a copyright notice.

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Sidebar Editing & Ordering

To rearrange sidebar items, click and drag the module to the desired location. Some modules can be edited by clicking on the pencil icon to open a configuration menu. Sidebar modules can be deleted by clicking the red X next to the item.

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