July 23, 2014

Add and Organize Blog Content

Typepad gives you the ability to add dozens of modules to your blog's layout, including custom modules.

Manage Content

To manage Content, open the Blogs menu, select a blog, click the Design tab, and click Content.

Blogs using Advanced Templates, the Chroma pre-made theme, or a Mixed Media Layout will not have the same graphical interface to organize content.

Add Sidebar Modules

To add a sidebar module, select an option from Categories list, select from the Modules list, and click Add This Module. If the module includes configuration options, a pop-up box will appear where you can choose the module settings or add custom content, and click OK.

Add Sidebar Module

Use your mouse to drag the module to the preferred location in the sidebar and click Save Changes to update your blog.

For more information on each sidebar module, jump to the Sidebar Modules list below.

Add Main Content Modules

Add Main Content ModuleTo include any of the main content modules, check the box next to any module and click Save Changes.

For more information on each main content module, jump to the Main Content Modules list below.

Configure Modules

Most modules have settings which can be adjusted or allow for the addition of custom content at any time. Click the pencil icon Edit next to any module to open the configuration pop-up. After making changes, click OK to close the pop-up click Save Changes to update your blog.

Please note: TypeLists are not edited via the Content area. Go to Library > TypeLists to add or edit TypeList items. Learn more.

Remove Modules

To remove Sidebar Modules, click the red x icon Remove and confirm the change. To remove Main Content Modules, uncheck the box next to the module. Click Save Changes to update your blog with the removed modules.

Sidebar Modules

About You

  • Copyright - Displays a copyright symbol and can be customized.
  • Email Address - Displays a Email me 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. Learn more.
  • Follow Me - Displays a link to your Typepad Profile where people can view your recent activity and follow you. Learn more.
  • Introduction - Add a custom welcome message to the blog's sidebar.
  • Link to Your About Page - Displays a link to your About Page. Your About Page is configured via Account > About Me Page. Learn more.
  • Other Accounts - Displays your selected other accounts in the format you choose - Grid or List. Other Accounts are added and configured in Account > Other Accounts. Learn more.
  • 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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.
  • 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. Learn more.
  • Daily Archives - Displays a list of links to the 10 most recent posts.
  • Monthly Archives - Displays a list of links to the weekly archives for the last 10 weeks.
  • Weekly Archives - Displays a list of links to the monthly archives for the last 10 months.

Links to Your Blog's Content

  • Pages - Displays links to all Pages created within the blog. The list can be ordered by Title or Creation Date. Learn more.
  • Podcast Feed - Displays a "Subscribe to my Podcast" link to the RSS feed for your blog that contains the necessary elements for readers to subscribe to any media files you post or reference. Keep in mind feeds are 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. Learn more.
  • Post Feed - Displays a "Subscribe to this blog's feed" link to the Atom feed for your blog. Keep in mind 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 feed URL to feed reader by right clicking the link and copying the link location. Learn more.
  • 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.
  • Spotlight Posts - Displays links to the latest posts published to the blog or a designated category - up to 20. An excerpt &/or thumbnail image can be included. Learn more.
  • 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. Learn more.

Search Module

  • Search - Display a blog search in the sidebar. Learn more.


  • 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. This module is optional with a paid account.


  • 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. Learn more.
  • Amazon Wish List - Displays items from your public Amazon Wish List. Learn more.
  • Carousel - Displays thumbnail images in a slideshow format from the latest posts in a selected category. Multiple carousel modules can be added. Learn more.
  • 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. Learn more.
  • Pinterest - Displays the latest Pins from your Pinterest profile. Your Pinterest account needs to be added at Account > Other Accounts in order to use this widget. Learn more.
  • ShareThis - ShareThis is a third-party tool which allows you to include more social media options in the footer of each post and page. The widget is hidden in the sidebar. It is recommended the ShareThis widget be placed at the end of the far right column.

Your Feeds

The feeds feature allows you to display the most recent posts from another blog or website 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.

Add Feed

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 module for each Photo Album in your sidebar. Learn more.

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. TypeLists are not available to be edited from the Content area. To edit a TypeList, open the Library menu, select TypeLists, and click on the TypeList name to edit or add items. Learn more.

Main Content Modules

Navigation Bar

The Navigation Bar feature allows you to easily add navigation links to the blog or add content below the banner area of your blog. Learn more.

  • Simple Configuration - Select the Simple option to add up to 10 navigation links.
  • Advanced Configuration - Select the Advanced option to add more links, ads, widgets, or any other content.

Post Carousel

The Post Carousel displays the first image from each post in a slideshow at the top of the page. Learn more.

Archive Headers

  • Date-Based Archives - Select the format of the date to display at the top of Monthly archive index pages.
  • Category Archives - Select the format of the category name to display at the top of the Category index pages.

Post Date Header

The date header groups your posts by date written. The date is displayed on your blog above the most recent post published on that day. Use this setting to enable or disable the display of the date header.

Post Title

  • Check the box to display the Post Title above each post. Recommended.
  • Select to display the author profile photo to the left of the post title. Optional. The author photo can be added by editing your Typepad Profile. Learn more.


Add a custom signature which will display below each post. You can include text, images, ads, or other HTML in the signature. Learn more.

Post Footer

Select the items displayed in the footer of each Post, including social media icons, author name, date, and more. Learn more.

The Permalink is the permanent location for the post. Click the Permalink to go to the individual page for that 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.

Page Footer

Select the social media links or buttons to be included in the footer of each Page. The Post and Page Footer do not need to include the same items. Learn more.

Blog Footer

The Blog Footer feature allows you to add content to the very bottom of each webpage, includings links to blog content, other websites, or custom code for ads or other widgets. Learn more.

Not quite what you are looking for? Check out these other articles:

  • Looking to integrate social media with your blog? Check out the articles on integrating Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • For details on displaying excerpts of posts in the main content column, see the article on post excerpts.
  • If you want to use a custom domain for your blog's address, see the article on Domain Mapping.

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