August 29, 2011

Blog Settings: Posts

The Settings > Posts area allows you to configure how your posts are published and displayed on your blog. You can also select what posts or pages are displayed on the front page of your blog.

Default Publishing Status

You can choose Publish Now or Draft as the default publishing status for your posts. If you select the Publish Now option, the Status for newly created posts will be set to Publish Now, and the posts published to your blog immediately when you Publish the post unless you change the Status. If you select the Draft option, the default Status for your posts will be Draft, and the posts will be saved inside of Typepad but will not appear on your blog. To publish a draft post, select Publish Now from the Post Status drop-down menu while editing that post.

Posts to Display

The Posts to Display setting allows you to choose how many posts will display on each page of your published blog. You can set different display options for the recent posts page and for archive pages (your Category and Date-Based archives).

For the Recent Posts page, you can display either a specified number of posts per page (up to 50 posts per page) or a specified number of days (up to 365 days or 100 posts). The Days option will show that many days of recent posts. If you do not post frequently to your blog, this may result in the recent posts page not showing any posts. For example, if you set your blog to display 10 days of posts but you have not posted for 15 days, the recent posts page will not display any posts.

Only the Posts option and not the Days option is available for archive pages.

Navigation Links

You can customize the navigation links that appear on the bottom of the recent posts page and on archive pages. We recommend including text that makes it clear to readers what they will find when they click the link.

You can choose whether or not to display navigation links on the recent posts page. If you choose not to display these links, your readers may not be aware that there are additional pages of posts to read.

Post Date Format

You can choose from among ten formats for displaying the date on your posts. These include both month-day-year formats and day-month-year formats.

Post Time Format

You can choose either a 12-hour time format or a 24-hour time format for your posts.

Front Page

You can choose whether to display the recent posts page as the front page of your blog, or to display a Page that you have written. If you do not have any Pages, this option will be grayed out. Pages saved as a Draft are not published live to your blog and therefore will not display as the Front Page.

If you do opt to display a Page, instead of the recent posts, on the Front Page, your blog posts will be available in the blog index which will have a URL in the format:

http://example.typepad.com/blog/blog_index.html

The blog_index.html link will be available for your reference at Settings > Posts. A link to the blog_index.html can be added to the Navigation Bar.

Order of Posts

You can choose whether to display your posts with the most recent at the top (descending order) or with the oldest at the top (ascending order). The default is to display the most recent at the top, which is used for most blogs.

Limit Recent Posts

By default, all of your posts will be displayed on the recent posts page. You can select to instead display posts from only one category or up to 15 categories. When multiple categories are selected, only posts assigned to these specific categories will then be displayed on the main page.

If you would like to have some posts appear only in the archives and not on the front page of your blog, you can use the Limit Recent Posts feature. With this, only posts in the categories you select will appear on the front page and other posts will appear only in the archives. Visitors will not see those posts as recent.

Note: The posts displayed on your main page are also the posts that are shown in your blog's feed. Any posts that are excluded from your main page using this option will not be shown in your feed. If you would like all of your new posts to be included in your feed, we advise against using the Limit Recent Posts feature. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the category feed for the posts not displaying on the front page.

Post Display Language

Choose the language that you wish to display the associated post links (such as permalinks, comments, and TrackBacks) and dates in. If you choose one of the following languages, the headers in the sidebar will also be in that language: Dutch, English, French, Finnish, German, Italian, and Spanish.

You can type the content of your post in any language that you want, regardless of what you have set as the Post Display Language.

The post display language also determines what spell-check dictionary will be used when you compose a post. This can be helpful if you are located in the United Kingdom or Canada so that words that are spelled differently in these forms of English than in United States English are not marked as misspelled when you check spelling on your posts.

Auto-Generated Excerpt Length

The post's excerpt will be used in your feed unless you have chosen to display full posts in the feed at Settings > Feeds. You can choose to write your own excerpt for each post from the Compose page, otherwise Typepad will automatically generate an excerpt. With this setting, you can choose how long the auto-generated excerpt in your feed will be.

If you want to display an excerpt of your post on the front page and index pages, you can use the split extended entry feature.

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