August 15, 2011

Creating and Managing Typepad Pages

Pages are a way to add content to your blog without creating a post, like pages in a non-blog website. For example, you could create a Page to be an "about" page for the specific blog, "about" pages for Guest Authors, a contact page, etc.

Pages will retain the layout and design that you've specified for the blog, including sidebar content. Pages will not appear in your blog's feed.

Creating a New Page

To create a new Page, select New Page from the Compose button. You can also click to the Posts tab, then select the Pages link in the left hand sidebar, and click New Page.

Title and Permalink

The Title for the Page will be utilized by search engines to index the page. For SEO, the title should identify the subject of the page and include keywords. Some HTML can be included in the Title field.

The Permalink for the Page will be set from the first 25 characters of the Title, but it can be edited and include up to 255 characters. Click Edit to the right of the Permalink, enter a filename, and click Done.

Edit Permalink

The URL for the Page includes the URL for your blog and the Filename followed by .html.

For SEO, it is recommended the Permalink be concise and include keywords. Letters, numbers, and dashes - are allowed for the Permalink filename, but spaces and most special characters are not. To avoid a broken link to the page, the Permalink should not be changed after the Page is published.

Page Body

Pages, like Posts, can be composed using the Rich Text or Plain Text editor. See our overview of the Compose editor for more information.


Like a Post, you can choose to set comments to None, Open, or Closed and whether you'd like to accept TrackBacks on your Page.


Keywords and phrases separated by commas can be added. The keywords will not display on the blog but will appear to search engines as meta tags to better categorize the post in search indexes.


An Excerpt will be included in the page source as a meta description. Like keywords, the meta description will be used by search engines to index the page. If you do not include an excerpt, the first several lines of the Page will be used as the meta description.

Of note: When a Page is set as the Front Page, the Page meta data will be used on the Front Page, instead of the blog's meta data. You can use the same Meta Keywords and Meta Description at Settings > SEO for the Page Keywords and Excerpt for consistency.

Page Status

You can save the Page as a Draft or use the Publish Now option to publish the Page immediately to your blog.

Guest Authors

Guest and Junior Authors can also create new Pages. Guest Authors can publish a new Page immediately. Junior Authors can save a Page as a draft for the Blog Admin to Publish.

Managing Pages

To manage your existing Pages, go to the Posts tab for the blog and click on the Pages link. This will display a list of all of your Pages and includes information on the Page's file name, when the Page was created and who it was created by.

Use the More Actions menu at the bottom of the Pages listing to publish/unpublish pages, open/close comments, or accept/do not accept TrackBacks. More information about these options can be found here.

Pages Sidebar Module

The Pages module will automatically generate a linked list of your Pages in your blog's sidebar. To enable the module, go to the Design tab, then choose Content and select Pages under Links to Your Blog's Content.

Click the Add this module button to set the title and sort order for your Pages listing. You can specify a heading for the list of Pages on your sidebar, as well as choose how you want them displayed. You can sort your Pages by title or creation date, from oldest to newest.

After enabling and configuring the module, press Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

You can change the configuration of the Pages module at any time by clicking on the pencil icon next to the module on the Content page. You can remove the Pages module by clicking the red X next to the module.

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