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Typepad Master Class: Spice Up Your Own Comments

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Welcome to the Typepad Master Class! If you've ever wanted to delve into more advanced trickery with your blog's design, the Master Class is for you. Topics covered in this series are for the adventurous or advanced blogger, so an intermediate to advanced level of knowledge of HTML and CSS will come in handy. Additionally, these guides will often require Custom CSS or Advanced Templates, so a Unlimited or higher plan is necessary to access those areas and achieve the look and effects we cover. Interested in upgrading? Just head over to the Account link in your Dashboard and click on Billing Info to get started. All comments submitted to your posts will use the same style by default. However, you can use a little CSS to make your own comments stand out. Readers of your blog will then see which comments were submitted by the author of the post at a quick glance. When you sign in to comment on your own blog, your comment will have the .comment-by-owner class applied to it, and we can use this class to make changes to the formatting. For the specific styling to be applied to your comments, you'll need to make sure you see the You are currently signed in as... note above the comment form. (See screenshot.) If you don't see the note, click the Sign in with Typepad link and follow the prompts to confirm you are signed in to your account. In this Master Class, we'll provide you with the CSS to make the following changes to comments submitted by the post's author: Indent comment. Change background color. Add border. All CSS can be added at Design > Custom CSS. If you don't see the Custom CSS option, you can upgrade to the Unlimited plan. Learn more. Indent Author Comments The CSS to indent comments submitted by the post author is: .comment-by-owner { margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; } You can adjust the 40px to be more or less depending on how you want your comments to appear. If you are using the new responsive Snap Theme, you may also want to remove the border which appears below all comments with the CSS: .comment { border-bottom: none; } Change Background Color For Author Comments Applying a background color can make the author comments really stand out from the other comments. The CSS to add a background color is: .comment-by-owner { background-color: #F6F6F6 !important; } The color code #F6F6F6 can be changed to your preferred background color. For help with color codes, you can use a color picker to get the color's hex code. If you've set userpics to appear next to each comment, then you'll need to also include: .comment-by-owner .comment-avatar { padding: 5px 0px 0px 5px; } .comment-by-owner .comment-content { padding: 5px 0px 0px 0px; } If you are using the new Snap Theme, you don't need the above code for comment userpics, just the .comment-by-owner { background-color: #F6F6F6; } code. Add Border Around Author Comments In addition to or instead of a background color, you can add a border around author comments with the below CSS: .comment-by-owner { border: 1px solid #C0C0C0; } If you've set userpics to appear next to each comment, then you'll need to also include: .comment-by-owner .comment-avatar { padding: 5px 0px 0px 5px; } .comment-by-owner .comment-content { padding: 5px 0px 0px 0px; } Again, with the new Snap Theme, you don't need the CSS to accommodate for the comment userpics, but we do recommend including some padding. Here's the recommended code to add a border around author comments when using the Snap Theme: .comment-by-owner { border: 1px solid #000000; } .comment-by-owner { padding: 0px 16px 16px 16px; } If you combine all the above tips together on the Snap Theme, the below screenshot shows how the author comments appear compared to reader comments. These tips work for the default commenting system and Typepad Connect comments. If you are using Disqus for comments, you can set a Moderator label to make your comments stand out in the Disqus thread. Learn more. What do you think? Do you have other ideas for how to style comments? If so, let us know in the comments, and we can share more tips.

Spotlight: Six Great Style Blogs You'll Love

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Once a month, we scout for great blogs in the Typepad Showcase that fit a particular theme and are guaranteed to inspire. This month, we've hand-picked six great fashion and style blogs we think you'll love. Each one is guaranteed to captivate, inspire you, and make you think about your next style move - whether you're a fashionista or not. Click through the photos below to visit each blog, and see why we think they're fantastic. Ready? Let's go! Irenebrination: Notes on Architecture, Art, Fashion and Style Style Bubble Kingdom of Style Fashion Copious Wolf Whistle Suzanne Carillo Style Files We hope you enjoyed this month's roundup of fantastic Typepad blogs! Check out more great style blogs right here. We'd love to see your blog in the Typepad Showcase, so go ahead and submit it today - you might just see yourself in the spotlight!

Beta users, let us tempt you with some new features for our Snap theme.

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We were hoping that our post last week about customizing our new Snap theme would tempt more of you to try the design out and give us some much desired feedback. Alas, we're just not getting the input we've been hoping for. So, we're upping the ante with new features that are only available if you use the Snap theme. First, we have two additions to the navigation bar: you can center the links and include social media icons. Here's what to look for in Blogs > Design > Content: Navigation Bar: And here's how the two options look together on a blog: Cool, right? The social icons come from the profiles you've added on the Account > Other Accounts page, so make sure you have your social media profiles listed there. The second new feature is what we're calling Post Link Tooltips. This can be selected from the Blogs > Design > Content page as well. Here's what to look for: This feature adds a little hover effect to the links you include in your blog posts. The tooltip will use the title field from the Insert Link tool. Here's a visual of how that works: Also cool, yeah? Don't you want to give this awesome theme a whirl? If you do, head over to our original announcement post for all the details. Then, after you've had some time to play with the bubble wrap and kick the tires, open a help ticket and let us know what you think. If you find something that looks amiss, we need to know. If you love it and think it's perfect, we won't turn away that feedback, either.

A New SEO Feature and a New Account Level

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We know that search engine optimization is important to all of our Typepad subscribers, so we wanted to let everyone know about a neat little feature we've recentally released - meta descriptions for Pages. We've had meta descriptions for posts already, but now your Pages have the same option. When composing your Page, the Excerpt field can be used to generate a short summary of it. If you do not write an excerpt yourself, one will be generated automatically from the first 100 words of the post or the number of words you have set in Settings > Posts & Pages, under Auto-Generated Excerpt Length. This excerpt will also be used as the Meta Description for the Page and picked up by search engines like Google. It's just another great way that Typepad helps your and your blog get the attention it deserves. We've also added a new account level, Enterprise. Enterprise is aimed at small companies and other organizations who would like to add a blog administrator to their blog but for whom Typepad Business Class has been out of their budget. You can sign up for the Enterprise level here.

Good News: Typepad is Not Vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug

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An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug has exposed a collection of popular websites, posing a potential security threat to credit card information and passwords. We want to assure you that Typepad is not one of the websites affected, and your information is safe. The security of our bloggers is a top priority. We were able to confirm that Typepad was not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as soon as the bug itself was discovered, and we worked diligently to ensure that none of our bloggers' personal information was compromised. As always, we will continue to work to protect the security of Typepad users and their data. Your Community and Support team is always here to help, so please reach out if you have any lingering concerns about the Heartbleed bug.

Getting To Know CSS: Getting Started

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Welcome to our special series on getting to know CSS! Every other week, we'll debut a new article full of valuable tips and tricks that will help you to understand how CSS works and how to apply it to your blog. We'll cover everything from the very basics, to fancy tricks, to the best way to find the code you need for your very own blog. Get ready to advance your skill set! Now that we're all HTML experts (thanks to our Back To Basics To HTML series), it's time to move ahead and learn how to apply CSS to what we have built on our blogs.   Today we'll be going over what CSS is, and how and when to use it. What is CSS? CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets and is used to style the markup language you've created on your site.  CSS gives you more control and flexibility over your layout than what HTML can offer.  HTML provides the foundation and content where CSS will enhance the presentation of the HTML.  It is best to not mix CSS with HTML together which is why a stylesheet is saved separately. Where can I add CSS on my blog? On Typepad for Unlimited users and higher, we've made it easy to add custom CSS to your layout by going to Design > Custom CSS, there is no need to set up Advanced Templates.   Some examples of element changes you can make are fonts, colors, column widths, background images, advanced positions and more. CSS minimizes the amount of coding needed for your site which will save on loading time.  For instance, if you have H2 sized headers throughout your blog but you wish to have them appear as bold, with HTML you will have to insert the bold HTML code <b></b> on every header which can be time consuming and clunky code-wise. With CSS, you can just set up all header elements to appear as bold at once. How is CSS formatted? The written format for CSS code is broken into two areas: the selector, which can be an Element, Class or ID; and then the property and property value. The selector and property info is grouped together within a curly brackets set.   An Element selector specifies HTML tags (e.g. p, img, a), which can be as general as applying to all instances of the tag selected, or can be a child of a specific class or ID p { property: value; } .entry-body p { property: value; } A Class is denoted by a period prefixed to the selector name. Classes are used for items that often appear in multiples (e.g. modules, list items, posts). CSS classes are coded as: .element { property: value; } IDs are used for when you want to specify one section of your layout (e.g. banner, navigation bar) and are denoted by prefixing the selector name with a hash or "#": #element { property: value; } When can I use CSS? CSS comes into play when you want to change or tweak your design and format.  It is not used to add additional content like advertisements and third-party widgets. Need CSS? Yes No Position your Navigation Links or Banner? X   Inserting Javascript?   X Changing the size of your columns? X   Change the font of your blog post titles? X   Add an image as your background? X   Hide post footer links like tags, comments, permalink? X   Add to a blog post or comment?    X Change default post font? X   Add banner to pre-defined theme? X   Add buttons, badges, widgets?    X Ready to level up? You're in luck! Over the course of our Getting to Know CSS series, we will be going over other features and functions of CSS, teaching you about editing and adding elements to your stylesheets, and finding which classes will work best with your specific Typepad theme. Stay tuned!

Featured Blog: The Feiring Line

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NAME: Alice Feiring BLOG: The Feiring Line TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2009 WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Alice Feiring is a journalist, author, and former wine and travel columnist for Time magazine, known as an advocate for natural wine. In addition to contributions to publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler, her blog has been rated among America's leading wine blogs, and her voice described by Mike Steinberger as part of a new wave of "real flowering of high-quality wine journalism". FOLLOW: Typepad | Twitter

Typepad On Pinterest: Attic24

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Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect with others!  Want some inspiration? Check out our featured pinner, Attic24! Last month Attic24 celebrated their six year anniversary on Typepad. A source for the crochet enthusiast filled with colorful pin worthy images. FOLLOW: Pinterest | Blog Want to promote your pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers. Want even more? Learn how to promote your blog on Pinterest and follow Typepad at www.pinterest.com/typepad.

Tips for Customizing the New Responsive Snap Theme

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We recently released a brand new theme to beta subscribers called Snap. The main feature that makes this theme special is that it's responsive. Check out our announcement post for more details about the theme and how to use it on your blog. If you like the way the theme works but want to make it a little more yours, we're here to help with that, too. There are some easy changes you can make using CSS that will allow you to use your own colors, fonts and banner images. We'll be going into some of those ideas in this post. Please note that we're using the Custom CSS feature, which is available at the Unlimited level and above. Custom Colors We got a little carried away with flavors for the Snap theme and created a dozen to choose from. But it's possible that none of those colors suit your blog. Let's rectify that with some super easy code, like this: h1 a, .entry-header a, .entry-header, .module-header a, .module-header, .entry-body a, .module-content a:hover, .module-calendar a { color: #D60077 !important; } .navbar { background: #D60077; } .navbar a { color: #fff !important; } That's the default code to make the banner text, post headers, sidebar headers, links and navigation bar pink. Just switch out the HTML color code with your own and you're done. You can pull out specific classes if you want to use different colors in specific areas. Custom Fonts We kept the fonts for this theme very simple so they'd be easy to customize with your own. Here's the default code: body { font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, .module-email { font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; } That makes body text Helvetica/Arial and headers Georgia/Times New Roman. Just switch out the font names with your favorite web safe font for an easy update. Or you can use a web font from a service like Google Web Fonts for even more customization options. Custom Image Banner This is the one we've heard the most requests for and we wanted to get the code just right. Due to the nature of responsive design, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for this but we'll make it as straight forward as possible. First, you'll create your banner image. For the banner width, we recommend 1170 pixels. That seems really large but it will scale down in the code to suit smaller screens. For the height, we recommend keeping it under 200 pixels to prevent the image from pushing the blog content down below the fold. After creating your image, go to Library > File Manager and upload it. Click on the image's file name in the listing and keep that open in another tab - you'll need the URL soon. Next, go to the Custom CSS page and paste this in: .container .jumbotron { padding: 0; }.jumbotron { padding: 0; margin-top: 15px; }.jumbotron h1 { margin: 0; }.jumbotron h2 { display: none; } That just removes some padding, hides the blog description, etc. Now let's add in the image: .jumbotron h1 a {background: url(http://example.typepad.com/folder/banner.jpg) center top no-repeat;background-size: contain;display: block;left: 0;top: 0;height: 200px;width: 100%;text-indent: -1000em;min-width: 320px;} Make sure to switch out the URL with your own, using the full URL. You'll also need to set the 200px for the height to the height of your image. Finally, add this: /* Extra Small */@media (max-width: 768px) {.jumbotron { height: 90px; }}/* Small */@media (min-width: 768px) {.jumbotron { height: 140px; }}/* Medium */@media (min-width: 992px) {.jumbotron { height: 180px; }}/* Large */@media (min-width: 1200px) {.jumbotron { height: 200px; }} That tells the screen to scale the height down based on the width. Start with the Large - that's the height of the banner image at its starting point. Then it should progressively get smaller, using about the same changes shown in our example code. In the image below, you can see how the banner will look on a 800x600 screen versus a 1024x768 screen. The banner is slightly smaller to fit into the screen properly. Bonus tip! At the smallest screen sizes, it looks really nice to hide the large banner and switch out the "Home" link in the navigation bar with a smaller version. To do this, create your smaller banner and upload that to Library > File Manager. The width should be no wider than 250 pixels and the height should be 50 pixels. Then instead of this code from the above: /* Extra Small */@media (max-width: 768px) {.jumbotron { height: 90px; }} Use this: /* Extra Small */@media (max-width: 768px) {.jumbotron  { display: none; }.navbar-brand,.navbar-header a:hover {display: block;left: 0;top: 0;text-indent: -1000em;height: 50px;width: 200px;background: transparent url(http://example.typepad.com/folder/banner.jpg) center center no-repeat !important;}.navbar-brand a {height: 50px;width: 200px;}} Make sure to change out the image URL with your own and adjust the width size to match your image. Here's an example of how that would look on a mobile device: We need your help! We really want you to try out the Snap theme - we're going to be basing a lot of our upcoming themes on the responsive structure and we need your feedback. We'll be releasing it to all subscribers soon, so that means beta users get the first crack at it but not for long. If you have any questions about the theme, just let us know! We're eager for your feedback.

Help Test New Column Behavior in Beta

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Thank you for all the amazing feedback. We've closed the Beta Test and are now reviewing your form entries and blog comments. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to work on the new column building experience. More Information About Columns Beta The new columns experience was designed to improve column generation and make it easier and more intuitive to create multi-column layouts for your site, store or blog. There are three big changes you’ll notice in Columns Beta.1. The columns element has been removed. You can now generate columns automatically by         simply dragging an element to the left or right of an existing element. 2. We added a new element called spacer. Spacer allows you to create an empty column or extra vertical space. Drag spacer into position to introduce space between other elements. Spacer should make it easy to introduce and control the negative space between your elements.  3. Any changes made on Columns Beta will translate to your live site. Elements will work the same between the beta and non-beta editors with a few minor exceptions.The spacer element will be automatically added into any empty columns you’ve placed on your site when you login to Columns Beta.If you use the spacer element in Columns Beta and log back into non-beta Weebly the spacer elements will convert into blank elements. The blank elements will still function as intended. We look forward to your thoughts on the new experience. Your feedback helps make Weebly a better place for everyone!

Help Test New Column Behavior in Beta

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Thank you for all the amazing feedback. We've closed the Beta Test and are now reviewing your form entries and blog comments. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to work on the new column building experience. More Information About Columns Beta The new columns experience was designed to improve column generation and make it easier and more intuitive to create multi-column layouts for your site, store or blog. There are three big changes you’ll notice in Columns Beta.1. The columns element has been removed. You can now generate columns automatically by         simply dragging an element to the left or right of an existing element. 2. We added a new element called spacer. Spacer allows you to create an empty column or extra vertical space. Drag spacer into position to introduce space between other elements. Spacer should make it easy to introduce and control the negative space between your elements.  3. Any changes made on Columns Beta will translate to your live site. Elements will work the same between the beta and non-beta editors with a few minor exceptions.The spacer element will be automatically added into any empty columns you’ve placed on your site when you login to Columns Beta.If you use the spacer element in Columns Beta and log back into non-beta Weebly the spacer elements will convert into blank elements. The blank elements will still function as intended. We look forward to your thoughts on the new experience. Your feedback helps make Weebly a better place for everyone!

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