Making TypePad Easier! If you’re thinking of starting a blog, Typepad is a great option for you for several reasons: No coding knowledge is required. TypePad lets you establish a polished and professional-looking blog without dealing with coding or hosting issues—it’s all handled for you. Quick customer service is a click away. If you have any questions, TypePad offers speedy customer service and the help section is written without a lot of overwhelming tech speak. TypePad is competitively priced. TypePad offers an entry-level, free plan; if you decide you want access to more features, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg. Their monthly charges are easily comparable to the amount you’d spend paying for your own hosting service with another blogging platform. The design tool is simple to use. TypePad offers dozens of design themes and several different page layouts, ranging from very simple to more complex. Your design can be changed with a few clicks, which may be a big benefit if you like to change the look of their blog often. If you want to customize your design even further, TypePad’s Theme Builder tool lets you build a customized design even if you don’t know anything about code. Updates are offered automatically. Six Apart (TypePad’s parent company) frequently rolls out new and improved features to TypePad users. You don’t have to download anything or install any additional plug-ins (as you might have to do in other platforms). TypePad does it for you! When you have a TypePad account, you can have updates on new features e-mailed right to your inbox, so you’ll never miss a thing. TypeLists are simple tools for organizing sidebars. TypeLists are streamlined ways to categorize and organize your sidebar information (links, reading lists, images, etc). TypeLists are easy to add, edit, delete and move around, and they make managing your sidebar very simple. We tell you how to use them in Chapter 8. ™
About the Authors Melanie Nelson is a technical writer with years of experience launching web pages and writing code. Shannon Lowe is a freelance writer and has been a TypePad blogger since 2006.
Learn to: • Start blogging with TypePad • Select the best pricing plan for you and your blog • Personalize your blog • Take advantage of TypePad’s built-in SEO features and templates
Founder of BloggingBasics101.com
Author of Rocks In My Dryer, a TypePad blog
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Published on Jun 17, 2010