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John T. Unger

Lots of New Feature Rollouts for TypePad

John T. Unger June 1, 2007

Checked your stats in the last day or two? Much nicer. I especially like the new ability to download stats as a CSV file… Between that, the stats RSS feed at Clicky and the email summaries of stats I get from SiteMeter, it's a lot easier to build up a coherent picture of what's happening with my blogs over a period of time.

There's been plenty of talk about the new TypePad Pages feature already… I didn't jump on that story as quickly as I'd have liked thanks to the drive in my laptop dying (Out for data recovery. If you emailed between February and Memorial day, you might want to try again. Everything is gone. I'm hoping to get the files back, but we'll see.)

Pages are a great addition for TypePad bloggers using basic templates, but will save some time for advanced template users also. They make a lot of hacks much quicker to implement… You can use them to set up a forum, an Amazon aStore, a contact form, a CafePress store, a Landing Page or a customized About page. Basically, they're an easy way to integrate any content that you'd prefer not to post as an actual blog entry. One of the cooler things you can do with them is set a Page to be the entry point for your blog, although personally, I prefer to use the standard index page with a permanent intro post at the top.

I'd like to congratulate the TypePad team on all the hard work they've been putting in. There have been a lot of new additions to the Knowledge Base (subscribe to updates here), lots of great posts at Everything TypePad and quite a lot of additions and improvements to the application itself.

I'm beginning to almost have this feeling of "My work here is done" now that TypePad has engaged so much more with the user community… They've added many of the features I originally requested, documented much more of the things that can be done with TypePad and rolled out some cool new things I never expected. I kind of feel like they've really taken on the work that I began here at this blog and made it their own (which was, actually, my original goal). Rock on, guys.

But don't worry. I'm not going to stop posting hacks and tutorials here… I enjoy it and I know from the comments and email that this site has been a useful resource for a lot of people. Posts are likely to slow down during the summer since the art has been keeping me crazy busy, but they will continue (especially if I recover all the tutorials I started in Ecto but lost when the drive broke). Today I'm just feeling good about the fact that while things are slow here, you have other really useful resources from TypePad themselves.

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