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December 27, 2006: How To Add Expanding-Collapsing Menus With Subcategories to your TypePad Blog
Comments: 7 | Categories: Agenda Updates , Basic Templates , Blog Tools , Hacks for Layout + Design , Hacks for Navigation , Hacks for Typelists
Drop-down menus with subcategories that can be used in TypeLists is one of the most common feature requests I get. This hack goes out to pieman, who first requested it. See an example of how it looks at johntunger.com in... Read full article

December 7, 2006: How To Change the Order of TypeLists on your "About" Page
Comments: 2 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Agenda Updates , Basic Templates , Hacks for Navigation , Hacks for Typelists
Some time back, Nuthatch requested the ability to change the order of TypeLists on the "About" page. Although there is currently no way to do this using TypePad's About Page Default Template, there are several hacks you can use to... Read full article

December 6, 2006: More TypeList Hacks for Organization
Comments: 0 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Agenda Updates , Hacks for Typelists , Typelists + Sidebars
Here are two more requested features from the Agenda Page that can be fixed by editing the Description Field for your TypeLists: It should be possible to see which blogs each TypeList is attached to from the "your TypeLists" page.... Read full article

December 6, 2006: Easier Ways to Add New TypeLists to Advanced Template Blogs
Comments: 1 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Agenda Updates , Hacks for Typelists , Typelists + Sidebars
One of the requested features on the Agenda Page reads: The "Your TypeLists" page should display the file name used by the system to identify the TypeList in advanced templates. Just as TypePad automatically creates permalink URLs for each post... Read full article

December 5, 2006: How to Make TypeLists Without Titles
Comments: 8 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Agenda Updates , Hacks for Typelists , Typelists + Sidebars
One of the requested features on the Agenda Page reads: I would like to be able to make a notes TypeList that does not display a title, only the content. There are times where it might be nice not to... Read full article

December 4, 2006: Organize Your TypeLists by Blog
Comments: 1 | Categories: Agenda Updates , Hacks for Typelists , Typelists + Sidebars
One of the features requested on the Agenda Page reads: Grouping TypeLists by blog would be useful for those who have multiple blogs. A recently posted Knowledge Base article: Organizing TypeLists by Weblog shows an easy way to do this:... Read full article

November 7, 2006: Keep Readers Happy With a Fast-Loading Blog, Part Two
Comments: 6 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Hacks for Layout + Design , Hacks for Typelists , Widgets

The simplest solution is to encourage your readers to subscribe to your blog's feed and read your posts in RSS… But of course, when they do that, they don't see your nifty widgets at all, nor any of the rest of the site design you've worked so hard on. Also, not everyone understands RSS (for a truly brilliant explanation, you might want to put a link to How to explain RSS the Oprah way below your subscribe button).... The hacks described in the extended entry of this post will show you how to create a fast-loading blog that matches the overall design of your blog while stripping out the slow bits.... How to create a fast-loading secondary blog: Fred's second solution for slow page loads is a little more work to set up, but is a really great idea: He created a second blog that mirrored his content.... Rick answered my question with the following: We have a commercial publisher front-end to FeedBurner-hosted feeds called FeedFoundry, and one of the features of FeedFoundry is the ability to create custom XSLT pages that will style a feed.... What you'll want to do is create a copy of the index page and sidebar templates for your blog based on your current design, and edit out the items that slow down load speeds.

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May 24, 2006: A Link Widget I Really Like, And A Hack to Use it In Advanced Templates
Comments: 13 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Basic Templates , Hacks for Navigation , Hacks for Typelists , Widgets

This widget will install an invisible snippet of JavaScript on your site that will scan the page for links that point outside of your domain, and force those links to open in a new browser window. Any links that point inside your domain -- archive links, category links, individual entry links, etc. -- will open in the current browser window. Note that because this Widget just installs JavaScript on your blog, there will be nothing for you to preview during the Widget installation process.... No problem… I just added it to a basic blog, viewed the source code, found the JavaScript and pasted it into one of the TypeLists here. ...<script type="text/javascript"> (function() { var x = function() { var links = document.getElementsByTagName ?

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April 15, 2006: Two Hacks: Adding New Typelists to Advanced Templates the Easy Way + Using the Compose Window to Find Style Tags
Comments: 3 | Categories: Hacks for Categories , Hacks for Layout + Design , Hacks for Typelists , Typelists + Sidebars
Hack One: Using the Compose Post tab to copy styles One of the things I love most about TypePad's compose window is the ability to cut and paste text or images from other sites and maintain the formatting. The most... Read full article

March 7, 2006: Drop Down Menus for Categories + Archives
Comments: 33 | Categories: Hacks for Categories , Hacks for Typelists , TypePad Hacks
Let's start with a pretty easy hack that's also quite useful: Drop down menus for categories and archives. I found this hack at Colleen's blog. I've simplified her instructions a bit to make this easy, but you might want to... Read full article

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