Dan York

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How To Use MarsEdit with TypePad in 2022

Marsedit and typepad

How do you configure MarsEdit to work with the Typepad blogging platform?  As I’ve started to try to get back into blogging more, I found that MarsEdit, the tool I’ve been using to write blog posts for 10+ years now, was no longer connecting to Typepad. And in a sign of how far the mighty (Typepad) have fallen, a Typepad blog can’t be auto configured by MarsEdit, and isn’t even listed anymore on the MarsEdit manual configuration page. And… there is nothing whatsoever in the Typepad knowledge base about external editors, XML-RPC, “Movable Type”, or anything else.

So for anyone still remaining on Typepad who wants to do this, here is what you need to do.

1. Get the blog ID from Typepad.

I couldn’t find this in any of the settings, but you can get it from the URL. Once you are logged into Typepad, and are in the settings for one of your blogs, the URL in your browser will be something like:

https://www.typepad.com/site/blogs/6a01d1212acd6e53ef00d12345de09f92/dashboard

The hex string that I show in bold is the part you need. (And that is not the actual value for one of my blogs.)

2. Add a new blog in MarsEdit

In the main MarsEdit window, press the “+” in the lower left corner of the app to add a new blog. Type in the name and URL of your Typepad blog and press “Continue”. The auto-configuration will fail, and you will be prompted to manually configure the site. Under Connection Settings, you need to use:

  • System Name: Other
  • System API: Movable Type API
  • API Endpoint URL: https://www.typepad.com/services/xmlrpc
  • Blog ID: <the hex string that you copied in step 1 above>

Here’s a screenshot of the preferences screen:

Marsedit connection preferences

 

3. Login With Your Typepad User Info

After you save those settings, MarsEdit will prompt you to “login” to your blog. This is where you enter your Typepad username and password.

Marsedit login

4. Start Writing with MarsEdit

Once this is done, you should see the MarsEdit interface load the most recent posts into the editor window. (If not, you may need to hit the refresh circle.)

That’s it. You should now be able to create posts in MarsEdit and publish them on a Typepad blog.

And really… 5. Figure Out How To Move Away From Typepad!

The complete lack of any information in the Typepad knowledge base about working with external editors does concern me. Add to that the fact that the “Everything Typepad” site hasn’t been updated with a new post since October 2021. And that the @typepad Twitter account only gets occasionally updated about trouble issues.

And.. that the Wikipedia article about TypePad notes that Typepad stopped accepting new signups as of 2020.

So they are really just existing for the people like me who just haven’t gotten around to moving our blogs to some other platform. 🙁

Perhaps this IS the year when I finally figure out how to migrate my 5 remaining Typepad blogs over to Wordpress… sigh… 

TDYR 412 – How Do People Use an Apple Watch? Reflections on 7 Months of Wearing One

How do people use an Apple Watch? What do they like the most? The least? What is the big caveat I have with recommending a Watch? In this episode, I share my reflections on using an Apple Watch Series 3 for seven months. Thoughts from others in this Twitter thread from February 2022: https://twitter.com/danyork/status/1488552360288960517

TDYR 411 – Turning the Mic Back On! And an invitation to play with Reddit Talk

It's been a loooonnnngggg while since the last episode! But I'm back with a long list of episodes... and I'd like to engage with YOU, listeners, in experimenting with Reddit Talk as a way to record podcast episodes. If you are a Redditor, please drop me a note and lets figure out a time to try out Reddit Talk! (More info: https://reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/4404349195284 )

Experimenting with a Horizontal Pyramid Gallery

Following the instructions in this tutorial from WordPress, to build this page using only the blocks in the WordPress editor.

What Is the Splinternet? And Why You Should Be Paying Attention

a world map drawn with lines

The “Splinternet” is the idea that the open, globally connected Internet we all use splinters into a collection of fragmented networks controlled by governments or corporations.

The post What Is the Splinternet? And Why You Should Be Paying Attention appeared first on Internet Society.

Proximities – a great email newsletter with three news stories about the non-Western world

Proximities newsletter

In a world drowning in email, and increasingly with email newsletters, one of the messages I actually look forward to receiving each day is:

It’s an email newsletter from a journalist named Barry Malone that comes out almost every day. His goal is to highlight three “non-Western news stories you should know”.

What I enjoy is that he very simply and succinctly provides a summary and then a link to read more. It’s three quick paragraphs that I can quickly scan and then decide if I want to read more.

Living in the USA, as I do, most of the news in our US media tends to be about, well… the USA! And maybe Europe on a good day. Every so often we might hear about Canada, too.

But the only times we really hear about countries and regions in other parts of the world are when there are natural disasters or maybe some violent conflict (but sometimes NOT).

To help broaden my view, I get Barry’s email and also the news letter from the Rest of World site, which I highly recommend.

Many thanks to Barry for all the work he’s done - and for consistently delivering such concise, succinct summaries. I would encourage you to subscribe!

What Is a LEO Satellite System—and Can It Help Build a Bigger Internet?

Photo of a rocket launch showing the trail arcing off into space

There’s a new space race happening right now and the stakes are just as high as they were half a century ago. Companies such as SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb, and Telesat are racing to launch large systems of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide Internet access. These LEO “constellations” could help bridge the digital divide, […]

The post What Is a LEO Satellite System—and Can It Help Build a Bigger Internet? appeared first on Internet Society.

Google stats now consistently over 35% IPv6

Google ipv6 statistics rising up and to the right

It’s great to see Google’s IPv6 statistics climbing up consistently over 35%. This means that 35% of all users connecting to Google globally are doing so over IPv6. 

And if you look at the statistics per country, the % is much higher in some parts of the world.

All in all a good sign that if you haven’t started migrating your applications to using IPv6, the time to do so is now!

Google stats now consistently over 35% IPv6

Google ipv6 statistics rising up and to the right

It’s great to see Google’s IPv6 statistics climbing up consistently over 35%. This means that 35% of all users connecting to Google globally are doing so over IPv6. 

And if you look at the statistics per country, the % is much higher in some parts of the world.

All in all a good sign that if you haven’t started migrating your applications to using IPv6, the time to do so is now!

Welcome to 2022!

Just a test post using the mobile editor