A review and setup guide to Windows Live Writer, my preferred offline editor for WordPress
I prefer to write my blog posts offline. I hate the slow interface of the WordPress dashboard, not to think about loosing internet connection as the work is ready to publish!! I have tested various offline #blogging software editors. The jury has spoken; the paid ones is out of date. They do not update my WordPress blog. Forget BlogJet and other paid service. Go for Windwos Live Writer, free, but not without bugs. I will try give som trick and advices below.
First of all – I have to say: I started writing this post in BlogJet and SPENT HOURS just to realize I was not able to update my WordPress site. That is the reason I won’t reccomend it.
WLW – Windows Live Writer (free!)
Window Live Writer is a part of Microsoft’s #Windows Essentials which consists of Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail, Microsoft One Drive and of course WLW (#Windows Live Writer). It is highly treasured by bloggers or editors all over the world.
I find it very useful, but experience running into connection issues now and then (some advises below).
This is by far the easiest offline editor for blogging I have ever found. A drawback could be rumours of Microsoft not planning to update it. And the software can be jaggy or hard to connect to your blog. Do not give up. Save your post local at your machine and try to upload when you have a stable connection.
It is a superior tool. You insert pictures in a snap, you can crop them format the text easily. It is almost like working in Microsoft Word. Do not forget to press “Save” now and then. The software connects to your WP-site and pulls out your categories and tags. And best of all: It is free! You can download it from here.
I found it easier to connect to my blog by following the steps below. The main difference is NOT to choose WordPress, but “Others”
1) Hit this button and, in the drop down menu, choose “Administrate accounts” at the end
2) Next – you will be taken to a window like this. Hit “Add new”
3) This is the most important. Do not choose WordPress. Choose “Other services”
4) Enter the URL to your blog – add the slash and xmlrpc.php at the end (you might not). Enter your user name and password.
5) And then you are configured
6) If you use an advanced theme in WordPress, you might not get the right theme connected. That is okay
Anyhow. You are now ready to start writing. Inserting pictures, formatting and everything is just a walk in the park. As said before. It is because of the connectivity issues I would like to try out other software, like BlogJet. UPDATE: Tried it. Not working or to complicated.
Sometimes Windows Live Maker looses connection (or something) to your blog. Then you just have to go into settings and update the whole thing. If you got multiple accounts, you can also delete the actual account and setting it up again. That would probably solve your problem.
If you have any other editors you would like to advice, please share or comment.
Richard Hay at Windows Observer has some predictions that Windows Live Maker might go open source;
WLW is part of Microsoft’s Windows Essentials […] All of the programs, minus OneDrive, all carry a 2012 tag behind the programs name since that was the year the last major updates were released for them. […] A very significant concern of WLW users is that the program would eventually become unusable and stop working with the various services it can connect to such as WordPress, SharePoint, Blogger, TypePad and others. […] All that now remains of that collection is a single Windows Essentials Plug-ins page but it has no WLW plugins on it. […] Can you imagine if this happens. That would mean the possibility would exist to not only update and improve WLW itself but also see it turned into a modern app for all Windows 8/8.1 devices including Surface and Surface 2 which cannot run the current version. […] That also means the plugin community could return and really build extensibility into the app along the same lines that plugin authors do for WordPress, one of the main platforms that WLW lets you connect with. […]