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Windows Live WriterWindows Live Writer (WLW) by Microsoft is an application for composing and managing blog posts. You can write your posts offline and publish them later. There are many helpful tools in WLW that make creating popular posts easier:

  • WYSIWIG using the theme of your blog
  • Image manipulation
  • Spell check
  • Easy HTML tables
  • Include maps from Virtual Earth
  • Automatically syncs changes before re-editing posts

As of version Beta 2, WLW supports new WordPress XML-RPC features:

  • Creating/editing/deleting pages
  • Custom dates (including future posts)
  • Specifying a post/page slug
  • Improved category management
  • Setting post/page passwords
  • Author management
  • Custom WordPress sidebar for easy navigation to your blog, dashboard, and stats

Don’t see a feature you want? WLW has a large list of plugins that covers video, Flickr, screen capture, source code highlighting and more. Can’t find the plugin you were hoping for? Check out the WLW Software Development Kit (SDK) for information on how to write your own. If you are having problems using WLW and WordPress, please consult the list of known issues. If your problem isn’t addressed there try the WLW support forum.

Setup Windows Live Writer 2011

Time required: 8-12 minutes

Before you install Windows Live Writer 2011, please make sure you have an active WordPress.com blog. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up to get a new blog in seconds.

Next, download the Windows Live Writer 2011 setup program.

Select “Choose the programs you want to install.”

Uncheck everything except for Writer. Click Install. You’ll be prompted to restart your computer once the install completes.

Note: Please be patient while waiting for the install process. It can take several minutes to install Writer.

Once you have restarted, you can find the new program in your Start Menu. Go to All Programs > Windows Live > Windows Live Writer.

When you start Windows Live Writer for the first time, you’ll be prompted to configure the program to connect to your blog.

  • For “What blog service do you use?”, select WordPress and click Next.
  • For “Add a blog account”, enter your WordPress.com blog address, user name, and password, then click Next.

If Windows Live Writer cannot detect your blog settings, a screen titled “Select blog type” will appear.

  • Type of blog that you are using – make sure WordPress.com is selected from the dropdown box.
  • Remote posting web address for your blog – only change blogname to your actual blog name. The URL needs to end in xmlrpc.php.

Once you select your blog type, you’ll be prompted to Download [your] Blog Theme. If your blog is not private, click Yes. (This feature will allow you to view your blog post like it’ll look on your blog before publishing.)

Note: If your blog is set to Private, and you’d like to preview posts, you’ll need to temporarily change the Privacy setting to “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors.” (Settings > Privacy) Once WLW downloads your blog theme, you may revert your blog to Private.

The final screen should say “Your blog has been set up.” If you’d like, you may edit the Blog nickname before clicking Finish.

Now, you should see an [untitled] post screen. On the Home tab, your Blog nickname from the previous screen will appear next to the Publish button.

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