Windows Live Writer For Offline Blogging Plus 4 Alternatives
I knew I would be in this situation, but didn’t expect that this would be for so long. After the 2.5 months holiday, I returned to my college hostel, and was without internet connection for almost a week. Plus had to settle down etc. As a result of that, I could neither update my blog, nor could visit other blogs.
Surprisingly, my traffic didn’t drop too much as most of it comes from the traffic is organic, but traffic from other sources was very less, and it’s quite normal.
But what I did during this time was try out something which I had never thought would come of some use. It’s Windows Live Writer (WLW). It is an application for composing your blog posts offline, and then post it later when you are online. Now we can do this in normal text or MS Word document files too, so what’s the need for WLW?
The answer is pretty simple. WLW is meant for blogging, and is designed keeping that in mind. As a result of that, it has many features which are missing in a MS Word.
Some of those features include :
WYSIWIG Editor Using Your Blog’s Theme
This is a great feature for offline purpose since you won’t be able to get a live preview of your post. “What You See Is What You Get” model is followed by WLW by downloading your blog’s theme, and then id creates a kind of offline preview of how the text will look like (please note that it’s not an actual preview, but just gives an idea about the line breaks and other stuff).
Insert Multimedia Easily
WLW offers a lot of features when it comes to multimedia. Images, videos, maps, emoticons can be easily included in posts. It also has a feature to add tags to your post.
This is another great feature which you won’t be able to do in Word or other applications. WLW provides a lot of image related options like adding Alt text, captions, link to source, adding watermarks, resizing etc.
Well, this is not even close to the WordPress plugins, but it can at least do some task, that too offline. Can we ask for more? WLW supports 3rd party plugins to add more features. Check out the plugins page here.
Easy Management of Your Offline Drafts
You don’t have to handle multiple files for each of your drafts. WLW will easily save your drafts offline and will and will push them to your server as soon as you are online.
Getting Started With WLW
Okay so now that I am done with the features, let’s see how to get started. Windows Live Writer can be downloaded from here (install only the Live Writer if you don’t need the other Windows Essentials feature). If you already have Windows Essentials, then you most probably have WLW too.
Once installed, you need to connect your blog with it. For that, you need to provide your blog’s URL, and then the username and password to login.
Once done, it will download the blog’s theme, and also make a temporary post (don’t worry, it will be deleted immediately).
Now you can write a new post. WLW helped me a lot during the time I could’t come online, and fortunately I had it installed from before. But for the purpose of this post, I also tried out some alternatives to WLW.
My favorite from the list of alternatives. It also has many features, almost similar to WLW. They also have an integrated advertising service. Link.
Zoundry Raven is also a WYSIWYG editor, with similiar features to WLW and Qumana. Link.
It’s not a free application, but comes with a 30 day trial. If it was free, it would have been my favourite, and is the closest to WLW. Check it out here.
I must admit it lacks in features when compared to the others, but is a very simple blog editor for offline purpose. Blogdesk site.
What editor do you use for writing your blog posts? Do you write directly into the WordPress editor?
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