Windows Live writer is definitely the best blogging client for WordPress, Blogger, TypePad and other blogging platforms. Using Windows Live Writer, you can compose blog posts offline and publish them right from your desktop.
Not many users know that Microsoft Word can also be used as an offline blogging editor for Windows. If your present workplace conditions don’t support installing new software on the host machine, you can use Microsoft Word to publish blog posts to your WordPress and Blogger blogs, without having to install a separate desktop blogging editor or use the web version of the blogging editor to compose posts or pages.
The best thing about Microsoft word is that you can post to your blog from almost any computer. This is extremely useful when you are working over a public computer and do not want to login to your blog’s administrative panel. In case the computer you are using does not have Microsoft office installed, try using Google docs to post blog entries.
Setup Microsoft Word to Publish Blog Posts
Before you can publish posts to your blog from Microsoft Word, you have to configure a few settings. Here are the steps that needs to be done:
1. Open Microsoft Word 2007 or the recent Microsoft Office 2010 , click the office ribbon and select “New”. Next, select “New Blog post” and hit create.
2. Now you will have to register your blog account inside Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word is compatible with most of the blogging platforms that supports the xml rpc protocall.
3. On the blog set up page, choose the Blogging platform from the drop down menu . As this blog is hosted on self hosted WordPress, I choose “WordPress”.
4. Click “Next” and set up your blog’s address, username and password. Microsoft word will then try to connect to your blogging platform and gather information regarding categories of your blog. Your user account will also be authenticated during the set up process, so make sure you have entered the correct username and password combination.
5. Once the blog setup procedure is complete, you can start writing your post in Microsoft Word. You can add images and other rich media inside the body of the article but the downside here is that there is no support for YouTube videos yet. For adding YouTube videos in WordPress, please consult our tutorial: Adding YouTube videos in WordPress posts and pages
6. Note that it is not mandatory to publish the post to your blog directly from Microsoft Word. There is a useful “Save as Draft” option which can be used to save the draft to your blog, so you can schedule it later from the WordPress administration panel.
That’s it. You have just published an article from Microsoft Word.
Points to Know :
1. Microsoft Word can not be used to post to blogs that are using WordPress.com as content management system
2. If you have some formatted text, code snippets or other php codes embedded within your blog post, it is not recommended to use Microsoft Word for publishing blog posts. This is because the source code generated by Microsoft Word is very bad and includes a lot of inline formatted code. Your custom HTML or PHP snippets might break, when you are using Microsoft Word to save drafts on your blog.
3. Microsoft word is not good with handling images. If your articles contain a lot of images, it is advised not to use MS-Word as a blogging editor. You can write the text version of the post in Microsoft Word and save it as draft in Blogger or WordPress. Next, use the web editor to upload the images.
Blogger.com comes with a very useful Blogger for Word add-in which provides some more options for customizing your blog posts within Microsoft Word. Check it out!