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Blogging with Desktop Clients May 29, 2011

Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Wordpress - 3.

Usually writing or editing a post on your WordPress account  is done through your browser . Another possibility is to use stand-alone software ( Weblog Client ) . This application is run on your local machine (desktop) that lets you post to your blog via XML_RPC web-service . You might think of Weblog Clients as the equivalent of email client such as Outlook Express , Thunderbird or Eudora Mail .
Benefits of using  Weblog Clients are :

  • allow you to write a post even if you are off-line
  • post the same article on many blogs
  • You have a copy on your desktop of all posted articles
  • Drag and drop functionality
  • …………

You are able to use stand-alone software and interact in certain ways with your blog because of a file called xmlrpc.php  , this file is located in the root directory of your blog and makes it possible for you to access your posts . But you don’t have the full scope and power that the WordPress Dashboard gives you . For example you can’t add users or moderate comments .

A couple Blogging Clients that I use :

  •  WindowsLiveWriter:  Comes from Microsoft and you will have that familiar feeling of working with an Office application while using this desktop blog editor.When it comes to features, Live Writer is the most complete desktop blog editor of the lot. It has everything that you would like to see in a blog editor – multiple blog accounts, compatibility with multiple blog platforms, rich text formatting, draft saving, post categorization, picture and tag insertion, spell checking, pinging search engines automatically, and synchronizing draft changes on the editor with the blog.What takes Windows Live Writer a step ahead are features such as inserting maps and videos. Its web preview page scores ahead of the rest since you can see your draft just like the way it will appear in your blog online, complete with design, color, and format.
  • ScribeFire : is a popular Firefox add-on and a blog editor that you can use to post to your blog directly from your Firefox browser. After installing ScribeFire, you will see a tiny notepad like icon on your Firefox Status Bar. Clicking on it will open the ScribeFire blog editor on the browser’s active page. This editor will take up half of the screen space. If you right-click the ScribeFire icon, you can choose to open the editor in a new tab or in a separate window.ScribeFire is pretty convenient in a way that you don’t need to install a heavy program and you can open the editor on your browser in a jiffy. It has a rich text formatting feature, HTML page editing, and a live preview option for your posts before publishing them. Image uploads are possible on FTP accounts. You can categorize your posts, insert Technorati tags, and access your del.icio.us page from the ScribeFire page. You can access your last 10 posts and save unpublished drafts as notes, but you cannot insert tables like in Live Writer.You can have multiple blog accounts with ScribeFire. It is compatible with multiple blog programs like WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Drupal, Textpattern, MetaWeblog, etc. Finally, there is a support forum in case you want to ask any of the other ScribeFire users for advice.
    Configuring these clients is straight forward , during installation , just give your Blog URL  , the Blog type (WordPress)  and username – password . The following picture demonstrates the configuration for ScribeFire

On an self-hosted Blog ( WordPress.org ) , You may have to take an extra configuration step .


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