John Kaster

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Windows Live Writer support on our blog server

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We’ve just updated our customized WordPress blog software to support Windows Live Writer (WLW). (We needed to support logging in from WLW, because we’ve implemented single sign-on support with Developer Network accounts for the WordPress browser interface.)

This is a very nice WYSIWYG client application, which requires the .NET runtime. There are also plugins appearing for WLW. You can select "Add a Plugin" from the WLW interface to see a list of dozens. Another site listing plugins is Windows Live Writer Plugins. Expect to see support for WLW for GetPublished and CodeCentral in the near future, particularly if people start adopting WLW.

By the way, this post was written with WLW, mostly to test it out. There’s a lot more WLW can do besides inserting hyperlinks. It can insert pictures, tables, maps, videos, and more. If you’re using WLW or doing plugins for it, please post a comment to my blog with a link to your work.

I just learned that as long as you use WLW to publish a blog post, it also allows you to edit and republish that same post. That’s a very nice feature, too.

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Written by John Kaster

September 22, 2007 at 10:05 pm

Posted in EDN, IT Industry

7 Responses

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  1. I’ve been using Windows Live Writer for a while. It is pretty neat. I’ve been using it with Blogger, however it is time for me to switch. I’d really like to use wordpress, however I am a SQL ‘Windows’ type.. dasBlog is also an option….

    Brad P

    September 23, 2007 at 1:40 am

  2. Brad,

    Thanks for the link to your test post. That prompts me to mention that one of the first plug-ins we’ll be producing is for YAPP (http://lingua.codegear.com/yapp/), which should make it much easier to do code-based posts for CodeGear products.

    John Kaster

    September 23, 2007 at 8:49 am

  3. Oh yeah .. why are you switching off Blogger? I’ll also be interesting in learning which blogging engine you decide to use.

    John Kaster

    September 23, 2007 at 8:50 am

  4. Blogger is fine if you use their hosted site. If you want to use a lot of the newer features within your custom template, you can’t (there are some hacks that get you ‘almost’ there)

    Brad P

    September 23, 2007 at 3:01 pm

  5. You’ve got the wrong URL for the Windows Live Writer link. It looks suspiciously like an article you e-mailed to me over the weekend, instead of http://get.live.com/betas/writer_betas. 🙂

    David Clegg

    September 24, 2007 at 2:03 am

  6. Thanks Cleggy. Whoops! Fixed the link, via WLW 😉

    John Kaster

    September 24, 2007 at 10:06 am

  7. Brad, thanks for the follow-up. Good to know.

    John Kaster

    September 24, 2007 at 10:07 am


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