Have you felt a need to write blog posts offline but not in a text editor or a word processor? Have you ever wondered if there was some program for writing blog posts offline? Have you wanted to preview how your offline posts would look when published on your blog, without the need to click preview on WordPress? Have you felt a need for a software program which could post to any blogging platform and not just WordPress? Have you ever wished you didn’t have to learn about so many blogging platforms?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, you’d definitely love to use this wonder of a program called Windows Live Writer. What’s more, it’s free and it’s from the software giant named Microsoft!
Below are 7 reasons to use Windows Live Writer (an offline Blog editor) over online blog editors like WordPress and Blogger.
1. Windows Live Writer can post to a number of blogging platforms including self-hosted WordPress, WordPress.com, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint Blog, LiveJournal, Movable Type and many others.
2. You can see a live preview of what your blog post will look like, by just switching to the preview tab while writing your post. You can also edit the source code by switching to the Source tab.
3. You can directly publish your post to your blog from within WLW, by just hitting the publish button. This assumes you have previously added your blog account in Windows Live Writer.
4. WLW downloads your blog theme when you add your blog account, so you can preview your posts before hitting publish. You get three tabs near the bottom of the WLW post window – Edit (the default tab on which you write posts), Preview (clicking which, you can see a live preview of your blog post you are writing in the Edit tab), and Source (using which you can edit the HTML source code for your post, if needed).
5. You can add multiple blogs on different platforms and switch between them using the Blogs menu option, which is just a click away.
6. You can use different fonts for your posts and it’s as easy as selecting the fonts in MS Word. In contrast, you may have to search and install plugins for using fonts within the online blog editors and even pay for them.
7. You can add images by just dragging and dropping them from Windows Explorer into your open blog post in WLW. There are some other offline blog editors available but they don’t yet support dragging and dropping of images. This is now supported by the latest versions of WordPress, but resizing the images is where WLW shines. When you click an image in WLW, you get Picture options on the right side of WLW to change the image options and resize it with a click. The default options are small, medium, large and original, but you can add a custom size too. You can even add some effects to your images, or watermark it if you like.
WLW has some good image adding and editing features and you don’t have to click and wait for another page to load (which still seems to have some problems even with the latest version of WordPress), to add/edit the images. You can also just drag and drop images into your posts and then select the image and you get the editing options. You can even watermark the images.
Have you ever used Windows Live Writer? Do you use an online blog editor like WordPress or an offline one? Did you like the above reasons to switch to Windows Live Writer? Which of the above reasons made you switch to Windows Live Writer? Let us know in the comments below.
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