Configure and Start Blogging With Open Live Writer

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Windows live writer doesn’t require any introduction. Windows Live Writer (WLW) from Microsoft is a blog editing application for composing and managing blog posts. You can create your posts offline and publish them later. It is one of the best and powerful blog post creator in Windows operating system. The live writer itself is a most powerful application to use. Support of Windows live writer is an issue and Microsoft abandoned the project. But still sticking to Live writer!

Don’t worry, Now Windows live writer became an open source blog editor: Open Live Writer ( It makes us easy to write, preview, and post our blog post. Open Live Writer is now an open source application enabling you to the author, edit, and publish blog posts. It is based on a fork of the well-loved but not actively developed Windows Live Writer code. Open Live Writer is now provided under an MIT license. The source code of Windows Livewriter is available at github.

Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. It is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blogs posts offline and then publish on your return. Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.

Configuring a WordPress Blog

To set up your WordPress blog with Open Live Writer, you need to configure it first. If you are running Open Live Writer for the first time, OpenLiveWriter prompted to add an account like the one displayed below.

You can also add WordPress accounts later. To add an account, click File menu, choose Options. The option box is popped on the windows. Select Accounts from it. On the right side, you can see, Add, Edit, View buttons. Click Add button to add a blog account. Click OK.

Now you are welcomed to a new dialogue box, asking, “What blog service do you use?”You have to select the blog type, in your case, select WordPress. If you are using Sharepoint, Google Blogger, Typepad you must select the other corresponding options. After selecting WordPress from the options list, click Next.

A new box like the one shows below will appear, showing “Add a blog account”. Fill out the box carefully one by one. Enter the web address of the blog, here in my case You can easily find the address by directly going to your WordPress blog and get your website address. It is usually the address of your blog’s first page. The “user name” is your login name for the WordPress account. The password is naturally your password. You can give tick mark to “Remember my password” if you don’t want to enter the password each time. The app store the password for you.

If you want to keep the password (not recommend for a shared or public computer), check the “remember my password” checkbox, you will not have to enter your password again.

Click next, and if you have entered in all the above correctly, Open Live Writer will set up your blog. If you have multiple blogs under the same username, you will get to pick which blog to set up. Next, you will be asked if you want to download your theme. Don’t be panic, the device will send a temporary post to your blog and download the theme, after that the temporary post will be trashed by the application. You won’t see the temporary post in your published or draft folder, sometimes may appear in trash box. Ok, the app downloaded the theme from your blog (nice feature, recommended). Now you can enter your blog nickname in the new popup box. This will help you to identify your blogs if you have more than one. Click Finish and you are done.

Now your Open Live Writer is ready to blog.

Configuring a WordPress Blog

First choose the blog type as Google blogger, in the next step provide Google blogger login details. A browser window will open and login to Google Blogger with your usual username and password. Now a permission dialogue will appear like one shown below. Give permission to access your blogger settings. Give a blog nickname in the next box. Click Finish and you are done.

Here are some plugins you can use it with your old Windows live writer plugin. But may not work with new Open Live Writer. Currently, there are no plugins for Open Live writer, you can check the Open Liver writer’s Plugin’s page.

Polaroid Picture

(Download Plugin)

Add cool Polaroid-style pictures to your blog. This plugin allows you to tilt your Polaroid in either direction and even add a text-caption to the photo. Can configure default options, custom sizes, and border styles.

Insert Video

(Download Plugin)
Insert a video from MSN SoapBox, Google Video, YouTube, MySpace Video, Yahoo! Video, muveeMix and now videos and BrightCove Videos. Usage is easy, just click on the Insert Video link, then copy and paste the link into the text box. Alternatively, you can now just paste the video link into the blog entry and the plugin will do the rest. Now fully compatible with Windows Live Spaces.

Insert Code

(Download Plugin)
Insert Code for Windows Live Writer will format a snippet of text in a number of programming languages such as C#, HTML, MSH, JavaScript, Visual Basic, and TSQL.

Picasa Image Plugin

(Download Plugin)
With this plugin, you can easily insert images (Links, slideshows) you have in your Picasa Web Albums into your blog. You are able to upload new images into existing albums or create new albums.

 Insert File(s)

(Download Plugin)

This will let you basically put a blog entry up with attachments. You can have up to three files get published with your blog entry. Not all blog services are support, Windows Live Spaces, Blogger and LiveJournal have *no* support for this *unless* you are using FTP publishing. Some providers have good support for uploading files, some have limited support.

Tag Generator

(Download Plugin)
A tool to automatically generate tags based on the content of your post. Supports Technorati, WordPress, and Blogger.


(Download Plugin)
Access Flickr directly from Windows Live Writer and insert/embed images from your Flickr photosets into your content.


(Download Plugin)
FacebookPhotos allows Windows Live Writer users to add photos uploaded into Facebook directly into their blog posts. It uses Facebook.NET library to enable communication between Windows Live Writer and Facebook.

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