Blogging Made Easy Using Windows Live Writer

I just discovered that Microsoft has released Windows Live Writer Beta 2 a couple of weeks ago. Windows Live Writer (WLW) is a desktop application that makes blogging easier. It allows you to compose rich blog content from your desktop and publish it to your blog with a single click. Fortunately, WLW works well with Serendipity, the weblog application I am currently using.

Windows Live Writer Beta 2

Compared to the previous release, WLW Beta 2 has more features. It is now very easy to insert and format tables with the new insert table plugin. The thing I like most is the ability to split a given post, which is now supported. This is very useful if you have a long entry and would like to divide it so that it will not occupy most of the front page.

Another feature I like is the ability to post draft versions of your entries directly to your weblog. This is very handy if you are editing your blog at different places. You can just access the draft version of your entry from your weblog and continue working on it, wherever you are. WLW does the synchronization for you.

One advantage of a desktop blog application like WLW as compared to web-based applications is that it will allow you to compose entries even without an Internet connection. You don’t have to be online all the time. So even if you’re on the go, you can still write something for your blog. You can then publish the draft to your blog when an Internet connection becomes available. This is very handy when you’re travelling. 

I have just started exploring the capabilities of WLW Beta 2. In fact, this is my first post using the new version. Upgrading to this version did not introduce any problem at all. After downloading, the upgrade went smoothly. It even detected my previous weblog settings.

Till next post.

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