Open Live Writer–Recommendation

June 19, 2017 - General Computing

A quick ol’ post to recommend this excellent piece of software, For the longest time I just used the built-in WordPress Editor to write, save, edit, etc. Posts. I tried some of the blog writer programs back in 2010 or so, but ended up just going back to directly working via WordPress. I found that more and more I was writing blog posts via EditPad Pro, saving the images for them in the same folder, and then rebuilding them via copy, paste, and media upload tools in WordPress, so I looked at the landscape for Applications that allow a Local software program to be used to edit and “arrange” a post, then post it. Sort of like a Frontpage for Blogs (the negative implications of that comparison notwithstanding, of course…). Open Live Writer is the program I found and have been using as a result of that search, and I’ve been quite happy with it so far. While it doesn’t quite seem to understand the blog theme, it still makes editing and arranging posts quite easy, particularly as I can practically just edit a document like I would a Word Document- insert pictures and all that, and then it will upload them to the WordPress media library automatically. Immensely useful. You can also open drafts and even older posts for editing using the program. It’s quite flexible and now I keep it open in my taskbar, so when a topic pops into my head I can write about it immediately- like this one, for example.

The only downside that I’ve noticed is that since it doesn’t recognize the theme it also doesn’t seem to “get” the crayon syntax highlighter I use, so when editing the code tags are rather boring. Though, they didn’t look any better in the WordPress editor so it’s not like I’ve lost anything, either.

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