WordPress Offline blogging
I’ve been using WordPress for quite a while now and searching for a WordPress Offline blogging tool has been a challenge to say the least.
There are a limited number of options out there and they are all dated. I don’t understand why there are not more; especially since I see them appearing for mobile devices. I see this as the optimum platform to develop quality content.
As I understand it the reason is the WordPress blog editor is good so there is no need for an Offline editor. I’d agree, but I’m also the type of guy who loves to work offline, and I love to work with quality tools when I do.
So here I sit (for the “I don’t know how many time”) searching the internet for an offline editors; nothing has changed.
I’m going to be a little persistent though as I have a strong need to find an editor that is not only viable, but easy to use. Why?
Well, I’ve come up with an ideal use case. Clients who are afraid of accessing the WordPress back-end but want to blog. So, Offline blogging is the solution. Here’s the criteria
- Easy to use
- Works on Windows
So my goal is to find them a tool.
So far there are three:
- Windows Live Writer (WLW) – Abandoned by Microsoft but released to the public (finally.) It was last updated in 2012, so it is dated. Still, It works and works well. When offline blogging was popular it was the go-to editor. I’m still think that is true. WLW is part of the Microsoft Windows Essentials 2012 install and the problem I see is (Microsoft says) it is only for Windows 7.
- BlogDesk – another viable option and similar to WLW, but I can’t get it to work anymore
- Microsoft Word – I’ve seen this a couple of times and honestly I’ve only tried It once and went back to WLW, but I think I’m going to give this a try this time.
Word is the default editor in the industry right now, so why not use it for blogging. I remember trying this before and going back to WLW. Now, it may be a better option. There is a blog template and it allows me to connect to my blog site, so we’re at least one step closer. I found an article that reminded me it could be done and I’m giving it a try.
It’s also something most people are familiar with so the learning curve should be minimal for my clients. I’m writing this post in Word to see how it performs along with the difficulty factor.
The next thing is for me to see how this template works with graphics and then try to publish.
If it works I may just have a solution.
It’s not perfect. The formatting did not come over and my headings disappeared. To be fair I need to try it again to see how I fare.