The #1 reason I dragged my feet about switching over to WordPress is because I had played around with their set up, and I hated writing a post in it. It was NOT user friendly, and it wouldn’t let me do what I wanted to do easily. Enter: Windows Live Writer.
LW is an extremely user-friendly free program that you can install on your computer in order to post to your blog. While you may have already heard of it, some of you aren’t sure about what it offers and how easy it is to use. I thought I’d show you.
In the screen shots below, I tried to show some basics that it can do. You may notice that it integrates my blog design as the background so I can get a better visual when typing up my posts. All the basics are there, and it’s simple to add media such as pictures, videos, tables, etc.
It’s simple to refer to recent posts or drafts in the right margin. The screen will look like this when you are not clicked on your picture.
Once you click on your picture, it will allow you to play around with it. The “advanced” tab allows you to crop, edit, resize, etc. I don’t use this since I do any editing in Picasa, but it’s nice to have available if you want to do something to your photo.
One of my favorite aspects is how easy it is to hyperlink to a site. I demonstrated how to hyperlink on a picture below, but it’s just as easy with text. You highlight the text, right click on it, and the same dialogue box will pop up for you!
I read someone’s article the other day on how to watermark pictures, and it was exhausting! LW makes it so easy! It’s as easy as one click. There are tons of options for font, size, and placement—my favorite part.
Once you start to accumulate posts, LW allows you to build a library of sorts. You can add categories and click on which ones apply each time you write a new post. You can also add tags for each at the bottom as well.
In the bottom left of your screen, you’ll see a “source” tab. This is for all of you HTML wizards. This hardly EVER gets used by me because my small brain just can’t handle it. However, the option is there if you need it!
Once you think your post is ready to go, you can click on “preview”. It’ll show a mock-up of what the post will look like on your actual home page. Seriously? Brilliant.
And finally, you can schedule your posts to publish at any time. I’m not much of a scheduler, but it sure comes in handy if I need it.
I know I have barely touched the surface of all that LW can do, but these are the basics that I think you’ll love! I can’t recommend it enough—especially if you’re frustrated with the program you’re using now. My advice is to just play around with it. It offers tons of plug-in options that will allow you to post to Twitter, Facebook, etc. and it’s fun to see all the features it offers.
More questions? Just let me know if there’s something I didn’t address. Otherwise, have fun exploring it on your own!