Windows Live Writer

Ponzi hates the WordPress admin interface – hates it to the point where she complains about it every time she views it. As such, I think she’s decided to stop blogging (although she loves talking about blogging, she never actually gets around to doing it). I don’t mind it with SpotMilk, actually. Every time I go looking for a desktop blog management tool, I always go back to the original Web interface. The Windows Live Writer is hoping to change all that, but they’re not even close to winning me over (haphazard fonts, few customization options, built on the slow .NET platform, etc.). I think it’ll be good at v3.0, but let’s just see if Ponzi likes v1.0. Until then, I’ll continue to prepare posts in Outlook message windows. Anybody else giving this newly-released Windows Live Writer utility a stab – or comparing it against other clients like w.Bloggar (which is also in sad need of updating)?

27 thoughts on “Windows Live Writer”

  1. Been trying it out for a couple weeks internally and so far really good (FYI – I am a softie). Definitely a mark improvement over using the WordPress GUI as well as my old way of writing within Notepad and pasting it into WordPress.

  2. WLW doesn’t even support WordPress properly, although it claims to. It inserts extraneous ‘p’ and ‘/p’ tags into the post, with the end result that the post will have a blank line at the top when you publish it. It’s Frontpage all over again!

  3. David, I’m from the Windows Live Writer team and wanted to check on your comment about extra ‘p’ tags. WordPress is one of the primary blogging platforms Writer supports and we tried very hard to make sure no extra whitespace is inserted. I just created a post on and am not seeing any leading ‘p’ tags:

    Which version of WordPress are you using? Also, did the editor show there was leading line ‘p’ at beginning post body in the editor before you posted, or are you saying it got added during the publish? Writer does not automatically strip any whitespace that is inserted at the beginning of the post in the editor, but it does strip whitespace from the end of the post when publishing. If you used the BlogThis button to start your post, it will automatically insert a leading paragraph element so that you have a place to insert your own commentary outside of the predefined blockquote. Unfortunately, if Writer doesn’t automatically remove that placehold paragraph if you don’t enter anything into it.

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  5. Calling the .NET framework slow is to exaggerate. A .NET application may not be as fast as native Win32 one, but a lot of improvements have happened since the release of version 2.0.

  6. I was looking at the latest version of Live Writer and it seems to work really well with WordPress. I would assume that Microsoft has a new version from when you wrote this in 2006. Chris, what do you think about their current version? Should I move to it?

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