Open Live Writer formerly known as Windows Live Writer is a desktop editor for Windows computers that helps us to connect to our WordPress blog from our desktop. This tool helps us to create and publish blog posts right from our desktop without logging in to our WordPress dashboard. This tool is an open-source application and is completely free to use. If we are running a multi-author blog then we might not always want to give access to our WordPress dashboard to our guest authors. In that case, we can ask our guest writers to use Open Live Writer to publish the draft content to our blog. In this tutorial, we can learn how to configure Open Live Writer to publish a blog right from our desktop.
Step1: Download Open Live Writer
Step2: Double click on the .exe file to begin the installation process.
Step3: Select WordPress as the blog service that we want to use.
Step4: Next, we have to connect to our required website by providing the web address, username, and password.
Note: We should only be providing a contributor role to our guest authors. This will give them permission only to create a draft blog on our website. We can later review the content and publish it.
Step5: Once we successfully connect to the blog we can see the below screen.
Click Yes to download our theme. This will help the tool to configure the look and feel of our post in the tool editor just like our actual post.
In the next screen just provide a nickname for our ease of use. This name does not have any significance.
Step6: Click the Finish button to complete the setup. Now we can view a text editor screen similar to Microsoft Word. Let us now create a sample post on this editor as shown below.
Step7: We can now post this blog as a draft to our site. For this click on the Post draft to blog option on the top menu.
Note: I have provided the credentials of a contributor level user before while setting up this account. So if we try to publish the blog directly by clicking the Publish button we will get the below error.
Step8: Let us now login to our WordPress dashboard Posts section to view this blog on the drafts.
We can now edit this post as usual.
Make the necessary edits and publish the post.
Thus in a few simple steps, we have created a post using Open Live Writer and published it on our WordPress blog.
Note: We could also ask our guest authors to share the content in Microsoft Word format. It is quite easy to import the content from the word document to our WordPress blog. WordPress also has concepts of private or password-protected posts that help us to share content with a specific audience. This concept might be helpful while dealing with guest author content.