Get Word 2007 To Communicate With WordPress
Edit June 2009: We have updated this with a new post (with supporting screen shots) they make it even easier: Go here Setting Up Blogging With Word 2007
What I needed to do to get it to work:
If anyone is reading this online, then it will have been worth the effort of twiddling with the settings in both WordPress and Word 2007 to get it connected. For those with similar setups, and wanting to do the same, maybe I can spare you a bunch of time. I spent a fair bit of time tinkering with this before getting things up and running. Saw the “Word cannot connect to your blog” message a number of times.
I recommend you do the required settings in WordPress before trying to get the Word Blog Post Connection up. Unfortunately, I made a number of changes simultaneously, so I can’t tell you which one was the trigger. Yeah, I know Tech Support would have preferred it if I’d changed one thing at a time in order to isolate the issue, but I don’t have the time. If you do, do it setting by setting, and let us know which one makes the difference.
In WordPress Admin back-end, in Settings:
- Confirm the site URL under General Settings (many cases where Control Panel/Fantastico is used to install WordPress and the “www” bit of the url is not used.
- Confirm the UTC time value was correct under General Settings.
- Then in the Remote Publishing section under Writing Settings, activate both Atom and XML-RPC options. I have no idea what the difference is, but am pretty sure that it was one of these that enabled the link.
- Save those settings, and then fire-up Word.
In Word 2007:
- Click on the Office Button and select Publish> from the menu options.
- Select the Blog option and then Manage Accounts from the Blog Post Ribbon Menu (unless Word launches the Connect to Your Blog wizard automatically – Manage Accounts takes you to the same place, more or less.)
- Click the new button and then select WordPress from the blog types in the “Select Your Blog Provider” drop-down list.
- Click Next to go to the next screen. Enter your sites’ URL into the designated area, fill in your WordPress site username and password details and click “Connect”.
- Blog till your fingers go numb!
This will be the posting tool of choice for BlaBla from here on in.