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Posted by on Jun 7, 2009 in Random | 7 comments

Setting Up Blogging With Word 2007

(This post is specific to setting up Word 2007 to work with a self-hosted WordPress blog. It may work similarly with other blogging platforms and to hosted blogger sites, but I can’t be certain of this.)

Blog via Word 01 A while ago, (before Greg destroyed the office laptop!) I wrote about how I was able to setup my Word 2007 installation to take advantage of its’ new built-in Blogging feature. (Getting Word 2007 to Communicate with WordPress and 123 Easy WordPress Post From Word 2007). A couple of people (okay, one person – thanks Mike!) asked for more information at the time. It seems that I was not/am not the only blogging–newbie who has struggled to get this done. Sadly, I managed to get it working with more of a hit-and-miss process at the time, and couldn’t really give anyone the step-by-step process I followed.

However, with us having to re-install the entire system recently, I tracked and screen-shot the process this time, and offer it here as a guide that will hopefully reduce the number of "Unable to connect" messages that you get when setting up your Word 2007 installation to blog directly from it.

  1. Make sure that you have setup your WordPress install to allow for Remote Publishing. You’ll find it under the "Writing" section on the "Settings" tab from the main Dashboard.Blog via Word 00
  2. Whilst you are your blogs’ back-end, also make sure that the user that you want to set up in Word has a valid user account that allows posting on your blog.
  3. Be sure that your internet connection is up and running before you attempt to create a blog connection.
  4. Launch Word 2007, select "New" from the Office Start button, and then click on "New blog post"
  5. Blog via Word 02A series of blog account registration screens follows – it is these that seem that to cause the most issue for most of us… The first simply requires you to confirm that you would like to Register A Blog Account. A quick click on the "Register Now" button to get going.
  6. From the "New Blog Account" window, click on the drop-down arrow alongside the "Choose your blog provider" list, and select "Other" at the end of the list. The "Next" button should now be active. Click to move on.Blog via Word 03
  7. The next screen ("New Account") requires you to complete the information specific to your "Other" blog platform. Select "MetaWebLog" from the "API" drop-down options, and enter the full url to your blog, with the addition of /xmlrpc.php into the "Blog Post URL" field – in our case this was http://www.blabla.co.za/xmlrpc.php.Blog via Word 06
  8. Below these options, complete the "User Name" and "Password" fields with the details of a Registered User who has posting rights for your blog. Once these details are completed, click on the "OK", continue past the security information warning screen and you should see the "Account creation successful" information message. Note the additional point that you are able to create additional accounts using the "Manage Accounts" button on the "Blog Post" tab on the Word ribbon toolbar.
  9. Blog via Word 08Blog via Word 07If all goes well, and your account is correctly created, you should now see the basic   New Blog Post edit screen. Once you’ve done with the typing chore, clicking on the "Publish" button should result in the appearance of the information bar just above the post title that will confirm that your post has been published. The "Home Page" button on the toolbar will launch your blogs’ front page in your browser of choice for you to confirm.Blog via Word 09
  10. Also note the small "More Options" arrow attached below the Publish button from where you can also choose to "Publish Draft" versions of your posts in case you want to use the WordPress backend to make adjustments, add tags, etc.

Remember that the chief reasons that I am using this option are that my spelling is so poor, and my internet connection is equally so. I can type, format and spell check my posts now without having to be online, and then simply connect for the few seconds that are needed to publish the posts. Also, the ability to download, open and edit posts previously published using this tool, is a big plus to me as well (Click on the "Open Existing").

That’s it then. Let me know if this works as well for you as it seems to be working for us.Blog via Word 16

7 Comments

  1. Oh, and Greg will be doing a similar thing to cover his preferred desktop blogging tool – Live Writer – in the near future.

  2. this is a nice tutorial. Thank you

  3. Pleasure! Glad it helped someone.

  4. I thank you for this info. I was struggling to get it working and realize after your advise that I missed step #1 only the most important thing

    😀

    I thank you for your easy to understand guide.

    • A great pleasure Russo. Glad it helped you find the solution to your posting issues.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial. I battled to set up Word 2007 with WordPress until I came across this post. Thx 😉

    • Hi Gary & Welcome to The BlaBla Blog – nice to see that we’re being visited from Oz!

      Glad that this post is still of value to people. Using Word 2007 as a blog editor is very useful if, as you say, you can get it to function well. I believe that there have been some further improvements and enhancements to the the system introduced with the release of Word 2010, but am yet to see it in action.

      You may also want to have a look at Microsofts’ LiveWriter tool – a dedicated offline blogging client – as an alternative to Word. I know there are a number of others as well, but LiveWriter is the one most of us around here use fairly successfully.

      All the best, and happy blogging!

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