Category: ExpressionEngine

February 15, 2008

Setting up Word 2007 for Blogging using the MetaWebLog API

In the past I’ve used Blogjet and Windows Live Writer (WLW) as blogging software clients. I prefer using blogging software clients rather than writing an article from scratch as I’m no HTML expert and once they’re setup they are fairly easy to use. They also seem to give you more control and flexibity when it comes to performing advanced functions such as picture manipulation and formatting. If you want to look at potential blogging clients you could make use of then take a look at this review and comparison of 10 different blogging clients.

Microsoft Word 2007 now allows you to use it as a blogging client and I’m looking at using it more frequently as it allows you to do fancy stuff such as tables, clipart, shapes, smartart and charts. For a good comparison of Word 2007’s blogging features with those of Windows Live Writer read this blog entry. Other useful Word 2007 blogging resources and links from Microsoft are:-

I’m also an avid user of Microsoft OneNote 2007 and you can now blog from OneNote using its integration with Word 2007. To blog a OneNote entry all you have to do is right hand click and choose the Blog This option which will then drop the entry directly into Word ready for publishing to your blog.

Word 2007 allows you to blog on the following platforms and services: -

If you don’t use any of the above blogging services then you make use of the Metaweblog or Atom API which is what I’ve had to do since I run both my blogs using ExpressionEngine. When I first started using Blogjet I penned a blog entry on Setting up Blogjet for ExpressionEngine as there are a few tricks involved especially with setting up the ftp connection to upload images. Setting up Microsoft Word 2007 for blogging is also a process of trial and error and I’ve written this entry to outline how I finally managed to setup Word 2007 for use with ExpressionEngine via the MetaWebLog API.  The main steps involved are outlined below, including the setup of picture options which allow the upload of images to your ftp server.

Step 1 - Register a blog account

Open Microsoft Word 2007, click on the Office Button, then choose Publish > Blog

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Publish > Blog

If you haven’t already setup a blog you will be given the option to register a blog account and will need to click on the Register Now button. In the instance where you’ve already registered a blog account Word will go directly to Step 2.

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Register a Blog Account

Step 2 - Manage Your Blog Accounts

Once you have reached the Manage Your Blog Accounts screen select New to setup a new blog.

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Manage Your Blog Accounts

Choose other for your blog provider

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Choose your blog provider

Choose the MetaWebLog API and enter the blog post URL. Within ExpressionEngine the Blog Post URL can be found in the modules section under the MetaWebLog API. You should also specify the username and password used to gain access to your blog.

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Enter New Account Information

Following completion of your new account information and successful communication with your blog (including acceptance of your username and password) the following message should be presented to you: -

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Successful Account Registration

Step 3 - Manage Picture Options

Should you wish to add pictures, tables, clipart, shapes, smartart and charts to your blog entries within Word then you will need to setup the Picture Options in a manner that will allow the files to uploaded to an ftp server. The first step is to click the Picture Options button seen in the New Account screen shot above and then select my own server as illustrated below.

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Picture Options, my own server 

After selecting your own server you will need to specify the details of your Upload URL and Source URL as outlined in the example below (note that certain information has been blanked out for security reasons)

Setup Steps Word 2007 Blogging - Picture Options, source and upload URL

Having completed these steps you will now be ready to publish your blog entries using Word. Note that at the point of publishing pictures you will be asked to specify a username and password for the ftp server.

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April 14, 2006

Setting Up Blogjet for ExpressionEngine

This post outlines how you can best setup Blogjet for use with ExpressionEngine. I’ve tried a couple of ways to set it up and have come up with the following approach. BlogJet is a weblog client for Windows that allows you to manage your blog(s) without opening a browser. ExpressionEngine is the blogging software that I use to host my blogs. If you would like to know how to setup Blogjet for use with Marsedit or Ecto then check out this post on the EEWiki.

Firstly, download and install Blogjet. You will need to have installed the MetaWeblog API under the modules section of your ExpressionEngine blog control panel and take note of the configuration URL.

To connect Blogjet with ExpressionEngine you should use the MovableType API connection settings within Blogjet. If you plan to upload images using Blogjet you will have to turn on the option to use FTP as follows:

  1. Open C:|Program Files|BlogJet|apitypes.xml in text editor.
  2. Find these lines:
    <API>
    <Id>14</Id>
    <Title>MovableType API</Title>
  3. Scroll down until you find
    <FileSupport>True</FileSupport>
    and replace it with
    <FileSupport>False</FileSupport>
  4. Save file.

Having done this you should now run Blogjet and perform the following steps:

Edit the connection settings

Specify the MetaWeblog API configuration URL of your ExpressionEngine Blog.

Blogjet Connection Settings

Enter Account Username and Password

This is the user name and password that you would typically use to perform edits on your blog.

Configure FTP Connection

Note this option will not appear unless you have carried out the steps I mentioned in the first section of this post.

Blogjet FTP connection settings

Enter Account Title and Address

Blogjet Account Title and Address

Login and Start Using Blogjet

You should now be able to login to Blogjet and start composing your blog entry.

Blogjet

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December 19, 2005

Birthday present - ExpressionEngine 1.4 and FREE Core Released

Today’s my birthday and I got a rather nice present from pMachine, the software company that makes ExpressionEngine, the blogging software I use. A mail they sent me today stated the following: -

We are pleased to announce the release of ExpressionEngine 1.4, as well as our new free version called ExpressionEngine Core.

Version 1.4 is one of our biggest releases to date, delivering over 70 new features and enhancements. Included features are a powerful Extensions Manager, enabling developers to greatly extend the system, and new enterprise features, like entry versioning, relational data capabilities and more custom fields types.

In addition, we are pleased to announce the release of our free ExpressionEngine Core Version. The Core is an unsupported version available for personal use. It comes with 10 add-on modules, making it a great blogging system for those that don’t need extra features like an image gallery, mailing list, or moblogging. We have also reduced the personal license price to $99.95.

If you’re interested in the full story of EE Core, as well as important information for anyone who recently purchased a personal license at the
previous price, please visit: http://www.pmachine.com/ee/new_core_version/

For a full list of new 1.4 features and enhancements please read the change log, located at: http://eedocs.pmachine.com/changelog.html

If you are currently licensed EE user you can download 1.4 from the download area, located at: https://secure.pmachine.com/download.php

The ExpressionEngine 1.4 User Guide also has comprehensive documentation in the following areas:

License Agreement
The terms and conditions under which ExpressionEngine can be legally used.

Requirements
Server requirements for running ExpressionEngine

Change Log
A list of new features, changes, bug fixes in the current version

Installation and Updating Instructions
Step-by-step installation instructions and detailed instructions for updating to the most current release.

Getting Started with ExpressionEngine
Start with a big picture overview then learn the fundamentals by creating a simple two page website.

The Control Panel
Detailed information regarding the ExpressionEngine Control Panel and its many features.

General Information
General information regarding ExpressionEngine including data caching, text formatting, Spam Protection, and more.

Templating System
Learn to use ExpressionEngine’s advanced templating and tagging system to build dynamic pages.

Modules and Tags
Reference guide for incorporating ExpressionEngine’s many modules and features into your pages.

The Knowledge Blog
Online reference of commonly asked questions.

Development
ExpressionEngine’s API, functions, and classes for web developers interested in developing extensions, modules, and plugins.

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