Setting up Word 2007 for Blogging using the MetaWebLog API

Posted on February 15, 2008 in AuthoringBloggingExpressionEngine

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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