Open Live Writer
Some might have heard of Windows Live Writer, which was highly rated blogging software that Microsoft has now discontinued. Open Live Writer is a fork of Windows Live Writer, so is effectively a revamped, open-source version of the original program. Open Live Writer enables you to edit and update WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, DasBlog and Move Type blogs. Open this page on the software’s website and click Download to save the program’s installer.
The program has a WYSIWYG editor that’s similar to MS Word. The editor includes numerous text formatting, bullet point and alignment options. It enables users to insert images, videos, maps and hyperlinks into their posts. Open Live Writer also has inbuilt image-editing options for you to enhance images with. The developers are also planning to enhance Open Live Writer with some extra plug-ins. So Live Writer is back with a bang.
Post2Blog, like most of the others here, is a freeware WYSIWYG blog editor. It’s portable software that runs from a USB stick. This supports up to 30 blog providers such as Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress and Typepad. Press the Free Download button here to add this software to Windows.
Some of the advantages of this program are its automatic image uploading, built-in hyperlink validation, bilingual spell checker and that it enables you to add posts to blog from Firefox and MS Word with the Post2Blog toolbar. Post2Blog integrates with a variety of online services so that you can add Technorati, Flickr, Buzzwords and 43 Things tags to posts or upload pictures to Flickr and Image Shank. The software‘s toolbar also has plenty of formatting options for posts including smileys and strikethrough effects.
Qumana is freeware software that has some interesting tools and options for updating and editing existing blogs. It has a clean GUI that incorporates both WYSIWYG and HTML source view editors to edit posts with. This software integrates its own Q ads into the posts, and it works with most of the major blog host. You can add Qumana to Windows, and other platforms, by pressing the Download button on this Softpedia page.
One of Qumana’s most interesting tools is the DropPad. That’s a small clipboard utility which you can drag images, text and hyperlinks into to insert in blog posts. This blog editor also enables users to import and edit posts that weren’t originally created within Qumana and ping URLs to websites when you update blog. Technorati tagging is another handy option included in Qumana that can boost traffic.
Those are six top-notch blog editor software packages to update and set up blogs with. With those you can draft posts offline, and the programs also have some handy tools and options that aren’t included in WordPress or Blogger.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.