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Writing your wordpress BLOG articles remotely using XML-RPC (Using Windows Live Writer with your wordpress BLOG)

by MK on December 6, 2008

BLOG articles can be written remotely using XML-RPC interface for WordPress. It is a web service used by several blogging engines and platforms as a standard API for writing blog articles remotely.

Why should you use a desktop blogging client in the first place?

Well most of the bloggers (including myself) have a really tight schedule and are working alongside full time jobs, desktop blogging clients can work offline without an Internet connection, so we can create, edit, categorize BLOG  articles and then when you get online at home it’ll be automatically synced to your WordPress.

And another reason is because Windows Live Writer is a regular Windows program as opposed to something inside your web browser they’re able to do some pretty neat things with the interface and provide a good experience for blogging.

How to enable XML-RPC on your wordpress BLOG –

  1. Login as Admin to your wordpress BLOG.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on Writing under Settings Menu.
  4. Click on the check box named XML-RPC [Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols.]
  5. Save the settings.

If you are using Windows Live Writer, while setting it up, you need to provide the URL to your BLOG as – Your_Wordpress_Blog_URL/xmlrpc.php and your admin username / password for authentication. And you will be good to go for writing BLOG articles offline and can upload or sync as and when you get an Internet connection. You can download Windows Live Writer by clicking here.

A number of “Blogging desktop client” applications used for writing posts offline usually access the blog using this XML-RPC API. Some of the commonly used applications for writing posts remotely are - Windows Live Writer, Zoundry, ScribeFire and BLOGDESK. ScribeFire is a Firefox plug-in. Zoundry is pretty good too, but it is vulnerable to hacking attack, as it can not recognize a bogus certificate if you are using SSL for your site.

I personally use Windows Live Writer and its working well for me so far. Happy Blogging :)


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Armen Shirvanian December 8, 2008 at 10:15 pm

This looks to be a useful way to keep one’s writing going in a normal fashion, when they are not able to get online and log in to their WordPress administration panel. I had not known that an item like this was present, although I assumed there would be something of this type for individuals to record their material when not logged in.

Galla February 13, 2009 at 7:53 am

Just a simple question : what version is your Wordpress ? Is it hosted on Wordpress servers or self-hosted ? I can’t see the checkbox in my Wordpress (hosted on Wordpress) and I must say I really regret it ;-)

MK February 14, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Its 2.7 and is self hosted. Do you own your domain? and did you install wordpress yourself … I guess not and that might be the reason you dont have that option.

joycegrace April 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

Thanks for this, it was really helpful. I actually needed it to enable Gravatar.

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