5 more reasons why you should use Windows Live Writer

This article is a continuation of my previous article titled 5 reasons why you should switch Windows Live Writer, just in case you need some more convincing before switching to WLW. Below are five more reasons why you should use WLW as your desktop blog client.

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1. (HTML) Headings

Easily set heading texts. Just place the cursor on text and select the type of heading from the dropdown menu on the toolbar. Set it to h1 (the largest and most important heading), h2, h3, h4, h5 or h6 (the smallest and the least important heading) with a single click.

headline heading windows live writer

Headings provide hierarchy and structure to post content, not only to your reader but also to search engine crawlers.

2. Hyperlink attribute settings

hyperlink open new window tooltip and nofollow

Position the cursor on the hyperlink and hit the hyperlink icon on the toolbar to open the above dialog box. You can easily set the following hyperlink attributes.

  • The ink to open in a new window -automatically inserting target="_blank" in the link.
  • title tag -to set the content of tooltip on mouseover.
  • rel tag -i.e to set link to nofollow.

3. Image attribute settings

You can choose to link an image to its source or to a separate web page. And you can change the source image size too (if you link the image to the source).

image hyperlink windows live writer

Want to make your image SEO friendly by adding alt (alternate) texts to your images, yet hate having to add them in the post HTML? Well, with WLW you don’t have to touch the HTML. Just click the picture, click Advanced tab and enter the text in the box at the bottom.

alt (alternate) tag text box

4. Pushbutton table insertion

Do you know it takes four HTML tags to make just a single cell table? Yes, you need <table>, <tbody>, <tr> and <td> tags. And of course for the tags to work, you have to properly nest them. But then again why bother, with WLW you don’t have to know any HTML to create a table. Adding it to your post is just a few clicks away.

 table wlw

5. Auto pinging

Let the world know when you publish a new post. Add your favorite ping services to the ping servers list in Tools > Options > Ping Servers. Every time you publish a post, WLW will ping them for you.

ping windows live writer


16 comments to "5 more reasons why you should use Windows Live Writer"

Nas June 27, 2010 at 2:03 AM    

thx 4 info..i have used it already..its worth 4 me...but sometimes,when i offline,i cant open this windows live writer...why?

Greenlava June 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM    

Sorry I have no idea. I Googled it to no avail.
Anyway thanks for stopping by.

Dirishani June 29, 2010 at 12:06 AM    

Thank you very much for the info.

cronixsoul June 29, 2010 at 8:37 AM    

Thanks! very helpful!

Greenlava June 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM    

Thanks for dropping by guys.

Unknown June 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM    

Good post, I didnt know the image alt tag notion , cheers

Greenlava June 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM    

Thank you, and welcome.

Dirishani July 2, 2010 at 11:54 PM    

It looks like when I display more than one photo side by side each other there is a problem in display on the blog, (you can look here http://dirishani.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-saw-this-red-thing-outside-my.html) . Do you have any idea how to solve? I know nothing about html.

Greenlava July 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM    

The source url for the second picture takes me to "Not Found". That's why it doesn't show up. Have you tried deleting the picture and readding it?

Dirishani July 5, 2010 at 1:01 AM    

Yes I did that several times and didn't work. I've uploaded the pictures directly in blogger post editor and I think I'll stick to that. Thank you for your help.

Nancy July 28, 2010 at 11:13 PM    

How can I move the [!--more--] link to the right in all my posts (publishing to blogger).

Greenlava July 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM    

Add this in Template Designers's CSS editor:
.jump-link {float:right;}

Layla Abdo December 16, 2010 at 12:01 PM    

what about youtube embed code that I was entering to my html post, is WLW build in for this option ?

Greenlava December 16, 2010 at 5:20 PM    

@Layla Abdo
Yes you can embed just by entering the Youtube vide URL.

Rackmount LCD May 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM    

Really it is very useful. There is so much information on this site keep posting good information like this.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest March 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM    

I too like WLW better than Blogger, but I haven't been able to find a way to "set" my WLW so it knows that "my" format for "my" blog is always the same--picture in center position and medium size. Is this not available? And having to enter the watermark on each picture is also tedious. It seems like "customizing" a WLW "template" would be soemething that's out there but I don't know about it. True?? Thank you.

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