Disappointed that Windows Live Writer and b2evolution don't mix

Windows Live Writer was released this week, with new versions of all the Windows Live applications.  I've been following it in beta for over a year.  However all my attempts at using it with b2evolution have not been successful enough to use it for my general blogging.

Metaweblog seems to be the most stable API, using Wordpress, Blogger etc, don't even bring up the full list of categories to post to.  Metaweblog has some shortfallings, like not being able to delete or edit posts which makes it much less usable than it would otherwise be, it also disables comments, which means I have to go to the web based editor to turn them back on per post, I don't expect anything too fancy like image uploading - that can be worked around quite easily as most client side blogging tools can upload images over FTP to a web site.

Hopefully b2evolution's support will improve, it has remained stagnant for too long in this area.  These client side applications are becoming more popular, there are literally dozens of different ones now, and even Word 2007 can post directly to blogs.  It is something that should be given a high priority to keep b2evolution competitive with other blog engines.

Update: I'm pleased to say Windows Live Writer works great with the 2.4-RC2 version of b2evolution.

4 comments

Comment from: Global Citizen [Visitor]
Global Citizen

Hey - I just came across this article. You are spot on! Have you come across anything that addresses this? (I know you only posted this a few days ago ;)

I'm using b2evo on my site as well, and was hoping to be able to do some offline blogging and then some uploading when I hit internet hotspots.

Ah well, I will keep my eye on this blog..

Nice skin, BTW, very clean. :)

14th November 2007 @ 03:34
Comment from: Francois [Visitor]  
Francois

b2evolution 2.4 will be fully compatible with Windows Live Writer. Promise. I have it working on my desk ;)

And it gets better: we now have RSD support which makes configuration of Live Writer a piece of cake.

17th January 2008 @ 15:34
Comment from: [Member]
Paul

That's good to hear Francois, keep up the good work.

17th January 2008 @ 15:44
Comment from: jenno [Visitor]
jenno

I have b2evolution 2.4 installed, but how can I configure Windows Live Writer to work with my blogs? And what is RSD support and how does it work?

22nd February 2008 @ 18:16


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