Friday, December 15, 2006

Making Windows Live Writer Work With Blogger Beta (Text Instructions)

Author's note on this workaround: I'm not sure this is going to work for all of you yet, but I'm doing my best to assist the developer community to come up with a solution for this issue.

Ok. I'll try to make this simple for you. This tutorial assumes you already know three things:

  1. You're running WLW version 1.0.1 (6).
  2. You're running blogger beta
  3. You know how to get your FEED ID from blogger's Dashboard site.

Step 1:
Delete your blog from WLW completely. Don't skip ahead, because it's a really dumb fix that you'll miss if you follow the instructions WLW provides.

Step 2: Add New Blog
Press Tools--> Add weblog account and follow the prompts:  (Names of Prompts are in Blue)

ADD NEW BLOG SCREEN: Choose the second option, titled "Another Blog Service" and press NEXT.

Step 3: Configure Writer to work with your current blog service.
Weblog URL: ENTER A FAKE ADDRESS THAT WILL NOT RESOLVE! I used "http://text" for mine.
Username: enter your blogger beta email address ""
Password: enter your password.
Press NEXT

(The screen will now say "Analyzing Weblog Settings" which is actually the problem. If you give WLW the correct address, it's going to setup wrong. This way, we're going to trick it into thinking you have some strange custom blog that its not expecting)

Step 4:
Select Provider: Choose "Blogger (Atom)" from the list of available providers.
Remote posting URL for your weblog: This is already going to appear in the text box and it will look like this: "<feed-id>/posts/full"
Replace the <feed-id> with your own unique ID for your blog. This will be a number format and will look something like "1234567890123456"

If you did this, the link will now look like the one below:

Press NEXT

(DETECTING WEB SETTINGS: At this point, the WLW program is going to try to get your template code and do a few other things. It will probably fail.. that's ok. You can fix this in a minute.)

Step 5: Thank you for using Windows Live Writer
Enter a friendly name here for your blog: "My Blog" or whatever you want it to be.

Make sure the "Switch To This Weblog Now button" is checked.
Press Finish


Now, you SHOULD have a new blog post screen opened up before you, but you won't have your blog template yet most likely.... now we fix that.

Go to "Weblog --> Edit Weblog Accounts..."
Choose your blog, and press "Edit" on the right.
When the screen comes up, to edit your blog settings, DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING. Just press NEXT, until you get to the screen with the 'Update Style Template" button. Press this button and wait while the program detects your theme and downloads it to your computer.

Note: Mine gave me the "unable to delete test post" message, but that's ok too. You can do that manually from the blogger dashboard.

Once this is done, you should be able to press NEXT again.
Now, press Finish
Once you get back to your main screen, press "View --> Web Layout" and you should now be seeing your template view on your WLW screen.

I hope this helps you all out. When I tested this, I did encounter one error on one blog, but not on the other. The error was that WLW posted the message as a draft, so it appeared in the user's dashboard as ready to publish but didn't publish completely. We BELIEVE this was a glitch as it seemed to fix itself later.

Comments welcome and appreciated.



  1. your live writer fix worked like a charm for me. found it via msn groups. very handy,thank you ;)

  2. Thank you, sir. It worked. Now I can go and fix the wall I've been banging my head against.
    Paul Nasser

  3. And what about moron cunts like me? What if I don't know the stupid feed ID?

    Or do I just suffer?

  4. Wow.. then you're too stupid to read the portions I outlined in the instructions, directly above.

    Just cause you're an idiot, please watch your mouth on my site. My daughter reads this board and I'd not appreciate her repeating that one.

  5. Though I completely agree your synopsis of your mental faculties.

  6. I just downloaded the newest version of Live Writer. I found my feed id by going to View,PageSource. Will this fix work for the newer version? When I follow the instructions, I get an error 401 - unauthorized access to server. Any suggestions?

  7. So... i had the exact same problem as speak(er)

    Also, i just found out that Word 2007 posts to blogger quite happily. I haven't investigated it too thoroughly, so i don't think you get much of a layout preview, but it's pretty handy to know.

  8. Thanks for the comment about your daughter, well done Cuz.

    Love you.

  9. Hey,

    I've followed your steps to configure my blog account with Live Writer v1.0 (12.0.1183.516) from my Laptop with Vista as OS.

    Every thing went well till the FeedID issue, ie., the Step 4. Secondly, i couldn't see the "Blogger (Atom)" but just Blogger from the options.

    Some how, when i gave my feed id at the mentioned link, i get 401 unauthorized error and there is noway to click ok, as the only possiblity to navigate is back button.

    Recommend me any other solution.

    Thanks for reading

  10. Ok. I've had a few who can't do this now. I'm going to have to work on retesting this tomorrow. It's worked fine for me on XP and Vista and still works ok on my new blogs. Maybe I'm listing one of the steps wrong or something's changed. I'm not sure, but I'll get on it.

  11. Thanks for the help. I used it and everything worked just fine up to around Step 5, and it started picking up automatically. It was able to copy my template and all. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. oh, i'm using Win XP

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  14. I have the exact same problem as Chakravarthy.

    I downloaded Live Writer a few months ago on my old computer and it didn't have this "Remote posting URL" step. It downloaded succesfully and it works fine.

    However, now that I want to download it to another computer, there's this new step that I'm stuck with. I tried your idea (fake URL), and I also tried it with adding the correct URL, but it's just not working..

    Hope u can help. Thanks a lot!

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