How do I connect Windows Live Writer to my WordPress blog?

Windows Live Writer is an amazingly powerful, yet simple to use tool for preparing blog posts. If you are not using it, you should! Get it here:

To connect Writer to your WordPress blog (other blogs connect just as simple) proceed as follows:

Open Live Writer.image

At first time use, Writer walks the user through the setup procedure.

Click Next.

The next dialog ask about what service you are using.

In this case click WordPress. If you are using another service, this is where to make the selection.

Click Next.

imageThe next dialog asks for the blog address, your user name and password.

For the web address enter the name of your blog followed by the blog service address, like this:

The dialog will add the http:// prefix, you need not worry about it.

Click Remember my password so the checkbox is checked. This will make later use simple.image

Click Next.

Writer will set up the blog and download the template, “theme”, information from your blog.

This is how Writer will then use the layout, color scheme, fonts, etc. to be able to make writing posts a simple wysiwyg (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) process.

The next dialog will show the blog title that you have set up in your blog. You can leave this as is, or enter some imageother descriptive term.

There is an option to “Share my blog on Windows Live”. Click this to make this connection.

Your browser will open. You will need to sign in to your Windows Live service.

Another windows ask for confirmation to connect WordPress to Windows Live.

Click the Connect button or Cancel should you wish to skip this feature.

You can then close the browser and continue in Writer.

Click Finish.

Writer opens with the theme loaded. Here is an illustration of such an initial window:


Note the window color, font, headers, etc. all there just as you have defined them by the theme you set up.

All you need to do now is enter a post title, the actual post text and click Publish (on the Home tab) to get the post on your blog. It really is that simple.

Note: If you want to configure an additional blog or skipped the initial configuring, click File (the button in upper left), then Options, then Accounts. There is an Add button, click that and it takes you to the “What blog service…” dialog as illustrated above.

Notice the Blog Account tab on the imageWindows Live Writer Ribbon. Click that and you have access to your blog and your blog account. Click Dashboard and your browser opens and takes you right to your WordPress dashboard (you may have to sign in, set the “remember me” options to get right in on future visits).

Note: If you are using another blog service, these option may be different or some may be missing.

Happy blogging!




10 thoughts on “How do I connect Windows Live Writer to my WordPress blog?

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  3. Would you mind enabling rss feeds, because this page is difficult to read on my phone. Don’t mean to be a complainer, but I figure if it would help me it would probably help others as well. Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you for your request! Actually the RSS feed link was there, but I had trouble finding it myself. The reorganization in this and my other blogs should be more helpful to readers. I much appreciate the feedback! Ludwig

  4. Can’t connect to your blog service

    Network Connection Error – Error attempting to connect top blog at:

    moved permanently: Moved Permanently

    Plese try fixing the problem and then try again
    Above msg is showing after filling the domain name, user & pass details, how can do i do this???

    • Live Writer expects that the landing page, i.e. the domain name, to be the blog posting page. You are using a static home page, LW has trouble with that. The xmlrpc.php file should be in the folder at that address (along with the other primary WordPress files). I do not, however, understand the error message, I have not seen that before. You might try using the URL of the blog post page (your News page?) and see it that works. I have trouble reaching your site. Please send me a direct message (see upper right) and I will try to explore the problem with you in detail.

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