Known Problems/Solutions with Writer and Your Blog Platform
We don’t have a page up yet that tracks the different bumps you may encounter on the road to blogging bliss; there are lots of different blogging platforms out there and infinite varieties of configurations, and we don’t always work perfectly (or even work at all) with every one of them.
Here are some known issues, with solutions, if any.
[General Connectivity Issues]
If you’re behind a proxy (if you’re on a corporate network, you probably are; if you’re at home, you’re probably not) and Writer seems to be having trouble connecting to your blog server and/or FTP server, try installing .NET 2.0 Framework if it isn’t already installed. .NET 2.0 does a better job of automatically picking up your system’s proxy settings than .NET 1.1. You don’t have to uninstall .NET 1.1–if both versions are installed, Writer will use 2.0.
We don’t work with Blogger Beta (yet). Not sure if your Blogger blog is a Blogger Beta blog? If you login using a Google account ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), it’s a Beta blog. If you login using a Blogger account, it’s not (and thus should work just fine).
Blogger Beta should work fine for you if you’re using Writer version 1.0.1 (6) or later. If it doesn’t, and you’re using a custom template, it’s almost certainly because you need to add the following line to your <head>:
<b:include data=’blog’ name=’all-head-content’/>
Then try adding the blog to Writer again.
Image publishing doesn’t work. Blogger currently doesn’t offer tools like ours a way to upload photos to their service. (I know it works with Picasa–Picasa is made by Google, same company that owns Blogger, so they are using some internal undocumented functionality that we couldn’t legally use even if we reverse engineered it.)
I personally haven’t seen this but according to at least one user, you may need to enable a separate password for API access.
Update 9/6/2006: Problems galore on MovableType when the host server is on Windows with IIS as the webserver. The HTTP headers returned by MovableType are malformed, and keepalive doesn’t work properly. Feel free to try it, and if it doesn’t work, just wait for the next release of Writer.
Update 2/9/2007: We don’t support posting as draft for MovableType, because by default, MovableType doesn’t support posting as drafts through its client API.
See this article for instructions.
We don’t work with Vox (yet).
Update 9/6/2006: Vox actually doesn’t implement any complete weblog editing APIs at this time. If and when they do, we will make sure Writer works with them.
Windows Live Spaces
Added 9/26/2006: There’s a bug in our code that causes image uploads for Spaces to time out prematurely, especially when a post contains multiple images. We think we’ve got this fixed for the next release, which is coming very soon.
We’ve seen random problems with custom WordPress installations with WordPress server plugins installed. A good place to start is to disable your WordPress plugins and see if your problems go away.
Update 3/9/2006: Some users have been reporting that Writer can’t upload images to recent versions of WordPress: when you try to publish, you get the standard “The following images cannot be published because the weblog does not support image publishing” error. This may be due to WordPress being unable to create/modify its <wordpress>/wp-content/uploads directory (if so, you will see an error to this effect even when trying to upload files through the WordPress web-based interface). To fix, make sure that the directory exists, and that it can be modified by the user account that WP uses.
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