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Weblog Client

A Weblog Client is software you run on your local machine (desktop) that lets you post to your blog via XML-RPC. In some cases, the Weblog Client can even manage your weblog entries. You might think of Weblog Clients as the equivalent of email clients such as Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and Eudora Mail. Essentially, the Weblog Client allows you to write a post even if you are off-line; then, the next time you connect to the Internet, you can publish that post.

For information on blogging by email, see Blog by Email.

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Advantages

The advantages of using a weblog client include:

  1. The ability to write posts without having to go on-line
  2. The ability to save drafts
  3. A nicer interface
  4. Fancy formatting features
  5. Features like cross-posting to multiple blogs
  6. Faster uploading and addition of photos
  7. The ability to keep local backup

List of Client Software:

Windows

Mac OS X


Linux

Browser-Based

Cross-platform browser-based clients. Also see Firefox Add-ons and Chrome Extensions.

  • AddToAny - Chrome & other browsers via bookmarklet(s)
  • Apture - Add-on for Firefox
  • Deepest Sender - Add-on for Firefox/SeaMonkey
  • ScribeFire - Firefox Add-on. Formerly known as "Performancing"
  • Shareaholic - available for various browsers
  • WriteToMyBlog - web-based, IE & Firefox only
  • Zemanta - Firefox Add-on/IE Plugin/also available as a bookmarklet

Mobile

Android

BlackBerry

iPhone

J2ME

Nokia Phones

PalmOS

Vim script

Develop Your Own

You can always develop your own. Many scripts in Perl, Python, PHP, Applescript and Java have already been written and are ripe for the picking (and tweaking). If you are planning on developing a Mac OS X Dashboard Widget, start with Apple's very detailed documentation.

Your XML-RPC server/path are as described here:

  • If you login to WordPress on http://example.com/wordpress/wp-login.php, then you have:
    • Server: http://example.com/ (some tools will just want the 'example.com' hostname part)
    • Path: /wordpress/xmlrpc.php
    • complete URL (just in case): http://example.com/wordpress/xmlrpc.php