You are warned that there is no going back! Does that makes you apprehensive about the new Blogger Beta?
Well I took the irreversible step yesterday and found it has been smooth sailing so far. There were some issues in making Windows Live Writer work properly, and these I've tried to explain below.
Before the Plunge
Please be aware that customizations and third party code in the template would be lost, if you switch to the new layout in place of template.
You don't want your blog to look like a diva without make-up on Sunday morning, so set aside a little time for the switchover. Getting everything back is easy, but it isn't an automatic process.
Especially, remember to setup AdSense again.
Also be sure to:
- Download Windows Live Writer Version 1.0 (145). Earlier versions won't work.
- Get a Gmail account.
After you have migrated to Blogger Beta
If you haven't already installed the latest version of Live Writer do so now. You can install over your existing version.
Take the steps as outlined below.
Start Live Writer and select Edit Weblog Settings from the menu as shown here:
Now, fill in the details about your blog. It is important to write your username as the full gmail ID.
(I didn't and the Live Writer failed to download the blog template. Therefore, "Web Layout" and "Web Preview" options didn't operate initially.)
Everything should happen automatically hereafter and you can settle down to enjoy enhanced blogging experience or coffee (or whatever).
Update:Oops! The Live Writer may fail to automatically detect your blog settings and take you to a configuration page.
It would ask the following questions. (Answer to the first is already filled in.)
Type of weblog you are using:You need to provide the missing
Remote posting url for your weblog:
Click on Settings, which will take you to the setting page, with a url like: http://beta.blogger.com/blog-options-basic.g?blogID=?????? in the address bar.
Copy and paste the
You’re now done!