Blogging has now become so easy that everyone can do it, and you might think it couldn’t be more simple. Well, it can! If you would rather not use Drupal’s editor, which can be slow and more difficult to use, you could use one of these top ten desktop blogging clients. These are programs you install on your computer which sit on your desktop. You prepare your post through the client, and then submit it to the blog from your desktop to the remote server. Simple!
Blogjet includes all the features provided by most blogging platforms, so you’ll hardly notice the difference between blogging on this and directly through Drupal. Features include a WYSIWYG editor, easy image editing, Flickr and YouTube support, a spellchecker, Auto Replace, post management and search tools, blog statistics, and a customizable interface. Prices start at $39.95 for single users.
Ecto is a slick editor for Mac users. It brings users a whole host of features such as drafting, spell checker, creating links and attachments, categories, text formatting, comment options, syntax colouring in the HTML editor and many more. It comes with a 21 day free trial so you can test it out before laying out any money, and the cost is low at $19.95.
The major advantage of Bleezer is that it’s free, so if you want to try out a desktop client, this would be a good place to start. It runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, so it is refreshingly versatile. Features include WYSIWYG editing, image uploading, category support, tags (from multiple tag services), custom markup, spell checker, and advertising support with any service such as Ping Technorati, weblogs.com, or ping-o-matic.
Drivel Journal Editor places emphasis on elegant design, but also has some great features, including spell checker, HTML syntax highlighting, offline composition and editing, automatic recovery and journal system extensions. The system runs on GNU and Linux, and it’s free to download.
ScribeFire is an extension of Mozilla Firefox, and it’s free to download. It integrates with your Firefox browser. Great features include dragging and dropping formatted text from pages on your browser into the editor, taking notes, uploading images and posting to multiple blogs easily.
MarsEdit is a great desktop blogging tool for Mac users. It’s features include a no-frills, easy-to-user interface, Flickr support, easy uploads and a media catalogue, previews, a re-blogging button for your browser, and a customizable editor. The tool is priced at $29.95 and upgrades are $9.95.
Thingamablog runs on Windows and Linux. What makes it stand out from other desktop blogging tools is that it doesn’t require a third-party blogging host, a cgi/php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. You only need FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server. Aside from this, it has some great features, including publishing to multiple blogs, blog entry management, one-click publishing, email publishing, customizable templates, category support, custom template tags, and ping services. All of this, and it’s free to download.
w.Bloggar is free to download, and boasts of a host of features. Running off Microsoft, the tool includes features that let you import text files, add links and images, format text, publish to multiple blogs, use category and title fields, upload images, import and export, and use colour highlighted HTML code. Added to this, w.Bloggar is now available in a portable version that you can unzip to your USB device.
RocketPost2 has a lot of the standard features of desktop blogging tools, but a few that make it stand out, such as quote tracking, one-click Technorati, Flicker and Del.icio.us tags, and automatic links to related posts, as well as the ability to schedule posts for future publishing. Prices for home users start at $29.00.
Blogdesk is free to download. Its handy features include image upload, publishing to multiple blogs, a blog wizard, easy linking and automatic links to local files such as MP3s and editing of posts already published.
With features like these, especially on free tools, there’s no reason to delay. Try using one of these tools and see if your blogging productivity increases!
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