How To Use Blog Editors

FuguHub version 5.0 includes a number of improvements, and one of the improvements is better support for the vast number of blog editors available. In this tutorial we show you how to configure Microsoft Word, the ScribeFire blog editor, and Microsoft Live Writer for use with the FuguHub's CMS/blog plugin. 

Using Microsoft Word as a Blog Editor

With FuguHub, you can configure programs such as the most popular Microsoft Word to become a blog editor with just some easy steps and having a blog account setup with the FuguHub server.

There are many types of blog editors, but what most people want is for blog editing to be more convenient. Most people usually have Microsoft office on their laptops or desktops. Bloggers would really like to know how to use Microsoft Office, specifically the Microsoft Word, as a blog editing tool and fortunately, it can be done by just following some easy steps:

Start by opening up Microsoft Word and create a new document. If you have MS Word 2007 or later you will need to select the create "new blog" under the document options panel.  This will open up the Microsoft word blog editor.

  1. Click the Word button
  2. Click publish
  3. Click blog
  4. The Microsoft Word Blog Editor opens

The next step is to actually connect the BarracudeDrive server with your Microsoft word blog editor.  To do this you simply click the "manage accounts" button.  You'll see a drop down menu. You'll want to click that, and scroll all the way down to "other". Select that.

The next thing that you want to do is to go ahead and select the "MetaWebLog" in the drop down menu next to the API setting.

Once you've done that, you'll want to go ahead and enter your server name using a secure URL.  You'll want to enter the URL for the blog that you are wanting to publish to.  So, if you are wanting to publish to your blog, you would simply ensure that URL into the text box located next to "blog post URL".


You'll see an area that says "enter account information".  This is the information that you can pull from the credentials that you configured when you set up your FuguHub CMS admin page.  It is important to realize that this is not the same set of credentials that you selected for your standard FuguHub credentials.  These are your specific CMS MetaWebLog credentials.  This is your login username and password for your blog.

The next step is to go ahead and click the tick box for "remember password".  This will allow you to login without having to reenter all of your credentials every single time.  It just makes things easier.

Click OK, and you can now make any edit within the word blog editor and it will be updated on your FuguHub CMS.

For example, if you want to go ahead and create your first post, you could do so now.

The first thing that you'll want to do is create the post title by selecting [enter post title here] within the word document and making the change.

You can then add the body of the post, add pictures, add links, and even add video.

With the FuguHub and Microsoft word you can quickly and easily publish your very own blog.

Using the ScribeFire Blog Editor

ScribeFire is a perfect solution for those who are facing difficulties in editing their blogs. ScribeFire is a quick and easy browser plug-in that is both convenient and powerful. People can post their articles directly to their blogs while surfing the internet. This article explains how to use the ScribeFire Blog Editor to run a blog. Follow these simple tips and you will be well on your way to publishing!

In order to start using ScribFire, users need to install this plug-in to their Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser.

To do this you will need to search for the ScribeFire plug-in via the web for installation on the browser. If you are looking for the Chrome version of the plug-in, then I recommend heading over to the Chrome store and checking there. For Firefox users, the plugin is easy enough to find simply by doing a quick Google search.

After adding the ScribeFire Plug-in to your browser, a Scribefire icon will appear in your toolbar through which bloggers can edit their blogs by posting articles directly through this plug-in. Once your ScribFire has been uploaded to your browser, it is very easy to access whenever you need to post. You can find the tool in your toolbar by pressing F8 or by clicking on the ScribFire icon that you will see on the right hand side of your toolbar. The image to the right shows the ScribeFire button when installed in the Chrome browser.

In order to post articles through Scribefire, users need to click the icon. A new tab will appear in the browser. In that new Tab, you will need to click "Add a New Blog". After clicking the "Add a New Blog" button, a window will be opened in the tab where bloggers will need to enter the URL of the blog and then they need to enter all of their user credentials. User credentials are simply the user ID and Password of your blog. Once that is done click "finish". 

  1. In ScribeFire, click the "Add a New Blog" link to bring up the new blog configuration dialogue.
  2. Enter your server domain name. We use in this example. You must use your own server IP/domain name.
  3. ScribeFire will pull in all required information from your FuguHub server when you click the Next button.
  4. Enter the user credentials you configured on the FuguHub CMS admin page. Note, this is not the same as your standard FuguHub credentials.
  5. Click Finish.

After clicking "Finish", the window will disappear. You will then be taken to the previous tab where you can edit your blog by entering the title of the article and creating the text for the body of the article.

After an article is entered with a user defined title, you will need to click "Publish Post". This is where the magic happens. Your article will be posted to your blog.

This process can be repeated as many times as you deem necessary to increase the traffic to your site.

There are many similar tools and plug-ins available on the internet that enhance the browser with advanced features to edit the blogs of different bloggers. With the help of ScribeFire, you will also be able to edit various files present in your blog, like pictures and video, and make edits to your HTML code.

This is perhaps the most effective tool for the busy blogger that serves as an exceptional feature of editing the blogs with advanced tools. This is an effective tool worth downloading. Anyone who is looking for an effective plug-in or an add-on for their blog, ScribeFire is a very good option.

Using Windows Live Writer

Today, there are many different ways to run a blog and many different software programs which help create, edit, and work with blogs easily. If you are wanting to create your own blog, but still have no idea how to actually create one, then take a look at this list of tips on how to use Windows Live Writer to run your blog .

Windows Live Writer is special software which helps you create and write various posts to your blog right from your desktop. This software has a simple and easy to use navigation.

To start running your blog successfully, it is necessary to download and install Windows Live Writer on your PC. This program consists of many different parts such as software for photos and movies, various messaging, e mails, blogging, etc. You can choose anything you need or just install a Writer. 

After the program is installed, you will be asked some questions about the software navigations like toolbar, messenger, etc. Choose the  features you will need while working and click the "OK" button.

Installing and Configuring Windows Live Writer

  1. Download Live Writer
  2. Start Live Writer
  3. Start the Weblog Account Wizard
  4. Choose "Another weblog service" on the "Choose Weblog Type" page
  5. Click the Next button
  6. Enter the URL: http://your-server-name/blog/
  7. Enter the exact same username and password as you have set on the CMS configuration page
  8. Click the next button

Live Writer will now automatically connect to your FuguHub blog. Live Writer will ask you if you want to download the styles from your blog. Select Yes. You should decide what template you want to use on your blog prior to downloading the style. You can at any time update the style in Live Writer.

The following video shows how easy it is to publish a blog with pictures. Live Writer allows you to drag and drop pictures into the editor. The editor automatically resizes the images to a size more suitable for your blog. By pressing the publish button, Live Writer automatically uploads all images you have in your blog entry to the FuguHub server.

After all setups are done, you can easily start blogging. You will see a small page that looks like a screenshot.
You may start by writing your post title and then add some posts.

There are three options in Windows Live Writer: "Edit", "Preview", and "Source". If you need to insert a few pictures, just go to "Insert Picture" and choose a few pictures from your computer.

After you enter the title, the text of your blog post, and finish adding some pictures, you can easily publish your post by clicking the "Publish" button.
By following these simple tips on how to use Windows Live Writer to Run a Blog , you will easily be able to run and manage your blog. Good luck and happy writing!

Edit the CMS Pages Using an External Blog Editor

You can also edit the CMS web pages using an external blog editor in addition to editing the blog. Do not submit as new blog post since this will cause the page to be on the top level and the page rank will be set to "hidden" e.g. -1. Instead, use the CMS page manager and create a blank page using the page manager. This is required in order to get the correct placement for the CMS page. You can then use a metaweblog compatible editor to modify your existing pages. Most blog editors let you edit existing blog entries in addition to creating new entries.

To edit existing CMS web pages, create a new blog connection, using your blog editor, to the following URL:

Posted in Tutorials Friday, April 13th, 2012

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