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10 Essential Features to Look for in an Offline Blog Editor

If an Offline Blog Editor Doesn't Offer These Features, Don't Bother

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The best offline blog editors offer the same features that your traditional blogging software such as Wordpress or Blogger offers. The difference is, you don't have to rely on an internet connection to write your blog posts, which can make your work easier and faster. Depending on which offline blog editor you choose, you'll have to log into your online blogging software to accomplish some tasks. While most offline blog editors provide the basic features you need for everyday blogging activities, there are some essential features you should make sure an offline blog editor provides before you commit to using it.

1. Cost

It's important to understand that there are several offline blog editors that are completely free to download and use. Windows Live Writer, BlogDesk and Qumana are just a few examples. Before you commit to using a specific offline blog editor that has a fee attached to it, check to see if there is a free alternative that offers the features you need.

2. System Compatibility

You'll need to be certain to choose an offline blog editor that is compatible with your computer. Determine whether you use a Windows or Mac-compatible computer and what version operating system you're using (Windows XP, Vista, etc.), then check to make sure the offline blog editor you choose is compatible with that system.

3. Allows You to Save a Draft

Sometimes you'll be in the middle of writing a blog post when something calls you away from what you're doing. Make sure the offline blog editor you choose allows you to save a draft of your work to return to at a later time.

4. Allows You to Add Tags to Your Posts

Tagging your posts is very important in terms of helping search engines find your posts. Make sure the offline blog editor you choose allows you to add tags to your posts.

5. Provides Auto Pinging

When you publish a blog post, it's important to make sure it pings Technorati. Make sure you select an offline blog editor that allows you to automatically ping when you publish a post to your blog.

6. Offer the Ability to Change the Time Stamp of Your Posts

If you like to write posts now but not publish them until a later date (for example, when you know you'll be on vacation but still want posts to publish in your absence), then you need to be certain the offline blog editor you choose allows you to change the time stamp of your posts.

7. Provides an Easy-to-Use Image Feature

One of the best parts of offline blog editors is the ease of adding images to your posts that offline editors provide. Make sure the offline blog editor you choose provides a simple tool for adding images to your posts. This is a task that should definitely be made easier and faster with an offline blog editor, not more difficult or more time consuming.

8. Ability to Break Up Post with "More"

If you write a long post, you may not want the entire post to appear on the home page of your blog (some readers don't like to have to scroll too far to get to older posts on your home page). When that happens, you need to be able to add a "More" or "Continue Reading" tag that will truncate the post where that tag is inserted. Readers will then click the link to continue reading the remainder of your long post on the post's specific page on your blog. Make sure your offline blog editor allows you to split a long post.

9. Able to View HTML Code

The more you learn about blogging, the more likely it is that you'll begin to learn some basic HTML. When that happens, you may want to view the HTML code for your blog posts to make specific edits. Choose an offline blog editor that allows you to view and edit the HTML code for your blog posts, so you're prepared when the time comes that you need that feature.

10. Allows You to Add Categories

Unless your blog is very well established, it's likely that you add categories to your blog on at least a somewhat frequent basis. If that's the case, make sure the offline blog editor you choose allows you to add categories. If that feature is not offered in your offline blog editor, you'll need to log into your online blogging software every time you want to add a new category to your blog. This could be time consuming and frustrating if your blog is fairly new and you add categories often.
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