WordPress 2.3 and Windows Live Writer Support

Windows Live Writer (WLW) uses an XML manifest file to determine what features a blog supports. By default it does a good job supporting WordPress without a manifest file, but that doesn’t include support to mt_keywords (tagging) in XML-RPC methods. The included manifest file turns on tagging support in WLW.

  1. Grab the Latest version of Windows Live Writer.
  2. Now Download the File wlwmanifest.zip from WordPress Trac.
  3. Unzip and upload all the included files with directories into your blog Root Directory (Using any FTP program).
  4. Update or Add your Blog on the Windows Live Writer Accounts.

Then navigate through the tree until you get to HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindows LiveWriterWeblogs{blog-id}UserOptionOverrides where “blog-id” will be a long string of characters that refers to your blog.

For example, the entire string on my system looks like this: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows LiveWriterWeblogs5b086434-14cc-4e6f-836d-c80ebdc69f25UserOptionOverrides.

Under the UserOptionOverrides you need to add a new string value called “supportsKeywords” and it should have a value of “Yes”.

OK, now launch WLW and click the little chevrons on the bottom to the right of “set publish date”.You’ll see a new entry called “Keywords”. You add your WordPress 2.3 tags here, all separated by a comma

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