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September 27, 2010

Windows Live Writer 2011 creates WordPress.com blogs

Filed under: Live Writer, Wave 4, WordPress — Tags: , , — Aaron Bregel @ 2:46 PM

Talked around in the announcement that Windows Live Spaces will be migrated to WordPress.com is that Windows Live will now create WordPress blogs.  This is of course being done via Windows Live Writer.  This has been a super exciting announcement for the Live Writer team.  WordPress is a quality blogging server that has been nothing but helpful to the Live Writer team over the years and we really are looking forward to a great partnership moving forward.  There is a lot of functionality that WordPress.com has that the Spaces team could have never gotten to and to be able to bring this to y’all is really exciting.


Here is a preview of what this looks like in Windows Live Writer 2011.  I should note that you cannot find this functionality in the Beta releases of 2011.  This was turned on post Beta builds.

In Live Writer 2009 the option to create a new blog created a blog on Spaces for you.  Here are the first two steps of that sign-up/configure process.

  2009 second step

From here you could create a Windows Live ID if you did not have one and then you would have a Space created for you.


Here is the Live Writer 2011 sign-up/configure process.

2011 first step 2011 second step


As you can see creating a new blog via the first option will take you through a process that will create and configure a blog on WordPress.Com.  If you already have a WordPress account then of course you would pick the second option where as in Writer 2009 you would have picked the last option, “Other services”.  The second image is if you click Next with “Create a new blog” selected.  If in the second step you click on the WordPress link you will see something like this.

WordPress sign-up


Clicking on the Connect button takes you to this page.  Here you can associate your Live ID with the new WordPress account you are going to create.


After this step it is the standard sign-up process for a WordPress.com blog.  You then receive a confirmation email and if you are still in your sign-up flow in the browser you will see a link to bring you back into Live Writer to help you configure Live Writer to use that newly created blog.



  1. […] This was blogged about this here. […]

    Pingback by What has changed since the Beta refresh for Windows Live Writer 2011? « Aaron's Live Writer Blog — September 30, 2010 @ 5:36 PM

  2. Thanx Man 🙂

    Comment by NegativeTurk — September 30, 2010 @ 10:09 PM

  3. Hi, i just thought i’d post and let you know your blogs layout is really messed up on the K-Melonbrowser. Anyhow keep up the good work.

    Comment by branchenbuch — October 21, 2010 @ 12:06 PM

    • I have never used the K-Meleon browser but whatever your default browser is should not impact how things work in Writer. The internals of Writer are going to use the .Net browser control which is really just IE. If you are having layout issues you should report those in the Writer forums and include your blog server and theme so the team can look at why the CSS of your theme is not being rendered as expected. I have used a Mozilla based browser as the deafult in the past and never saw any issues with Writer because if it.

      Comment by Aaron Bregel — November 4, 2010 @ 1:33 PM

  4. I migred from Spaces to WordPress, but now I can’t update my blog with Live Writer 2011, if I try connect with my old address occurs an error and if try connect from WordPress option it stops on ‘Download Finished’ into ‘Setting up your blog account’ window.

    What could I do to solve this problem?

    My Live e-mail is nalthor@hotmail.com

    Comment by Paulo H G Jorge — November 2, 2010 @ 5:23 PM

    • Paulo if the following does not work please post your issue in the Writer forums as the support team should be able to quickly help you — http://windowslivehelp.com.

      It sounds like you did this but when you migrated your blog from Spaces to WordPress a new URL address was created for your blog. Right now if you type in your old Spaces address in a browser it gets redirected to your new address but for Writer it does not do redirects. You need to make sure you create a new blog account in Writer using the new address and your new WordPress username and password. After you have done so you can delete the Spaces blog account from Writer.
      In the 2011 version of Writer you would select Add Blog Account, select WordPress, Next, and then enter your new blog URL along with your new username and password. Moving through the rest of the options in the end it should detect the theme of your blog on WordPress and you are set.

      Comment by Aaron Bregel — November 4, 2010 @ 1:27 PM

  5. […] Windows Live Writer 2011 (final release version) creates WordPress.com blogs: livewriterblog.wordpress.com […]

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