Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Blog Posts
TROUBLESHOOTING
Word doesn’t recognize your blogging service’s picture provider
Unfortunately, Word doesn’t recognize the picture-hosting capabilities of some
blogging services and instead leaves you with only two choices: None – Don’t Upload
Pictures (this option is fine if your blog contains only text) and My Own Server.
Don’t be dissuaded by the phrase “my own.” Although you can use your own web
server to host pictures, this is also the option to choose if you plan to use a third-party
image provider. Such services are widely available, often at little or no cost to you.
Flickr, Photobucket, and Shutterly are popular services you can use, and a web search
for “image hosting service” turns up scores more. To use one of them, select My Own
Server in the Picture Options dialog box, and then in the Upload URL box, enter the
FTP or HTTP address that the hosting service provides for uploading your pictures. In
the Source URL box, enter the HTTP address for viewing your picture collection; Word
includes this information in the <img> tag in the blog post.
Unfortunately, you can get into the deep weeds pretty quickly with image providers,
which often make it difficult to find the appropriate URLs to use for uploading and
viewing. If you run into trouble, we recommend trying Windows Live Writer or—if
you’re just starting a new blog—switching to a better-supported blogging service, such
as WordPress.
Working with Blog Posts
You create and edit your blog post like any other document, albeit with a limited set of
tools. The Blog group on the Blog Post tab includes a handful of tools that aren’t seen
elsewhere in Word:
Publish When you finish your post, click Publish to upload it to your blog account.
Click the arrow below the Publish button to expose a second option: Publish As Draft.
This option uploads the post but saves it as a draft instead of publishing it to the
publicly available blog. This allows you to review the post and edit it—either in Word
or using your blogging service’s editing tools—before making it public.
Home Page Click this button to open your blog’s home page in your web browser.
Insert Category Click this to display a content control below the post title. This
content control lets you select a category from a list or type a new one; categorizing
your posts makes it easier for viewers to find posts about a particular topic.
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