When I moved from Windows to Mac, one of the pieces of software I missed the most was Open Live Writer.
Having the power to write on my desktop (offline) and then to directly publish from there was something I found to be very productive.
In the past, I have shared a few apps that are good desktop editors for Mac, but until now nothing was close to what Windows Live Writer offered.
Recently a popular Mac desktop blog editor, an app known as “Blogo“, was completely revamped, and the fully loaded version of the app launched. This neat app allows you to blog right from your Mac desktop.
In this article I will be sharing a review of Blogo, as well as instructions on how you can set it up for your WordPress blog.
If you have not yet downloaded Blogo, you can get it from the App Store over here. If you enjoy writing offline on your desktop, and you’re looking for the ability to publish directly from your Mac OS, Blogo is the best solution for you.
Here are some more features of Blogo that made me excited to use it:
- Write offline & when not connected to the internet
- Distraction free writing
- Supports WordPress (Self-hosted & WordPress.com), BlogSpot, Medium
- Update existing published posts
- Moderate & reply comments
- Markdown support
- Built-in image editor
- Set featured image from desktop
- Supports custom field
Once you have downloaded and installed Blogo, open it and it will ask for the blog address to which you would like to connect. Blogo currently only supports WordPress, but in the future it will support other blogging platforms like Tumblr and Blogger.
How to Configure Blogo with Your WordPress Blog:
Download and install Blogo from the above link and open it. The first screen you’ll see will look like the screen below. Add your blog’s address to get started.
After adding the blog’s URL, click on “connect” and you will be asked for your blog credentials. Enter them to connect Blogo with your WordPress blog.
In my case after connecting, it was still showing me the box in which to enter the WordPress URL, so I had to close the app and reopen it.
Reopening the app took me directly to the post tab of my connected blog, where I could start writing.
Once your blog is connected, it will also pull up your published and draft posts which you can edit right from your desktop.
Start writing a new post, and click on “settings” to make changes such as “post” or “page”. You can also assign the featured image by clicking on the post settings from the post writing section, as shown below:
Click on Blogo > Preferences to configure various settings or to add a new blog post. Once you have finished writing the post, click on the preview button on the left sidebar, and for the first time it will create a blog post to fetch your theme style. This is a very nifty feature which will help you to make the most out of the WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) editor.
But before you do that, install and configure the Feed Delay plugin, as it will stop your configured social media accounts from automatically sharing the test post on your social media feeds.
You can learn more about the Feed Delay plugin and usage in this article.
Creating the test post will take a few seconds, and once the test post has been completed, the app will delete the post created.
Once this process is finished, you can disable and delete the Feed Delay WordPress plugin.
When you click on the “save” button in Blogo it will save the article as a draft on your blog, or you can publish your post immediately by hitting the “publish” button. I don’t suggest this, however, because you really should add the SEO meta title and description prior to allowing the post to go live.
You may also want to add a category and tags from the post editor section of WordPress, as Blogo doesn’t pull lists of your existing categories and tags automatically. (They will be adding this feature soon.) Think of this step as the finishing process.
I suggest that you write your blog post on Blogo, and once it is completed save it to “save as draft” in your WordPress dashboard.
Take a break and come back to proof-read and finalize your article. This helps you to proof-read your article with a clear mind, and will ultimately serve to make your article more meaningful and professional.
In the post-writing section you can click on “calendar” to schedule your post for future publication. Another interesting feature is that you can drag and drop images to the post editor section, and they will be added to your post. You can also edit images and configure “alt tag” and “edit image”. You also have the capability of adding any image as the”featured image”, which is a major time-saver.
Blogo is great software for bloggers who are using the Mac OS or iPhone. They are constantly adding new features which makes this software worth every penny of its cost. You can get blogo from the Mac App store by clicking on the image below:
Once you’ve had a chance to try Blogo, come back and let me know what your experience was like, and whether this editor works well for you.
Here are a couple of other amazing pieces of blogging software for your Mac OS:
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