Moderate Comments and Add Custom Fields in Windows Live Writer

Quite sometime back I had a email conversation with few of the core developers from the Windows Live Writer team. I had sent them a Windows Live Writer wish list which listed some features that I felt were required in WLW. Thanks to Brandon who caught my tweet and offered to listen to my needs, and Joe Cheng from the WLW team for listening to the requests, some of the features are now available as WLW plugins.

Also Read: Ultimate List of Windows Live Writer Tips & Tricks

The WLW team has announced a new plugin which adds new features to WLW, namely:

  • A plugin to moderate new comments on your blog (Approve/Spam/Delete, no replies yet)
  • A plugin to add custom fields to your blog post (#awesomeness).
  • A plugin to update your blogs tagline.

Moderating Comments in Windows Live Writer

To moderate comments using Windows Live Writer, click on the Comment Management link in the sidebar, or go to Insert menu and select Comment Managementfrom the list. You will be promoted to enter the password for your blog, enter the password and choose if you want to save it for future use.


The plugin will fetch all the recent comments and display it to you, you can approve, spam or delete the comments. However, you will not be able to reply to them. You can also try out another based app to reply to moderate WordPress comments from your desktop.

Adding Custom Fields to WLW

One of the most wanted features for WLW has finally arrived, this was one of the reasons why I wrote the All in one SEO pack WLW bridge. With the help of this plugin, you can now add custom fields to the posts you write in WLW, saving you time and efforts to re-edit the posts in the admin interface, just to add custom fields.


To add custom fields to your post, you will have to first publish an article, before the article is actually published, you will be shown a dialog box to activate the custom fields plug-in for the blog.


Once you have activated the plugin, you will be shown a input box to enter the custom fields for the plugin. Once you have input the values, click on the Ok button to add the custom fields to your post.

The next time you publish an article, the custom fields input box will be automatically shown to you. This feature will definitely save several bloggers a lot of time.

Installing Plugin in WLW

To install the plugin download the WordPressPlugin.dll and add it to the your WLW plugins folder. The plugins folder could be located in either of the folders listed below, based on your installation.

  • C:\Program Files\Windows Live Writer\Plugins
  • C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\Plugins

Once again thanks to the WLW team for adding these features. We certainly look forward to seeing the rest of the things in our WLW wish list knocked off soon :-).

All In One SEO Pack Bridge for WLW Plugin Release

I love using Windows Live Writer and don’t use the WordPress admin dashboard to write posts, however I also make use of the All In One SEO Pack plugin, which allows users to tweak the title of a post, and add keywords and description to it.

However WLW does not have options to add additional fields to the post, so I have to manually go in and edit the posts when I want to customize the title or keywords for SEO optimization once I have published the post.

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Windows Live Writer Backup

Windows Live Writer is definitely a great tool for blogging, and I seldom visit the website to write and edit post, doing everything from the comfort of my desktop (except for a few things for which I am writing a WLW plugin, which many bloggers may love).

However like we always insist on important information, Windows Live Writer is no exception and you must regularly make backups of the drafts, dictionary and other important settings.

Also Read: Ultimate List of Tips and Tricks for Windows Live Writer

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Download Windows Live Writer 2009 [Microsoft Live Essentials]

Microsoft rolled out their new software suite, which contains updates to their desktop based software which include Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Toolbar, Writer, Family Safety, Movie Maker Beta, Connecter, Silverlight and Microsoft Office Live Add-in to upload your documents to your online workspace.


However on new change in this Microsoft Live Essentials is the introduction of Windows Live Writer 2009 which consists of several new and exciting changes over the earlier version. WLW 2009 also sports a new logo, which is much better than the earlier one.

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Ultimate List Of Tips and Tricks For Windows Live Writer

Having being using Windows Live Writer for quite some time I have benefited from several tips and tricks I have learnt from several websites.

Like always we like to share those tips and tricks with everyone, and earlier we have collected and shared 100s of tips and tricks, which we have written or some of the most elite tech bloggers have contributed, which include:

To add to that list, here is a ultimate list of tips and tricks for the most popular offline blogging application, Windows Live Writer (WLW). This list is non-exhaustive will include little tidbits that we will include to make things easier for you.

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Adding NoFollow to Links In Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is probably the one of the gems from Microsoft that is absolutely free. It is the favorite of many a bloggers to post content to their sites and quite frankly we love it a lot too.

Windows Live Writer has a lot of features which has made blogging much more easier than ever. Quite recently Windows Live Writer got some new features like image editing and auto linking.

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Windows Live Writer Gets Image Editing Capabilities

It feels good to be back after a break of 5 days, but in those five days I had a lot of work to do, including finding and moving to a new Apartment to live in. Everything went smoothly and here I am back again blogging from my new apartment which has much more light and is spacious enough to setup a desk so that I can blog comfortably.

Getting back to business, Window Live Writer one of the most widely used blog editor (and my favorite too) has released a new Technical update which includes features like image cropping and tilting, more border styles for your images and support for centering images.

In addition to that you can also add image previewing effects from Lightbox right from the editor itself.

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