Best Desktop Blogging Software (Updated)
Blogging is a demanding job that requires your time and dedication. But even as a pro blogger, you must move around and travel, which often leaves you with a weak or low internet connection and other such hurdles. In such a case some useful blogging tools and applications can do wonders, and desktop blogging software are one of them.
If you’re wondering which particular blogging app will suit your needs, take a look at this list of best desktop blogging software. These apps have different features catering to your different needs. So, take a look at this list to see which one of these apps will be best suited for your blogging needs.
WordPress.com Desktop App
WordPress.com Desktop App allows you to write, add, edit, and publish posts, and view statistics right from your desktop. You can manage all your WordPress.com as well as WordPress.org blogs (Jetpack is required in this case though) through the ‘My Sites’ option in its dashboard.
The app comes with an editor, which allows you to edit and preview any post, and it saves the drafts like its online sibling. It is the same editor from the online version of WordPress that lets you add content and images and publish or schedule the post as required. Last but not least, it is a multi-platform app that works in Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Open Live Writer
Open Live Writer allows you to write, edit, customize, and publish posts to your blogs. You can also add photos and videos to your posts and edit or enhance the images with its in-app photo editor. It comes with a WYSIWYG editor, which makes writing the content a breeze for anyone with zero coding knowledge.
Moreover, it works completely offline – you can compose posts anytime, anywhere, and publish them later when you are online.
It is a remarkable tool, being an open-source software, and you will find yourself at home if you have used MS Word before. Open Live Writer supports publishing posts to WordPress, Blogger, Movable Type, TypePad, and more platforms but runs on Windows only.
BlogJet allows you to write posts, save drafts, and publish them later. You can insert local and Flickr images as well as YouTube videos directly into the posts, unlike Open Live Writer and Desk.
Thanks to its Unicode support, you can compose posts in many languages, including Korean, Japanese, etc., and spell-check the content in these supported languages. Also, it manages typography automatically for you.
What I liked is its group posting feature, which lets you publish a post on multiple blogs – even if they have different blogging platforms under the hood. It also avails an option to check your blog and provide essential insights.
It supports leading blog platforms including WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, Squarespace, Drupal, and a lot more blog engines. However, it works only on Windows, like Open Live Writer.
Blogo is your portable writing studio, which allows you to write anywhere. It helps you to organize and schedule all your blog posts in one dashboard, even if they are to be published on different blogs. You can write in rich-text and live-preview your blog post anytime while working on it.
In Blogo, like Desk, you can write directly in Markdown, but unlike the former, you can also embed HTML and use syntax highlighting in your drafts.
You can share and add any content (say a video or some text) from any app to Blogo, thanks to its “Send to Blogo” extension. Its pro edition offers more features like support for multiple blogs and syncing to Evernote. It is compatible with and can publish to WordPress, Blogger, and Medium, but works in macOS only.
MarsEdit supports browsing through media on photo apps like iPhoto, Aperture, Flikr, Lightroom etc. and insert them directly into your post or add them as an attachment. I like that one can quickly switch between writing rich text or HTML; thus you can choose per your preference. Also, you can always preview your post using its live preview option.
You can write full-featured posts using MarsEdit while offline and upload them once you have the connection. Another worth-knowing feature is its “Blog This” bookmarklet for your browser, which allows starting a new post whenever you discover something interesting while browsing the Internet.
Lastly, MarsEdit works with multiple engines like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Movable Type, TypePad, etc. but runs on macOS only.
MacJournal works as your all-in-one digital journal, and you can also post the entries as posts to your online blog. This app supports media browsing (like MarsEdit) to pick songs from iTunes, images from the Pictures library, or videos from YouTube. You can sort the entries based on categories and use the Statistics menu to view the content stats.
I liked its “Timer” feature, which helps to monitor the time spent on journaling and the other feature named “Timeline Mode” shows your daily writing activity in chronological order.
Moreover, you can either choose to publish your posts or secure them using a password – an exciting option if you wish to write about daily life. This app works with WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr, and more but can be used on macOS alone.
TypeMetal allows you to compose drafts as well as browse, edit, search, reference, and add excerpts from previous posts – both online and offline. The app features a “Clear View” mode, which brings up a distraction-free editor to help you concentrate solely on the content. Also, you can change font size as well as write directly in HTML.
What I found interesting is that TypeMetal allows creating ‘snippet sets,’ which helps you to develop a vocabulary of formalized common constructs, thus bringing consistency in your posts and speeding up the writing process. Moreover, you can clean and validate your HTML too using this simple app, which works with WordPress and runs on macOS only.
Windows Live Writer
Note: Windows Live Writer is now unavailable.
Windows Live Writer is the Microsoft’s version of Open Live Writer. This tool allows you to add and manage multiple blogs, like others. You can add images and videos (via YouTube only) to your posts. Also, you can write posts in offline mode, save them as drafts, and publish them later whenever you are online. It also allows you to schedule posts.
It has a Word-like WYSIWYG editor for writing rich text and shows an instant preview of your posts using your current theme. Also, this app allows you to set category, author, and slug for both posts as well as pages. It can be used on Windows only and is compatible with WordPress, Blogger, SharePoint, TypePad, and more blogging services.
SharpMT works as an offline blog writing tool that saves the posts to your local disk. You can add categories to a post and edit multiple drafts simultaneously in a tabbed interface using this app. Also, it features a spell checker and supports formatting the text as well.
You can add images to your posts and preview them, thanks to its built-in ‘Previewing’ option. It also supports a bookmarklet (like MarsEdit), which helps to create a new post instantly in SharpMT while browsing the web.
However, SharpMT is compatible with just Movable Type blogs and can be used on Windows alone, unlike WordPress.com Desktop App.
|Blogging apps||Operating System(s)||Blogging platform(s)||Price|
|WordPress.com Desktop App||Windows, macOS, Linux||WordPress||Free|
|Open Live Writer||Windows||WordPress, Blogger, Movable Type, TypePad||Free|
|BlogJet||Windows||WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, Squarespace, Drupal||Trial 30 days / $39.95|
|Blogo||macOS, iOS||WordPress, Blogger, and Medium||Free|
|MarsEdit||macOS||WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Movable Type, TypePad||$49.85|
|MacJournal||macOS||WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr||$39.95|