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linux blogging softwareNo one can deny that blogging has brought plenty of personality to the Internet. Not only that, but some very popular sites today run on blogging software as their framework, in order to make creating and sharing content a lot easier.

These pieces of blogging software, such as WordPress, offer a great, intuitive interface of their own. However, some people, for whatever reason they may have, might like to use a blogging client on their computer rather than blogging straight in the browser.

There are options available for Windows and Mac, but what about Linux? No need to fear, Linux is covered too.

About Blogilo

Blogilo is a decent blogging app made for the KDE desktop, although it works just as well under GNOME. In case you’re wondering where the name comes from, Blogilo is “blog tool” in Esperanto. If you are running KDE, you should already have Blogilo installed. If not, or if you’re running a different desktop environment, you’ll need to look around in your package manager. Where Blogilo is located varies from distribution to distribution, but your best bet is to look for something called

kdepim-blogilo

or similar. However, Fedora users, for example, won’t find such a package, as Blogilo is combined with other programs into the single

kdepim

package.

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Features

Once it’s sitting happily on your hard drive, you can go ahead and launch it. You’ll find it under your Internet category. When it’s launched, you’re greeted straight away by the main editing window. The layout is quite simple. At the top you have your menus and main buttons, including creating a New Post, Save Locally, Submit, a drop-down box of which configured blog you want to write for, and Opening the blog in a browser.

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Below those buttons is the main window for where you write your post. Alongside your title, you have multiple necessary formatting buttons for your post, as you have by now come to expect. You can also choose between the Visual Editor, HTML Editor, and a Post Preview. However, the Post Preview may not always work, as I’ve come across an instance where it has not. Below the editing box you’ll see the “media list”, which lists any media files that you have inserted.

To the right of that you’ll see some more options. Under Blog Posts you’ll find a list of posts that you created, which you can choose from and edit. Under Post Categories you’ll find all categories that are configured on your blog, so you can select which category that post you’re currently writing should go to. In Post Options, you can choose the status of the post (if you have permission to do so), allow comments and trackbacks, modify the timestamp, and add a permalink (if you’re using WordPress) and summary. Finally, in Local Entries you’ll find all articles that you wrote using Blogilo.

Setting Up Your Blog

Writing a post is great, but you can’t do it without having a blog configured! Doing this is very simple, just go to Blog > Add Blog. Enter your blog’s base URL, your username, and your password. Blogilo will then automatically configure everything for you, even the blog API!

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Options

You can also configure some settings, although there isn’t much to configure, and that is reflected by the amount of options available. One option I suggest that you enable is spell checking. Other than that and the fact that there is no word count, this piece of software is pretty much perfect.

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Conclusion

If you’re an avid blogger and use KDE, I highly recommend that you try this out if you haven’t already. It’s clean design and ease of use make it a great choice. Also, being able to write a post without having to worry whether you’re connected to the internet in order to reach the editor is another great benefit. So try it out, I’m sure you’ll like it.

Are you a fan of blogging software rather than using the blog’s own editor? If so, which one do you prefer?

  1. sujal upadhyay
    October 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I tried it. I have blogspot blog. I did not find any labels section for blogspot. It has categories for wordpress. I just clicked refresh and it kept on refreshing, and did not seam to end the search. I had to shut down.

    It has tags. These are not similar to labels of blogspot blogs (even though it is tagged as labels).

    Is there anyway to bring the labels of the blogger blog.

    Thank you.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      I'm sorry, what has tags? Blogilo, WordPress, or Blogspot?

      I'm not completely sure about how to get in Blogspot's labels into Blogilo. I would expect that it would do so when configuring the account. See if Google can give you some answers, and make sure that you're using the very latest version of Blogilo and your operating system.

    • sujal upadhyay
      October 18, 2011 at 5:44 am

      WordPress has features of Tags. tags are different from labels that blogger has. Blogger features labels, which are called category in wordpress. Basically label and category means one and same thing, as I understand.

      I configured blogino for blogger, and I did not find any way to find label. While configuring, blogino asks for username and passsword and then extracts all the details (and should automatically extract labels). Windows Live Writer does that automatically.

      Regarding the version, I downloaded a month ago. It was in repo of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid. I updated software manager and then installed it. 

      Still I will check the version. I am currently typing from XP.

      Thanks

  2. Barnabyh
    September 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    It didn't update my list of blog posts in Blogilo in Fedora KDE 14, major shortcoming. 

  3. Danny Stieben
    August 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I see that other people are having that problem with BlogSpot as well. (http://blogilo.gnufolks.org/forum/topic/failing-miserably-configuring-blogspot-account). Is the exact same happening to you?

  4. Ankur
    July 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Is it same or similar to live writer and offers WYSIWYG experience for WordPress? 

    • Danny Stieben
      August 7, 2011 at 6:50 am

      I've never tried Live Writer, especially because I haven't used Windows as my main OS for a couple years now. However, yes, it has WYSIWYG features as mentioned in the article. :)

    • Ankur
      August 7, 2011 at 10:25 am

      ok, will check it out . 

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