Blogging in Word

Before you can begin blogging in Word, you need to register a blog account. Fortunately, you only need to do this once. Here’s how:

Note: August 2, 2016: When trying to publish to Blogger via Word 2016 or Word 2013, you receive the error "Word cannot register your account. The provider where you are trying to publish is unavailable.", or you are otherwise unable to publish. You don't have the same problem when publishing to other blog services (such as WordPress). We're aware of this issue and are currently investigating it. When we have more information, we'll post it here.

Tip:  Before doing anything, make sure CAPS LOCK is turned off. Some things (like your blog account password) are case sensitive.

  1. If you haven’t done so already, click File > New > Blog post to start a post from scratch, or click File > Share > Post to Blog to post an existing Word document.

  2. Click Register Now.

  3. Choose your blog provider.

    • If you’re using Office 365, click SharePoint blog.

    • If you don’t see your blog provider listed, click Other.

    • If you don’t have a blog yet, see below.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Enter your account information. Make sure your user name and password are correct. It should be the same name and password you use to log on to your blog account.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Enter a title for your post at the top of the document and begin writing.

To categorize your blog post (so that others can find it more easily), click Blog Post > Insert Category.

To post a draft of your blog post (so that only you can read it), click Blog Post > Publish> Publish as Draft.

To publish your blog post (so that others can read it), click Blog Post > Publish.

To edit the blog post later, click Blog Post > Open Existing.

If you’re having problems, there are several things you can do. We walk through each of them below.

Don’t have a blog yet?

Try one of the following blog service providers:

  • Office 365
    If your organization has an Office 365 website, ask your site manager to set up a blog page for you.

  • Telligent Community
    Follow the instructions on the home page to buy your own hosted community site. The service is available at different prices for different levels of service.

  • WordPress
    Word supports blogs on WordPress.com (a free service), as well as blogs on a custom WordPress site. For a blog on WordPress.com, follow the instructions on the home page to create your own space. For a blog on a custom WordPress site, ask your site manager for help on how to set up a blog page.

  • Blogger
    Follow the instructions on the home page to create your own blog. The service is free.

  • TypePad
    Follow the instructions on the home page to buy your own hosted blog site, including features that make design, posting, Web integration, and community management easier. The service is available at different prices for different levels of service.

See a message that says Word can't register your account?

Make sure you typed the correct URL for your blog page:

  • For Office 365 and SharePoint Online, the Web address of your blog page is a URL that contains the address of your blog page with no additional information. For example, if the URL of your blog page is http://www.contoso.com/myblog/default.aspx, type http://www.contoso.com/myblog in the Blog URL box.

  • For Telligent Community, your blog post URL is your blog address plus /metablog.ashx. For example, if your blog address is http://blogs.contoso.com, type http://blogs.contoso.com/metablog.ashx in the Blog Post URL box.

  • For WordPress, your blog post URL is the URL of your WordPress xmlrpc.php file, which is usually in the root folder of your site. For example, if your site is www.contoso.com, type http://www.contoso.com/xmlrpc.php. If you installed the xmlrpc.php file in a subfolder of your site, include the subfolder in the URL. For example, if your copy of xmlrpc.php is stored in a subfolder called /utilities, type http://www.contoso.com/utilities/xmlrpc.php.

  • For other providers, ask your provider for the blog post URL and “metaweblog API” (they should know what that is).

Having problems with pictures?

Do you use an FTP server to host your pictures? Check with your service provider to learn how pictures are hosted. If your provider doesn’t host pictures directly, you may be able to use a picture library on the Web (also known as a photo album or picture gallery) to host the pictures in your blog.

If can’t publish pictures and you could before, you may be out of storage space. If you can, delete some pictures on your server and try again.

If you’re using Office 365 or SharePoint Online, make sure a picture library was created with your blog page. If the library was accidentally deleted, recreate it and try again.

If you’re using some other blog service provider, it may not support uploading pictures. Contact your provider for help.

If you typed an upload URL for your pictures, make sure the URL is correct.

Having problems publishing the post?

If you assigned a category to your post (by clicking Blog Post > Insert Category), your blog provider might not support categories. Reset the category to None, and try again.

Your blog provider may require titles on posts. Make sure the title isn’t blank, and try again.

Lastly, your post may be in an old, unsupported format. Copy and paste the title and text to a new blog post (File > New > Blog post), and try again.

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