Here are some links to go with the talk I gave to the July 2016 WordPress Perth meetup that covered WordPress Blogging Clients.
Here is the PDF of the Talk – WordPressBloggingClients.pdf
1. Windows Live Writer
Officially supported as a WordPress.com authoring tool
Can still download and use on Windows 10 as part of Windows Essentials 2012
No longer being maintained.
2. Open Live Writer
- Fork of Windows Live Writer.
- Open sourced via the .NET foundation.
- Windows Only
- Actively developed, but slow updates.
- Check back in a few months.
3. WordPress.com Desktop (Calypso)
Desktop application for Windows/OSX/Linux that runs very similar code to the wordpress.com `create a new post’ page and other wp-admin pages.
- Actively being developed, but still in beta.
- Uses the new WP REST API.
- Drafts are stored in your wordpress post drafts area
- Needs the Jetpack plugin to connect your blog to wordpress.com for authentication to work.
- Faster editing and more convenient that the wp-admin pages to create a new post.
- Great cross platform support and syncing of text between platforms.
- OCR and Screen grabbing clients etc.
WordPress for Android/iOS.
- If you can stand typing on a glass screen or an external keyboard then WordPress’s clients for mobile and tablet are an option.
- Great for uploading photos from your phone for eg.
- Check to see how well they share drafts and upload media etc.
So Which is Best ?
Start by reading the power point …. and then you’ll realise that there are too many dimensions on any comparison matrix. Ask yourself what is your most important criteria?
For me speed is number 1 and cross platform / sharing drafts is next most important.
Windows Live Writer was FAST for editing, created clean HTML but never was cross platform.
WordPress.com Desktop is cross platform, but still kinda slow and a bit clunky, and it tends to butcher the HTML. It does centally store drafts which is a bit plus and enables great cross platform authoring.
So no “1” is best, try them all and see what you like most.