Help with blogging in Word

This article provides information for the Help links within the blog-related dialog boxes in Microsoft Office Word 2007. It also includes troubleshooting information for the More Information button in error messages related to blogging from Office Word 2007.

For more information about blogging in Office Word 2007, click a link in the See Also section.

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Microsoft Office Online: blog providers that work with Office Word 2007

Office Word 2007 supports several different blog service providers, including the following:

  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services    If your organization hosts a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site, ask the site manager to set up a blog page for you.
  • Community Server    Web address: http://www.communityserver.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to purchase your own hosted community site, including blogs, forums, file sharing, photo sharing, and user management. The service is available on a tiered price structure.
  • WordPress    Web address: http://www.wordpress.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to create your own space. The service is free.
  • Blogger    Web address: http://www.blogger.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to create your own blog. The service is free.
  • TypePad    Web address: http://www.typepad.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to purchase your own hosted blog site, including features that facilitate design, posting, Web integration, and community management. The service is available on a tiered price structure.

You may find additional providers by going to the Microsoft Office Marketplace and searching on blog providers.

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My provider isn't listed

  1. In the New Blog Account dialog box, select Other in the list of blog providers.
  2. In the New Account dialog box, select your Application Programming Interface (API) and type in your blog post URL.

The API and blog post URL information may be available from your provider. Check with your provider for an API and blog post URL, and type them in the boxes provided.

  1. Type your user name and password.

Your user name and password are the credentials that you use to log on to your blog account.

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I don't have a blog yet

If you don't have an account with a blog service provider, try one of the following providers, or visit Office Marketplace to learn about provider options.

Here are some blog service providers to try.   

  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services    If your organization hosts a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site, ask the site manager to set up a blog page for you.
  • Community Server    Web address: http://www.communityserver.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to purchase your own hosted community site, including blogs, forums, file sharing, photo sharing, and user management. The service is available on a tiered price structure.
  • WordPress    Web address: http://www.wordpress.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to create your own space. The service is free.
  • Blogger    Web address: http://www.blogger.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to create your own blog. The service is free.
  • TypePad    Web address: http://www.typepad.com
    Follow the instructions on the home page to purchase your own hosted blog site, including features that facilitate design, posting, Web integration, and community management. The service is available on a tiered price structure.

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Help me fill out this section: SharePoint

 Important   Blogging in Word on a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services blog page is available only in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

  1. In the New Blog Account dialog box, select SharePoint blog in the list of blog providers, and then click Next.
  2. In the New SharePoint Blog Account dialog box, type the Web address of your blog page.

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://contoso/myblog/default.aspx, you type http://contoso/myblog in the Blog URL box in Office Word 2007.

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Help me fill out this section: Community Server

  1. In the New Blog Account dialog box, select Community Server in the list of blog providers, and then click Next.
  2. In the New Community Server Account dialog box, type your user name, password, and blog post URL.

Your user name and password are the credentials that you use to log on to your blog account.

Your blog post URL is your blog address plus /metablog.ashx. For example, if your blog address is http://blogs.contoso.com, you type http://blogs.contoso.com/metablog.ashx in the Blog Post URL box in Office Word 2007.

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Help me fill out this section: WordPress

  1. In the New Blog Account dialog box, select WordPress in the list of blog providers, and then click Next.
  2. In the New WordPress Account dialog box, type your user name, password, and blog post URL.

Your user name and password are the credentials that you use to log on to your blog account.

Your blog post URL is the URL of your WordPress xmlrpc.php file, which is usually located in the root folder of your site. For example, if your site is www.contoso.com, you type http://www.contoso.com/xmlrpc.php.

 Note   If you installed the xmlrpc.php file in a subfolder of your site, include the subfolder in the URL. In the previous example, if your copy of xmlrpc.php is stored in a subfolder called /utilities, you type http://www.contoso.com/utilities/xmlrpc.php.

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Help me fill out this section: Other providers

  1. In the New Blog Account dialog box, select Other in the list of blog providers.
  2. In the New Account dialog box, type your user name, password, Application Programming Interface (API), and blog post URL.

Your user name and password are the credentials that you use to log on to your blog account.

The API and blog post URL information may be available from your provider. Check with your provider for an API and blog post URL, and type them in the boxes provided.

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I don't have an image provider

When you view a blog post in a Web browser, the picture appears on the Web page, but it is not contained in the same file as the text of the post. Instead, the picture is stored as a file on a Web server, and the blog post uses Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to specify the Web address (URL) of the picture.

Your blog service provider may be able to automate the process of including pictures in your blog, but not all blog service providers include this service. Contact your blog service provider to determine whether they can also serve as your picture provider.

If your blog service provider cannot serve as your picture provider, you can still include pictures in your blog, but you need to use an image-hosting service as a picture provider. The Web has many free image-hosting services available, as well as premium services available for a fee. For example, you can try Flickr, Photobucket, Image Station, or IMGSpot.

Be aware of any terms and conditions of the service that you choose. For example, free services can enforce restrictions or limitations such as a maximum size of files, total amount of storage, or allowable file formats.

 Note   If your pictures are already uploaded on a Web server, make sure that they are available to the public before you include them in your blog.

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My image provider isn't listed

  1. If your blog service provider can serve as your picture provider, select My blog provider (or, for Windows SharePoint Services, select SharePoint blog) in the Picture Provider list. If you are using a provider other than your blog service provider, select My own server.

 Note   If you don't want to include pictures in your blog posts for this blog account, select None - Don't upload pictures.

  1. If you selected My own server in step 1, type the URLs for uploading and for displaying images.

In the Upload URL box, type the address that you use to upload pictures to your picture provider's server. This can be an FTP or HTTP address, depending on the server configuration. Contact the provider of your picture-hosting service if you need help determining the address to use.

In the Source URL box, type the HTTP address that is used to display the pictures. The blog post will use this address as part of the IMG tag in the HTML of the blog post files.

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More Information

The problems that you are most likely to encounter will occur when you are registering your account, publishing or opening a post, or uploading pictures.

What problem are you encountering?


I see a message that says Word can't register my account

  • Do you already have an account with a blog service provider? You must have a blog account before you can register it with Word. For more information, see the I don't have a blog yet section in this article.
  • If you are typing your user name and password, make sure that the information is correct. It should be the same information that you use to log on to your blog account. Passwords are case-sensitive, so make sure that CAPS LOCK is not on.
  • If you are using Windows SharePoint Services, make sure that you type the correct URL for your blog page. For more information, see the Help me fill out this section: SharePoint section in this article.

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Publishing pictures doesn't work

  • Do you already use a service provider to host your pictures? Check with your blog service provider to learn how pictures are hosted in your blog. If your blog service provider does not host pictures directly, you may be able to use a picture library on the Web (sometimes also known as a photo album or picture gallery) to host the pictures in your blog. Alternatively, visit the Office Marketplace to learn about provider options.
  • If publishing the pictures in your post fails, especially if you successfully published pictures in the past, your storage space may be full. Try deleting some pictures on the server and republishing your pictures.
  • If you are using Windows SharePoint Services, verify that a picture library was created with your blog page. If this library was deleted, recreate it and try again.
  • If you are using a custom Metaweblog provider, your provider may not support uploading pictures. Contact your provider for more information.
  • If you typed an upload URL for your picture options, make sure that the information that you typed is correct.

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Publishing my post doesn't work

  • Make sure your user name and password are correct. Remember that passwords are case-sensitive, and make sure that CAPS LOCK is not on.
  • If you assigned a category to your post (by using the Insert Category command in the Blog group) and the post does not publish, it can be that your blog provider does not support publishing posts in categories. Try resetting the category to None and publishing the post again.
  • Your blog provider may require titles on posts. Make sure that the title is not blank, and then try publishing the post again.
  • You may have saved your post in the Word 97-2003 file format. If the file extension on the file name is .doc rather than .docx, Word cannot publish the post. To publish the post, do the following:
    1. With the document open, click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Convert.
    2. Press CTRL+S to save the file.
    3. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, point to Publish, and then click Blog.
    4. Select the original title of the post and press CTRL+X to delete it, and then press DELETE twice to remove the horizontal line and extra space.
    5. Click Enter Post Title Here, and press CTRL+V to paste the title into the content control.
    6. On the Blog Post tab, in the Blog group, click Publish.

Back to the list of problems

I can't open a post that I already published

Make sure that your user name and password are correct. Remember that passwords are case-sensitive, and make sure that CAPS LOCK is not on.

Back to the list of problems

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Applies to:
Word 2007