Post To Your Blog with ScribeFire

November 1, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Logging into your blog to make a post can be quite time consuming – especially if you’re working remotely (possibly via a tethered handset) or you are the contributor to a website with a few server speed issues.

What you need is some sort of blog posting software – a blog manager, if you will, that allows you to access your blog quickly from within your browser.

ScribeFire is such a blog posting tool, and works as a browser add-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Using it to post is simple, so let’s take a look at how to set up this add on and get posting!

Installing ScribeFire

This tutorial focuses on ScribeFire for Firefox, although on the whole the functions are the same for all versions.

To begin, visit www.scribefire.com and press the Install Now button – the website has already detected which browser you are using, and will attempt to install the correct version. Note that FireFox may prevent the web page from installing this extension – you will need to Allow the action in the yellow bar across the top of the page.

Completing installation of ScribeFire will require a restart of your browser – FireFox will attempt to restore any open tabs. Finally, go to the Tools menu to find and activate ScribeFire. You will see a new window appear across the bottom half of your browser, ready for you to setup a new blog!

Add a New Blog in ScribeFire

Get started by clicking the Add a New Blog button, and enter the URL for your blog, then click Next. In most cases, ScribeFire will detect the platform (WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, etc.) and you will be able to skip forward to entering your Username and Password. However if this does not happen, you will need to manually select the blog type and enter the API URL. This changes from blog platform to blog platform – in WordPress, it is http://[blogURL]/xmlrpc.php. Check with the developers of your blog platform to find out what the correct address API is.

With your Username and Password entered, click Finish – ScribeFire will then bounce you down to the next section, entering your Post Content.

Creating a Blog Post with ScribeFire

After entering a Title, begin writing your blog post. This can be as long or as short as you like, and a variety of formatting options are available. Enter bold type, italics, align content left or right, change font colour and font size (if not already controlled by your blog’s CSS) add links and uoqtes and insert images.

If you find that there isn’t enough of the blog posting area on screen, you can alter the amount of space ScribeFire takes in your browser by sliding the top of the window up.

Note that you can also view your content and formatting in HTML Mode, useful for tidying up dodgy markup and cutting out additional HTML that might have been pasted in with some text, such as a quote.

Publishing Blog Posts with ScribeFire

Once you’re happy with the blog post, choose from the list of suitable Categories, which have been synced to ScribeFire from your blog, or create a New Category. Tags can also be added. If you use a WordPress blog with Custom Fields, these will also be added to ScribeFire.

Finally, you should be ready to post – in the Publish section, mark the post as Draft or Private, Schedule if required, and when you’re ready, use the Send to Blog option!

If you chose to make the post Draft or Private, the post will be invisible until it is published or a password entered. Meanwhile, if you used the Schedule option, the post will be automatically published based on the scheduled time.

Congratulations – you just made your first blog post with ScribeFire!

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