Offline Blog Editors let you write new posts for your blog even without internet connectivity. I was a complete “offline blog editor guy” a couple of years back. But now I don’t touch them.
And you should also stay away from them as well.
Want to know why? Here are some reasons:
WordPress has come a long way in media handling and there’s one things that many people do not notice. In fact, when I was starting with WordPress, I didn’t know about it for a full year.
There’s a menu option, Settings [rarr] Media.
Go ahead, go to your WordPress dashboard and go to the menu. You’ll see a screen like this:
Here, you can set some sizes. But what do these do?
WordPress automatically generates smaller images of these resolutions when you upload the image.
Every time you upload a big image and choose to include “small” or “medium” sized image in your post, it is a smaller image that WordPress shows, not the original one.
This is something that Blog Editors don’t do. Sure, you can resize/crop in some of them but they still won’t get into this much optimization.
Read more about Media Settings.
This is first reason to stay away form them.
SEO and Other Meta
Almost every SEO plugin or theme add some boxes under blog editor to let you add custom SEO info.
Genesis even allows us to change the layout of post if required straightaway from here.
Blog Editors can’t do that. I have used a lot of editors and while some of them offer custom fields, nothing matches WordPress Editor.
If you choose to use an offline blog editor, you will have this workflow:
- Write a post.
- Hit publish.
- Go to Admin.
- Add SEO/Meta information.
If you’re anyway logging into dashboard and adding stuff, why not write there to start with?
This is second reason for not using an Offline Blog Editor.
WordPress Editor Improvements
WordPress Editor used to be inferior to offline options some time back. But with evolution of web technologies, it has become much better.
With WordPress 3.6, it will even save your posts locally in the browser to recover in case of a browser/system crash. Further Reading: WordPress 3.6 New Features and Changes.
The distraction free mode is a great way to write which blog editors don’t provide.
Auto Save and Revisions let to revert posts to older versions easily which will come in handy when you want to recover some specific part of post.
And not to forget that it is continuously improving while offline blog editors have mostly remained stagnant(I’ve tried Windows and Linux options, a lot of them! No one is improving as fast as WordPress Editor).
This is the third reason.
WordPress editor is completely free and feature rich. Offline editors, however, are either not that feature packed or pricey.
The best editor on Windows, Live Writer is updated just 2-3 times a year by Microsoft. Microsoft Word, a capable blog editor lacks several features. I can’t comment on Mac in terms of features as I don’t have one. But the options I have seen cost $19-49, which, in my opinion, is a bit much.
And that’s it, the final reason.
What Do You Think?
I’m not asking you to forget your editor and shift to WordPress completely. If you have your reasons, you can stay with your favorite editor. Just that WordPress is improving fast and has become better than any offline blog editor in recent years.
Any questions or comments? Do let us know.