Although Squarespace has its own editor, I prefer using an offline desktop program to write all my posts. There are a couple of reasons for doing so that may or may not apply to your own situation.
Why I use Desktop Blogging Software
1. Internet Service. I use mobile broadband almost exclusively. Which means that service can be spotty and signal strength fluctuates at times. I’ve written a couple of masterpieces only to lose the entire document after clicking save. Either I lost the connection or the software is faulty. Whichever it is, it’s just not worth the risk anymore.
2. The Squarespace software is limited. There’s no interlinking between posts, no way to add plugins for your specific needs, and it just doesn’t utilize screen space well in my opinion. You have no way of knowing exactly how your post will look until you save and close. In other words, the editor version doesn’t account for your blog’s custom margins, content width, etc.
So what’s a girl to do? Because I’m stuck with a Windows machine, I use Windows Live Writer. Microsoft has done a couple of things worthy of praise, and that’s WLW and their MS Notes software. Both are excellent for bloggers. If you are a Mac user, I hear excellent things about Mars Edit.
Windows Live Writer
One of the best things about Live Writer, is the ability to customize it to your needs, including PLUGINS! YEH! These include Amazon affiliate links, SmugMug for photographers, image affects, and the list goes on and on.
But the first thing you will need to do, is download the WLW software from the Microsoft website. A word of caution- a bunch of other crap bloated software will be added on to the package. You will have to opt-out or it will automatically be installed along with WLW. Yuk! Don’t you just hate that?
Once you have installed the WLW software, you will need to set up your workspace by adding and entering your blog credentials. For Squarespace, that includes selecting Other Services from the Options > Account > Add.. Menu. You will then enter your web address, user name, and password. WLW will then import your site’s squarespace template settings so you can see how your article or post will look like when it goes live. How cool is that?!
After you have your blog added, go ahead and check out some of the specific Blog Options (separate from the general WLW options). You will want to click on the Advanced setting and make sure XHTML is chosen as your markup language as well as selecting Supported for Scripts and Embed tags options.
Once you get the software up and running, you will want to check out the plugins from the official WLW plugin website. Depending on the needs of your website or blog, you will want to install plugins that best suit your goals.
Now you are ready to start writing! One of the best features you will notice is how easy it is to insert links. Unlike the ss software, you can also set hyperlink “rel” values (nofollow, enclosure, license, etc.), add alt text to images, and link to previous posts, all from one screen. No need to switch to HTML view.
After you have completed your article or blog post, all that’s left to do is upload and publish to your website. I post as draft just to make sure everything looks ok.