My post the other day about Windows Live Writer attracted a notable comment from Shannon Whitley with the solution to a show-stopping bug in using this excellent offline blog editor with WordPress (and maybe other platforms, too).
The bug in question arises if you use WLW beta 2 and you have the Bad Behavior anti-spam plugin activated.
If you do, you’ll get an error like this whenever you try to publish a post to your blog:
The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden
As a result, you will not be able to publish your post.
That’s exactly what I experienced yesterday – I had reinstalled the BB plugin and didn’t connect that with the WLW issue until Shannon pointed it out.
So I’ve implemented James McKay’s fix – which involves editing the PHP code in one of the BB files on the server – and this post will be the acid test as to whether it’s successful or not…
[Edit] Yep, it works!
Thanks Neville. I was stuck on that issue and had given up on WLW because of it.
I would have done the same, Rob, if Shannon hadn’t come to the rescue.
Surprises me that the WLW site has no reference to the bug fix.
Neville, we’ve put all WordPress-WLW issues on this page:
And please either e-mail me or stop by our friendly forums if you have any trouble in the future. We’ve got solutions for lots of configuration issues like these!
Thanks, Joe. I do participate in the WLW forum. It’s just that I ranted here rather than there :)
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