Fix for Windows Live Writer bug

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!

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. neville

    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.

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