As part of my ongoing search to make Kabissa more useful to members in Africa, I am exploring Blogging Software - programs that you download to your own computer that let you write your blog posts more comfortably, offline, before connecting to the internet and publishing. Like all Drupal websites, Kabissa supports this (through a standard known as XML-RPC) but we have not yet turned on the feature for all users.

Let me know if you are interested in trying it and I'll give you access - and I would welcome your help with testing and providing recommendations for all Kabissa members about which programs are most useful for blogging on Kabissa.

Generally speaking, I think Kabissa's new email discussion lists will be of more use to members since they let us use the email that we already know and use all the time. Blogging clients also don't support all Kabissa's features, so that for example you can post to your personal blog on Kabissa but would have to log in later to add keywords and move it into one of your groups. In addition, the best blogging clients that I have seen so far also are not free software.

There are many blogging clients out there, but since I use an Apple Macbook Pro, I have settled on ecto. ecto is a blogging client that integrates well with Apple and provides a clean, easy to use interface that looks remarkably like an email program. You can not only draft and publish new blog posts but also view your posts and open them for editing - all offline. 

Copy-paste job from http://illuminex.com/ecto website follows the break.

ecto screen shot
 
...ecto works with the most popular blogs and a whole bunch of other blogs, too...
 
 

ecto has a 21-day free trial mode. If you're not sure if ecto works with your blog, you can download and try it, for free.

ecto: publish to almost any blog from your Mac

ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging editor for MacOSX. With ecto, you can easily publish to a wide range of weblog systems, such as Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, SquareSpace, TypePad, WordPress, and more.

ecto should work with any blog which supports a standard remote editing API (such as the Atom, MetaWeblog, or MovableType APIs, and others). Most blogs (with the notable exception of MobleMe blogs) provide a remote editing API.

ecto is easy to use

ecto is designed to make blogging much easier and yet give the users as much power as possible to manage their weblogs.

With ecto you can write and manage entries for your weblog(s). You can compose entries offline and use the extra features ecto offers, such as spellcheck, creating links, attachments, and much more. ecto is a native Mac OS X application, and offers you a more powerful and easier to use editing interface than your blog's built in control panel.

ecto is the best way to blog!

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