How to Use the Launch Blogging App in SharePoint 2013

We’ve already shown you how to get started blogging on SharePoint with the Microblogging app for SharePoint 2013 as well as how to post content to your blog. If you’re like me and prefer to write your blogs in Microsoft Word and then post them to your blog, SharePoint has just the app for you. The Launch Blogging App is one of the Blog Tools Web Parts now available for SharePoint 2013 that lets you publish a Word file directly to your blog site. In this post, we’ll show you how to use the Launch Blogging App to post your Microsoft Word-based blog posts to your blog.

To start using the Launch Blogging App, log in to SharePoint 2013 and follow these steps:

1. To begin, create a blog site:

  • Select Site Contents. Under Subsites, click new subsite:
  • Enter values for the following sections: Title and Description, Web Site Address, and Template Selection. Under Template Section, make sure to select the Blog template:
  • Click Create to create your blog:
  • You will now have a new blog on your page:

2.  Next, under Blog tools, select the Launch blogging app:

3. After you have selected the Launch blogging app, a pop-up window will appear and will prompt you to register your new blog account:

4. Click OK to contact your provider and automatically configure your blog’s account settings:

5. Click Yes to send your information to the blog service provider, as well as to get the prompt you need to enter your user information and password:

6. As shown above, click OK.

7. Input the text for your blog post into the Word file that opens:

8. Once you have finished inputting your desired text, click Publish:

9. After you have clicked Publish, a window will appear that will ask you to verify that you approve your Microsoft Word text to be visible to your blog readers. Click Yes:

10.  You should now see a confirmation message at the top of your Word document that says that your post has been published to your blog (in this example, we are publishing to the blog site BambooDemoBlog):

11. To verify that your post was successfully published to your blog, navigate to your blog. You should see that your last post is live and available for viewing by your blog visitors: