Tutorial: using Posterous to enable blogging by email on LightCMS

Light CMS uses the MetaWeblog API to work with outside blogging services and resources. There are a host of services and products that use this standard and today we’d like to talk about one called Posterous.

Posterous is a simple, online blogging platform that allows you to post to your blog by simply sending an email. Posterous then provides a service called “autoposting” where it will distribute anything you send it to the services of your choice. So you can hook Posterous up with your Twitter account, your Facebook profile, and many other services you use, and any time you post to Posterous, it will get posted to your other services as well.

Posterous can also work with blogging platforms via the MetaWeblog protocol, which means it can autopost to your LightCMS blog. So, send an email to Posterous and it gets posted on your LightCMS blog (and any other services you choose as well). Pretty simple, right? Let’s take a look at how to set it up.

First, you need to create a Posterous account. It’s free and easy. Just visit posterous.com to get started.

Once you’re set up on Posterous, log in to your account and click on the “Autopost” menu item to set up autoposting. Click “Add a service” (see image below).

AddAService1

Then, choose “Other blog” from the list of available services (see image below)

Add A Service to blog

On the next screen, enter the publishpath URL for the page on which your blog resides. Then, enter the username and password that you use to login to your website. Finally, click “Advanced options” and you can edit or delete the default content Posterous will insert as a footer on any post you create (I usually delete this so that posts from Posterous look just like other posts, but you can set it however you like).

Light CMS blog settings

That’s it. Your Posterous site is now connected to your blog. Simply send an email to Posterous using the email address they provide you, and your content will be posted to your blog. Easy!

Posting by email is very convenient from your desktop, laptop, or even your mobile phone. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Mitchell Ayers wrote:
Can you choose which blog it post to? What if you have more than one blog on a page?

Thu, April 15, 2010 @ 4:46 PM

2. Tim Wall wrote:
Mitchell,

Great question. Posterous doesn't support the ability to choose between multiple blogs, so we have created a workaround for this. If you have multiple blogs on a single page, simply use the URL for the detail page of one of the posts on the blog you want to use, instead of the URL for the page that contains the blog. When you use the URL for a blog post, Posterous will link to the blog to which that blog post belongs.

Thanks for the question.

Tim

Mon, April 19, 2010 @ 1:26 PM

3. Jean Levet wrote:
Hello Tim,

i follow your instruction to integrate this great psoterous tool but have this error message:

We were not able to authenticate this account. Reason: We could not find a valid endpoint

Any idea what does it means ?

many thanks

Thu, October 28, 2010 @ 5:27 PM

4. Tim Wall wrote:
Jean, sorry that you are having some issues. It would be best if you could email our support team so that they can take a close look at your issue. You can reach them at answers@lightcms.com

Thanks,
Tim

Fri, October 29, 2010 @ 8:45 AM

5. Buck wrote:
And so, Jean and Tim, what did "our support team at answers@lightcms.com" have to say? Iam having the same problem, getting the same error message when I try to us Posterous to autpost to my WP.com sites.

Buck Johnson

Thu, December 16, 2010 @ 11:25 PM

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