Tip : Post to your blog from Zoho Writer

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Since many new Zoho Writer users continue to have questions regarding how one can post to blog from Zoho Writer, here’s a step-by-step procedure of doing it.

First, to post to blogs hosted by blogger.com, WordPress.com etc.

  1. Click on the ‘Publish’ link on the Zoho Writer toolbar and choose the ‘Post to Blog’ option in the drop-down
  2. In the ‘Blog Settings’ dialog box that opens, choose your blog platform – Blogger, WordPress, TypePad or LiveJournal
  3. Give your user name and password of your blog account and hit the ‘Get my blogs’ button. If you want, you can tick the ‘Remember my blog settings’ checkbox. This will allow you to directly fetch your blogs everytime you use the ‘Post to Blog’ option
  4. Your blog will get fetched. Say you have multiple blogs at blogger or WordPress associated with your user name and password, choose the blog where you would like to post
  5. You can specify which ‘Category’ you would like the post to be posted in (in case you have categories). Also, if you have added tags to your Zoho Writer document and if you like these tags to be made as Technorati tags in your blog post, just check the ‘With tags’ checkbox
  6. Hit the ‘Publish’ button and your blog post will get published

The above steps as a slide show in Zoho Show :

(Note : Make sure you have set the correct time zone under Options -> Time Zone in your Zoho Writer account)

Now consider a blog like of this site’s. This is a WordPress.org blog hosted in our own servers. Here’s how to do it in this case :

  1. Click on the ‘Publish’ link & choose the ‘Post to Blog’ option in the drop-down.
  2. In ‘Blog Settings’ dialog box that opens, click the ‘Add Blog’ link
  3. Give some name (Zoho Blog, for example) for the ‘Custom Blog Name’ field
  4. For the ‘URL’, give http://your_blog_domain_name.com.xmlrpc.php
  5. For the ‘API’, choose metaWeblog
  6. Click ‘Save’ & you are done with adding your WordPress.org blog.
  7. Now, in the ‘Blog Settings’, your blog would have got added & so choose ‘Zoho Blog’.
  8. Give Username/password credentials & click ‘Publish’.

Again, a Zoho Show slide show showing the above steps.

If you haven’t tried posting to your blog from Zoho Writer yet, do give it a try.

Zoho Writer Update : Post to blog issues fixed

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We have been having issues lately when posting to WordPress and blogger.com blogs. Zoho Writer had an update a couple of hours before and this issue has been addressed. You should be able to post to your blog again. Kindly let us know if you have problems posting to your blog.

Note : Posting to the old blogger.com blogs may not work intermittently. This is because we are getting inconsistent replies from blogger.com and also because the old accounts are being moved to the new blogger by Google.

Adding Users in Zoho Projects

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Typically, you are a person in the managerial capacity and have set up an account at Zoho Projects. Then you have added details (tasks, tasklists, milestones etc) about the current project(s) that your company/firm is handling to your Zoho Projects account. Today’s tip is for those who have difficulty in adding users to each such project.

Login to your Zoho Projects account. You can either use the “New User” link at the left-bottom or go to “Settings” -> “People View” for adding new users. You can add a user as a client too – in case you are doing a project for a client and you want to involve him/her in your project proceedings – by clicking on “Settings” -> “Client View” -> “Add Client”.


The users you added will be receiving an email about you adding them up and a random generated password. They can visit http://projects.zoho.com, type their email ID for user name and the password they got for logging in. They will see the projects and project details you have created. (the password can be changed by visiting Settings -> General Settings -> Change Password)

In case they don’t receive the email (the email could have wrongly landed in spam/bulk folders etc), please ask them to follow the below steps :

# Visit http://projects.zoho.com
# Click on the ‘Forgot Password’ link there.
# Type his/her email ID (the same email ID that you used to add him/her as a user) as the login name and click on the ‘Submit’ button.
# The user will receive an email with a HTML link in it. Clicking on the link the user will be taken to a page where they can choose a new password.
# Using his/her email ID and the newly chosen password, the user can login at http://projects.zoho.com

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Setting reminders in Zoho Planner

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Here’s one oft repeated feedback mail that we receive from Zoho Planner users :

I keep getting a reminder mail from Zoho Planner though the Appointment (or Task or Reminder) has long passed. How can I stop this?

Well, Zoho Planner offers recurring reminder options for your ‘To Dos’, ‘Appointments’ and ‘Reminders’. Screenshots below of the options offered.




Though we set the reminder option to ‘once’ by default, users tend to set it to ‘every n hours’ or ‘every n days’. Hence they end up getting the reminder emails repeatedly at their set frequency. So, if you don’t want to get bombarded with the same reminder email(s) from Zoho Planner again and again, please exercise caution when setting your reminder option!

Login to your Zoho Planner account, revisit the To Dos / Reminders / Appointments sections of your Zoho Planner pages and edit/delete them as the case may be.

UPDATE : Stopping the reminder has been made easier. Each reminder email you receive will have a unique URL (HTML link) in it. Clicking on it will stop the reminder (you will see a message “The recurring reminder has been stopped” once you click on the URL, when logged in to Zoho Planner)

Linking pages in Zoho Wiki

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Wikis have typically been associated with geeks, web-savvy folks as there can be a learning curve to learn the Wiki syntax. With Zoho Wiki, we plan to eliminate this need by having a WYSIWYG editor and making it a Wiki for all. But doing this, users who have been exposed to Wiki syntax may feel the pinch like the below query from a user points out :

I have noticed that I can make an auto link to another page if the page is called something like ‘ThisPage’ (The traditional CamelCase Wiki syntax). But I can only reference a page named ‘ThisPage’ and for ‘This-Page’, it will not work. May be I can write it as [[This-Page]] and the Wiki will know then you want that to be an auto link.

It is the classic case of wanting to serve everyone :-) We hope to overcome this, may be by providing the original Wiki syntax as an option as well.

Coming to the user’s query, we have the ‘Insert Web Link’ icon and there are options to link text in different ways : to other Wiki pages, external web pages and as a ‘mail to’ link. Choose the text to be linked and click on the ‘Insert Web Link’ icon (the one shown as a chain link in the second row) in the Zoho Wiki toolbar. Choose the suitable option for you there – ‘Wiki Pages’ (if you want the link to go another Wiki page), ‘URL’ (any external web page) or ‘E-mail Address’ (if you want the link to be a mailto: email ID). The image below shows how it would look like when the ‘URL’ option is chosen.


And what if there is a CamelCase word in your Wiki text which automatically shows up as a Wiki link but you want to be shown as just plain text? Simple. Choose the word/phrase and the hit the ‘No Wiki’ icon.

Hope you found the tips useful.

Box.net integrates Zoho

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Two weeks back Zoho partnered with OmniDrive to provide online document editing right from the storage service. Yesterday, Aaron Levie from Box.net announced integration with Zoho Writer to open and edit your word documents in Zoho Writer. Aaron mentions in his blog post…

It recently came to our attention that Zoho had opened up their APIs to help fulfill other websites’ document editing needs (credit to OmniDrive). So we quickly whipped up an update to the site that will now allow you to edit your Microsoft Word documents that are stored in your Box. There is no need to download the file you want to view or modify – just select “Edit Document” in the right-click option menu for your .doc file and Zoho will launch a new tab or window with your file! Then, make any edits you want and click “Save” in the upper left hand corner of the Zoho window. This will automatically save your updated file back to your Box.

We’d like to thank Box.net and look forward for further integration. We are very glad to see companies implementing our API and look forward for more such integrations.

For those of you who wish to use Zoho Remote APIs in your applications, below are the links.

Zoho Writer:

Zoho Sheet:

Zoli and Solo Technology also covered this story.