Trying the Barley WordPress Plugin


I love my Surface 2 and my Nokia Lumia 2520, but until today, they were not a good blogging platform. I’ve been holding my breath waiting for a Modern UI/Start screen App version of Windows Live Writer, but I fear that day will never come. I read about the Barley WordPress plugin with great excitement, but it didn’t work with my self-designed theme here on The folks at Barley were hugely supported and nice. I learned I needed to change my theme which apparently had some CSS issues. This morning I decided I wanted to change my theme from fixed to fluid and hoped that I’d end up with a more compatible theme that would support Barley. I emailed support who got back to me withint minutes and asked for a zipped copy of my new theme. Shortly after receiving this, I received a reply that it worked.

So, with my revised theme, Barley works exactly as advertised. It works on Modern IE, but you’ll need a keyboard and mouse/trackpad as several functions are not touch enabled. Barley is an online editor that works inside WordPress (and let’s you switch back and forth to the native WordPress editor if needed). Barley is completely WYSIWYG. You can see a demo of how the editor works on their website.

Screenshots below were made while I was preparing this post.

I’m typing this on a regular desktop. Next step is to try on my Surface 2.

I’m a very happy camper. More to follow!