Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM

MyWord Editor v0.47

We now have an easy way to host your blog on another server. This will expand, get simpler and easier, and less buggy, I promise. But for now this is how you do it.

How to

  1. In MyWord Editor, choose Switch server in the Editor menu.

  2. Enter the URL of one of my servers,

  3. Important: It must be in exactly that form, no trailing blanks, the final slash must be present.

  4. Click OK. You should be redirected to Twitter with a page asking you to authorize Authorize it.

  5. You should be brought back to the editor. Fill in the form with a new post, click Publish, then OK to visit the page.

That's it. You should now have a post on Here's an example. Please test this and report back via the mail list or a comment here.

If it all worked

You should now have an essay on, which is a spare nodeStorage server I had. It's a plain vanilla server, installed from the nodeStorage source on GitHub.

If you have your own nodeStorage server, you should be able to substitute your domain for mine, and repeat the process. Just remember, it must be in the form of a URL, or it won't work. (See #3 above.)

How this will improve

You will be able to put a JSON file in the same directory as your copy of MWE that says where your server is, so the user doesn't have to do anything special to set it up, and you don't have to modify the MWE source to start your own hosting service.

Roadmap for deployment

I am announcing this on the server-snacks mail list for testing with people who have nodeStorage servers set up, and on the myword-editor mail list for people who are testing the editor. I'm doing this before opening MWE to the public, so on Day One there may be a number of servers they can use, not just mine. At least we will have tested it's silo-freeness, and been sure that it works.

I will also release the full source for MWE in a GitHub repository. This should allow compatible experimentation and innovation in editors.

Here's a Scripting News blog post explaining the philosophy.

Last built: Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

By Dave Winer, Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM. Good for the environment.