WordPress on the Go

Edit your WordPress site on the run...If you have a WordPress site, you know the importance of creating new posts/articles on a regular basis. This not only helps with site rankings, but it keeps your name and website out there in the news feeds and social networks.

What are my options for updating the JA Web Design WordPress blog while I’m away from my desktop or laptop? There are a couple of choices, use your browser, login to wp-admin section as you would on your desktop only to realize most of the editing features don’t work on an iPad or use the WordPress app.

The WordPress app is similar to Gusto in that it gives you the ability to edit your web pages via a simple text editor. You don’t really need to know HTML to create/edit a post or page, but it does help if you understand the basics of HTML.

The Good

Writing an article on iPadSome of the nice features of the WordPress app are:

  • Ability to create edit posts or pages
  • Add photos or videos
  • Can rotate between landscape and portrait mode
  • Moderate, edit, or reply to comments
  • Geotagging (limited to either on/off for entire site)

Requirements for WordPress app:

  • WordPress 2.92 or higher
  • Have XML-RPC enabled in WordPress (Settings>Writing>Remote Publish)
  • .htaccess file

If you get a failed error message when trying to upload photos or videos, make sure you have the following lines within your .htaccess file that’s located in the main WordPress directory.

php_value memory_limit 128M
php_value upload_max_filesize 128M
php_value post_max_size 128M
php_value max_execution_time 120

The Not So Good

Here are some of the features missing that I’d like to see:

  • Fully functional editor like FCKeditor
  • Ability to highlight/select text and create a link
  • When creating link, have ability to choose from existing posts or pages or enter URL
  • Ability to refresh site & load newly added posts & pages
  • Ability to turn on/off geo-tagging at post level vs. site level
  • Need option to be able “undo” or “revert”

While I do not use this app as often as I do Gusto because it lacks essential features, I find the WordPress app to be an nice addition to my Productivity apps on the iPad and well suited for a quick update to posts. Best of all, like WordPress, it’s free!

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