Blogging on the Go: Mobile App Basics
I hope you’re as excited as I am for phoneography month here at The Daily Post — my phone is always in my pocket, ready to capture even the most fleeting moments of my day. I’ve come upon cool posts by bloggers who use their phones in different ways to document on the go. The recent “Something to Ponder” photo essay by JT in Seoul — shot all from a BlackBerry Z10 — comes to mind. It’s great to see people take advantage of these handheld devices and use them in creative ways.
But if publishing to your blog from your phone is new to you, read on. I’ll cover the basics for popular WordPress.com mobile apps and introduce you to helpful features so you can post on the go — and participate in this month’s challenges!
If you already have a WordPress.com app on your phone, dive into the sections below:
If you don’t have your app installed yet, find the one you need on this page and — from your mobile device — visit the appropriate “Download” link to install and set the app up on your phone. You’ll see download links for other mobile apps, too (Windows Phone, Nokia, webOS, Windows 8).
You can blog on the go with the WordPress iOS app, which you can download in the App Store. From your iPhone, you can write a post, add photos, create links and quotes, format text, and more. Here are some quick tips:
Work on a wider screen. If you need more room, rotate your phone horizontally — WordPress will adjust to a wider, more comfortable layout.
Autosave your stuff. In a rush and need to catch a train? Drafting a quick post on the street but not ready to publish? As you write, your draft is saved as you type — an “Autosaved” message will appear at the bottom right of your iPhone screen.
Publish a photo post instantly. Want to publish a single image quickly? Click on the “Photo” button in your app dashboard — it looks like this:
You’ll see prompts to “Add Photo from Library” or “Take Photo.” In other words, you can access an existing image in your Camera Roll (or Instagram stream), or you can click “Take Photo” to snap a new photo on the spot.
The Quick Photo screen will pop up, where you can insert the title and text for your post and select which blog to which you’d like to publish (if you have multiple WordPress.com blogs linked to the app):
Add multiple images. Alternatively, you can add a set of photos to a post — existing images in your Camera Roll or new ones you can snap with your camera that instant! As you’re creating a new post, just click on the picture icon, which you’ll find at the bottom right of the post editor:
As you upload images, you’ll see a Media screen that lists the photos you’ve attached to the post:
Format text, insert a link, or add a quote. As you write and edit your post, you’ll see a few handy tools above the keypad you can use to create bold (b), italicized (i), or strikeout (
del) text; create a link; or add a quote. On the left, you’ll also see a button that takes you to even more options, like creating a bullet list (with the ul and li buttons), adding a “more” tag (using the more option), and using other bits of code (via the code button).
Preview your post. What’s great about the iOS app is you can now preview your post — text and images and all — before hitting “Publish,” just as you do from the WordPress.com dashboard editor on your computer. Even if you’re away from your desk, you can make the necessary edits to ensure you share your very best work — right from your phone:
For all of you with Android phones in your pockets, we’ve got the WordPress for Android app, which you can download in the Google Play Store. Some highlights to keep in mind as you prep for this month’s challenges:
Navigate easily. In your app’s dashboard, just tap the New Post, Quick Photo, or Quick Video icons to create a post or go directly to your phone’s camera to take a shot or record a clip in an instant. There’s also an Action Bar, which lets you refresh content, switch between your blogs with ease, or return to your dashboard no matter where you are in the app:
Control and format your content. In the full-screen post editor, you’ll see a formatting toolbar above the keyboard which lets you bold, italicize, underline, and strike out text; insert links, add quotes, and more. You can edit titles, captions, and the placement and size of images, too.
Set different post formats. Choose a specific post format using the dropdown menu in the post editor.
Keep your content secure. The app will autosave posts you’re editing every 60 seconds, so you don’t have to worry about losing a post-in-progress, especially if you’re in transit, lose your signal, or are composing a post on a park bench and suddenly have to run off. (Hey, it happens.)
Those are the basics to start blogging from your Android! If you have support or troubleshooting questions, visit the WordPress for Android Help page.
For BlackBerry users, there’s a WordPress for BlackBerry app just for you, available for download in the BlackBerry World (here are direct download links for PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 and for BlackBerry 7 or lower). Our developers are working on improvements for BlackBerry 10 devices and PlayBook. For a glimpse of what you can do within your app, click on the BlackBerry image below to see a slideshow of the dashboard:
In the BlackBerry app, you can:
- Create new posts (and pages) and publish quick photos and videos. With the Quick Photo option, the app will take you directly to your phone’s camera to take a picture in a snap.
- Use the Action Bar at the top of your screen to quickly change between blogs and refresh your content.
The apps above have other features — for example, you can see your blog’s notifications, moderate comments, view your stats, and more. Visit the specific app pages for details, as well as their FAQs, in the section below. You’ll also find download links and support pages for Windows Phone, Nokia, and webOS.
Finally, if these apps don’t meet your needs, remember you can always post by email from any email-enabled device.
- WordPress.com Apps – Information on the current apps available to WordPress.com users
- WordPress for iOS – for iPhone or iPad users (Download | FAQ)
- WordPress for Android – for Android-powered mobile users (Download | FAQ)
- WordPress for BlackBerry – for Blackberry users (Download | FAQ)
- WordPress for Windows Phone – for Windows Phone users (Download | FAQ)
- WordPress for Nokia – for Nokia mobile users (Download | Forum)
- WordPress for webOS – for webOS device owners (Download | FAQ)
Start poking around in your WordPress.com app — your first phoneography challenge is this Friday!