Learn how our iOS and Android apps help you publish on the go!
I wrote the entire post you’re about to read without touching a computer. The whole thing was written on an iPad Air 2 in (you guessed it) the WordPress app.
In fact, the app has become my prime publishing tool. I keep a workout log on WordPress.com that I can easily update from my phone when I’m at the gym. The iPad is my tool of choice for personal blogging (it helps to remove distractions). When I’m not creating content, I’m often consuming it through the Reader within the app (browsing our awesome Discover showcase).
Note: Learn even more about our mobile apps here!
Our WordPress mobile apps allow anyone to publish a post and even manage their entire blog on the go. Let’s dive into some specific features in both the iOS and Android apps that make this possible.
Manage all your sites
I use the iOS mobile app on a daily basis for more than just publishing and reading. I check up on my site’s stats, make sure scheduled posts go up, and respond to comments. On a given day, I might tinker with four different sites, both on WordPress.com and self-hosted platforms.
When you first download the app, you’ll see a login for your WordPress.com account. If you have an account at WordPress.com, enter your credentials there. Once logged in, you can access any sites you have connected (including self-hosted sites connected through Jetpack).
Note: Hiding a site in your My Blogs section will also hide it initially from the My Sites view in the mobile app.
If you just want to add a self-hosted site, click the “Add Self-Hosted Site” option at the bottom of the page. You’ll see a new field for your site URL!
Create a new post
The WordPress apps make it possible to publish a post from anywhere. And I mean anywhere. Daily Post contributor Andrea Badgley recently published an entire post from her phone while watching swim practice (no keyboard necessary!). Just like cameras, the best blogging tool is the one you have handy.
The WordPress apps make creating a post as simple as possible. On WordPress iOS, you’ll find a pencil icon in the center of the menu, which will open up a blank post. A selector menu in the top left-hand side of the screen allows you to choose the appropriate site.
For Android users, select the appropriate site first and then click the pencil icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Then, you’re ready to start typing.
Note: By default, the post action in the top right-hand corner will read “Post” or “Publish.” If you would prefer to work on a draft, change the post status to “Draft.” The publish action will be replaced by “Save.”
Once you’re done creating, tap the gear icon in the top right-hand corner (iOS) or the Post Settings option (Android) to edit categories and tags, choose a featured image, and set the publish date or change the post to a draft.
Fine-tune your layout
Sometimes creating a post isn’t quite as simple as typing out some words and clicking “Publish.” There are times when you might want to tweak the style just a bit. In this post, for example, I used some custom HTML to create the special notes off to the left-hand side.
Note: If you’re not familiar, HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. We have an awesome guide to help you get started!
In both the Android and iOS apps, we have a beautiful Visual editor designed to show you exactly what your post is going to look like. Bolded words appear in bold. Italics are, well, italicized.
If you’re on iOS and want to add HTML to your post, just flip over to the HTML editor using the angle brackets icon in the toolbar. You’ll be able to edit and add to the HTML directly from the app.
If you’re on our Android app, you can type HTML directly into the editor. We’ll automatically convert the HTML for you when you save or preview the post!
Here’s a snapshot of how this post looks in HTML on iOS:
Follow your favorite sites
The WordPress apps are perfect for finding and reading great content, not just creating it. In the Reader tab, you can follow your favorite sites, browse your favorite tags, and peruse your various Reader lists. All of these options and more are just a tap away in the Reader tab under Menu (iOS) or the dropdown menu (Android).
Having trouble logging in? Run into an issue while posting? Happiness Engineers are only a few taps away. We offer support in our mobile apps. Just tap Me → Help & Support → Contact Us. We’ll respond back as soon as we can!