Ever have the need to post something to your WordPress site when you weren’t in front of your computer? Perhaps fire off a quick blog post or upload a new image that you’ve just taken.
Did you know that you can access your WordPress powered website from your smartphone?
Well you can and here’s how!
There is an official WordPress mobile app that works on all iOS devices (yes there are official apps for other phones too, see the links at the bottom of this post). It has certainly matured in the past few releases to be a handy little app.
Sure you can’t do everything that you can in the web interface but that’s not the point. These mobile apps are built so when you’re out and about you can quickly add a new post or photo.
There’s a post editor that is very much cut down from what you’re used to in the web interface. Just looking at the screen shot opposite you’ll get the idea of what is going on: Post Title, Tags, Categories and your main post content.
Pretty easy? Yes it is.
Look down the bottom of this screen shot and there is options to add images to the post, either from your iPhone camera roll or just take a picture as you’re creating the post and include it.
The latest version of the iOS app also supports video in much the same way. Couple this with the update to WordPress 3.6 and you can publish video directly from your iPhone to your WordPress site – it really is that simple!
It is not very difficult to setup. You need to install the app for your smartphone then the first time you run it you’ll be presented with a walk through to setup your WordPress site.
Basically you tell it your URL, username and password and the rest is configured for you.
Play with the app for a few minutes and you’ll find it really is self explanatory.
There is a couple of other tools that are worth considering.
On WordPress sites where the commenting is very busy the mobile app steps in to help you out. In fact this is something that the app excels at.
If you get regular comments on your site that you’d like to review, moderate or reply to, just pull out your phone fire up the app and start managing your comments.
If you have an iPhone or iPad then the Apple app store on that device is the place to go, search for WordPress and you’ll find it.
For other smartphones (eg Android, Blackberry, Microsoft etc..) check out this section of WordPress.org
If you get stuck at all contact us and we’ll give you some help.