Review: The WordPress App for iPhone

By | September 26, 2008

WordPress on the iPhone is probably the best way to blog on the go. The interface is clean and simple to navigate, and makes writing and editing blog posts simple. Lets take a look, shall we?

The first time you open WordPress for iPhone you’ll be presented with a simple dialog for adding WordPress powered blogs. Blogs hosted by wordpress.com are very simple to set up, whereas you may have to do some tweaking to get your personal WordPress hosted blog setup and working.

Blogging with WordPress for iPhone is simple and easy. Clicking the familiar looking Compose icon (the same as the one in Apple’s Mail app for iPhone) will create a new blank blog post.

The layout of the new post screen is clear and allows you to create a title, tags, and even select the catagories on your blog to add the post to. You can also change the publishing status of the post, and choose either local draft (on your iPhone, doesn’t work too well right now though), draft (on WordPress), Pending Review, Private or Published.

Typing your blog post (despite lacking an easy way to format your text) is simple, and in addition to that, you can also upload Photos that can be easily added to your post, password protect your published post, change the posting date, and even do a live preview of your new post, including your blogs theme.

My Thoughts: Despite being easy to use, clear and concise, the app does have some flaws. First, without being able to easily select and/or format text, if you want your blog posts to have some style, you’ll have to go back and edit with a computer (not a huge deal though). Also, not all of the themes supported by the WordPress engine and WordPress.com load in the live preview, which is a downer because you can’t get a real idea what the post will look like. Saving files as local drafts pretty much has a 1 in 10 chance of working the next time you go to edit the file, and thats a real downer since the chances of you having an internet connection all the time in order to connect and get your drafts is not always a certainty.

Overall, I give this app an 8 out of 10 – it could be the best way to update your blog on the go right now, but its bugs definitely hinder what this really great app could be.

4 thoughts on “Review: The WordPress App for iPhone

  1. runwolf

    I hope the app gets updated and continues to improve. It is a great little app, and the main way I post to my blog. Overall, I love this app, but have to agree that the bugs are an issue. Overall I think 8 out of 10 is a bit high, but not enough to quibble with. I’d give it a 6 or 7.

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