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Thursday, 14 April 2011

WordPress for Android






Many web savvy individuals know about WordPress and its various uses. What was once a simple blogging platform has matured into a sophisticated, yet flexible, content management system. Its flexibility has led users of all walks of life to produce their own content and share it with the world. Despite all the wonders that WordPress offers, it was previously impossible to control a WordPress site without the use of a computer. Now the ability to control a WordPress blog remotely is possible via the use of its Android application.

The WordPress Android application, as with virtually all other android apps, is available for download in the Android Market. Open the Market Browser and perform a search for WordPress. The Application will be the first listing. Download the application and open it when installation has finished.

Upon first launching the application, you will be presented with a login screen where you are allowed to enter the credentials for your blog.

Wordpress-login-screen

Note: There are two version of WordPress. The first is WordPress.com, which is a service similar to Blogger and hosts blogs for individuals free of charge. The second is WordPress.org, which is for individuals hosting their own blog on their own servers. The Android app can connect to either version of WordPress.

After you have entered your blogs credentials, the application will display all available blogs in a list. It should be mentioned that the Android application is capable of connecting to more than one blog at a time. This particular feature is convenient, as it allows you to post to any number of blogs you owned or involved in.

Wordpress-blogsscreen

Selecting a blog from the list will bring you to the blog control screen. At the top of the screen, you have four available options: comments, posts, pages and stats. The comments feature allows you to approve comments ( or delete them ) while on the run. The Post and Pages feature allows you to create posts and pages from your mobile phone. Although this feature isn't necessarily ideal for intense editing, it is a nice feature if you need to make minor adjustments to your site while away from the office.

Wordpress-postactions

Apart from these basic editing features, the application also integrates with communication services on your mobile device. Selecting a post, for instance, will give you the option of sharing the posts via URL, SMS, Gmail, or even Twitter. This particular feature makes the application an ideal platform to share your thoughts while on the move.

Wordpress-shareposturl

Note: The stats feature works only with the WordPress.com version of WordPress. As mentioned previously, this is the freely available and pre-hosted web service that anyone can sign up for. This particular feature is not compatible with WordPress.org, the self-hosted version of WordPress.

In addition to the editing and sharing functions, the application comes with its own notification settings. This setting alerts you to any recent comments that a blog visitor may have posted to your site. All things considered, this is a handy feature to have. If you're a business owner using WordPress as your main site, this function will allow you to connect with your clients or readers almost as quickly as they can post.

Wordpress-commentnotifications

Some may argue that the WordPress app is too sparse in its list of features, and to some extent, it is. The application is primarily designed to make quick edits, approve comments, and be alerted of activities that are occurring on your blog or site. All in all, the application performs its intended functions admirably well and can serve you or your webmaster needs.



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