WordPress – Blogging On the Road
Tested version: 2.0.7
Latest version: 2.3.1
Requires Android: from 2.2
All the bloggers in the house raise your hands and say 'Yeah!'. And if you're avid blogger, it's very possible that you might be inclined to churn out new blog posts even (or especially) when you're in the go.
The most popular blogger platforms are no doubt Tumblr, Blogspot and WordPress, but it goes without saying that trying to use the websites when you're out and about isn't exactly the most comfortable way of going about things. So the solution may very well be the WordPress app for Android.
Sounds like something you might be interested in? Read on!
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.4
Mods: CyanogenMod 9
Once you've downloaded the WordPress app you will have to set up your blog, be it via WordPress.com or a privately hosted blog. You can even set up a new blog on WordPress.com using the app, as well as use the app to manage more than one blog.
Once these preliminaries have been taken care of, you will find yourself on the app's start page, from where you can compose a new post, for instance. In order to do so, choose a title, tags and categories for your article. If you don't want to publish you post straight away, you can also save it as a draft and then set a given date and time for publication (time can only be set to AM/PM). The post format can be altered to audio, image, gallery, message and more.
A simple editor will help you with your post's content. Text can be formatted, links, ics and videos can be added and you can use your fingers to change the width, image positioning and tag line of the article.
A new page can be set up in a similar manner, and posting photos or videos via the main menu is a breeze.
Moderating comments in today's troll world of virtuality is a must. You may use the stock WordPress comments system or a plugin that will sync comments with the WordPress data bank. Comments can thus be published, deleted, marked as spam and responded to. This feature works like a charm!
If ever the app doesn't support whatever it is you are trying to access, use the main menu to access your blog's real dashboard. Statistics can also be accessed, though you will have to log in again in order to view them.
As for settings: a signature can be added to posts and messages can be activated via new comments.
We're rather impressed with the WordPress app for Android. It's especially viable for users looking to manage more than one WordPress blog. The app features all of the most important features and the main menu links to the real dashboard where you'll find all available features.
Screen & Controls
The WordPress UI is nice and straight forward, despite the fact that blogging systems (WordPress in particular) are complex structures. I must admit to being very impressed by how cleverly all of the most important functions have been placed on the UI. The WordPress main menu is also very easy to navigate.
And if that isn't enough, the developers did a phenomenal job at designing a rather pretty looking application, that includes an action bar and is extremely user friendly.
Speed & Stability
WordPress loads already published articles quickly or not so quickly—this is completely contingent on the internet connection.
All other features load very quickly and the app's stability is also totally satisfactory.
WordPress is free and can be downloaded from the Play Store.
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