Choosing a Mobile Publishing App For Your WordPress Site
If you’re using WordPress on mobile, it can be painful. There are other publishing apps – here’s how to choose one that’s right for you.
WordPress is great and all…but it isn’t without its limitations. It’s been criticized on more than one occasion for offering a less-than-stellar mobile experience, for both users and website owners. Luckily, one of the greatest strengths of the platform has always been its thriving development community, which means there are plenty of plugins and apps that pick up the slack where WordPress drops the ball.
That’s what we’re here to talk about today. We’re going to go over a few mobile publishing apps that you can use to blog-on-the-go. Let’s dive right in!
WordPress for Android/WordPress for iOS
No list would be complete without at least mentioning the official mobile app for WordPress. Although the company’s made decent headway on both Android and iOS in recent years, the experience still isn’t a perfect one. The iOS interface, for example, is a little small for really long-form posts, while the Android app doesn’t allow you to log-in to a self-hosted site and uses a reader layout which is, simply put, a little less than stellar.
Still, the apps have both come a long way since their initial release, and either is an excellent choice for on-the-go publishing if you don’t want to dig further.
With a built-in text editor, iCloud integration, and publishing support for both WordPress and Medium, Ulysses isn’t so much a WordPress publishing app as it is its own full-fledged editing platform. Designed for both iOS and Mac OS, Ulysses is architected for distraction-free writing. It also includes functionality for to-do lists, note taking, and even allows you to transform posts into PDFs or eBooks. It costs $24.99 on the iTunes Store.
Designed for iPad, Posts is exactly what’s written on the box. It allows you to manage all of your posts on both Blogger and WordPress entirely from your iPad. With a simple, single-screen interface, a powerful built-in editor, and the capacity to work offline, Posts is a powerful choice no matter what you’re using your blog for.
Although it’s technically designed to manage and monitor social media, Hootsuite can easily be used to coordinate mobile blogging efforts from your smartphone or tablet, with the capacity to manage social channels, schedule posts, monitor likes and comments, and directly interact with your followers – all without having to put down your phone. Combine it with another publishing app, and it might as well be one of the most formidable options on the list.
Another unique option on the list, AppPresser allows you to easily turn any WordPress site into a mobile app. No, you didn’t misread that. Instead of having to worry about adapting your posts to a small screen, this app allows you to simply transform your website into a mobile experience. Give it a try for yourself, and create an awesome, self-hosted app for your smartphone and tablet audience.
Article written by AJ Morris
AJ Morris is the Managed WordPress Product Manager for Liquid Web, a fully managed hosting company. He has extensive experience both developing WordPress sites and speaking at WordPress events. AJ leads product and go to market strategy for Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress product line. Liquid Web’s Platform as a Service solution for WordPress hosting allows you to seamlessly host multiple sites and access top-quality 24/7 Heroic Support®.