Overcoming the weakness of the WordPress App for iPhone/iPad

Cross-posted at iEAR.org – http://ieducationappsreview.ning.com/profiles/blogs/overcoming-the-weakness-of-the

Sitting watching my sons play at McDonald’s Playland today I came across this tweet:

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Frankly, I have run across these feelings often (in fact I am currently re-creating this post as the WordPress app on my iPhone crashed after writing for 45 minutes… lost everything – a rarity, but really frustrating…) as I typically am mobile blogging.  On my iPhone, I have the official WordPress app, iBlogger, BlogPress as well as having tried others all to find that each has individual strengths, but none really work as well as they SHOULD considering the exponential rise in mobile blogging.

  • The WordPress app (free) excels in tagging and categories as well as in being able to move many images to your blog.  However, being able to load and include many images in a post is not very intuitive.  While there are some rudimentary photo placement choices (above content or below – no inline), being able to move images is handcuffed also by the necessity to restrict their size for posting or they overwhelm the theme when posting full sized. So, you are left with an undersized image without the possibility clicking in the post for a full size image or a completely distorted post.  Creating a hyperlink is convoluted at best. Hidden help is activated after you type the colon in “http:”, however, while it appears you should be able to enter a title and the link, on my iPhone I only get to see or enter the actual link…
  • iBlogger ($9.99) excels in hyperlink creation, tags and categories, post geotagging and the ability to post and manipulate images.  That said, you are limited to one image, it is often cropped, however, you do have inline placement options.
  • BlogPress ($2.99) is moving to excel in all areas – but it is not there yet… depending on the type of blog you have, images either upload to a generic Picasa account (or your own) or to your blog itself.  The ability to take a picture to post is nice, but the app constrains you to 400 X 400 for in app taken photos. Uploaded media allows for full size with linked thumb nails and you are limited to a single image. Recent updates, allow for the easier in app editing via HTML and you can now do more with editing.  Future review forthcoming.

Because many of these editing tools (and WordPress itself) leverage HTML to format text and images, I spent some time playing switching between the Visual and HTML editor to grab the various “code” snippets I wanted, then I copied and pasted them into a MobileMe based Note that sync’d to Notes on my iPhone.  From there I simply use the iOS multi-tasking to grab the code I need to be able to fully edit my post right within the WordPress app.  Here is a document of the snippets I use – blogs don’t like using code in posts themselves.

HTML Code Snippets Click the link to the left to download the file.

However, I was able to get a few samples below to stay correct:

<code>

  • For when you want to create a quote box with indent: <blockquote>this is a quote</blockquote> Replace “this is a quote” with the text you wish to quote.
  • For when you want to create an extended post where readers can click “Read more” to get to the remainder of the post. This helps to keep your readers from scrolling and scrolling on your homepage: <!–more–>
  • For when you wish to justify the text in a different manner: <p style=”text-align: center;”>This is a center</p> Simply change “center” with left, right, or full, then replace the “This is a center” with the text you wish to align.
  • For when you wish to create a bulleted list: Replace “one” and “two” with the rext you wish to bullet.  Add more <li> </li> before the</ul> to add additional bullets. Change <ul></ul> to <ol> and </ol> at the end to change to a numbered list.
    • <ul>
    • <li>one</li>
    • <li>two</li>
    • </ul>
  • For when you wish to create a hyperlink that opens in a new window: If you are copying and pasting, you can type “http:” the the WordPress app will prompt to help you create a link.  However, you can also use this code snippet: <a href=”http://scottweidig.com&#8221; target=”_blank”>link</a> Simply replace the url between the ” ” and change the word “link” to the text you wish to display for the hyperlink.
  • For when you wish to change or accent text itself: Simple replace “strikethru” or “bold” with the words you wish to accent.
    • This is a <del>strikethru</del>
    • This is <strong>bold</strong>
  • For when you want to create an indent <p style=”padding-left: 30px;”>this is an indent</p>
  • Images are a bit more difficult because of the complexity of the tags so for images and adding youtube videos see the document.
</Code>
What I did was copy these code snippets into a Note and then simply copy and paste them into posts replacing the necessary parts.  That way I don’t have to remember much HTML code overall, just what I want it to accomplish.

This should allow for more formatted posts to be created on the fly without having to purchase an app to perform these tasks.  As I referenced earlier, it appears that many of these formatting options can now be done with the BlogPress app ($2.99).  I plan on a more formal review of that app shortly as I discovered them while writing this post.

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