A review of WordPress for iPhone

About a week ago the WordPress app for the iPhone was announced with an awesome screencast. And now that the app has been released and seeing that JJ and I are HUGE fans of WordPress, its only fitting that I do a quick review (especially since between the two of us, I’m the iPhone owner).

So… what’s the deal? WordPress for the iPhone lets you write, edit, and publish posts to you blogs (yup, blogs with an “s”). It supports both wordpress.org and wordpress.com. What’s also pretty cool is that you can upload photos either from your existing camera library or just snap on the fly and post. I can see this becoming really handy when I get my “What’s Holly Eating Now?” photoblog* off the ground. Actually most of the features are perfect for those quick, “check who I just ran into at [insert conference name here]” posts.

How am I going to use the app? Honestly, I probably won’t be doing a lot of writing from it. This is more of a shortcoming of the iPhone itself, but can you imagine typing up a 700+ word post entirely on the iPhone keyboard? I can barely handle 140 characters for twitter. Auto-complete, spelling and plus that lack of copy and paste for links, you can see where this is going… But if you have small fingers and are master with the touch keyboard, go for it. I can’t handle the keyboard on the iPhone, so I doubt there will be any local drafts for me. However, I can see myself editing existing drafts and publishing on the fly.

Here are a couple of screenshots of the app:

Overall I’m pretty impressed and can’t wait for any additions/updates. I’m hoping for more advanced admin feautres in the next release, like post/comment moderation. If you want to check out more screenshots go here or you can download the app now.

*Sidenote about the photoblog: Over the last couple of years, I noticed that people have a tendency to take photos of me while I’m eating… how awesome would it be to have all that on record.


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4 Comments

  1. Posted July 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    It would definitely be more useful with some WP admin features.
    Any smartphone can be setup as a tool for mobile blogging with WP’s blog by email feature
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Blog_by_Email

    Similarly, Flickr has excellent features for using email to send photos to a Flickr account which can then be automatically integrated into your blog.
    http://www.flickr.com/help/blogging/

  2. Posted July 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Re: blogging by email

    Agree, that it’s a bummer that this is only available for the iPhone/Touch. What sucks even more about this blogging by email is that “secret” address you need to send things to. Not really good a way to manage things with multiple users, especially if they have unique roles. The great thing about the app is that it recognizes user roles and you an do things that email (without added plugin) won’t let you, like categorize posts.

  3. Posted July 25, 2008 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Found on Mashable: 13 Apps to turn your iPhone into a blogging machine

    http://mashable.com/2008/07/24/iphone-blogging/

  4. Posted July 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    downloaded the app for my iphone. used to more to have a better handle on clients WP blogs. lets me keep a close eye on whats going on with them to monitor comments and drafts.

    Dont imagine do much or any writing with this app either…

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