App Attack: WordPress (iPad)

In this edition of App Attack, I’m bringing the action home, giving you a behind the scenes look at how Digital Lust works, all thanks to the power of the WordPress app. For those looking to start blogging exclusively from the iPad, as I have done, will this app work for you, or should you find something else? Read on to find out.

The WordPress app is simple, clean, and extremely easy to use. You can add as many blogs as you’d like from your account, so if you’re a person who runs multiple blogs, then this will really be an advantage to you. Each of the blogs that you attach to the app will show up on the left sidebar when you first open the app. Click on the blog you want to work on, and you’ll be taken to a whole new screen with options to view your posts, your comments, your pages, and your stats.

Welcome to Backstage Digital Lust! The main screen for the app shows your posts, your comments, your pages, or your stats, depending on what tab you click on from the bottom.

Let’s jump right into some of the portion that’s really going to make or break the app–creating a post. I will start out by saying that if you do not know the simplest of HTML codes, you are not going to enjoy creating posts on this app. When it comes to using bold, italicized, or underlined text, you’re going to want to learn those codes if you do not know them. It’s a plain text editor that you can use HTML on, though a WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) editor would have been more sufficient. The bottom of the post screen has an options menu, which allows you to change your post to a draft or a pending. You can also preview your post too, with all your formatting, to make sure you’ve gotten it right. You can also add images to your post, as well.

The posting feature on the WordPress app would be better as a WYSIWYG editor, but if you know basic HTML, you should be okay to operate it.

The greatest thing about the WordPress app is that you’ll never have to do anything on the WordPress website, unless you’re out to redesign your page (Digital Lust 2.0 will happen…..eventually). Checking your stats and seeing what is popular, what is trending, and what your overall stats is incredibly easy. You can add, modify, and delete posts and pages, and filter your comments on what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for your viewers. The entire app is easy to use, and the functionality is perfect for the on-the-go blogger, or one who is in tune with the post-PC world (like myself). Again, the only gripe that I have with the app is the lack of a WYSIWYG editor, but honestly, it’s not all that bad. WordPress is available for free in the App Store.