Wow, WordPress even works on Nokia smartphones? That’s right, the new mobile version of WordPress is now lighter, fitter and more device agnostic than ever before; supporting the latest iterations of the Apple iOS platform, Google’s Android OS, Windows 7, WebOS and our S60 friends, Nokia.
And as can be expected, they are FREE, just like their “desktop parents” often referred to as self-hosted WordPress blogs (extremely popular on UK2 shared hosting platforms).
While a few negative reviews did pop up initially, it seems the general consensus about amongst bloggers, web designers and developers is that the updated version, especially in iOS, has a number of valuable features including the ability to moderate, edit or reply to comments and the ability to adjust data-entry screens to portrait / landscape orientations.
But adding images on the fly is perhaps the most useful feature, since taking photos with a smartphone is arguably one of the most common uses (outside of making calls or social networking of course!).
“WordPress will automatically insert them into your post. Both high resolution and web-optimized photos look and work great,” said the software makers, Automattic.
Support for featured images in the 2.2 version of WordPress for Android is a welcome boon to bloggers who write stories on the go. Previously, writers could only accomplish this task inside the online desktop version.
While U.S. federal agencies are currently asking Google to comply with new requests on how they store and share data collected from users, including location, WordPress mobile is blazing its own trail by allowing users to share their location when posting WordPress blogs.
“Just tap the Geotag icon on the Write screen, and watch as WordPress locates you on the map. It’s a great way to share where you were when you posted to your blog,” said Automattic.
I want statistics.
One of the most requested features on WordPress mobile apps is website statistic reporting, especially the self-hosted version. This appears to require a slight workaround using the well-known WordPress.com plug-in, Jetpack.
Setting this up is reasonably straight forward:
1. Install the Jetpack plugin on your blog. To install, go to the Plugins > Add New in your dashboard, search for Jetpack, and click “Install Now”.
2. Connect the plugin to a WordPress.com account. In the Jetpack tab in your dashboard click the “Connect to WordPress.com” button and follow the directions.
3. In the app, enter the credentials to the WordPress.com account connected to the Jetpack plugin. You can do this when prompted on the Stats screen, or by tapping Settings > Your Blog > Configure Jetpack Stats.
You may be wondering just how popular WordPress is these days, when compared to other leading blogging and content management systems (CMS)?
The answer: very popular! A review of Google Trends in the graph below shows just how much distance sits between WordPress (the green line) and its closest competitor, Blogger.com owned by Google.
Drupal and Joomla and SharePoint are fighting it out for the lower positions.
Author Bio: Jason Stevens from jason-stevens.com / Freelance web developer, tech writer and follower of cloud computing trends. Follow him on Twitter: @_jason_stevens_.
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