Posting Test via Safari for iPad

In testing on March 21, 2011 at 4:40 am

It looks a bit odd, and even cramped, but with the iPad in landscape it’s fairly easy to type, and the WordPress GUI icons aren’t impossible. I can format text in Bold, or Italic. I can create a link.

A blockquote is easy too. The one possibly tricky aspect is that since most HTML tags come in pairs,you need to remember to close tags by either tapping the appropriate button whe you want the tag to close (say at the end of a Blockquote or passage of italics). The option to automatically close tags (via the close tags button) is also useful, as is the proofread button.

Inserting an image is slightly trickier; if you have a Photobucket account, for instance, you can copy a URL and paste it in, using the Image icon associated with the WordPress Upload/Insert options. Alternatively, you can insert in image you’ve previously uploaded, that’s in the WordPress Media library; you need to tap the Image icon, tap the Media Library tab, tap the image you want, then tap show, set the options you want, then scroll down to the Insert button.

It’s still easier than using the WordPress for iPad app; not as quite as easy as using the BlogPress app.

Test Posting via WordPress for iPad

In testing on March 21, 2011 at 4:23 am

This is a bit tricky to configure because after you enter your login credentials and are authenticated, you have a final step before you can post; you must select the blog from a list. Then you choose it from a second list and tap a compose icon.

You see a post form with fields for title, categories, and tags. Then a large body field; once you start typing in the body, the other fields disappear. At the top of the form is a Cancel button, and a Publish button.

If the digital keyboard is displayed, the UI elements on the bottom of the screen are completely hidden, leaving the user with no idea how one enters formatted text, links, or images.

The icons on the bottom right in order are a pencil, grayed out while in compose/write mode, a gear, which displays the UI for publishing (the same blue Publish button, and settings for Status, Visibility, and time, based on the standard WordPress options), and an eye icon, for Preview. after tapping the gear or the eye, one taps the pencil to return to the compose screen.

On the bottom right is a grayed-out paperclip; tap it to save a draft or discard a post, or see the media list. To Its right is a camera icon, which displays the albums in the iPad Photos app; tap an album, tap a thumbnail image fom that album, and insert an image like this one:


You are asked to choose an image size (small, medium, large, original, custom). Selecting one then briefly displays a progress indicator, and the WordPress media library for the blog as a list. Tap the pencil to return to the compose screen; you’ll see HTML for your image.

The WordPress app doesn’t seem to offer a GUI for HTML.

You can use tags for bold or italics, or even a link. When you start to type http: you see a dialog asking if you want help making a link with Cancel and Yes as choices. Tap Yes, and you see a form with a field for link text, and a field for a URL. Tap ok, and the HTML is inserted.

I tapped the blue Publish button; and the app seemed to be doing something, but didn’t actually publish. Eventually, I tapped the lists of posts, then the post I’d just thought I’d published, then the paperclip, and tapped Update.

I’m not impressed. The WordPress iPad app doesn’t crash as much as it did a year ago, but I’d rather not use the WordPress for iPad app.

Posting via BlogPress

In testing on March 21, 2011 at 3:39 am

The HTML options are the same in terms of tags and UI (a button on the Compose or “Write” screen with a menu of tags) as they are for Blogger.

So, for instance, This is bold, and This is italic, and this is This is a link, with the same “switch” options regarding having the link open in a new window. There are also tags for INS for inserting Underlined text, and DEL for inserting “middle line” or Strikethrough text.

And there’s support for a Blockquote tag like this:

If you want to quote forty or more words and have it set off from the rest of your post.

There’s the an option to insert the special “more” WordPress tag option too, which is immediately selected in case you want to move or replace it.

The image options are also identical to those for Blogger; the basic size (large, medium, small) is set when you configure BlogPress for the account.


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