Review: The WordPress Android App (Part 2)

I’ve decided not to do this part of the review on the go, as I thought that it wouldn’t be particularly fair or relevant since I can just as readily test it’s features anywhere. I’ll be giving the app a bit more of a grilling this time.

You might remember me saying before that the app is useless if you are starting a blog…but not totally. I’m going to try and create and use a blog, and see the difference in doing so.

Browser

Setting up the blog via a browser isn’t particularly daunting. It’s a linear process: you’re asked what you want the URL and title of the blog to be. You’re then shown through introductory steps to give your blog a tagline and a visual identity.

I decided to make my first post, and I knew that what it needed was a picture of my thumb. I had my phone to hand but, without the WordPress app to use, I had to tiresomely email the photo to myself and then download it to the computer before uploading it WordPress.

AppĀ 

One doesn’t have to turn on a computer to be a WordPress user, it seems. It’s easy to set up and account a start a blog from scratch, but alas, you aren’t given the nice introduction you get on PC. However, I was able to pick the nice Flounder theme for my blog, with Themes displayed clearly on the sidebar.

The rest of the appearance options weren’t to be found, meaning that I couldn’t insert widgets. This means that if I happened to start to generate traffic on the blog, I would be losing a significant opportunity to direct some of it to my social media accounts.

It’s easy to create a page or a post, and your tagging and categories options are available. However, don’t expect your first post to be an in-depth masterpiece. Images don’t always appear in the text box when you’re writing your post, unless sent from your phone, so if you’re looking for text wraparound, get to a computer.

You also shouldn’t bother using the app if you have a small touchscreen and research to do for your piece. The app is handicapped by the likelihood that you will have thrown your device against a wall after trying to search the internet.

Overall

The WordPress app should be viewed as a supplement for everyone apart from the casual blogger. It’s not convenient for every situation, but a keen WordPress blogger should not be without it.

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Here’s that picture of my thumb.