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.

App 

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.

2014 Update #1

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The face above represents my disappointment in that I can’t get the second part of the review to you today. My phone charger is not with me, and my phone is due to die imminently.

I would like to state that this post had come from my phone, so I can give you a quick preview of my thoughts: I’m happy, especially with how easily you can share photos to WordPress.

To assuage your disappointment, I’ll be doing my first podcast today! The app review will follow on Friday at 12pm.

Cheers for now!

UPDATE: I’ve made the image smaller as I wasn’t too happy with how my face was blown to gigantic proportions. This might have been an error on my part, as I missed as to whether there were size options on the app.