Have you ever wanted to fire off a post from your phone, Blackberry, Outlook at work…? Following on from Comment Reply Via Email we’re introducing our latest feature to make it even easier to publish to your blog: Post by Email.
Maybe you’re on holiday and want to show your journey. Maybe you’ve captured something with your cell phone that you just have to share. Maybe you’re at work and should be doing something else. With Post by Email you can keep everyone up-to-date without even opening a browser.
Post by Email is super simple to use. From the new My Blogs menu you can generate special email addresses:
You can create as many email addresses as you need, one for each blog you have access to.
Now for the fun part – send an email!
You can send email from any email client, whether in a browser, on your desktop, or from your cell phone, and as much formatting will be retained as possible.
Attachments are not left out, and your images will be included and automatically converted into thumbnails. If you include multiple images they’ll be converted into an attractive gallery. Now you can take photos anywhere and have them appear on your blog in moments.
There really is no easier way to get media onto your blog.
If this hasn’t whetted your appetite, here’s a quick run-down of Post by Email features:
- Transcoding of any video files supported by the WordPress video player (mp4, mov, wmv, avi, mpg, and m4v).
- Automatic removal of standard signature blocks, with support for manual removal of other signatures.
- Add your email addresses directly into your address book using downloadable vCards. (You don’t even need to remember the address!)
- Automatic notification of a published email post.
- Conversion of YouTube URLs into embedded videos.
For advanced users wanting that little bit extra, full control of your post is possible through special shortcodes, with details provided on the Post by Email support page.
It’s time to start emailing again!
- May 12, 2009 @ 5:47 pm
- New Features
May 12th at 6:53 pm
This is really great!
May 12th at 6:55 pm
Hehe! Awesome, soon we’ll do everything by Email. ^^
May 12th at 6:57 pm
This is awesome!
May 12th at 6:59 pm
Wonderful to see WP take the lead by leaps and bounds!
May 12th at 7:12 pm
This sounds great – I’ll have to give it a try – definitely.
May 12th at 7:14 pm
What’s the security on this to stop spam bots from randomising addresses and posting on behalf of people?
Is there any way to limit it so that WordPress will only accept posts automatically from addresses that we pre-register via our consoles (and perhaps uploads sent from new/unknown addresses could be held similar to how the Spam interface works?).
Great idea, very useful.
May 12th at 7:14 pm
This was the final piece missing. WordPress is now perfect.
May 12th at 7:24 pm
now THAT’S awesome!!!!!
May 12th at 7:39 pm
that’s wat i’ve been waiting for. thnx for adding the feature.
it’s a relief!
May 12th at 7:43 pm
May 12th at 8:08 pm
May 12th at 8:08 pm
Is there a way for us to choose a specific address for the e-mail or doyou have to use the address automatically generated?
May 12th at 8:09 pm
You need to use one of the generated ones. They are designed to be semi-pronounceable, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to remember.
May 12th at 8:13 pm
#1: cool feature — should be very useful to the masses
#2: the link to the Post by Email support page does not work (http://support.wordpress.com/post-by-email/)
#3: can the default publish status be “draft”, or are all Post by Email submissions published immedately? (this may be answered on the support page, but as you can see from #2 that’s broken)
May 12th at 8:14 pm
really really really AMAZING!!!!
May 12th at 8:14 pm
All emails are published immediately unless you include one of the special shortcodes on the now-working support page.
May 12th at 8:15 pm
Fan.Tas.Tic! If only I could be at WordCamp SF to buy you guys a brew to say thanks for all the things you do for us, I would! Really!
May 12th at 8:23 pm
woohooo!! i really like it..
May 12th at 8:33 pm
@John Godley — the support page works now, thanks!
One thing not made clear on it — to use the Category or Tag shortcodes: must these Cs or Ts already exist? Or can I add a new tag to my blog by including it in the shortcode (like I can when writing the Post online)?
May 12th at 8:58 pm
It is so cool!!But howdo you add tags or catagories?
May 12th at 9:03 pm
Categories must currently exist, but tags will be created if they do not already exist.
Grantm56, full details can be found in the support page.
May 12th at 9:05 pm
wow that’s cool.
May 12th at 9:56 pm
May 12th at 10:46 pm
Holy Cow, MattMan! This is a way cool tool! Thanks, WordPress!
May 12th at 11:23 pm
WordPress.com is better service of blog
May 12th at 11:33 pm
Wow! Better late than never! It’s raining new features on WP!
I am gonna use it like anything; I often get nice email forwards and wanted to publish it. The short codes will really come in handy.
May 13th at 12:05 am
Been doing this for years with Postie (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/), but it’s nice to see a native alternative. Postie isn’t the easiest thing to setup. Thanks for the new features.
May 13th at 12:24 am
This reminds me of my Posterous.com weblog days
May 13th at 12:29 am
May 13th at 12:30 am
Good job, thanks for all things done, and all things to come. cheers
May 13th at 12:34 am
Cool now all I need is a cellphone and I can post from my room other than my lousy computer! Good job WordPress team!
May 13th at 12:42 am
Wow wow cool stuff guys.
May 13th at 1:48 am
Cool – I love the upgrades to WP!
May 13th at 2:14 am
Took me three tries to get it to work. The support page isn’t very clear – for example, if you capitalize the shortcode, it won’t be read properly (at least that was my experience). It also isn’t clear that the shortcodes should be placed AFTER the text.
In any event, this is a cool feature. I can see using it a lot when I’m on the road.
May 13th at 2:32 am
like it so much…
My stats looks looks different today. WordPress keeps on surprising me. Thanks.
May 13th at 2:34 am
Super excited about this. Now I can post from the road…without an iPhone. Blackberry lovers rejoice!
May 13th at 2:38 am
May 13th at 2:44 am
Another great feature from wordpress! Can’t wait to try it!
May 13th at 2:55 am
Will you consider letting ‘Comment Reply Via Email’ also remove signature blocks automatically? My thoughts here: http://atinyblip.com/2009/05/12/punkd-by-wordpress/
Sorry, don’t mean to hijack this comment thread, but comments for that post has been closed.
May 13th at 3:22 am
I’ll be sure to use
that with my photobloggie!
May 13th at 3:27 am
I had wanted this feature from so long period; the only thing I found missing in WordPress as compared with Blogger and had send emails for that YOU GUYS ROCK \m/
May 13th at 3:38 am
yay! been waiting for this.
May 13th at 3:43 am
awesome what a great feature. suck on that posterious or whatever the hell its called.
May 13th at 3:50 am
this is what i’m waiting for!
May 13th at 4:18 am
I don’t know how to say and what to say about this new feature.. just great!!
May 13th at 5:07 am
Nice article. Now, I just need to save money for purchasing Blackberry. hehehe
May 13th at 5:15 am
wow…. such a great feature…… i love it…. Thanks a lot
May 13th at 5:19 am
Thanx for info, this amazing
May 13th at 6:03 am
This is a great feature! Too bad I don’t have a good enough cellphone to use it regularly.
May 13th at 6:20 am
May 13th at 6:29 am
What a cool function – I’m going to try it out!
May 13th at 6:35 am
thanks.. makin keren aja wp
May 13th at 7:23 am
U r the best one….
May 13th at 7:35 am
You folks are great – you keep on proving to all of us that choosing WP has been a smart call.
May 13th at 8:00 am
great, i shuold say.
May 13th at 8:22 am
this is another WPcoolness!
May 13th at 8:45 am
Yeehaa~ Thx so much WordPress~
May 13th at 9:07 am
WooT! Like it very much..
May 13th at 9:11 am
May 13th at 9:18 am
Very cool, I’m off to try it out now!
May 13th at 9:38 am
This is rocking feature, I am looking for this from times.
May 13th at 10:12 am
Cool feature, I try once the result is good but it does not support Thai language charactor.
see this link for detail.
May 13th at 11:09 am
It’s about time. Way to go, WP!
May 13th at 11:30 am
Thanks a Lot!
May 13th at 11:42 am
how to add – more tag?
May 13th at 11:59 am
I probably don’t need it – but, I can’t wait to try it. And folks who are on the road should really benefit.
May 13th at 12:34 pm
this is just too good. I have been waiting for feature like this forever. I know blogspot does provide you feature like this. thank you wordpress team. tons of thanks.
May 13th at 12:35 pm
Awesome addition. Thanks. You guys are professional in every sense of the word. The amount of dedication and effort that you put forth on WordPress improvements, has not only shown me your commitment to making WordPress number one over the competition, but has also won my confidence in a short period of time. I will not only recommend WordPress to everyone I know, but I will also be keeping my blogs here, knowing full well I wont have to transfer them to another blog site anytime soon, because of WordPress becoming outdated. There is no chance of that happening here. You Guys Rock The Blog World. I will also upgrade when I find employment again. But as far as the free features go, You Rock Again. You don’t keep people who can’t afford to upgrade because of the economic crisis, from having all the tools they need to put out a professional looking blog and for that I commend and recommend you.
May 13th at 1:25 pm
Great feature – can come in handy at many times. Great job
May 13th at 1:34 pm
Great! WP is the best!
May 13th at 1:40 pm
i don’t have “my blogs” in my dashboard.how can i add it?
May 13th at 1:50 pm
I’ve been waiting for this for ages!
thank you so much
wordpress is simply awesome (:
May 13th at 1:54 pm
Great stuff! Now how about allowing e-mail updates for private blogs, since FeedBlitz (recommended by WordPress here: http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/how-can-i-offer-email-updates/) now charge for all their services.
May 13th at 2:07 pm
finally!!!!! i’m in india right now, so it’s perfect timing!