Mobile Apps for WordPress
February has been a great month for mobile blogging on WordPress.com. In just the past week, WordPress apps for Android and BlackBerry made their official debuts, and the iPhone app reached version 2.2. No other blogging service has this kind of app support across these three smartphone platforms — we checked!
Power and control, on the go
While each of these mobile apps is unique, they share a common design philosophy: to give you the ability to easily update and manage your blog from an optimized smartphone user interface. You can easily create new posts, add media, manage comments, and more. There are small tweaks and differences, but the other thing that is shared is the developers are constantly improving the apps based on your feedback, just like we do here on WordPress.com.
100% free and open source
Each app is released free of charge, and the code is open source. The teams welcome suggestions for new features and even code contributions. One of the coolest things about open source development is community involvement. It makes the code better, and it makes the apps rock.
WordPress.com users come from all over the world. The mobile apps here are available in multiple languages but need volunteers to enable even more people to use them. If you’re interested in helping localize these mobile apps, you can get involved by visiting translate.wordpress.org.
Works with WordPress.org blogs
Each of these mobile apps also lets you publish to and manage your self-hosted WordPress.org blogs.
Now with video
VideoPress is now supported in the WordPress for BlackBerry app, and is coming soon for iPhone and Android.
One more thing
We are very excited to share with all of you that in the coming weeks we’ll be opening up a beta test for the official Open Source WordPress for Nokia app. For developers who are interested in getting involved, we just opened-up a dev blog with details, links to the source code and trac tickets, and an early alpha build. We’ll be leveraging the Qt framework which means will be able to support both the S60 and Maemo platforms.
What are you waiting for? Download WordPress for your favorite mobile device and get blogging on WordPress.com.