Managing Your Blog On a Mobile Device

A few enhancements we’ve added to the iOS and Android apps for easier blogging.

Have you given the WordPress mobile apps a try lately? We’ve been working hard to make sure our iOS and Android apps are simple to use and have the features you need to blog right from your phone or tablet. Here are a few recent additions and updates that make blogging on the go easier:

Add Categories and Tags

Before publishing a blog post, you can add categories and tags right in the app’s post editor. To add categories and tags to a post in the iOS editor, tap the at the top right, then Options. On Android, tap the gear icon at the top right.

(Need a refresher? Categories allow you to group related posts together on your site, and tags help people find you in the WordPress.com Reader. Keep in mind that the Reader will filter out posts using more than 15 categories and tags total, so stick to 15 or fewer.)

Edit Post Slugs and Excerpts

A post slug is the part of a post’s URL after the .com (or the .blog, .org, .net, or whichever kind of address you use). WordPress generates one for you automatically based on your post’s title — but if your post has a very long title, it will also have a very long URL. Now, you can edit your slugs in the apps to shorten them.

You can also add and edit excerpts — little summaries of your posts — in the app. Some themes display post excerpts on your home page; if yours does, you’ll want to add one to each post. They also display in the WordPress.com Reader, giving you more control over what appears there.

To find the slug and excerpt in the apps, go back into your post’s settings: head to a post and tap on … → Options (iOS) or on the gear icon (Android), Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the slug and excerpt options.

Add a Featured Image

Lots of themes use Featured Images to draw readers’ eyes to your posts and pages. And when readers share your posts, the Featured Image is often used by Twitter, Facebook, and other networks. It’s the first part of a post most people see, and plays a big role in whether people decide to read.

To add a featured image to a post, open a post and go back to — you guessed it! — …→ Options (iOS) or the gear icon (Android). You can change an existing featured image there, too.

Easier Reading and Accessibility

The apps have seen several changes to make them easier to use, including better button and image descriptions for screen readers and improved zooming to increase text size. If you’ve had trouble with small text in one of the apps before or found something to be inaccessible, give it another try and be sure to let our support team know if you see areas where we can improve further.

In-App Support

If you have any questions, you can reach our support team right in the apps by going to Me → Help & Support → Contact Us. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Don’t have the WordPress mobile app yet? Download it here.


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  1. letstalkdepression

    I love the app, I use it daily. I still prefer to write my post from a desk top but I have written at least 3 post this month alone on the app. The only thing I haven’t been able to figure out is how to make my blog sticky for the front page. Any suggestions?

    Liked by 10 people

  2. msarora

    Great for me who is operating the blog from android phone.

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Your The Bomb . com

    There isn’t an option to center photos or text… everything else is great.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Tom Armstrong

    I am new and have found the mobile IOS app very easy and user friendly. Thanks!

    Liked by 11 people

  5. Ike A. Offor

    I am going to try this out, I desperately need that while on the go.

    Liked by 7 people

  6. WoRdaDDict

    I downloaded the app first before I even set foot on the desktop version of WordPress. I use it on a daily and I think it’s been smooth so far. Great post, I was wondering what slugs were.

    Liked by 9 people

  7. kateshiru

    I use it and I truly do enjoy the app, truly very convenient

    Liked by 7 people

  8. talktoabby

    Very helpful because I use the mobile app.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. floatinggold

    Nope. I’ll stick to desktop. Thank you very much.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. leilanicheeakwai

    I used to blog solely from my Android device for almost a year and a half, this is a great post – thank you.

    Liked by 8 people

  11. ozarkriverman

    I am new and I confess I am not technically gifted. Having a difficult time editing my profile with a profile pic. I’m further along with this then I was yesterday. Learning grounds.

    Liked by 5 people

  12. Musical Genius

    2 Thumbs up from me. The app is user friendly and has so many ways to navigate through. Thanks.

    Liked by 8 people

  13. growingthroughsomething

    Thanks for the insight! 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  14. theloyalbritwit

    I love the app, but my biggest complaint has been where to find the drafts. I love editing better on the computer because on the app it switches formats and posts it incorrectly. So if you’re used to the old format under the “view site” and clicking where the create new post icon was next to the number, try that again but close the new post and you’ll find it laid out similarly to the old update.

    Liked by 4 people

  15. notdonner

    I’ve been at this for a year, and I welcome the advice! I hadn’t realized the power in the slug or the excerpt…..thank you.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. Engr Paulo

    Hi! 🙂
    Please make the wordpress app for java phones too.
    Neither do I use Android nor iOS.

    THANKS!

    Liked by 4 people

  17. Toortsie

    I love the app! Thank you so much.

    Liked by 7 people

  18. daughters of the King

    I will definitely try this!

    Liked by 5 people

  19. frommyheart

    Thanks for sharing this..

    Liked by 3 people

  20. SimpleWay.com

    Hi,

    WordPress.com is the best place to crete a website. Thanks for that post because it makes me learn more. Thanks to WordPress.com, it has helped our business “SimpleWay.com” get bigger and bigger, daily!

    Thanks!

    Liked by 4 people

  21. 🌹V.O.L

    I only ever post through the WordPress app! #PhoneAddict

    Liked by 9 people

  22. Prashasti Patel

    Thank you for sharing. 👍

    Liked by 5 people

  23. marygabynl

    I love it!!! Thanks 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  24. appletomypiee

    Thank you soo much

    Liked by 4 people

  25. Arun Sathiya

    Thanks for bringing back support on the mobile apps!

    Liked by 5 people

  26. mistimaan

    Thanks for the post

    Liked by 3 people

  27. Ravisingh

    Thanks for sharing this useful info.I would go for it.

    Liked by 2 people

  28. susanacano

    Very interesting. I usually update my blog by my smartphone. Thank you for this post 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  29. ahangerkhurshid

    i love wp android app! its so smooth!

    Liked by 3 people

  30. vibslife

    I tried it. It is really helpful.

    Liked by 3 people

  31. adhina05

    Several month I used this app and I really enjoy it. Nice post!

    Liked by 4 people

  32. meinheels

    Been using apps for iOS and Android for a while now. Great for reading though I’ve found that it’s still been easier to code it all directly.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. Angga Arya S

    I use it ヾ(*´∀ ˋ*)ノ

    Liked by 2 people

  34. Nicole

    It’s not letting me add a new category in the IOS app 😦 keeps saying that the category needs a title, but I am typing in the title.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Sarah Blackstock

      Hi! If you have a moment, please contact us in app support: Me > Help & Support > Contact Us. This appears to be a bug in a recent update that we’re working on. We can check it out and make sure you get updated so it works correctly. 🙂

      Liked by 7 people

  35. jaimieweb

    Thanks for this! I have been using my phone a lot for my blog.

    Liked by 4 people

  36. jesarylcanbe

    I already tried it and it is super convenient for me especially i always update in my phone. thank you so much

    Liked by 5 people

  37. Lyagushka (Meirav)

    Thank you for working to improve the app. I use it a lot, and it’s already better than it used to be. Love being able to blog from the comfort of my sofa or from a café table!

    Liked by 3 people

  38. jay765

    Thank you so much for this!!

    Liked by 3 people

  39. zaynab6

    Thanks for giving so much information plus i love the app

    Liked by 5 people

  40. lulu

    It would be nice if the app let us center the text.

    Liked by 4 people

  41. doctressdiaries

    I use the app religiously. But your post made my life easier! Thanks…

    Liked by 6 people

  42. nesha e´

    Great and thank you for your hard work … I really write a lot on my android even though I always publish them when I touch my desktop. But maybe the time for me to blogging only by smartphone will come true considering the app now is getting better and better. ♥

    Liked by 5 people

  43. saurabh

    Great ideas to keep blogging through mobile devices.Great stuff! Now I am Learning how to do this with my tablet.

    Liked by 3 people

  44. michounslow

    I have been trying to balance a blog with other social media so I was so happy when I found the app today and downloaded it. I was just going to ask how to find draft posts because I need to work on those on the go but a little looking around in the 10 minutes I’ve had to app and I found it. So user-friendly! Can’t wait to explore more.

    Liked by 2 people

  45. momsjustknow

    How can i share directly to instagram from the app

    Like

  46. Papyrus and Peppermint

    Much easier! Thank you x

    Like

  47. Destination>Differentville

    Wish it was easier to run two blogs from the app. Posting and stats is okay, but also need a seperate reader and commenting for each. Just about to uninstall it to try and set up one blog on phone, one on tablet. Wish me luck.

    Like

  48. timpollari

    Great Post, I really enjoyed reading excellent tips, many thanks… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  49. deepanilamani

    Thank you so much for the new tips and information 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  50. 💖 Cam's Tech 💖

    Does the customizer work on a phone, or is it better to use a computer? Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

  51. ljpuk

    Great app, I’d like to see a ‘are you sure you want to publish’ dialog. Too easy to tap publish by mistake when tying to add tags to your post.

    Liked by 1 person

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