IOS Blogging Apps are woefully. inadequate!

Ever tried any IOS blogging apps? They are brutal.

List of issues:

  • There are no WYSIWYG editors in . Really? In this day and age? Even paid premium apps require HTML writing – which as anyone knows is SO tedious on IOS touchscreen keyboards
  • There is no uploading of photos to your wordpress media. They either don’t provide uploading ability, ie you have to just link it from the internet somewhere, or they upload but you have to upload to flicker, or picasa or something, not to the media library :/
  • There is no way or place to mark images as ‘Featured images’. For wordpress, I need ideally to use the featured images for the way its setup. Why no featured image option?

And the WordPress blog app itself? All of these issues and more.

These are some of the most basic operations / requirements in blogging software and these companies want me to pay money for software that doesn’t even sport a WYSIWYG editor?

Super fail in my books 🙁 I was really hoping to have a fully mobile blogging solution but for one reason or another, I need my macbook to fix the posts after I post them from an IOS device which is sad.

And you say, why not just load the WordPress interface in safari on the ios device, well… I can do that but the WYSIWYG there doesn’t work either, it downgrades to HTML editor, that has no vertical scroll. Sure most of the other features work but its very  limited and odd in how that works.

I honestly can’t believe that in 2011 I can’t blog 100% from my IOS device, its not like blogging is new or IOS or Safari are new. Has no one else run into these issues?

What have I tried / investigated so far?

  • WordPress official app – not really worth using if you do anything like I do
  • Blogsy – paid $3 for this and it doesn’t do what I need :/
  • Blogpress – read the docs and reviews, doesn’t do what I need
  • are there any others? There doesn’t seem to be that many options out there
  • Oh, and safari on IOS for wordpress admin interface

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12 thoughts on “IOS Blogging Apps are woefully. inadequate!

  1. Why not just log into dashboard through browser and post without using special app? I am just setting my iPad up, but this looks like the best way

  2. Not everything works, thewysiwyg doesn’t work, the text area doesn’t scroll or expand and other functionality is a bit off. Not sure why safari doesnt render it all correctly..

  3. The reason no app has ‘featured image’ support is because WordPress does not provide access to in through the API. And Do you know the Apple SDK? Just saying there may be a reason you’re not finding what you are looking for.

  4. I understand that, seems like a large oversight :/ …what about wysiwyg?? No asks for that? :P. Don’t need ado for that, so why isn’t it in a product that devs spent so mu ch time on and that costs money? Seems like a basic thing

  5. Nope, thats why. I pay my hard earned cash for software that does what i need it to. If devs can’t do that for me, they won’t get any more of my money. That’s how the free market system works 😉

  6. I’ve been on much the same search for WordPress compatible iOS app. The WordPress app was just sort of embarrassing. I paid for Blogsy and it seems very awkward and obtuse. I was just thinking about trying Blogpress. What did you note that was missing from it?

  7. I havent tried it but. There was no wysiwyg like there is in Blogsy. I didn’t want to spend money on something I didn’t think would work. Having said that, I don’t use the wysiwyg features in Blogsy cause it just adds HTML tags in… N ot implemented in the best way. Still, overall, Blogsy is good and will soon get better ( first version)

  8. Same issues and complaints here. BlogPress is the more user friendly app to me, but no WYSIWYG editor is annoying. Blogsy strangely has a “Rich” window where you can see your text, and add basic formatting and image… So, why not go all the way, and just enable a full HTML WYSWYG editor? Tried Safari browser, but same issue – switches to basic editor and can’t scroll the window.

    Uggg… Geeks who write these apps don’t understand the value of WYSIWYG.

  9. Update: if you’re s Blogger user, just use Safari – but you’ll need to go into your Settings, and select to use the “old editor”. Refresh and open a Post for editing, and viola! You can see some wysiwyg editing tools.

  10. Ah good to know. With the latest Blogsy revisions I’ve f ound ways to make it all work. Still not perfect for creating links and such but mostly effective. In 6 months time I’m sure well have a full wysiwyg

  11. Same. I am struggling with this problem for years.
    The best solution is basically write the article with ios app, upload it as draft. Then open safari and add the uploaded image as featured. Waist of time but if you need to blog in a very nomadic situation, it is the only one.

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