Writing blog posts on your smartphone isn’t exactly the preferred way for a blogger to spend their time, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great apps that can help a WordPress blogger be more productive, regardless of what kind of device they’re using.
WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform available, thanks to a robust army of plugins, customization options and the reputation of being a platform geared towards professional bloggers.
While there is actually a WordPress app that allows you to post and customize your content, there is a sea of other apps that can help enhance your productivity level as it relates to your WordPress site.
These apps can be either directly or indirectly used to help manage your WordPress account and keep things moving.
Here are the top 6 WordPress apps that you should target:
1. Dragon Dictation
Dragon Dictation, compatible with the iPhone and other iOS-based devices, allows you to record memos, notes and get a substantial amount of writing done simply by speaking into a microphone. It also supports a wide variety of different languages, including U.S. and U.K. English, Japanese, Mandarin, European and Canadian French, Spanish and much more.
As you speak, your words are recorded in a document as text, which can then be sent as an SMS text message, email or as a social media update. Naturally, as with most text-to-speech applications, it won’t always get all the words right, but you may be pleasantly surprised at how accurate it is overall.
While it’s not viable for writing long, lengthy articles, it can be a great tool for rough drafts, outlines or simply updating social media accounts on the fly.
MarsEdit is a desktop app for the MAC OS which allows you to edit and create blog posts outside of your web browser, as opposed to a browser-based editing systems provided by WordPress and other major blogging platforms.
The idea is that web browsers, while great for reading content, aren’t so effective for creating it. As browsers become more and more advanced, that might not always be the case. However, if you’re tired of writing posts that way and want something more powerful and reliable, MarsEdit is a good option for you.
3. Press This
Press This is a browser-based app that simply allows you to grab text, images or video from any website and post it to your blog, without even having to visit WordPress.com. You can also share it in the form of a link if you so choose. This is a helpful feature for bloggers that make a habit of curating small amounts of content or posting other people’s material for inspiration and ideas.
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ScribeFire was originally a popular Firefox add-on is now also available in Chrome, Opera and Safari as well. It’s similar to MarsEdit, except that it’s designed to be fully integrated into your browser as a blog editor, allowing you to post to just about any blogging platform.
Without a doubt, social media should now play a large part in how you market your business. But, with the rising number of social networking sites today, keeping up with it essentially becomes a full-time job, which is where HootSuite can come in handy.
If you’ve ever wanted to schedule your social media updates ahead of time, Hootsuite can do just that. It’s a great tool for those who want to get their Facebook and Twitter updates a little more organized and streamlined.
The nice thing about Hootsuite is that if you take an hour or so to schedule your updates, you can forget about it for a few days while Hootsuite posts for you.
With the power behind TweetDeck and WordPress, you don’t necessarily have to spend thousands of dollars in order to set up a website and social media presence for your business. You can use both of these together to automatically send tweets to your WordPress site. With a sleek interface and great support options, TweetDeck is a sleek desktop app that can be used to post updates to multiple Twitter accounts.
Free to use, TweetDeck is just one of the numerous Twitter apps available, but it certainly sets itself apart from the competition, and is robust with features. You can upload images, automatically shorten links and access any follower’s profile to see their most recent tweets or who they’re following.
While you might miss out on some of the reporting features available on paid Twitter apps, TweetDeck is still able to offer amazing value.
These apps all allow you to be more productive and keep up with your WordPress site in a variety of different situations and scenarios.
Keeping a good blog doesn’t just involve posting a lot (though that is the primary task at hand), but a comprehensive to-do list that changes on a daily basis. Anything you can do to streamline that process and make it easier for yourself will help you to be a better WordPress manager.