If you run a WordPress blog—as millions of people do—the platform’s Web-based management is thorough and easy to use. However, if you want to post to your blog from an iPad or iPhone, using a browser to do so can be a bit cramped. Instead, turn to the WordPress app from Automattic. A recent update has given this free app a clean and functional interface for accessing your blog.
WordPress for iOS works with both all sizes of iOS device—the iPhone, the iPad, and even (with version 3.1.4) the iPhone 5. While the app doesn’t provide optimized access to all of WordPress’s features, it’s sufficient for most uses, whether for managing blogs and comments, or writing and updating posts. It works with blogs hosted on WordPress.com as well as self-hosted WordPress blogs, as long as you have turned on XML-RPC services (from Settings -> Writing on your WordPress dashboard). You can even create a WordPress.com blog from the app, and follow any WordPress.com blogs from it as well.
The WordPress app features a sidebar with links to posts, pages, comments, stats, and the WordPress dashboard; it also lets you view the site as it appears in a browser. Tap on Posts, for example, to see a list of posts on your blog, then tap on a post to edit it, or on the plus button (+) to create a new post. If you’re familiar with the WordPress dashboard, you’ll find this mobile interface similar.
You type your post in a text field, you can choose tags and categories from fields that—when tapped—display all those you have defined on the blog, and you can upload pictures or videos. (You can even take pictures on the spot and add them to posts.) Some of the options are more limited than with the Web-based version of WordPress, and if you use any plug-ins to help you create or edit posts, you won’t have access to them here. For the majority of blogs, though this app will be sufficient.
One notable lacuna: the WordPress app does not support custom fields, and if you have a blog that requires these, you’ll only be able to access the body field. You also can’t set custom excerpts, or set featured images.
When typing, the WordPress app adds a bar above the keyboard with some of the buttons you use to add styles: This lets you apply bold or italic, add links, set block quotes, create lists, and add a <!—more—> tag, which splits a post so only the text above the tag appears on your blog’s main page. When you’re finished creating or editing your post, you can preview it by tapping the eye button; this shows exactly how it looks in a browser.
On the iPad, as expected, there’s plenty of room to do all of this, but the iPhone is more cramped, in part because of the extra bar above the keyboard. (The iPhone 5 adds a bit of vertical space to make this easier to use.)
In addition to these posting and editing features, you can manage comments, approving, deleting, editing, and replying to them. You can view your blog’s stats, if you use the Jetpack plug-in, and you can access your blog’s dashboard. This latter feature is simply a browser page, rather than an optimized interface in the WordPress app; as such, it can be difficult to navigate on a small screen.
While you probably wouldn’t want to do all of your blogging and blog management from an iOS device, the WordPress app lets you do these tasks fairly easily. Naturally, this is much more efficient on an iPad than on an iPhone, but it’s possible with the latter. While there are some things you can’t do with this app—custom fields, custom excerpts, and featured images aren’t supported—you can still access these from the browser-based dashboard view. The WordPress app is a worthy—and free—tool for those who run blogs with this platform.
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So, you want to install iWeb on your shiny new mac but, have noticed you cannot get iWeb from the App Store. You can however still get your hands on iWeb. Heres how:
1.) You will need a DVD copy of iLife ’09 or ’11
Both versions have the same version of iWeb
2.) you will need access to an optical drive ( to read the install DVD ) If you do not have an optical drive you will need to get one. I personally have the Apple usb Superdrive
3.) Install. I have already done the install instructions which can be found here
4.) Choose where are you are going to host (upload) your website. I have been using IX Web Hosting since June of 2008 with no issues. I have more info on them & a little video here:
1.) First download & install WowSlider
2.) Launch WowSlider & Add your images to WowSlider
3.) Click on Publish
4.) Click on the General tab & name your slider
5.) Click on the Images tab.
Here you can change the template (how it looks), image size, & the different transitions (how the images move)
The different transitions (how the images move):
6.) Click on the Publish tab.
Select publish to folder: If you click on the Browse button you can select where you save the WowSlider. I would suggest selecting the desktop so, it is easy to find. Also, select new folder.
7.) Upload the Folder to your web host with an FTP Program like CyberDuck.
8.) Visit the the uploaded folder. Here is my Sample.
9.) From here you will need to view the page source to get the HTML code:
in Safari you can right click or option click for a drop down menu. ( if running safari 6 you need to turn on the develop menu )
Select the text & paste the code into a new text edit document (makes editing the code easier):
Here is my Sample Code with what I changed to make it work in iWeb in Blue (
http://lilnitsch.netne.net/test_slider/) this will need to be changed to your web address
10.) In iWeb add a HTML Snippet & paste your code & click apply. And now your WowSlider should be working in iWeb
* for one reason or another the WowSlider doesn’t work on Dropbox another free option would be 000webhost.com
There will not be many people that are not aware that Apple changed the connection port in the iPhone 5 to a reversible 8 pin connector that they are calling Lightning Cable .
Since receiving my iPod Touch 5 on launch day I have had problems with the cable not charging my device and drawing to much power when plugged into my Mac.
I’m not the only person having these problems with the new cable that Apple is supplying, there are post over at Apple’s own support forums and MacRumors with similar problems.
My cable suffers with both the charging from a Apple wall charger, and when connecting to my brother’s MacBook Pro or my MacMini server.
When the cable is connected to the Apple wall charger, it didn’t start charging like the 30-pin connector did.
It was the same issue when connecting to my brother’s MacBook Pro or my MacMini server.
I get the following error:
Because a USB device was drawing to much power from your computer, one or more of your USB devices has been disabled.
To prevent damaging your computer, the USB device drawing too much power has been disabled. Other devices may also have been disabled. When you disconnect the device drawing too much power, your other USB devices will be enabled again.
The problem seems to be a cable issue rather than an iPhone 5 or iPod Touch 5 issue, with people reporting that using another Lightning cable works perfectly.
Apple have not yet commented on the issue, but it seems from their forums that they are replacing them with a 5 – 7 day turn round.
As soon as I get to speak to Apple Support, I’ll update you all with what happens.
*Update: took the iPod Touch & lightning cable w/receipt into the local Apple store & they just swapped it out for a new iPod in the box (ended up with an extra set of earpods)
Let me know in the comments below if you are having problems with your Lightning Cable.
For this you will need the iLife ’09 or ’11 installation DVD: Purchase iLife – iWeb
When you get to Installation Type: Click on the customize button at the bottom
Here the installation will allow you to choose which applications to install.
Select iWeb & click install. (iDVD can be installed at this point if you want. In that case you would select iWeb & iDVD then click install)
After the install is complete run “Software Update” from the apple menu or the app store. There will be some updates for iWeb/iDVD to allow them to work with the other iLife apps
iWeb is available on Amazon as part of the iLife ’09 or ’11 box set (iLife ’09 is a little cheaper and contains the same version of iWeb).
New computer showed up today installed the ram “memory” and now I am running updates & transferring my files. I have it plugged into my tv to get things going until my monitor shows up some time tomorrow afternoon.
Sorry, that I haven’t had many posts lately I finally am updating my machine. My 24″ iMac just isn’t getting the job done for me anymore the internal hard drive quit working about a year or so, ago and I have been running off of a external hard drive so, I broke down & ordered a MacMini Server which is suppose to arrive on Monday.
I will be installing 16GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory KomputerBay (link below)
Dual 500GB (7200-rpm) hard drives
I plan on adding a Crucial 512GB SSD when I get some extra cash
Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
- Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
- HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
- DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (included)
- Support for dual display and video mirroring
- Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
- Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
- HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
- Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
- Built-in speaker
Connections and Expansion
- Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
- FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
- Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
- HDMI port
- SDXC card slot
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Audio in/out
802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking4; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
I will post some images and/or some video when it all comes together.