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How to manage your blogs on iOS with BlogPress

Find out how to set up and manage blogs on your iPhone with BlogPress.

Blogs are an exceptionally powerful tool for getting the word out about products and services. In fact, according to a research document by Technorati called the "2013 Digital Influence Report," blogs beat out many other forms of social media, including the likes of Facebook, as a source for information that web surfers seek out routinely.

With that said, being able to create and manage your blog postings on multiple devices is an ideal scenario. For the iOS crowd, CLT Studio offers a multi-blog platform app for the iPhone and iPad called BlogPress. For only $2.99 (USD), BlogPress helps you work with blogs powered by Blogger, WordPress, Drupal, and many other platforms.

After you purchase and install BlogPress, getting set up and ready to write is pretty easy. Here's how you do it:

  1. When you first launch BlogPress, you'll be prompted to add an already existing blog that you own into the account manager. Just tap the button under "Blog Service Provider" to select your blog type, and then enter your account credentials accordingly (Figure A).
  2. Figure A

    Select your blog type and enter your credentials.
  3. In the Settings menu area, depending on how many blogs you have set up, this is where you can select your default blog. Since I only had one blog added to the app for demonstration purposes, I left the settings as is (Figure B).
  4. Figure B

    Select your default blog if you have multiple blogs listed in BlogPress.
  5. When you start your first post, you're given a fairly WYSIWYG editor screen. From here, you can title your post, add your location, and write whatever you wish in the body field (Figure C).
  6. Figure C

    The BlogPress WYSIWIG editor screen.
  7. In the upper right-hand corner of the editor screen are two small buttons: One for incorporating HTML code and the other for inserting images and pictures into your posts (Figure D).
  8. Figure D

    The two buttons on the top right help you format code or insert images.
    In the Insert HTML area, you're given templates to help format your text (Figure E). Figure E

    The Insert HTML area helps you format your text.
  9. The Manage button on the menu bar allows you to work with online drafts and live posts (Figure F). You can even delete posts by using the Edit button and then pressing the red delete symbol that appears next to the post. Comments created by online posters can also be approved or removed from this screen via the Comments button.
  10. Figure F

    The Manage, Edit, and Comments tabs.
  11. Finally, before you publish your new or modified post, BlogPress has a Preview mode so that you can see what your post will look like before it goes live on the web (Figure G).
  12. Figure G

    The Preview allows you to see what the post will look like before it goes live.

What mobile application do you use to manage blogs on your mobile device? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.

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3 comments
tulaipaul
tulaipaul

Blogpress and wordpress have shown significant traits in their respective zones. Do the ad network companies like revmob or appnext offer such mobile apps at a reasonable price?

chriswright58
chriswright58

I have tried a number of applications, but the one I now favour is Blogsy for the iPAD, an absolutely brilliant app. It covers a multitude of blogger sites (11 Total) and easy to use. Since using it, I haven't looked back, it continues to be my main tool for blogging.

Matt Nawrocki
Matt Nawrocki

I'll have to give that a look at some point.