There are a lot of great applications that are coming through Apple’s App Store for both the iPhone and iPod Touch, but one of my new favorites would have to be the 100% free WordPress for iPhone. You might recall that TypePad users have had a blogging tool since day 1 of the App Store launch, and that program was also “free.” The catch, however, was that you are required to have a paid subscription to TypePad which is a minimum of $5 per month.
The WordPress application, on the other hand, will work with multiple WordPress.com accounts and any WordPress blogs you’ve setup on your own servers. The only requirement is that you be running WordPress 2.5.1 or higher.
How well does it work? It took me less than 30 seconds to get it setup on my iPhone, and it does almost everything that I would want from a mobile blogging client. You can add photos, manage existing posts, and even see a live preview of what it will look like on your blog using the embedded Safari browser.
One of the first things that popped into my head after using this is how great it would be for photo blogging on-the-go. You can snap a bunch of photos on your iPhone from within the WordPress software (or pull from your camera roll), write up a quick post explaining what the people are seeing in the images, and publish it to a blog. Want to restrict who can see the post? No problem, just password protect it right from the iPhone. To be honest I plan on creating a free WordPress.com blog just for posting photos in this way.
Right now there’s just one downside when using this for photo blogging. Images are uploaded at the medium resolution (640×480) which may or may not be something you want. In the future I’d like to see it offer a full resolution upload option, but the scaled down photos are faster to upload when you’re on-the-go.
Aside from that there are just a few other things I’d like to see this include:
- Comment management – being able to approve/pull comments would be handy.
- Search posts – right now you can see up to the most recent 50 posts on the blog, but that is it. At the very least you should be able to search through past posts, and possibly navigate through “pages” of recent posts.