WordPress for iOSThe other weekend I noticed in my Twitter stream that someone I follow, an experienced blogger, was having trouble updating their website using their iPad. This was until another friendly soul told them about the dedicated WordPress app that is available for that purpose. Suddenly they became much more productive.

I’ve learnt a few tricks and tips about blogging on the go using such devices but, based on that insight, I thought it would be useful to write about the basic steps that you can take.

Posting new articles to a WordPress website using the web browser on your iPhone or iPad can be difficult. While you can manage many aspects of your site by logging into the admin as usual the user interface isn’t really designed for use with a touch screen and you will find some tasks difficult to do.

A far better alternative is to download the dedicated WordPress app for iPad and iPhone and use that to access your site. Within this app you can edit and add new posts. You can also add and edit pages as well as moderate comments.

When creating new posts I tend to use other writing apps to compose my text and then paste that into the WordPress app to upload and publish it. But you can write posts directly into the WordPress app if you want.

To get started download the app from the Apple App Store. When you’ve opened it select “Add a Blog” from the settings and choose “Add Self-Hosted Blog”. Add the full web address of your site, your username, and your password. Then save. You should now be able to access the content of your site from within the app.

The WordPress app is free – but if you are prepared to spend a little money – there are a number of other blogging apps which should also be able to connect to your WordPress site. One popular one that I have used is Blogsy which is available for £2.99 from the App Store.

Not an Apple devotee? My apologies that this post is Apple centric. That is what I have experience of using. But I know that users of Android devices can also update their WordPress site on the go by using the android version of the WordPress app.

Note that if you have previously tried to use the WordPress or similar app to edit your site and had difficulties because of “XML–RPC support” this should no longer be an issue. You used to have to go and make sure that this was switched on in your settings. However, since WordPress 3.5 this support has been enabled as standard.

WordPress is by far the most popular content management system for building websites.

Looking at the statistics provided by W3Techs shows that WordPress is used by 14.7% of the world’s top one million websites and over 54.5% of all those websites that use a CMS.

It is interesting to note that the next two most popular CMSs are both also opens source; Joomla with a 10% market share and Drupal with 6.2%.

The same sources provides figures for the use of CMSs by websites in the top one million that have a .uk top level domain. The dominance of WordPress is repeated here with a market share of 48.9%.

A similar pattern can be found in the CMS usage statistics provided by BuiltWith who currently reckon that WordPress is the most popular CMS used by Websites in the top million websites with a share of 63.19%.

More statistical information about the use of WordPress can be found here:

If you want to include favicons as part of your WordPress theme then you should add the following code into the header of your pages. The code includes a tag for standard favicons as used by most web browsers. It also includes a tag used by Apple devices such as iPad and iPhone.

Code for adding favicons to your WordPress theme:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/favicon.ico" />
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/icon.png" />

You then need to create a favicon.ico file and a icon.png image file and add these to the template folder.

The icon file should be an image 16×16 pixels.

The .png file for Apple devices should be 57×57 pixels (although I have seen some suggestions that 114×114 is best for later Apple products). Don’t worry about adding the curves and shiny effects that you see on the Apple devices, these will be added automatically.