6 must-have iPhone and iPad apps for WordPress users

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Whether you’re a WordPress blogger, developer, or designer, odds are you are interested in carrying your profession/hobby with you on the road. Are your mobile devices set up with the best apps they could be?

My favorite way to discover new iPhone and iPad apps is to ask other people what they use. In this post, we’ve distilled our list to only the most important, most noteworthy apps for those who love WordPress.

Pull out your iPhone, and award yourself WordPress cred for each of the following that you have.

WordPress for iOS

For the iPhone and the iPad.

The WordPress for iOS app has seen some criticism, but in my experience has been getting better with each new release. The app lets you add your blogs and manage posts, pages, and comments.

To be honest, the primary way I use this app is to approve comments on the go. I find it much simpler to bring up the app and approve or spam a comment rather than logging into my Dashboard through Safari (ugh).

WordPress for iOS is available in the App Store for free.

Express for WordPress

For the iPhone.

Express for WordPress was released by the WooThemes crew just a few weeks ago (see our review here) and gives you a way to quickly post to your WordPress tumblog.

A couple of caveats are worth mentioning: the app works best if you’re using a WooThemes tumblog theme, though you can also use their plugin to make your current theme Express-compatible. I’m not using this (mainly because I’m not blogging that way now) but JD did for his review, and the process of making his theme Express-compatible was pretty straightforward.

Here’s the thing: you love WordPress, and this is an app made specifically for WordPress lovers. Go get it.

Express for WordPress is available on the App Store for $4.99.

Note taking/writing app

There are dozens of apps that act as note taking and writing apps on the iPhone and the iPad. I’ve changed my opinion so many times on the “best” one, I feel weird recommending one.

Currently my favorite is Simplenote, which is free on the App Store for the iPhone and the iPad. I like it because, most importantly, it gets out of the way and just lets you take straightforward notes. The UI isn’t complicated with a lot of options, so you can focus on what you need to do.

The second reason I like Simplenote is that it allows you to access your notes from a browser, at SimplenoteApp.com. That was pretty killer for me, since I’m usually writing on my iPhone on the way to somewhere, so it’s nice to have a way to grab my notes when I get there.

Simplenote is available on the App Store for free.

In the past, I’ve also used:

RSS reading app

For a long time, I didn’t use RSS feeds at all. I only use them now, actually, to follow WordPress-related sites for the purposes of writing on WPCandy. When coming back into the swing of RSS on-the-go, I tried a few different apps. In the end I decided that Reeder for the iPhone and iPad was my favorite.

Reeder is a very slick RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader account and, best as I can tell, just works. It makes my RSS reading life easier, and it might be a good fit for you too.

Reeder is available on the App Store for $2.99.

Honorable mentions in RSS readers include:

Polldaddy app

For the iPhone and the iPad.

Polldaddy was an Ireland-based startup that was purchased by Automattic in 2008, and makes it dead simple to create polls and surveys for your blogs. Have you used Polldaddy yet?

Polldaddy, along with the WordPress app, make up the current Automattic iOS app library. This particular app lets you load up your surveys (right now only surveys) and have your users take it from the iPhone/iPad.

Granted this isn’t something everyone needs, but if you’re a dedicated WordPress user you owe it to yourself to at least check this one out.

Polldaddy is available in the App Store for free.

Stat tracking app

Stat tracking is more definitely an addiction. I try to keep myself from spending too much time looking at stats (except at a month by month, year by year scale) because I find it distracts me from creating cool things online.

But, if you’d like a bit of addiction on your iPhone and iPad (and, alas, I do) I would recommend Ego for the iPhone and iPad. It gives you a really slick view of (for example) your Google Analytics, Twitter, and Feedburner stats that are only (gulp) a quick tap away.

It might not be entirely healthy for us. But it hurts so good.

Ego is available on the App Store for $1.99 ($4.99 for the iPad).

Other stat tracking apps worth checking out:


What iPhone apps do you use with your WordPress sites?

Talking about which iPhone and iPad apps we use, at some level, feels like talking about how we think and how we prefer to work. I really enjoy hearing about what other people are using to solve their problems, since in a small way it gives insight into how their mind works.

Which of these apps do you use? Did we leave any big ones out? Do you disagree with my picks in each of the categories?

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