Receive mobile alerts and so much more with the WordPress app for iPhone.
Receiving mobile notifications from WordPress straight to your iPhone makes blog life easier. Within the Jetpack menu, you’ll find the Mobile Push Notifications, which sends comment and pingback alerts straight to your phone.
While Mobile Push Notifications is highlighted within the Jetpack menu, I don’t really consider it part of Jetpack’s features, since you don’t have to activate it or customize it from Jetpack.
Instead, the Mobile Push Notifications is an app for your Apple device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch), and one that you download from the Apple app store. And as an app, it provides much more than simple alerts on comments, even though this is the aspect that’s introduced in Jetpack’s menu.
While I prefer to write my posts from the computer, it’s still nice to be able to type up a draft when I have a thought for a post, check my site’s stats, or read other blogs I’m following. You may choose to do more, and make your iPhone your command-central station for your WordPress site.
Here’s just a brief highlight on a few of the features available to you via the WordPress app:
- Mobile alerts. As mentioned earlier, and highlighted in Jetpack, you can receive popup notifications whenever your blog receives a new comment or pingback–and you’ll be able to approve and see the details on a particular comment straight from the app
- Post writing. You can add a new post or edit an old one easily from your phone–and even add hyperlinks and pictures and videos (convenient if you take and store media on your iPhone, saving you the extra step of sending it to your computer)! One major precaution: for some unknown reason, the app is formatted to automatically publish your post when you hit “update”–I always change the setting to “draft” before I write anything or press that button!
- Site stats. Make sure you’ve enabled your WordPress.com stats feature via Jetpack in order to enable this!
- Multiple blogs. If you have more than one WordPress site, all of them can be linked into your iPhone app for easier access.
- WordPress Reader. Since you have Jetpack enabled (which also means you have to have set up a WordPress.com account–for those of you blogging on self-hosted WordPress.org sites), you also have access to the WordPress reader–essentially an RSS feed for sites you follow via that system.
- Access to your Dashboard. While it’s a little cramped on a small screen, you can also log straight into your site’s Dashboard to do your blogging and site management.
- And more! Go to ios.wordpress.org or download the WordPress app to find out more and check it out for yourself.
If you’ve missed my past articles on Jetpack, you can check out the two first steps on Jetpack and using it by going to: Intro to Jetpack and How to Connect to Jetpack. Also, be sure to read up on using Jetpack’s many features by checking out:
- Utilizing Jetpack: WordPress.com Stats
- Utilizing Jetpack: the Publicize Feature
- Utilizing Jetpack: Jetpack Comments
- Utilizing Jetpack: Notifications
- Utilizing Jetpack: Subscriptions
- Utilizing Jetpack: Post by Email
- Utilizing Jetpack: Spelling & Grammar
- Utilizing Jetpack: Gravatar Hovercards
- Utilizing Jetpack: WP.me Shortlinks
- Utilizing Jetpack: Mobile Theme
- Utilizing Jetpack: Infinite Scroll
- Utilizing Jetpack: VaultPress
- Utilizing Jetpack: Likes
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