Mobile Blogging with WordPress

The move to WordPress went very smoothly. The only minor hiccup I had was the images still pointed to Squarespace, so I had to download them and upload them to WordPress which took less time than expected thanks to bulk upload and then replace the images in the article. It wasn’t a difficult thing to do, it was just time consuming. The only other semi-major editing I had to do was to change any in-post links to Pens and Planes articles since the URL format changed.1

The main reason for my switch to WordPress was the ability to manage every aspect of the site from my iPhone and iPad, not just publish posts like I was doing with Squarespace. I was able to get the new site for Pens and Planes, as well as Thoughts Aloft up and running entirely from my iPhone and iPad. This would have been impossible with Squarespace. If I need to make any changes to a page, I make the changes to that sheet in Ulysses2, and copy/paste the changes in the WordPress app.

Another reason for the switch was I wanted to be able to take advantage of the WordPress publishing integrations that Workflow has (WordPress Publishing is currently in beta testing3 for Ulysses, which will eliminate my need for the Publishing Workflow below). I knew that the workflows I was previously using would change or be not be needed altogether. I wouldn’t have to convert my markdown to Rich Text, I could export the markdown directly from Ulysses to Workflow to publish or copy the markdown or HTML to the clipboard and paste it in the WordPress app. I have enabled Markdown editing for both sites, and I like that it doesn’t disable HTML editing.4

Switching to WordPress was something I had been considering for a while, and I’m glad I made the switch.

  1. They seemed to link to the appropriate page but I didn’t want to take a chance of them breaking at some point in the future.
  2. I like having an offline copy of everything that’s on the site.
  3. Minus Thoughts Aloft displaying as the name for Pens and Planes, WordPress Publishing has been working flawlessly for me. The developers of Ulysses said an occasional screenshot and talk of the beta is fine.
  4. To make the Pen Hacks page here, I copied the HTML (the captions for the images are encoded in the HTML) from the blog post and pasted it on the Pen Hacks page.