Tested WordPress for Android
WordPress it’s a complex tool, it’s like the back of a digital SLR… but that doesn’t work on a phone
–Matt Mullenweg, on announcing imminent simplified WordPress version, reported by Bobbie Johnson. I believe, though it might only be hope, that Matt was speaking of simplified write/edit interface, for managing content via phone or tablet. No dates though.
My request: Simpler, okay, but please don’t lose important structural functionality. I use headings and bullets more than in-line styling.
But back to the point in being here: testing WordPress for Android…
Beginning with: creating a post straight from a text selection in the Xoom browser via Share:
- Grabs and inserts selected text.
- Much easier than browser based QuickPress or Dashboard to shift the cursor between lines.
- Can save as Draft.
- Simple ” icon to add blockquote tags before and after. However, it was selected therefore it was a quote, would have been nice for blockquote to be automatic.
- Easily add image. – Image first appears as thumbnail. I did not realise at first that touching the image opens the option to include a caption and description. Unfortunately the default alt tag is still “image”. On return to edit after saving draft, edit screen shows html instead of image so alt can be improved.
- This also lets me structure with html for headings and bullets. Not preferred, but better than not.
Content management features too
- Easily enter tags, assuming comma-separated.
- Easily apply and even add new top level categories.
- Can save status as ‘pending review’, or ‘private’.
- Easily alter date or time of post.
- Options for post format – I do not yet understand the effect such might have.
Not so great:
- Does not automate non-visual accessibility of image content.
- Link asks for URL and text, but I had selected and copied the text, not the URL. Of course, now that I know how it works, if I want to do this again I hope I remember to copy the Url before I select text to quote. It also doesn’t offer links to other posts.
- ‘More’ lets me insert a break point, but why? When there are none of the format options needed for longer posts, like bullets or headings?
- Cannot check or edit auto-url prior to publish.