Post To WordPress From Your Android Phone with WpToGo

Ryan Dube 30-04-2010

Post To WordPress From Your Android Phone with WpToGo pdahandsThe very first week I bought a new Motorola Droid, one of the first apps that I looked for was an effective blogging app that I could use to update my WordPress blogs while I’m on the go (which is most of the time). Sitting at the doctor’s office, riding the subway or waiting at your daughter’s piano lessons – there are opportunities throughout every day when you can post if you have the tool and the Android mobile blog application that will make it happen for you.


Karl recently covered how to mobile blog with your Windows Mobile phone using Windows Live Writer Mobile, and Daniel covered how to post to WordPress blog with your iPhone, but Android users need solutions that are just as useful and functional.

One of the problems I had with most of the Android mobile blog applications that I found to post to WordPress from your phone was that they were severely lacking in functionality. Sure, you could email text blog updates or use scaled down mobile blogging platforms to send a few blocks of text to my blogs, but what if you want to include an image, post to several blogs or manage your blog comments? I was very happy to discover WpToGo (WordPress for Android), because it allows you to do all of these things with your Android phone.

An Android Mobile Blog App That Does It All…Almost

One thing I’ve noticed with almost every mobile app that I use is that they rarely have the extensive functionality that you would hope they have. You can’t really blame developers, because they’re limited by the device resources, compatibility issues and of course screen size limitations.

With that said, there are sometimes those applications that come pretty close. For me, WordPress for Android is one of those apps. It does just enough so that I can post high-quality blog updates without wasting time, and using the application is intuitive enough that you’ll be blogging within ten minutes of installing it on your phone.

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As you can see, WpToGo can handle multiple WordPress blogs. To post to or manage any one of the blogs, just select it from the main screen and you have immediate access to your live blog posts, your local “drafts” stored on the phone, and all of the new comments that are on that blog and not yet managed. Each of these three functions are featured on their own tab.

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When you add a new blog – setting it up takes this one, single screen – that’s it.  Type in your ID and password, and my favorite part – configure how the image that you upload from your phone will be displayed in your post. While I prefer aligning my image first image to the left and wrapping text around it, the option to center and place the image above your article isn’t a bad format either. By the way, before you’ll be able to post updates from your phone using WpToGo, you’ll need to go into your blog settings, under the “Writing” section, and enable XML-RPC.

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Once that’s done, and you’ve configured your blog login settings into WpToGo, you’re ready to start viewing, editing, posting and responding to comments on all of your blogs, straight from your mobile phone.

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On the first tab, you can view all of your live posts. If you’d like to review or edit the post, just long-click on it and choose from the options that come up. I’d advise against doing much online editing of the live articles, because the process of saving edits before you’re done takes a bit longer. Ideally, this app should be used for creating new blog entries locally on the phone.

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As you’re typing, you can quickly save and the local copy will be updated and stored on your phone. This takes just seconds. You can close the app or turn off your phone and your local saved drafts will be ready for you the next time you turn on your phone and you’re ready to finish up your blog entry.

post to wordpress remotely

At the bottom of the edit page, you’ll find the features that make this Android mobile blog app so much more feature-filled than most other mobile blogging programs. Bold, italics, block quote and add links to your post to add variety to your update. Best of all, this is where you can add a picture to your post, and it’ll be inserted in the format that you defined when you set up the blog on your phone. Choose your tags and category and you’re ready to roll.

The publish option is what you’ll select when you’ve finished your final draft and you actually want to flag the post to be published the next time your phone syncs up with the blogs. You can also force it to publish before then by long-clicking on the title in your local drafts list and selecting to upload the post draft to the blog. If “publish” is selected, it’ll get posted live.


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The most important feature of this app, for me, is the third tab for Comments. In this area, you can scroll through the most recent visitor updates and manage all of them. Just long-click on each individual comment and either mark as approved, unapproved or as spam. Now you don’t have to get on a computer or even try to track down Internet access, just open up your phone and manage your comments for the day while you’re riding the bus or waiting in the dentist’s office. You will never have another unproductive moment in your life, now that you have constant access to your blog with your Android phone – wherever and whenever you want.

Do you post to WordPress from your phone? What app do you use? If you use WordPress for Android, what’s your feedback? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Related topics: Blogging, Mobile Blogging, Wordpress.

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  1. A needy person
    August 21, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Hello Ryan I have a website, a wpedpress website. My laptop is down. I have a Samsung android mobile. Can I post my health articles (of around 2000 to 2200 words) from my mobile? The thing is I haven't done this before neither I have the adequate knowledge about I.T. Can a person like me who don't know all of this run her the website on her own? And do I need and other tools apart from wp app to post my article through mobile? Please guide me I am helpless.

  2. Tom
    December 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I like to insert corresponding photos to my posts made with my mobile right in the post editing screen. Do you think I can do that with this app?

    • Ryan Dube
      December 14, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Hi Tom - yes did you see the "Insert Photo" button in the screenshots?

  3. Syed Faris Hussain
    July 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

    WpToGO ( WordPress to go). Is an app for android OS that allows individual who have WP websites that support xml to update and create new postings on the go from the comfort of their Android device.In fact I think this is the same app as the official WordPress Android app. As far as I remember during one of the updates of WpToGo, the name changed to WordPress.

  4. Guest
    July 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I can't find a theme that will accept photo uploads. The images uploads to my post, but you can only see the pic when you click on the entry. the thumbnail doesn't show up on the home page. any ideas?

  5. Ryan Dube
    May 2, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Damien Oh - isn't the official WordPress Android app identical? From the screenshots it looks like the same app - no need to miss it?

  6. Damien Oh
    May 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

    If you check out WpToGo site you will know that the project has been discontinued since Feb 2010. The developer is working on the official WordPress for Android app instead.

    Also, the WpToGo app has been removed from the market, so you can't find it anymore. I do miss it though.

  7. Ryan Dube
    May 1, 2010 at 12:32 am

    No - I just check and you're right, it's now WordPress. My mistake was checking whether there was an update available and since there wasn't, I assumed I had the latest version! I did like to the latest WordPress for Android website though so readers can get the latest copy...Although you're right, I should have the name of the app as WordPress to be completely up to date. Thanks for letting me know!

  8. Helnes
    April 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    In fact I think this is the same app as the official WordPress Android app. As far as I remember during one of the updates of WpToGo, the name changed to WordPress. So I think Ryan Dube need to update his app ;-)

    • Ryan Dube
      April 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      Helnes, I double checked before writing it to make sure I had the latest The name wasn't changed - it just goes by both. On the Android Market you'll still find it as WpToGo, but the website lists it as WordPress for Android. So...I decided to call it either one interchangeably throughout the article, as I hope you'll notice. ;-)

      • Helnes
        April 30, 2010 at 7:37 pm

        That's kind of strange. When I search the Android Market I can't find anything when I search for 'WpToGo', only gets a hit when I search for 'Wordpress'. But anyway, nice article. Been using this app for some time and I love it!

  9. Lee Whitfield
    April 30, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Sure its nice but what about the official WordPress Android app?