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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
My name is Jess Stratton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. If you have a WordPress blog, you don't have to actually visit your site to update it. If you're on the road and see something neat, or are reminded of something that compels you to post, you can access your blog via your iPad or iPhone using the WordPress app, and you can create a new entry from there. Before you start, though, you need to know your WordPress username, password, and the site URL of your blog. I've got the app open right now. I haven't logged in.
All I've done from this point, is gone to the App Store, searched for WordPress, downloaded it, and launched it. It brings up this splash screen, and from here I'm going to tap the blue Sign In button at the bottom. And here's where I can put in all my WordPress information. When I'm all done putting in the information about my site, I'm going to tap the blue Sign In button. It's going to pull down all my blog entries. And from here, I've signed in. I'll tap to continue. And if I tap the three lines at the top left, I can see my blog, any articles I currently have, and I can see that I can post pages, posts, and comments.
I can quickly approve any real comments also from here. But for now, I'm interested in starting to post something. So I'm going to tap the plus sign right next to Post at the very top. And it's going to bring up the new post dialogue. From here, I can tap in the title and post my entry for that title. Then I can tap right into the main body of the entry and start typing. I'm going to tap the Return key a few times. And if I tap in the bottom right hand side of the screen, I can even insert pictures right from here.
So I'll tap the icon and choose Add Photo from Library. I've already taken the photo, and it's on my iPad. But if I saw something neat, I could simply come in here, create my entry, and choose Take Photo. And that's going to launch the camera. I can take my photo and insert it directly into the post. So as you can see, it's already very, incredibly easy to update information right from the road from my tablet. So I'm going to choose Add Photo From Library and it'll bring up my camera roll. I'll chose my post.
I can pick an image size. Now keep in mind, that we're looking at this on a tablet right now. But most people are going to be looking at my site from a browser. So choose an appropriate size. I'm just going to click Medium for now. It's going to upload the photo. And when it's all done, I can tap on the photo. I can see it. And if I tap in the bottom right hand side, I can choose where I want to insert that image. For example, above the existing content that I have, or below. In this case, I'll choose below.
And I'm going to tap the Back button to go back to my post. I can see the code. It's already uploaded and inserted that picture into my blog entry. And from there I can put the cursor at the end of it, tap the return key a few times, and start typing. When I'm all done, I can tap the bottom left-hand side of the screen which contains a little eye icon. If I tap that, I can preview my site and see what it's going to look like. If everything looks good, I can tap the Back button, which is the arrow in the top left hand side of the screen. And there's one more thing I want to do with this post.
If I click the Gear icon, here's where I can add the category and some tags. For example, if I tap into Categories. You'll see that it's pulling down a list of every possible category that you already had in your WordPress blog. So I can chose my category and I can also type tags if I wanted to. From there, I can tap the Back button. When I'm happy with my page, I can tap the word Publish in the top right hand side. You can see that it's busy uploading. And now, it'd done. This is available for everybody to see who goes to my site.
So that's how easy it is to keep your site constantly updated even while you're on the road. In a matter of minutes, we've created a new entry, we put pictures on it, categorized it, even added tags and published it, so all our customers and clients can still see that we're busy, we're active, and we're updating our website.
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