The iPad runs on apps. Unlike most other tablets and notebook computers, Apple chose to use a streamlined interface for its version of a tablet computer. Apple’s intuitive and simple layout uses applications similar to the iPhone. However, since the iPad is much larger than the iPhone, you can actually use it for blogging. If you use WordPress as your blogging platform, you should consider these apps. They’ll make your life much easier in the long-run.
WordPress for iOS
While some people criticize the WordPress for iOS app, its interface improves with each release. The WordPress app gives you a fairly easy way to manage your site via the iPad. You can moderate comments, create and edit posts, add images and videos and pretty much do anything and everything you can do by logging in to your site from the web.
The app does require that you have WordPress 2.9.2 or higher and some users report that the app is a little buggy. For example, some users report having trouble logging in and editing existing posts via the app may result in your hard work being erased. If you’re mindful of a few bugs, the app still makes sense for simple tasks that would otherwise force you to log in to your WordPress dashboard via the web. Read more HERE!
While the native notes app on the iPad might suffice for simple note taking, Simplenote gives you a more full-featured note-taking application. With the native app, you can take notes and save them. That’s about it. With Simplenote, you can access multiple backups of your notes in case you want to see earlier versions of them, your notes are encrypted for safety and security. You can share or publish notes if you need to share something with your family, roommates, or for a class.
You can organize your notes using tags and pins. Browse your notes as folders or pin important notes to the top of your list. Simplenote stores notes on its own webserver, and you get a lot of free space for your notes. It’s also free, which isn’t a bad deal either.
In the world of RSS readers, Reeder is one of the more popular apps in the marketplace. The developer has done a good job with this one. The app "just works," which is nice since you expect this level of quality from an app in Apple’s app store. Apps tend to be hit or miss sometimes, so this is a welcomed surprise.
The reader syncs with your Google reader account and aggregates your feeds for you. Its simple and intuitive interface feels native to the iPad. It’s not free though. Expect to pay $2.99 at the time of this writing. Thankfully, the developer makes every effort to keep the app fresh and updated.
If you like making polls for your website or blog, then Polldaddy is an app that will make this a very simple process. It’s especially helpful if you are trying to plan events and you want feedback from people visiting your site. Actually, if you’re a business owner, this app could be used to communicate with, and get feedback from, your employees.
Since your audience gets to interact with you by giving you feedback, there’s a higher level of engagement than just reading your posts or updates. If you sell products or services on your site, but you’re just a one-person show, you can use the app to do market research, making your product launches go more smoothly.
This app is made for you if you have a "Tumblr-style" blog. It’s made by WooThemes and allows you to post up short notes, images, links, and quotes. You can also save drafts when you’re not online as well as moderate comments.
You have to configure your blog to work with Express, but the app makes it easy. First, you have to be running a WooThemes tumblog theme. Beyond that, the app holds your hand through the setup process.
This nifty app is for you if like to track your blog stats. It gives you a slick view of your Google Analytics, Twitter, and Feedburner stats with a simple tap. No need to log into three sites to see how you’re doing with your latest blog post series. This app can get quite addicting, if you’re not careful, so you might want to bury it in a folder or something. Don’t let it distract you from creating content.
Post contributed by Zoe Howard, on behalf of PhoneShop.co.uk