Quirks and Features of the WordPress App for Android

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A couple of days ago, Toni shared with you his thoughts on the WordPress app for iPhone, so today it’s time we talk about the Android version and all of its quirks and features. As we’ll see, both versions are quite similar, so if you’re thinking about changing your smartphone, this app won’t change your final decision 😇 But I found some interesting differences between the Android and the iPhone versions, so let’s dive in!

Installation and Configuration

First, download the app from Google’s Play Store and install it on your smartphone to manage your WordPress. Surprisingly, the app seems to be managed by the community (its ID is org.wordpress.android), but the author is Automattic… 😕 Interesting…

Once you have installed the app you have to set it up. The configuration process is as simple as connecting your website to the app by entering its URL and your username and password: just click on the very large “Login” button and then choose the method you want to use. In my case, I selected the option “Login in by entering your site address” and provided the required information.

As you may already know, our website is available in both English and Spanish. This behavior is achieved by using a multi-site installation with Multilingual Press. It seems that the Android app, unlike the version they have on iOS, is able to detect this situation and lists all the websites we have, thus offering me the possibility of working with the English version of Nelio Software or doing so with the Spanish version.

What you can do with the WordPress app for Android

Once you select the site you want to work with, a screen like the one below appears. On it, we have access to the most common actions: see statistics of your website, manage its posts and, finally, manage its media library.

Available options of an editor user
Options available to an editor.

The first thing I noticed is that, unlike its iOS counterpart, the Android app doesn’t let me edit the pages of my website… My user has an editor profile and, therefore, it should be able to edit them but, well, who knows, right?

Managing posts is exactly as you expect it to be. That is, you simply have a list of all the posts on your website organized according to their status: published, drafts, scheduled, and trashed.

The management of your media library is also equivalent to what you have in the iOS version. Using the appropriate menu in the app’s main screen, you can access the items in your library and browse and edit them. Uploading new items to the library is as easy as with any other app on Android: just remember to grant the appropriate Android permissions so it can access your camera and your photo gallery.

Finally, comment management is also very intuitive. Basically, it’s a simple interface that lists all the comments you have received. Following the same pattern as always, you can filter them by their status and, by tapping on one of them, you can access the extra editing options.

Different roles, different options?

Remember I mentioned I couldn’t edit pages through the Android app? That seemed very odd, so I thought that maybe the problem was that I logged in as an editor. All Nelio members use “Editor” profiles for security reasons since we don’t need full access to our WordPress Dashboard. What would have happened if I had used an admin user instead?

Apparently, if you log in as an admin, then you do have access to your pages. This looks like a bug, doesn’t it? 🤷

Edition and Settings

Content editing and (limited) setting management are exactly the same as what Toni described in his iOS post:

As you can see, the built-in editor is quite similar to Gutenberg. It works with “blocks,” but the support it has is quite limited (especially if we compare it to the fully-fledged Gutenberg editor). But, if you plan to write some simple content while commuting from home to work, it’s just perfect.

Summary

The WordPress app for Android, like its equivalent version in iOS, is a good option to write blog posts and manage the comments you get in your blog. It has a clean and fast interface. To be honest, though, I like the web version better. It’s much more powerful than the native app…

What do you think? Do you use the app to create and manage your web content? Or do you prefer the desktop version? Let us know in the comments!

Featured image by Mark Solarski on Unsplash.

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