Back in August a major new version of the WordPress iOS app was released. I was pretty excited to check it out and wasn’t disappointed — it offers a genuinely usable way of adding and editing content on your WordPress site(s) on your mobile devices.
At the time I remarked on the fact that there were no other WordPress iOS apps available. Could it be that mobile devices don’t warrant their own dedicated apps for WordPress beyond the official offering? I hardly believed that could be the case.
If you are not yet familiar with the ManageWP service, it offers an easy and efficient way for managing multiple WordPress sites. Its main selling points are one click updates of themes and plugins, scheduled backups and site cloning, but it offers a whole lot more.
On the other hand, if you just want to jump in and check it out, you can sign up for a free trial here.
ManageWP, but Mobile
Every now and then I come across an iOS app that offers such an intuitive experience that using the app actually becomes my preference (as opposed to any equivalent desktop solution). ManageWP’s iOS app is an example of exactly that.
Opening the app presents you with an immediate overview of all your WordPress sites managed by ManageWP — namely whether or not there are any available updates:
Pretty cool, right? And that’s just for starters. As you can see from the above screenshot, access to notifications (i.e. backups/downtime/spam) are also available with one poke of the finger. Furthermore, you get access to an overview of your sites’ analytics:
Since Google Analytics doesn’t have an official app, this is rather handy to say the least.
Whilst email notifications are pretty handy, wouldn’t it be great if you could be instantly and unavoidably notified of major issues with your sites?
Well, one of the great things about the ManageWP app is that it takes advantage of your mobile device’s ability to instantly update you. You can enable push notifications for both failed backups and downtime. If one of your sites goes down you can find out about it almost immediately. And if your precious data is not successfully backed up, you can decide whether or not something needs to be done about it.
For those of us who depend on our websites to pay the bills, this kind of peace of mind is priceless.
And There’s More…
I’m just scratching the surface here. If you’re familiar with the ManageWP service then you will know that there is an enormous depth of functionality on offer, and the app offers up as much as is practically possible in a mobile format.
Here’s the full list of features:
- Themes/Plugins/WordPress updates overview with changelog info for each item
- Remote updates
- Backups information
- Uptime information/notifications
- Overhead management
- Spam management
- List of recent posts/comments per post status (e.g. published/draft/scheduled)
- Category management
- Direct support contact (send ticket/idea/feedback)
- User management
- ManageWP plan details
- Links to ManageWP forum/blog/user guide
- Latest posts from the ManageWP blog
I for one will be spending a lot less time managing my sites via the ManageWP desktop dashboard and a lot more time on my iPhone and iPad.
Have you checked out the ManageWP iOS app? I’d be interested to know what you think. Let us know in the comments section!