How to Use the WordPress Desktop App for Your Self-Hosted Blog
- Last Updated: Jun 7th, 2018
- Posted by: Editor
- Category: Tutorial
This is an epic guide to know how to use the WordPress desktop app for your self-hosted WordPress.org blog? WordPress allows you to easily write and edit blog posts without distracting other browser tabs.
Pros and Cons of Using the WordPress Desktop App
However, WordPress desktop app is designed by Automatic, a company founded by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg. It is also the company behind JetPack. For more details, see our article on the comparison between WordPress.com versus WordPress.org.
The WordPress desktop app provides a better user experience for self-hosted WordPress websites, which is particularly good for users looking for a distraction-free editor to create content.
However, just like all in the world it has its own pros and cons.
Here are the benefits of using the WordPress desktop app on your computer to manage your self-hosted WordPress.org website.
- Provides a good user interface to manage your website
- It syncs your content faster and provides a great writing experience
- Provides a clean distraction-free writing area for creating your content
- Allows you to manage website management task without updating the plugin to the browser management and answering comments.
Before using the WordPress Desktop app, you should consider some of its disadvantages also.
- It does not work when it’s offline. This means that you cannot write posts using the desktop app and save them on your computer.
- Custom fields created by the plugin are not loaded in the post editor. For example, if you are using Yoast SEO, you will not be able to edit the SEO setting of the post from the app.
- Need you to install JetPack plugin and sign up for WordPress.com account.
That is being said, let’s see how to use the WordPress desktop app for your self-hosted WordPress.org site.
Using WordPress Desktop App for Self-Hosted WordPress
First of all, you need to install and activate the JetPack plugin on your website. For more information, see Step-by-Step on how to install the WordPress Plugin.
Upon activation, you will be asked to add JetPack to a WordPress.com account.
To continue you have to click the ‘setup jetpack’ button.
This will take you to the WordPress.com website. However, you have already owned WordPress.com account, you can sign in. Alternatively, you have to click the sign up button to create a new account.
After signing up, you will be taken to Pricing page. Just scroll down to the page and click on the ‘Start with Free’ button.
Then WordPress.com will now create your free account, and you will be redirected back to your website.
After this, you need to download and install the WordPress desktop app on your computer.
Proceed after installation and launch the app. You will see the login page where you have to enter your WordPress.com username and password to login.
Once signed in, you will see the WordPress.com Reader screen where you can locate the content and follow the blog. To manage your website, you have to switch to the MySpace tab.
Now, you will see your website title in the left menu with other site management section. In the right column, you will see the JetPack traffic report.
If you want to edit and create a post. You have to use admin bar in the left column, pages, and custom post type. You can also add a new blog post by clicking on the write button at the top.
The content editing field offers a very polished user experience.
On the right column, you will get post setting like setting status, post scheduling, tags and categories, featured images and more. On the left side, you have a distraction-free writing area with a rich text editor.
However, you can add images and galleries to your articles by clicking on the ‘Add’ button in the editor. You can close the setting column by clicking on the gear icon at the top.
Let’s take a look at the comments section.
The WordPress Desktop app allows you to easily manage comments on your site. You can reply to comments and accept or leave comments pending comments.
The theme section of the app allows you to manage the themes established on your site. You can also install a new theme without leaving the app.
You can’t customize your theme within the app. Clicking on customizations will open the Customizer window on your website in a new browser tab.
The plugin section allows to upload, install, activate the plugin directly from the app.
The app will also inform you about plugin updates and you can update directly from the app. Alternatively, you can also choose the option to update the plugins that you trust.
Now, let’s review the Sharing section.
Here you can connect the JetPack plugin to popular social media sites and automatically share new posts on social media.
If you want to add new authors and users to WordPress, you can create a ‘people’ section directly in the app. It shows users after your blog, with all the registered users on your site, using the JetPack follow feature.
You can click on the add button to invite new users and click on existing user accounts to view your details and remove accounts if necessary.
The Setting section of the application allows you to manage WordPress setting from the app. Some of these settings are specific to the app and the JetPack plugin, while others have WP setting that you will usually manage in the admin area.
If you want to manage multiple WordPress websites, you can add them to the app and manage them from the same dashboard.
Any new site you add should have JetPack installed and connect to the same WordPress.com account you are using in your app. After that, you can just click to add them to the bottom right corner of the app to add new site buttons.
In this article, we have described you how to use the WordPress desktop app for your self-hosting blog and covered the major topics. After that, we have discussed some topics:
- Pros and Cons of using the WordPress desktop
- Using WordPress desktop app for self-hosted WordPress
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