WordPress desktop apps… wait what?

WordPress has a desktop app! Yes, you are ready correctly.

The currently supported platforms are: OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. You can download them here:

So, how to use it? And why do you need it?

Well first of all, let me tell you, you need some tips before you use it.
First, you need a supported device (listed above).
Two, you need to have a wordpress.com login OR, if you build websites on your own server, you need number three.
Three, Install the WordPress plugin “JetPack” made by Automatic, so you can “connect” your sites through their API.

Ok, that covers how to have it available for you. How to use it? Well let me tell you first the “WHY” part.

Well, you will be able to see in one centralized application the following:
All your connected sites statistics.
Blog entries, write and edit posts and pages
Edit (in some basic level) Themes
Install plugins.
Update plugins.
Also, and not less important, you can read all articles of the sites you follow in WordPress.com

Ok, so.. How to use it?
Click on the link before, download the app, and you can install is as any other app, by dragging the icon to the Apps folder.
Setup your WordPress.com site or any of your own server sites, remember to install jetpack before, and even if you don’t like jetpack like me, just disable all the things you don’t want to use in Jetpack.
Once you setup your first site, it will sync with your wordpress.com account and bring all data, and it will show you a blue bar on top, with “All your sites”, “The reader”, and then, a big “Pencil” to tell you that is the icon you need to press if you want to write. Your icon/account and your notification icon.

Then you will need to navigate to the site you want to go by clicking the first “My sites” link, you will see the list of sites you have synced, and once you click on one of them, it takes you to a screen that functions pretty much your WordPress dashboard.
There you can do pretty much everything without the need of going to the browser.

It is a great tool, and it is free, so you may want to try it.

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Facu Puig

I make websites since 1997, I use Adobe since 2004 and Wordpress since 2007. Fascinated by design at the age of 8, thanks to my father, a multi award winner graphic designer.

2 Comments on WordPress desktop apps… wait what?

  1. Yep, really love the article on WordPress app for the desktop. JetPack do you think is really necessary to install it

    • Facu Puig says:

      Hi there, to connect with WordPress.com you need to have Jetpack installed and connected to a WordPress.com account, with that account you will manage the site from the desktop app. Thank you for your comment.

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