HTML Showing in Post Content on Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog and html is showing up incorrectly when you publish your blog (the content all looks like raw HTML) it is usually because your webhost has an old version of the libxml2 library installed.

How to solve this issue:

  1. The best solution is to get your web host to sort this out for you. If they need some guidance on doing this then you can point them in the direction of this support thread.
  2. If your host won’t do this upgrade for you then you can install this plugin which has been created to fix the problem. The LibXML2 Fix plugin*

*Please note this plugin has not been written by BlogPad Pro and we are in no way responsible for its availability or any issues it may cause. We are recommending it based upon previous customer experiences and recommendations

How to fix an issue uploading photos after updating BlogPad Pro

If you have downloaded the latest version of BlogPad Pro you may find that you can no longer upload photos. We’re working to resolve this issue as soon as possible, but in the meantime this should fix the problem for you:

1) Go to “Manage Blogs” (ie tapping on the “B” button)

2) Tap on the right-facing blue arrow for the blog in question to display the “Blog Options” menu

3) From the “Blog Options” menu, tap on “Update Settings From Live”

Once this is done, tap on the “Edit Blog Settings” option from the “Blog Options” menu. At the bottom of the “Edit Local Blog Settings” page, you will find  “User Roles”. In order to have access to all the image options, you will need to belong to any of the following Roles:

*) Administrator

*) Editor

*) Author

If this doesn’t work for you please get in touch with us via BlogPad Pro by going to Help > Ask A Question.

Featured Blog of the Week: Blogging in the Classroom

This week’s featured blogger is Kate Chan who, as a teacher, uses BlogPad Pro with her students to support her foreign language teaching.

Tell us about your blog

Actually, I have two blogs.  One – my personal blog – is called GlutenFreeGobsmacked.com.  I blog randomly with gluten free recipes after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2000.

The other blogs I write relate to my profession.  One is simply a website (powered by wordpress.org) to help my students.  TheMaxFacts.com (Named after our old dog, Max) has primarily been a place where I can post homework, supporting links, parent communication, etc for my classes.  I began the site a long time ago – but it’s most recent “blog” format is the easiest for me to update and maintain.  After all, I’m not a computer teacher/techie – but I love the ease of communicating with my students and their families this way.

I recently began (although it’s very random when I get a chance to post) a blog that I have been using to talk about my development and learning as a new classroom set of iPads instructor.  It’s really exciting – and sometimes exhausting! – and I found that sharing out has helped me connect with other educators who are doing interesting things in their classrooms as well.  (My blog is still complete in its infancy.  I don’t know where it will take me, but if you are curious, it can be found here:  profachan.wordpress.com)

blogging in schools

How much of your blogging do you do on your iPad?

I truly sought out a blogging platform for the iPad for my students.  I’m a foreign language instructor, I wanted to find a way for my students to share out as they began their language development.  Once I became a recipient of a classroom set of iPads, I needed to find an app that would support multiple users, multiple wordpress.com blogs, offline use (as we can lose internet at the drop of a hat).

I am slowly converting myself to blogging via iPad.  I have to find a way to be more efficient with images/media as many are on my laptop.  However, that being said, I love the ability to upload images via BlogPad Pro and have the app help me resize, etc.  Super Slick. My goal is to be blogging at least 3 times each week from my iPad in class to save myself time rather than blogging from a laptop or desktop after school/at night.

My students blog at least once a week. (160 students x 1 a week = just in my classes alone!) It was so successful last semester (or first trial run) that I have brought two more colleagues into the loop.  One will begin this fall with blogs for her classes and the other will roll out blogging for more of her students.  Having students write and post things suddenly brought about more focus and drive.  Students weren’t just repeating random silly sentences to bury in the middle of the papers in hopes that my midnight grading stupors would miss it.  Their work really developed over the course of our online blogging.  I will be doing it again next year and have created some benchmarks to help students see their growth through blogging as well.

blogging in schools

How many blogs do you have?

I mentioned mine earlier.  My students have created about 160 wordpress blogs.  My colleague began with 70 of her students last Spring and will add an additional 100 this year to the fold.  I will have another 135 new students this year (overlap of about 30 from last year’s classes).  The third colleague will blog once a week with her group of 150 as well.

That’s a lot of blogging!

blogging in schools

Which features within BlogPad Pro do you use the most?

Being able to import images and instantly resize/etc is a HUGE luxury.  Students have sometimes not finished their blog posts before class is over but they always get their images uploaded.  The few who have not finished with the images are at a complete loss for how to manage that side of blogging from home.  It’s just so simple with BlogPad Pro.  I just can’t say this enough about this tool for us.

In addition, being able to blog while offline, update/sync to live, format posts, log in/out with various users/usernames are all critical pieces that had us choose BlogPad Pro.  As teachers who use/integrate technology we *know* there will be hurdles and we are not going to sacrifice our curriculum for the “bling” of a techie-shiny thing.  Not wasting time on that stuff while trying to get students to focus on the task at hand (our content exploration/study) was essential.  These tools (offline blogging, etc) allowed our students to worry about their content first.  Just as good bloggers should.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that without such amazing support and communication I would wonder if I’d lost my mind trying to blog with my students.  Blogging individually and facilitating 160 + students (and colleagues/their classes) with blogging is a totally different world than just my own little world of GlutenFreeGobsmacked.com   It’s exciting to see kids “go public” with their skills (no matter what level they are with their language development) and “share out”.  It’s meeting them where they are.  Dino and Mary allowed and supported that to happen with grace, humor and amazing selflessness.

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http://www.GlutenFreeGobsmacked.com

If you use BlogPad Pro and would be interested in being featured please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

How to make your WordPress blog posts visible to Search Engines

Wondering why your WordPress blog isn’t getting any traffic? This is a really simple and effective way of boosting your blog traffic.

To get your blog posts indexed and showing up in search engines like Google go to your Web Dashboard: Settings > Reading and you will see your privacy settings. You can choose from:

  • Allow search engines to index this site.
  • Ask search engines not to index this site.
  • I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose

WordPress: How to make your blog posts visible to Search Engines

To get your posts indexed select ‘Allow search engines to index this site’ and get posting!

Remember it’s also really important to write original content and use tags wisely – tags are a great way of boosting traffic too!

Featured blog of the week: We Heart Vintage

For the first in our new series of Featured Bloggers who use BlogPad Pro, we’re talking to vintage fashion enthusiast Mary from We Heart Vintage.

Tell us about your blog:

We Heart Vintage is a blog about three things I love: vintage fashion, photography and classic films. I started blogging as a New Year’s resolution in 2011 and discovered I absolutely loved it. I was amazed by the amount of visitors I was getting and We Heart Vintage just kind of snowballed from there!

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

How much of your blogging do you do on your iPad?

In a typical week I probably spend about half my blogging time on my iPad, and when I travel I rely on it completely. I don’t need to take my laptop with me when I’m away from home now which is so convenient. I love the fact that I can just carry my iPad in my bag and then whenever I get a spare half an hour I can catch up on comments or write a new blog post (I’m a little obsessed – but then I think most blogger are!)

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

So, how many blogs do you have?

I currently have about 10 blogs (I’m a bit of a serial blog-starter), but I only actively use 3 of them. We Heart Vintage is a self-hosted WP blog and the others are all WP.com.

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

Which features within BlogPad Pro do you use the most?

My blogs are all very photo-rich and I spend a lot of time adding images so anything which makes this quicker and easier is great. I’ve set the default maximum image size so that my photos are automatically inserted at the right size – that saves me lots of time. I mostly use the visual editor for writing my posts, but as a web developer it’s great to be able to get to the html easily too. I also love how easy it is to add links to other posts within my blog which gives me lots of lovely SEO juice! Oh, and of course stats. Every blogger needs easy access to their blog stats!

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

If you’d like to find out more about Mary’s blog take a look at We Heart Vintage here.


Do you use BlogPad Pro to blog on your iPad? We’re looking for avid WordPress bloggers who would be interested in being featured on our blog.

Do you use BlogPad Pro in the classroom, for a personal blog, for your business? Get in touch and tell us a bit about your blog and how you use BlogPad Pro and we might showcase you!

How to fix an issue uploading images in BlogPad Pro 1.3

If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog and have upgraded to Version 1.3 of BlogPad Pro you may have experienced an issue with uploading images. You no longer have the option to upload images from your iPad, or DropBox and these options are greyed-out. This issue only seems to affect a few self-hosted WordPress users and is simple to fix.

So why has this happened?

When you update BlogPad Pro to version 1.3, any existing blogs you had added should have been “upgraded” to take full advantage of some changes we have made relating to User Roles (i.e. Whether your WordPress login account is an administrator, editor, etc).

However, there appears to be a bug in WordPress’s self-hosted code. It seems that, even though the login account is an “administrator”, the WordPress XMLRPC API (Application Programming Interface) still doesn’t report the correct Role. We suspect that the API isn’t reporting any Role at all, at this stage.

By re-saving the role, it seems that this then fixes the problem because the WordPress API will finally report the correct Role for the user. We will be passing this information on to WordPress for them to look at from their side too, as well as trying to work around it in future versions of BlogPad Pro.

How to fix the problem?

There are 3 quick and easy things to try which should manually trigger this “upgrade” and fix the problem.

The first thing to do is to update your version of WordPress to the most recent version. To do this just go to your Web Dashboard and follow the prompts to update to the latest version of WordPress.

Another thing to try is, for any blogs affected, go to “Manage Blogs” (that’s the blue button at the top of the menu bar) select the right-facing arrow to show the “Blog Options” and tap on “Update Settings From Live”. This should re-retrieve your account’s User Role and you should then be able to add images, etc.

Update Blog Settings in BlogPad Pro

For the majority of users this quick update will fix the problem.

If this doesn’t work, then this is what you need to do to get around the bug in the WordPress code…

Go to your Blog’s Dashboard from “Manage Blogs” by selecting the right-facing arrow to show the “Blog Options” (as above)  and tap on “Go To Web Dashboard”. Go to the “Users -> All Users”.

For the user that you are having problem with, ensure that the checkbox for that user is checked (on the left hand side of that blog) and then select “Change role to…” and select the correct Role and tap on the “Change” button.

Update Blog Settings in BlogPad Pro

(NOTE: You have to do this even though it may already be showing as Administrator, because this is where the bug is in the WordPress API! By performing this task, you are ensuring that the API should now know the correct role for your login). Alternatively, you can update the Role for any particular user by tapping on “Edit” for that user on the “All Users” screen. Once you have done this, you now need to trigger the manual “upgrade” again as mentioned in the previous paragraph. You may even trigger this upgrade by leaving BlogPad Pro and coming back to it (eg by pressing on the iPad’s Home button and then returning to BlogPad Pro again).

It’s worth noting that (as far as we know) we’re the only people using WordPress’s very latest API, even WordPress themselves are not using this API yet for their own iOS app!

If this does NOT fix the issue for you, then please get in touch (it is very easy to do this from within BlogPad Pro from the Help Options, by either tapping on “Ask a Question”, “Send Us Feedback” or “Report A Bug”).

Using TextExpander Touch with BlogPad Pro on your iPad

How to use TextExpander Touch on your iPad with BlogPad Pro

In the latest release of BlogPad Pro we’ve added lots of new features including adding support for TextExpander Touch. If you haven’t heard of TextExpander Touch it’s a great app for your iPad which allows you to “type more with less effort”. You set up shortcodes and when you type them they are substituted with a block of text. This saves you a huge amount of time if you find yourself frequently re-typing the same phrase!

For example, I’ve gone into TextExpander Touch (below) set up the shortcode “BPP” to be substituted with “BlogPad Pro: the best blogging app in the world!”

TextExpander Touch

Now if I type the phrase “BPP” within BlogPad Pro it is automatically changed to “BlogPad Pro: the best blogging app in the world!”

This works in the visual editor (WYSIWYG) mode  – and we’re proud to say we’re currently the only blog editor for the iPad which can offer this. It also works in Markdown mode:

Markdown Mode for blog editing with BlogPad Pro

and also in html mode:

TextExpander Touch in html Mode for blog editing

But what if I don’t want to use TextExpander in BlogPad Pro?

If you prefer your TextExpander Touch shortcodes NOT to work in BlogPad Pro you can simply switch this option off. Go to settings (that’s the green button in the bottom left), scroll down until you see ‘TextExpander Touch Support Enabled’ and switch this to OFF.

App Store download/update issue: Is BlogPad Pro crashing for you?

We’ve become aware of an issue with BlogPad Pro occasionally not installing correctly when it is downloaded from the App Store which can cause the app to crash or prevent the app from working in other ways.. 

We have been investigating this with Apple and Apple are aware that there is a problem with the download process for lots of apps (not just BlogPad Pro). Apple are currently looking into the problem with their installation process and hope to have it resolved soon.

If this affects you, the problem can usually be fixed by removing BlogPad Pro and re-installing it.

To do this go to your home screen and find the BlogPad Pro icon. Tap and hold the icon until it wiggles and an ‘x’ appears on each icon (see below).

Tap on the ‘x’ to remove BlogPad Pro and then go to the App Store to re-download it (you won’t have to pay again) just tap on the ‘Install’ button. This will re-install the app and everything should work for you!

If in doubt get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to help!

 

New app features: How to take a photo within BlogPad Pro

BlogPad Pro version 1.3 is now available. It is packed with great new features, improvements and bug fixes. You can update your copy by going to our page in the App Store and selecting ‘update’.

One of the great new features is the ability to take a photo from within BlogPad Pro.

How to take a photo within BlogPad Pro

Open the post you would like to add your image to and tap where you want to insert the image. Then tap on the ‘media’ icon in the toolbar (the one that looks like a camera).
 
You’ll see there is a new camera icon on the top right (see below) of the Photos dropdown box.

taking a photo from within BlogPad Pro blogging app

Tap on the camera icon and you can take your photo (I’m taking a photo of my keyboard here)

Taking a photo from within blogging app

When you’re happy with the photo you’ve taken tap the blue ‘Use’ button (bottom right). If you would like to re-take the photo tap on the ‘Retake’ button (bottom left).

Taking a photo within BlogPad Pro

You can now insert your image in the usual way:

Insert an image from iPad

And your photo is now in your blog post.

Insert and image from your ipad

You can see a full list of new features and bug fixes for Version 1.3 of BlogPad Pro here or update your copy by going here and tapping ‘Update’

How to add a link into your post or page

How to add a link into your blog post or page from within BlogPad Pro

To add a link into your blog post, first write your text:

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Tap to select the text you would like to add the link to:

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Once the text is selected tap on the hyperlink icon in the toolbar. This launches the ‘Create web link’ window:

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You can add a link to an external website in the Link URL field or link to a post or page on your site in the ‘Link to Existing Content’ field. Just search for the post you want to link to and select it.

If you want the link to open in a new browser window or tab switch ‘Open in a new Window/Tab’ to ON.

N.b. If the post you want to link to is greyed-out it means you have only downloaded the title rather than the whole post and you will not be able to select it. You will need to fully download the post to be able to link to it. Also, if the post you are searching for doesn’t show up in the list you might need to download more posts from your blog.

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Once you’ve filled in the details tap ‘Create Link’ and the link is now in your post!

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