Update Fixing iOS 8.3 Issue Is Now Available

We are relieved to announce that Apple have finally approved the new version of BlogPad Pro which fixes the critical bug introduced by iOS 8.3.  You can now download the latest update from the App Store.

If you get the chance, please consider leaving us a positive review in the App Store.  During the last 2 weeks our business has been destroyed by Apple releasing a version of iOS with a serious bug and then waiting nearly a fortnight to approve our fix.

Because of this we have received a lot of negative reviews in the App Store.  Unless we can find a way to reverse this and start getting some App Sales this will be the last update we are able to do for BlogPad Pro. We simply can’t afford to carry on supporting and developing an app which isn’t making any money!

Hopefully if we can get some positive reviews this might make it possible to continue supporting the app.

Thank you for your support and patience!

The BlogPad Pro Team

Stats Button Not Working

Due to recent changes WordPress have made on WordPress.com, the Statistics button in our menu bar is currently redirecting to the WordPress homepage – which for most people will appear as the ‘Reader’ page.

We have made WordPress aware of the breaking change they have made, and have resolved this for the next version of BlogPad Pro, but in the meantime we can offer an alternative solution…

How do I view my stats?

You can still view your stats by going to your web dashboard. To access your web dashboard tap on the blue ‘Manage Blogs’ button and then the blue button to the right of your blog. From ‘Blog Options’ select ‘Go To Web Dashboard’.

webdashboard

You can see a snapshot of your stats from your Web Dashboard homepage, or tap on ‘Site Stats’ in the left menu to see your full Stats page.

snapshot

When with the update be ready?

We’re currently working on a major new update to BlogPad Pro which includes lots of new and exciting features. Because we’re in the middle of making such big improvements we can’t just do a quick release to solve this problem, but rest assured that we are working like crazy to get it available as soon as possible!

You will be notified via the app as soon as the update is ready to download.

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.

General Settings in BlogPad Pro

General App Settings

BlogPad Pro general settings

Set Application Offline: A useful feature for when you don’t want to use up your mobile data. Just flip the switch to ‘ON’ to work in offline mode.

Right-handed menu: The main navigation menu is on the left side by default. Use this to switch it to the right side of the screen.

Show Connection Warnings When Offline: BlogPad Pro warns you whenever you try to save a post and have either lost your internet connection OR have set the application to offline. Switch this to OFF if you don’t want to see these warnings. This setting can be disabled by clicking on ‘Don’t Show Again’ on one of the warning alerts but can only be re-enabled by going into General Settings.

Show Hints: Switch this to OFF if you don’t want to see helpful hints and tips. 

Show Autosave Operations: A message appears in the top right corner of the screen whenever BlogPad Pro does an autosave. Switch this to OFF to hide these messages.

Show Memory Warnings: Sometimes IOS sends apps warning messages when the system is running low on memory. IOS can sometimes ‘crash’ an app if a device is running too low on memory, so a memory warning is a good reminder to save your work.  Switch to OFF to hide these messages.

TextExpander Touch Support enabled: Set to ‘OFF’ if you don’t want to be able to use your TextExpander Touch shortcodes in your blog posts and pages.

Host Timeout Interval (seconds): This setting shows how long we are allowing before timing out on a web request. You may want to set this value to a higher value if you server is running slowly (perhaps because you have lots of plugins). The maximum permissible value for this is 30 seconds.

Default Font Size for Visual Editor: This setting changes the size your text displays within the visual editor on BlogPad Pro. It doesn’t affect the size of the font on your blog.

Language for Application: Change the language of the menu options in BlogPad Pro.

Spell Check Language for Visual Editor: Select the language for your spell check. For example, if you are writing your blog posts in Italian, select Italian for the spell-check language. 

Blog-related Settings

BlogPad Pro general settings

Partially download Posts (just Titles):  Change this to ‘ON’ if you only want to download your post TITLES. This is useful if you want to download large numbers of posts. Please note it doesn’t include information such as post status or the content of the post. If this setting is set to ‘OFF’ all posts will be downloaded in full.

Number of Post Titles to Download: The number of posts to download by default if you have ‘Partially download Posts (just Titles)’ set to ON. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Full Posts to Download: The number of posts to download by default if you have ‘Partially downloaded Posts (just Titles)’ set to OFF. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Full Pages to Download: The number of pages to download by default when you refresh. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Total Comments to Download: The number of comments to download by default when you refresh. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Comments Per Post to Download: The maximum number of comments downloaded for each post when you refresh your posts. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Media Library Items to Download: The number of media library items to download when you refresh your media items. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Authors to Download: The number of admins, editors, authors and contributors downloaded when you refresh your blog settings.

Media-related Settings

BlogPad Pro media settings

Max Upload Filesize (kB): The maximum file size recommended to upload to your blog.  This is a warning rather than a restriction.  Note: If you are running a version of WordPress before 3.4 you are restricted to a maximum upload file size of 1.5 MB.

Default Video Width (pixels): The default width a video will be inserted when added to a blog post. 

Default Video Height (pixels): The default height a video will be inserted when added to a blog post.

Default Image Width (pixels): The default width an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post if you have ‘Autosize new images in Post/Page’ enabled or you select this option when you insert your image.

Default Image Height (pixels): The default height an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post if you have ‘Autosize new images in Post/Page’ enabled or you select this option when you insert your image.

Maximum Image Width (pixels): The maximum width an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post.

Maximum Image Height (pixels):  The maximum height an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post.

Autosize new images in Post/Page: Set this to ON if you want new images to be automatically sized to fit within the constraints of  ‘Default Image Width’ and ‘Default Image Height’ when added to a post or page. Set to OFF to manually set the size of your images.

Upload Hi Res Image: Set to ON if you want to upload a high resolution version of your image into your media library as well as the size you are inserting into your post.

Link to Hi Res Image: Set to ON if you want to automatically create a link to the hi res image you have uploaded. This option is only available if ‘Upload Hi Res Image’ is set to ON.

Uploading files from DropBox to your WordPress blog

One of the main problems we’ve found with working on an iPad is the lack of shared storage space. The only accessible storage folder is your ‘Photo Library’  so if you want to save other files types (PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, text files, etc.) then you need  to find another way.

That’s exactly what Dropbox does, it’s a great way of storing, sharing and transferring your files between all your different devices and computers. Add a document to Dropbox on your PC and it’s available through the Dropbox app on your iPad!

So, how do you get your files from Dropbox into your blog posts?

Open your blog post and tap where you would like to insert the file. Then tap on the ‘Insert media’ icon in the toolbar (it’s the one which looks like a camera).

Select the ‘Other’ tab and then tap on ‘Dropbox’:

Dropbox on BlogPad Pro for WordPress
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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”).