Downloading your blog for working offline

How to download your WordPress blog if you’re going to be working offline or in airplane mode.

If you’re going on a plane journey or know you’re going to be blogging offline you might want to download part or all of your blog to give you access to your posts, pages, comments or image library while you’re offline.

Downloading Posts

To download posts tap on the orange Posts button in the left menu and then tap ‘Post Sync Options‘. Select how many posts you would like to retrieve and then tap ‘Get Posts

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Downloading a post will automatically retrieve any images, tags or categories used in that post.

Please note: If you want to have the full content of each page available offline make sure the ‘Only get Post Titles’ box is unchecked.

Also, if you are downloading a large number of posts it could take some time and you may prefer to do this while you’re connected via a wireless network.

Downloading pages

To download pages tap the blue ‘Pages’ button in the left menu, then tap the Page Sync Options, select the number of posts to download and tap ‘Get Pages

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Downloading media

When you download posts and pages any media items used in them are automatically downloaded into the BlogPad Pro media library on your iPad.

If you want to download more media items tap on the yellow Media icon in the left menu, tap ‘Media Sync Options’ and select the number of images or media you would like to download, then tap ‘Get Media’.

If you are downloading a large number of media items you may prefer to do this while you’re connected via a wireless network.

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Downloading comments:

To download the latest comments or pingbacks/trackbacks to BlogPad Pro tap the pink ‘Comments‘ button in the left menu, tap ‘Comment Sync Options’ and select the number of comments you wish to retrieve. Then tap ‘Get Comments‘.

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Editing your post settings

How to change your post settings on your WordPress blog with BlogPad Pro for iPad

Step 1:

Tap on the orange Posts icon on the menu bar.

Step 2:

Then tap on the post you want to edit and you will see the Post Options menu (below).

Editing a WordPress post on BlogPad Pro for iPad, step 2

Edit Settings

This option allows you to edit your post properties. These include the title, categories, tags, status, visibility, publish date and whether the post allows comments and pingbacks.  

Once you have changed this information you can either Update to save your changes or Cancel to close without saving.

BlogPad Pro post settings

To edit categories tap on Categories to see your menu. This displays a list of categories on your blog.

Tap each category you want to attach to the post or click the + button to add a new category.

Editing post categories

To add tags to your post you can either tap to select them from the list of tags or start typing in the box at the top. If the tag already exists just tap in the list to select, or select ‘Add’ to add a new tag.

Post tags

You can also set the publish date (below)

wordpress post publish date

The status options you have are: Draft, Published, Scheduled or Pending.

WordPress post privacy settings

Your post visibility options are: Public, Password Protected and Private. The default setting for this is public.

Post visibility options

Other post settings include excerpt, featured image, post format, sticky, custom fields, slug and whether you show BlogPad Pro credits.

Advanced post settings

Manage your blog comments

How to manage comments, pingbacks and trackbacks on your WordPress.com or WordPress.org blog with BlogPad Pro for iPad.

Step 1:

Tap the pink Comments icon in the menu

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Steps 2 & 3:

 To get the latest comments tap the ‘Refresh’ icon. You can choose the number of most recent comments to retrieve, then tap ‘Get Comments’.

Manage WordPress blog comments with BlogPad Pro for iPad steps 2 & 3

Step 4:

You now have got an up to date list of comments. If you want to change the status of a post, edit, delete or reply to a comment tap on it to launch the ‘Comment Options’ menu and select your option.

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When you go into your blog comments you will see approved comments in white and unapproved / pending comments in yellow. To quickly manage your unapproved comments, click on the comment and in the menu choose either approve or mark as spam.

 To see the comment in more detail or to make changes you can select Edit.

Editing a comment:

When you select edit, you can change the name, email, web address and content of the comment as well as it’s status. When you have finished editing you can select Update to save and close the editing screen, or Cancel to exit without saving.

Manage WordPress blog comments with BlogPad Pro for iPad step 5

Replying to a comment

To reply to a comment, tap on the comment and select ‘Reply to’. Type your reply in the text box and tap ‘Save’ to publish your reply.

Manage WordPress blog comments with BlogPad Pro for iPad step 6

Filtering your comments

If you have a blog with lots of comments it can be difficult to manage your comments without having to scroll through pages before you find the comments you want. To help you with this we’ve added a couple of options:

Filtering: this helps you view comments by status. You can select approved, unapproved or spam comments (or a combination of any of these). By default your comments screen shows your most recent approved and unapproved comments.

Filtering WordPress blog comments on BlogPad Pro for iPad

Sorting your comments

You can sort your comments by date (most recent/latest or earliest), alphabetically by post title (either A-Z or Z-A) or by author name (again either A-Z or Z-A).

Sorting WordPress blog comments on BlogPad Pro for iPad

Searching your comments

You can also search for comments by searching the post titles. For example: if you want to find all comments relating to a post with 1950s in the title you can search for “1950s”:

Searching your WordPress comments with BlogPad Pro for iPad

What is the difference between mark as spam and delete?

Mark as spam moves a comment into the spam folder, which you can access by clicking on Filter and selecting Spam. When you delete a post it is deleted permanently and you will not be able to retrieve. The Delete option should be used with caution.