On the Fourth Day of Christmas

Productivity

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Four free mobile apps.

These four mobile apps for your WordPress site will save you time and effort. And since time is money, they save you money as well.

WordPress.com app

WordPress.com app

The WordPress.com app allows you to control most of your WordPress-powered website. This app saves me time by keeping me focused on content creation instead of being distracted by plugins updates, perfectionistic tweaks, etc. Here’s some things you can do:

  • View a snapshot of your visitor stats.
  • Create and edit posts, pages and comments.
  • Personalize menus.
  • Configure social network sharing options and other settings.

Apple Notes/Evernote/OneNote

Screenshot of Apple Notes, where my posts get started

Note apps are great for taking notes (hence the name), and any of these save me time by keeping me focused on creating content. Of course, which particular note-taking system to use is far less important than faith or politics, but seems to generate as much heated discussion. What I would suggest is pick one and use it for creating content instead of attempting to write directly in the WordPress admin or even using the WordPress.com app*.

Here’s some features I like about each:

  • Apple Notes: Limited, which makes it excellent for writing post without distractions. I primarily use Apple Notes now for writing ideas, drafts and edited drafts that are ready for publication.
  • Microsoft OneNote: This app allows for sophisticated metadata, such as adding tasks and other things that integrate well with Outlook. I use OneNote at work and love it.
  • Evernote: I think Evernote has the best notebook and tagging features of all the systems. However, if you don’t use them, then you can get by with something like Apple Notes. I used to use Evernote, but with the improved features of Apple Notes, I don’t use it that much.

*While I can edit easily in the WordPress.com app, I’ve discovered I can save time in my workflow by using a note system to organize and write my posts. Then after one is written, I can post a draft to WordPress directly from the appĀ and then make final edits before publishing.

Adobe Spark Post

Adobe Spark Post

Adobe Spark Post allows you to create featured images with text for your posts. This helps your posts stand out a little better when shared on social networks.

I save time and effort using this app since it’s so simple to use only takes a minute or two to create graphics.

Google Analytics

My stats on Google Analytics

First, don’t laugh my unimpressive analytics. I’m showing this screenshot so you can get a taste of what’s available using the Google Analytics app. You can access most of your critical information all from the home screen. I find pulling this app to be a major time saver because I can see my stats in less time than it takes to write this sentence.

Are you interested in more details about one of these apps? Let me know if you’d like me to cover one more in-depth.