10 Best Blog Editors for your Phone, Tablet, or Computer
I have been asked quite a lot about what editors to use for WordPress and content. That’s a tricky question. Blog Content Editors are vast. You can use just about anything. However, sometimes extra characters or formatting doesn’t transfer well. I’ve come up with a list of 10 editors that are best to use for editing content.
1. WordPress Admin website
The best editor to use on your phone, tablet, or computer is actually the WordPress administration site. It’s a little clunky on your phone or tablet, but you can guarantee that what you see is what you get. The same can’t be said for many other editors. It’s simple, really. Go to your administration website: (something like https://mydomain.com/wp-admin)
The only real downside to using ONLY this method is that there is no backup. Other than backing up your server, there is no actual blog post backup. There are plug-ins you can use such as All Export, but this will only export the ENTIRE CONTENTS. While your blog post itself will also be there, it’s in a spreadsheet format so any formatting, images, and the like will be missing.
Using one of the other options listed below to actually write and keep your blog post content offline, then pasting into the WordPress dashboard is the best way to go.
2. Google Docs
I actually wrote this blog post using Google Docs to this point. When using Google Docs, you simply write like you normally do, adding headings using the Format tab. You can either actually insert the photos, screenshots, or images inside the document or add a note to insert them. Either way is fine, but either way, you STILL have to add all the relevant information such as alt-tags, etc. I prefer to add the images/screenshots to my website first, allowing compression to take place, then add to my post. Therefore, I add a note to myself. You may want to either highlight the note or change the text color to remind yourself to do something.
The beauty of using Google Docs as your blog content editor is that when you copy and paste the information from Google Docs, WordPress automatically converts the text to blocks in Gutenburg. This is a plus over many methods. Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to use with WordPress Admin.
Another good thing about Google Docs, it interacts with Grammarly by design. You can see recommendations by clicking on the underlined word and making a determination.
In addition, Grammarly gives you recommendations.
One more aspect of using Google Docs is that you can save the blog post completely offline. Download the post to your local computer or local external drive for safekeeping. That way, you can always have a backup in case your website is destroyed for some reason.
3. Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon is one of my favorite tools to use on the go. I have a step-by-step post about Dragon that you can view. Blogger Technology Tools – Dragon Anywhere. This application allows you to dictate your posts using your voice. Dragon will then transfer the voice to text, and voila! Transcribed and ready for editing. I use this method a lot when I’m on the road traveling, or simply doing other things around the house. There are some issues with this method in that you may have to do a lot of editing if you don’t use phrases such as “new paragraph”, “new sentence”, etc. Sometimes I start with this method then transfer to another method such as Google Docs.
Keep in mind, when you copy and paste Dragon text, it will not automatically convert to blocks. It actually pastes the text in one long block and you have to manually format the headings, etc.
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4. WordPress App
The WordPress App for Mac, Windows, iPad, and iPhone is tricky. Sometimes it works…sometimes not. I have personally had issues with the app losing text or data in general. Additionally, it doesn’t always convert as nicely as you would think. The app is meant to use with the commercial version of WordPress (wordpress.com) not the self-hosted version. However, you can use it for the self-hosted version.
There are several concerns for using this App, on both Desktop and iPad app. For example:
- You can’t use this totally offline. You have to have an internet connection for it to work.
- You have to install JetPack. I don’t like JetPack, I think it’s too resource intensive. So in order to use this app, you have to install an app that may affect the speed of your site. Bad idea, in my opinion.
- It’s a bit simple in terms of what you can/can’t do.
- It’s got bugs. Always.
In my opinion, the first bullet answers it all. If I MUST have internet access to use the app, I might as well use the WordPress dashboard on my website! Less to install, less to update, less resource-intensive
5. Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word is one of the best editors known. However, there are some limitations, of course. For example, unless you have a subscription (somewhere around $10/month), you can’t use it. WITH a subscription, you can use it online, but using it offline requires a higher level usually.
The benefits of using Word are that you can save the content for later use or recall. However, there is usually an issue when you copy and paste the information from Word to WordPress. You will get extra characters and it will not fully cooperate with you.
Now, if you use Gutenberg, it is more compatible. In this case, you only lost the font colors and highlighting. Everything else seemed to translate and follow Gutenberg blocks.
This is how it translates to the Website:
As you can see, the bullets and numbers, as well as the headings translate, but the font colors and highlighting do not. Microsoft Word is a good option, but costly. Currently, the Office system is approximately $10/month, but does include more than just Microsoft Word.
Evernote also is a paid program, but there is a free version that will work for most. The beauty of Evernote is that it is available on many platforms and can be used offline totally and sync up later when online.
There is beauty in using Evernote, but some things will be unavailable, such as Headings and the like. However, you can link documents, pictures, photos, etc.
In this case, everything transfers nicely. Even the photo. The photo/screenshot is automatically uploaded to your website images. You can also add the appropriate metadata just like if you added the media manually.
If you use Evernote Premium or Business, you can search, share, transfer, and do many other things as well. I’ve been using Evernote for many years and find it to be a great benefit for storing thoughts, notes, images, and the like. The ability to use folders and organize your thoughts is a giant plus!
In my opinion, Milanote is Evernote on steroids. Instead of folders, you use “boards”. You can also use templates, which saves time. I have my Milanote boards setup with appropriate checklists as well that takes me from beginning my post to the very end, including Pinterest.
Within my Main Board, is the particular POST board I am working on, in this case, this post. As you can see here:
I use Milanote to basically outline my post and structure. Then I usually WRITE the actual post in Google Docs or Word. When done or even while writing, I attach the written post to my Milanote board.
I can then move the document along the process. You can also LINK the document until you’re completely finished. That way the document stays up to date while drafting.
Trello is another option similar to Evernote and Milanote. Trello also uses boards, checklists, and processes. I have a blog post trello board that ties in to Kim Anderson’s 12 week blog program.
Using the Trello option is very similar to using Milanote. In my opinion, Milanote has more options. It’s truly a matter of preference here. Either way, it’s best to write in either Google Docs or Word first, then attach that document.
OneNote is also similar to Evernote, Milanote, and Trello. OneNote is Microsoft’s version. However, OneNote is extremely limited. OneNote uses “tabs” instead of “Boards”.
As you can see below, the bullets and numbers work fine, the font colors and highlights do not. Although it appears that the picture appears in onenote with no issues, on the actual wordpress site when you paste it, it does not:
I would not recommend OneNote on a normal basis. There are better tools.
10. Other Apps (MarsEdit, Blogo)
There are many benefits to using the offline editors for Mac such as MarsEdit and Blogo. However, in my opinion, they seem to be problematic. They are both buggy. Sometimes they don’t sync correctly, and the options available are definitely limited. While they may or may not have tablet or phone apps as well, again, I find the synchronicity limited.
Here are screenshots of both:
And here is Blogo:
My Recommendation For blog content editors?
My personal recommendation for most users is Google Docs. You can do everything, including voice to text, in Google Docs. For advanced users or users that want to use processes along with blog post editing, I highly recommend Milanote, with Trello being a close second.
Let me know your thoughts! Let’s discuss in my Facebook groups!
Until next time, happy blogging!
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