Who blogs best – All applications reviewed!

1. March 2008 at 23:46

Many Bloggers such as my friend Jan (ex-N95Blog writer), and Ewan Spence from All About Symbian, have tested and reviewed the famous Wavelog application, and now I test what is actually the best form to blog from your phone, I come across many applications which help me post, upload and edit my articles, and in the end I decide which one I prefer, but I always love to hear what my readers have to say, so don’t forget to leave your comments.

The reason why I chose WordPress instead of Blogger or Typepad, is because I am familiar with it, and my blog Nokia N96 Blog uses the Open Source version of it.

Wavelog is definitely a handy tool to post articles to WordPress blogs, unfortunately it is not freeware, and to acquire a licence for it, you will have to pay 10$ US. Without the licence you won’t be able to post in-line images, videos or audio. I’m not sure if video will be uploaded on YouTube, or any other streaming service, I’m not sure if audio will be streamed either, as I did not buy the licence. Wavelog works on both WordPress and the Open Source version of it, which is crucial for most bloggers who like to have their own fully customizable blog.

Now let’s review the Wavelog application:

I did not know how to set it up, but my friend Jan gladly helped me on the one simple step I was confused about.

Wavelog setup

The first field is “Post to URL”, you should fill it with http://yourdomain.com/xmlrpc.php. After that is Username, and then it’s password.

Wavelog Main Option Screen

To start posting, go to File>New and input your post’s title. You can’t just start writing straight away, choose if you want to write down or right. Down is actually on top, unless the field where you are setting is below it. You can also collocate images, videos, and sounds. Deleting of fields isn’t possible.

Wavelog articleImage selection in Wavelog

Unfortunately there is no formatting whatsoever, and the GUI is rather poor, making it an uncomfortable program for beginners. After you are done with the article writing, simply click “Post”, select your connection, and your post will be on your blog straight away.

Even though there is a major lack of formatting, this should be by far the fastest way that you can post on your blog, making it a great tool in conferences and press conferences if you wish to inform everyone else before anyone else can, if you know what I mean. At this stage I’m not extremely happy as I haven’t found a complete tool, but let’s head over to Opera Mini and see what it offers us.

With or without images enabled, you can access your WordPress dashboard just the way you do it on your computer, with extremely reduced costs. This all sounds very good, but it doesn’t work like that.

Wordpress in Opera Mini

Click on “Write” and you will be directed to the post editor. Unfortunately none of the formatting commands are there, and you can only edit from “Code” and not “Visual”. You can still choose the category, and edit tags, but upload or choosing images is another problem. When clicking on “Browse” images, only the small “Images” window appears, and if you click “Select”, the page will loop, making it impossible to post any image. Uploading the image is impossible, as you are not allowed to browse for the file. For now we can conclude that Wavelog is better than Opera Mini for use with WordPress, as Opera Mini doesn’t facilitate the use of images.

Image uploading on WordPress with Opera MiniImage selection in WordPress with Opera MiniWordpress Post editor on Opera Mini

Post by email on WordPress is rather buggy, and I suddenly feel like I’m reviewing WordPress and not Mobile blogging, but we have to talk about all the services involved in order for the user to fully understand what to choose.

Windows Live Mail composeGMail Mobile compose email

You can use any email client such as Windows Live Mail, GMail Mobile, or even any web-based email service to post to your WordPress page. I’m not sure how this works with WordPress.Com as I used the Open Source version as said previously. In my case, you need to know how to setup an email address on your server, its port, and obviously the password and mail server address. When done with that, send an email to whichever address you chose (keep it secret), and go to http://yourdomain.com/wp-mail.php for WordPress to check the email account. If it receives anything, it shows a notification on the page, posts the email, and deletes it off the inbox. I read somewhere that you can attach an image and it will become an in-line image on the post. According to my tests, you only see code. The email to post functionality is as good as Opera Mini, so this is definitely a no-no.

If you are wondering how to actually upload images and put them manually onto your blog post, there are many applications that allow you to easily upload images, but none will give you direct links.

Let’s look at MOSH, a web based program by Nokia.

MOSH upload

The web browser will be initiated and you can upload your image successfully. Only one problem: You don’t know the direct link of the image, so there is no way to incorporate it in your blog post.

Let’s try Share Online 3.0, I got an account with both Flickr (merajchhaya) and Ovi (meraj), and the image upload is more than easy.

Gallery image

Go to gallery or simple press your “Latest gallery item” button, on the image bar, select “Upload to Flickr”. Go to Share Online application and get the link:

Share Online Flickr link

Guess what: It’s not a direct link.

Flickr Mobile link

Now try Ovi. Go to Share Online, select Publish on Ovi, The image will easily be uploaded, and you will get a link, as show in the screenshot, but it won’t be the direct link, so no again to in-line images.

Ovi image link

Shozu is considered by many the best image uploader, but that title might not be suitable if a direct link isn’t available, and this is another fail in the quest for a direct link.

Shozu applications

With over 30 sites, Shozu allows you to upload to almost anywhere, but that special ingredient that we need is missing.

It seems that there is nothing better than Wavelog…until I show you the moves Sensei thought me.

There is one well known image host that doesn’t fear hot linking and leaching, and that is ImageShack.US, go to that address in your S60 browser, and upload any image you would like.

ImageShack on S60 browser ImageShack options on S60 browser

The options include resizing, send to email address, and many more features to come after you conclude uploading. Forum links, HTML code, and our well desired direct link, which we simply select, and copy to clipboard.

ImageShack links on S60 browser Notes clipboard

If you don’t like ImageShack, or just like to use what you already paid for, there is always FTP clients, and the best for S60 v3 is SIC FTP.

FTP options on SIC FTP

Operation here is very basic: Get your username, password, port, and ftp server address, Copy an item from your phone memory tab, and paste it in any folder on your server tab.

Copying on SIC FTP local memory Pasting on SIC FTP server

To get the direct link is even easier. If the folder where you posted is the root of your domain, and the image is image1.jpg, the link should be http://yourdomain.com/image1.jpg. Can it get any easier? The only problem is that it’s your bandwidth and disk space being used.

Now to get it all in your blog, you will use none other than the S60 browser:

Wordpress Post editor on S60 browser

The page browsing itself feels more natural than Opera Mini, but don’t forget that it will waste 300kB just for the Post Editor, now it’s a good time to have your HSDPA switched on.

Incorporating images has never been this easy (and time spending), click on the “img” button, a pop-up appears, where you paste the image link which you previously copied to the clipboard or Notes application.

Image post on WordPress from S60 browser

The only problem is that in text formatting, when a button is clicked, the command is executed in the first character of the text field, but you can always cut and paste the commands where you want them to be.

Text editing in HTML in WordPress with S60 Browser

Image upload from this WordPress page doesn’t work, but categories, tags, and few other options are working 100%.

With the rise of YouTube, everyone vlogs, or atleasts adds some videos to their posts. In my WordPress, I installed a plugin that if I write httpv instead of http, the browser editor recognises it as a YouTube video.

To upload a video and embed it to your blog, make sure you have the YouTube application, go to Application Manager, and Open the YouTube program in it. Give it Always access to all areas and functions. Go to the YouTube application, and upload a video, make sure you have a YouTube account or a Google Account associated with it. The uploads can take long, and if it takes too long, the application will give a timeout.

YouTube uploading from mobile

When you are done, you don’t get the link so there is no way you can share it. Mobitubia and emTube won’t give you the link either, so you will have to access YouTube on your S60 browser. It will first redirect you to the mobile version, so you will have to manually click on the desktop version link at the bottom of the page. Once you are there, login, and go to My Videos.

YouTube from S60 browser

Click on the video that you just uploaded, a new page will load. Add this page to your Bookmarks. Now go to your Bookmard list, highlight the one that you just saved, Click Options>Edit bookmark, and copy the address to your clipboard.

YouTube link from S60 Browser

Go to your post’s page, and paste the YouTube video link there, with the necessary adjustments so that it streams to your post, or you can just copy the embed code, if it doesn’t look funny on your blog. You can change some of these steps, if you wish to upload from your S60 browser, to the desktop version of YouTube, but I prefer the YouTube Mobile client.

Now that I have compared all of them, share your opinion here of which is the best method, I prefer the S60 Browser method. Hopefully soon we will see an improved Wavelog, with all these features.

Tools used:

  • Nokia N95
  • WordPress.Org
  • Screenshot by Antony Pranata
  • Wavelog
  • Opera Mini
  • Windows Live Mail
  • GMail Mobile
  • MOSH
  • Share Online 3.0
  • Flickr
  • Ovi
  • Shozu
  • ImageShack
  • YouTube