WordPress for BlackBerry Public Beta

Posted on 7 Jul 09 by Raanan Bar-Cohen

Hi everyone ! As Matt mentioned at WordCamp San Francisco 2009, we’ve been working on creating an Open Source WordPress for Blackberry application.

To build this native app, we’ve teamed up with the fine folks at Danais, who lead the MoPress Open Source project.

There are still a few issues to resolve and UI tweaks to implement, but since testing BlackBerry apps is so easy, we wanted to open this up as quickly as possible to anyone who wanted to take this app for a spin.

First, here’s a quick video tour of the app:

And here’s what you need to know if you want to take the app for a spin:

  • The app is for WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress version 2.5.1 or newer
  • This app should work with any of the new BlackBerry devices such as the 8700, Pearl, Curve, Bold, and Storm
  • BlackBerry OS requirements are OS 4.2.1 or newer
  • For self-hosted WordPress sites, please make sure you have XML-RPC enabled. To confirm, it’s a simple check box in your dashboard under Settings -> Writing

A few words of caution before you proceed: While we’ve tested this a bunch, this is a beta and there are a ton of hardware/OS combinations out there, so please test with a private blog or a backup blog before using on your high-traffic main blog — or wait for the 1.0 version before using this.

To install the beta application: Point your BlackBerry browser to http://blackberry.wordpress.org/install and follow the instructions. Most BlackBerrys will install apps, including this one, in the “Downloads” folder.

We will be pushing updates out on a fairly frequent basis, and the app should prompt you to download a new version. When you install the update, it will ask you to overwrite the current app. Doing so will just overwrite the app, but your settings and local drafts should be preserved.

If you find bugs: Review the How To Report a Bug documentation and submit tickets over on blackberry.trac.wordpress.org.

For developers out there wanting to get involved, you can browse the source code and check out a copy of the app via SVN: http://blackberry.svn.wordpress.org/.

We look forward to your feedback, and definitely want to hear from you if you want to participate in this great project.

If you want to leave a comment on this post post to the WordPress for BlackBerry Forums about any issues, please include if you are on WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress & which version, type of BlackBerry, and BlackBerry OS.

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252 Responses to “WordPress for BlackBerry Public Beta”

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  2. gondest

    I have been looking at getting a BlackBerry in the recent weeks, and this is a major contributor to whether or not I pick one up. Thank you for developing this, and I’ll definitely try it out if I do end up getting a BB.

  3. Roz Mita

    Thank you thank you! This is fantastic. I can now upload images and posts as I work. Love it. x

  4. Holden

    For the first time i saw such an amazing WordPress for BlackBerry .This is really need of the day.

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  6. PS4 Forum

    Best WordPress around for the Blackberry, keep up the good work!

  7. Sarah Droid

    Thanks for this, I’ve been looking for a wordpress for my blackberry for a while now and it was getting so frustrating! going to try it out later this week… :)

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  9. David

    Thank you thank you! This is fantastic. I can now upload images and posts as I work. Love it. x

  10. Plombier

    Great read. I found your website on google and i have your page bookmarked on my favorite read list!
    I’m a fan of your Website. Keep up the great work

  11. jenifer

    Great read. I found your blog on facebook and i have your page saved on my personal read list!
    I’m a fan of your blog. Keep up the good work

  12. bold9700.blogspot.com/

    … really nice post , im about to install this on my device , i hope it will work fine and i will start doing the wordpressing . Keep posting Raanan Bar-Cohen !


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