Publish and be slightly less annoyed, so long as you’re using WordPress
While the WordPress dashboard isn’t the most intimidating thing in the world, alternatives never hurt. Blogo is the latest blogging client for writing on the desktop or on the move when you don’t have internet access to log into your site, with support for Tumblr and Blogger sites on the way.
It’s a very sleek offering, with some clever tricks like snagging your template once so that you can view posts in situ without a connection, providing an easy way of handling comments, and synchronising with Evernote. Its best feature is easily an integrated image editor that allows for easy cropping, resizing and basic filters. All of that works really well.
For more advanced users though, it’s missing far too many now standard features. It can’t see custom post types (only pages and posts, which it mashes together) or assign page formats. It mixes categories up with tags, creating new ones when told to, but not giving a list of existing ones to select from. Most bizarrely, while it supports featured images, it doesn’t support standard image captions – only alt and title text fields. You also can’t open up a raw version of a post for doing fancy stuff like adding CSS styling on an image, or embed non-supported media, like a Twitch video stream. WordPress is far more than just a blog engine these days, and if you’re using it for any more than the basics, the many omissions leave you no choice but to work in the dashboard. Blogo is a good start, but with a long way to go. Richard Cobbett
A solid enough tool for WordPress blogs, but not ready for a world where it runs entire sites.
If it embraces more of what WordPress can do, Blogo could be a great way to work.