I have decided to share some of the technical details of my photography hobby in the hope that they will be helpful to others as similar posts have been helpful to me. My standard disclaimer applies, I have no affiliation with any company or product, these are simply my thoughts and solutions. Since I have a travel website the majority of my photography occurs while traveling. This means that I need a reliable way to back up my photos and to cull and tag these same photos. Since size and weight are paramount issues and because I am committed to the Apple platform with iPhone, iPad and iMac, I began by trying to accomplish my goal with the iPad. This was mostly a failure since direct imports overwhelmed the iPad memory and external hard drives with or without a built-in card readers were finicky and did not solve the problem of duplicate images. Additionally tagging, culling and renaming the images was virtually impossible, not to mention the problems at home importing the images into my Lightroom catalog. Thus when Apple introduced the updated MacBook last year I took the plunge and bought one.
This will be a short post detailing the use of Byword and Workflow for offline writing and posting to WordPress. In my previous post, see references, I detailed the reasoning for choosing this combination if you are interested. Obviously to follow along in this step-by-step description you will need to download the WordPress, Byword and Workflow apps listed in the references. In addition you will obviously need login credentials for your blog. This whole project was started because my favorite blogging program, Blogsy, went out of business last year. Since then I have tried many, many approaches to replace the convenience of Blogsy, mostly without success, until I found this combination of Byword and Workflow.
I often get questions about this blog and how it is created. I have decided to do a number of technical posts that go into the decisions I make in creating new content. For those of you who have no interest in this you can skip this post. I currently use an iPad program called Byword which publishes to a WordPress platform enhanced with a custom theme. In this post I will explain the terminology used above and why I chose the current setup. Website development is the euphemism used to describe a website or blog that can be indexed by Google or other browsers. Compatibility is the key and dictates many other things. While it is possible to create a website “from the ground up“, sometimes using drag-and-drop programs, the results are usually less than optimal. Adding content is difficult, the appearance is often variable, the site may become unstable and hosting may be a problem. Thus I repeat the advice of many other professionals, the author should provide content and rely on reliable consultants to provide the framework for the content.