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Publish to WordPress

| By Rebekka

Ulysses lets you publish your texts to WordPress blogs from within the app, with just a few clicks or taps. You can schedule your posts, add categories and tags, even add featured images and excerpts. The publishing feature is so convenient - if you own a blog, you will never want to do without again.

On Mac

Before you can start publishing, you’ll have to connect your WordPress account with Ulysses. On Mac, you can do so via “Preferences › Accounts”.

Now provide your WordPress username and password. Ulysses supports blogs hosted on WordPress.com as well as self-hosted installations. For the latter (“Custom WordPress”) you’ll also have to provide a URL.

Screenshot of the Accounts pane of the preferences of Ulysses for Mac. The “Add” button in the bottom right has been highlighted.

Side note: The chosen style for the account only affects the in-app preview of your post. You can leave it set to the current WordPress default theme, or download another WordPress preview style.

So, you’re set for publishing! From now on, whenever you consider a blog post finished, follow these steps:

  • Tap the Quick Export icon in the editor toolbar, or hit the shortcut ⌘6 (command-6).
  • Switch the exporter to Publishing.
  • Choose the blog account you would like to publish to (yes, you can add multiple accounts). If you want, you can display an in-app preview of your post by clicking the preview icon (the wide-open eye).

Screenshot of the Quick Export popup of Ulysses for Mac. The Publishing format has been selected and the disclosure triangle next to the currently selected account “Milly’s Blog” has been highlighted.

On iPad/iPhone

On iOS, you can add your account directly in the exporter: tap the Quick Export icon and switch to “Publishing”. Then, tap “Add Account”, fill in the details for your blog, and sign in. (Your accounts will of course sync between your devices, so you’ll need to do this only once.)

Screenshot of the editor of Ulysses for iPhone. The Quick Export button in the top right has been highlighted.

Screenshot of the Quick Export settings of Ulysses for iPhone. The format is set to “Publishing” and the “Add Account” button has been highlighted.

Screenshot of the a new Wordpress account being added to Ulysses for iPhone. The login form consisting of URL, Username and Password has been highlighted.

Screenshot of the Export Preview of Ulysses for iPhone. After adding the new account, the format button in the top center of the screen says “Milly’s Blog”.

 The steps for publishing a post:

  • Tap the Quick Export icon in the editor toolbar.
  • Switch the exporter to Publishing.
  • You’ll instantly get a preview of your post, where you can switch accounts in the toolbar.
  • Now tap the arrow-to-cloud icon.

Settings

Before actually publishing your post, you can tweak a couple of settings:

  • You can schedule your post, or publish it right away. Also, you can set its status to “Draft” or “Published”. That is if you schedule for “Immediately” and set the status to “Published”, your post will be publicly visible on your blog immediately after you publish it with Ulysses.
  • You can attach tags and categories to your posts. If you have used Ulysses keywords with your sheets, they will automatically be added as categories and tags as long as they correspond to categories and tags already in use on your WordPress blog. Also, you can choose from tags and categories already in use on your blog (on Mac, follow the `...`)
  • You can add a featured image or an excerpt to your post.
  • You can define the slug. That’s the URL of your blog post, essentially. If you don’t define it, the slug will be derived from your post’s title.
  • Optionally, you can set a title link for your post. This makes sense if you use your blog for commenting on news in Daring Fireball style, and want your post title to directly link to the news’ sources (i.e., an external website). You can also create a title link directly during writing: Ulysses will automatically use any link you set on the first header as title link. Note: You can only take advantage of title links if you installed a dedicated WordPress plugin, e.g., this one).

Finally, decide what should happen after you push the Publish button (Action): You can either open a preview of the post in the browser or open the WordPress backend for editing. If you choose “None”, your post will be uploaded to your blog, but you will stay where you are, in Ulysses.

Now, click or tap Publish – and you’re done. That’s it. Yes, it’s that easy.

Screenshot of a sheet opened in Ulysses for Mac and the same exported to Wordpress Safari next each other.

This article was last updated March 13, 2018.

Publish to WordPress

Publish your texts to WordPress blogs with just a few clicks or taps