Pine.blog and Wordpress

Blogging with Wordpress on Pine.blog

If you have a Wordpress blog, you can add it you your account and post to it from the Pine.blog site and app.

1. Login to Pine.blog and click on your account

My Account

2. Add your Wordpress URL and username and click Save

Adding a wordpress blog from your account

3. Start Posting!

Navigating back to your timeline, you should see a place to write new posts. These posts will go to your Wordpress site automatically.

Your timeline should now have a place to post

You can use Markdown to style your posts.

Speeding up Pine.blog with Wordpress

By default, Pine.blog will occasionally look at your Wordpress blog to see if you've posted anything new. This process isn't immediate and can take up to half an hour to discover new posts, however with a simple change, you can tell your Wordpress blog to let Pine.blog know when you post something new. This means that you and other users that follow your blog on Pine.blog will see a more real-time version of your blog in their timelines.

Add Pine.blog to the list of Update Services

In the settings page of your Wordpress blog, click on the Writing section under the Settings panel. You should see a section called Update Services, this list contains a number of sites that your blog will notify when you publish a new post. These services talk to search engines, blog directories, and more to help your readers know when you've written something new.

Simply add https://pine.blog/api/xml-rpc/ping to the list of Update Services (and be sure to add a line between them shown above).

That's it! Now Pine.blog will more quickly detect and show posts from your site!


Notes about Wordpress Passwords

Pine.blog doesn't store your Wordpress password. A keen reader might notice that they weren't asked for it when they tried to link their account to their Wordpress site.

This is because Pine.blog asks for your password once you attempt to post to your site and then stores an encrypted version of the password in your browser's local storage, or in the secure keychain in your iOS device. The tokens expire 30-days after they're made, so if 30 days passes or if your device cache is cleared (i.e. by clearing you browser history) then you'll be asked for your Wordpress password again.

Pine.blog does all this because, frankly, I don't want to be responsible for losing your password. If something were to happen I couldn't guarantee that an attacker couldn't reverse engineer your Wordpress password. Storing the password with you means that even if Pine.blog got hacked, your password would be safe.