Do You Post By Email?

January 15th, 2009

There are a number of options available to publish articles to your blog outside of your WordPress Write panel such as through XML-RPC via a third party blogging client or through an application such as the one available for the iPhone. However, did you know that you can also publish posts through email? It’s true! The feature has been around for quite some time. For how long I’m not sure because I was unable to track down when it became a core feature but it looks like it has been around since 1.5 or below.

For directions on how to use this unique feature, I recommend reading this comprehensive article on the Codex entitled Blog By Email. Posting by email in WordPress is limited to pretty much text only. Common HTML tags are stripped and attachments that are sent with the email will appear in their raw form in the blog post. You also can’t specify the category for which the blog post will be filed under at the time of creation as you are limited to just a default category for all email posts.

I wasn’t sure if anyone actually used this feature so when I asked my followers on Twitter if they “Have or know someone who has published a post via email in WordPress?” I was surprised to see many people say yes. There use for the feature varied but people do in fact use it.

On the WordPress hackers mailing list a few days ago, it was suggested that photo attachment support should be added to the blog by email feature. As someone in the thread replied, this type of additional support would be killer for photobloggers. As it stands, there is actually a service available to bloggers called Posterous which supports the ability to attach just about anything to a post. Last but not least, there is a bug report in the WordPress Trac that still needs a patch in order for images and attachments to be shown inline within the blog post.

With all of that in mind, my questions to you, the WordPress community are these:

  1. Do you or have you used the blog by email functionality in WordPress?
  2. Would you like to see that feature enhanced? For instance, support the ability to determine a category on the fly, attach more than just images, etc.
  3. Should the feature be left alone and those looking for this functionality use something like Posterous?

I’m pretty curious as to how some of you have used this feature as well as the demand for building upon this functionality.




  1. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    Not me. I prefer using either WLW or WordPress editor directly. Via email it is too restrictive.

    Maybe if the support for it really sees a major change.

    • Jeff Chandler (295 comments.) says:

      I’m right there with you. I have never even changed the default settings in the email portion of the backend.

      I find myself writing and creating blog posts in ScribeFire and then submitting them to my blog either as a published post or as a draft. Even though the backend of WordPress is lovely via 2.7 and all, doing things this way has really opened up my ability to post more frequently and not be tied down to only composing within the Write panel.

    • rudy (8 comments.) says:

      I’m never tried tru email either. But used wlw as a tool.

  2. Andrew (31 comments.) says:

    I have never used it, and I can’t think of a situation when I would want to.

    • Jeff Chandler (295 comments.) says:

      One situation I thought of is having a cell phone such as the Blackberry which doesn’t have a nice WordPress application on it. Compose your email with the Blackberry which is it’s best feature and send it off to the blog. Instead of toting a notebook or laptop around, you could liveblog something through the blackberry or some other device that sends emails.

      • Ajay (209 comments.) says:

        Not just blackberry, but just about any mobile phone connected to the net. I’ve thought about it in the past, but it is just too painful to go about typing a long blog post type email and sending it across

        • Andrew (31 comments.) says:

          That’s pretty much the gist of things for me Ajay. I don’t see when I would be in a position to access e-mails but not the web unless it e-mail would be impractical anyway.

  3. Pande (2 comments.) says:

    I would like to use it, but I thought it was not easy because is not just about the e-mail and finish, you have to do something else…

  4. Ludwinas (1 comments.) says:

    I’m holding a mailing list, with my friends, and I happened to use wordpress to kinda log our conversations, transforming our emails in blog posts.
    it used to work well, unless for the fact that we are italians and use stresses like ù and à, there happens to be a problem with text encoding in text-only emails.
    other than that I was pretty grate to wordpress for this feature and defintely YES it should be expanded :D

  5. Ricky Buchanan (5 comments.) says:

    Never posted via email and it’s not a feature I’d use. I’d rather see the API for third party clients like MarsEdit (which I use) expanded so things like pages could be created offline and images could be uploaded via third party clients as well as text posts. At the moment I write everything offline and post it as a draft, then fill in the finishing touches like images and custom fields using the web interface. I’d much rather be able to do all of it offline and upload finished posts! If I could code well enough to add the functionality, I’d certainly do so :)

  6. Fred Rune Rahm (1 comments.) says:

    I have tried posting by mail. And I miss the opportunity to add photo, and even perhaps a video. Hoping to see that functionality added some day.

  7. Mike Little (1 comments.) says:

    Post by email has been in WordPress since before day one. Version 0.71 had it, as did B2/Cafelog before it.

    Richard Williams gave a talk at last year’s WordCampUK about Mobloggling with WordPress called Walking With WordPress (PDF)


  8. George (107 comments.) says:

    Never used it and probably won’t. I would only use it if you could choose the category, attach images, custom fields, etc.

    I enjoy posting directly in my WordPress admin panel.

  9. Ronald (1 comments.) says:

    I once did just for curiosity, and i never do it again.. I plan to use it for some automated post like a schedule post but from that moment i never used it again..

    better to use Live Writer from Microsoft…

  10. Gartenmöbel (1 comments.) says:

    I don´t post by e-mail, I am using windows live.

  11. John Baker (15 comments.) says:

    I have used it from time to time through my mobile phone. If, for example, I’ve been away from home and didn’t want to bother looking for an internet cafe. But used that way it’s only really good for short posts.
    I don’t think it needs developing further. Not for my needs, anyway.

  12. Frank (1 comments.) says:

    I’m using this feature for moblogging from my cellular. Most times by sending a photo with a little bit of text. It’s a nice feature :-)

  13. Rod (3 comments.) says:

    Morning….I have never tried by email, and can’t see why I would want to,especially since I could not attach a picture if I wanted too and like was mentioned I can’t choose a category for the post either. My computer is never very far away anyway…. I have tried the iPhone all for wordpress… that was fine, but again, I prefer using WP from within WP.

  14. Ash (1 comments.) says:

    I’d love to post by email, because while I don’t have a data plan on my phone, I can still send email.

    I tried recently to set up a photoblog using this method, but the email support is really rudimentary. As you mentioned, there’s no image/attachment support but there’s also no ssl support. I had to find a third party web host that actually supported plain authentication, which wasn’t an easy task.

    So all in all, I’d love to see the email functionality improved, but for now I’m more likely to hack up a third party plugin to do more what I want. :(

  15. Keithius (3 comments.) says:

    I’ve blogged by email before, back when I used to spend a lot of time on the road (and before blackberries and iPhones were as pervasive as they are today). But I haven’t since then – I like putting graphics and tags and categories on my posts right when I publish them, so since you can’t do that from email… I don’t do it.

    But I *do* like the fact that the feature is there, “just in case.”

  16. bcarter (1 comments.) says:

    If it was a feature rich as Posterous I would use it, but as is—it’s worthless to me.

  17. sclough (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve not used post by email and actually don’t really have any interest in it.

  18. Jon (1 comments.) says:

    I use the post-by-email capability all the time. I’m using wordpress to log the alerts generated by Nagios and several other automated alerting systems in our network. I wrote down the details in my blog:

  19. Dirk (5 comments.) says:

    Why should i? I have less formatting options, less categorizing options, less tagging options, less per-post plugin configuration options, etc.

  20. Brian Carnell (15 comments.) says:

    I use the post by e-mail all the time . . . and hate it.

    Every single e-mail post I do ends up being put into a Pending Review status. Fine. The problem is there is no *@#% way to mass approve posts pending review. Since I might make 50 posts a day via e-mail, that gets to be really annoying.

    Otherwise the post by e-mail works fine.

    • Matt G. (3 comments.) says:

      Brian, I believe that the reason your emails are going straight to Pending Review Status is due to your blog not recognizing that the email address is an admin email. I believe that if you either add the email address as a new user under User, Add new, put in the email address you post from, as well as select either Admin or Editor for role, the post should post to your blog automatically. You could also change the email address under your admin user profile to the one that you post from. You also could try changing the admin email address under Settings and General, but I’m not sure if that would do the trick or not.

  21. d w says:

    I use it all the time (there are numerous ways to have the posts go live without approval and avoid getting stuck “pending”)

    I would like an easy way to accomodate multiple authors on a single blog, but more than anything I would just like a clean BlackBerry interface that would allow for posting AND pic uploads.

  22. Jim (2 comments.) says:

    I’m in the military, and while deployed I’m unable to or restricted from access to my blog’s admin area. So, post by e-mail still allows me to keep my blog up to date.

    • Matt G. (3 comments.) says:

      Wow, that’s really cool that you can post while not having access to it. That just goes to show how important being able to post is to some people.

  23. Design Bliss (1 comments.) says:

    Posterous is really cool. I’d love to have that functionality in a WordPress blog.

  24. creeva (3 comments.) says:

    I would use it more, but my problem is I would like it to publish to draft mode first – until I can do this I’m out of luck with it.

    • Matt G. (3 comments.) says:

      Creeva, I think that if you post from an email address that is not recognized by your blog as an admin or editor, it will automatically designate it as pending review draft mode. Probably what is happening is that your blog recognizes your email address as an admin and therefore trusts it to post it automatically. Maybe try posting from a different email or change it around in your blog and swap it with a different email for admin purposes.

  25. David (3 comments.) says:

    I used it a little bit in the WP2.0 – 2.1 timeframe. I even created a hack to enhance it so that I could post html text. It’s not important enough for my purposes to support that enhancement through version changes, but I know a number of new bloggers who would love to be able to post by email.

    I’d like to see it enhanced to allow HTML and to attach pictures and assign tags and categories. I’m pretty sure I could figure out all of those features (already did with the HTML) except for the image attachment.

  26. markus (1 comments.) says:

    i rarely use it, but it’s definitely something i’d use more if posting images were supported (or fixed).
    i’d say it’s especially useful when you’re on the road.

  27. Kian Ann (1 comments.) says:

    I don’t post via email – I have plugins like the all in one SEO and other stuff, which I need to configure for each post, and so far the only way I’ve found to do this is thru the wordpress admin page!

  28. Randy (1 comments.) says:

    I used to post via email all the time after my workplace blocked one of my websites (as internet-based backup and storage of all things) but I still had hours free per night and I got tired of reading/studying/learnifying. I used the Postie plug-in, and *always* forward-dated my posts so I could check them online once I got home in case email mangling threw things out of whack. Did that for about 14 months, I recall, and typically managed 3-10 posts per night from work.

  29. gary (2 comments.) says:

    Hi jeff. I’m glad you brought this topic up. I run a sports blog and receive score updates from different leagues via email directly after a game. I use blog by email to quickly forward these via email as well for publication to my site. This has helped readers subscribed to my site receive updates quickly and, accdg. to them, sometimes faster than the sports league website itself. It has been an immense help in increasing loyal viewership.

    You will notice however on the Codex page you mentioned, a link to the Postie Plugin, which vastly enhances this feature, amongst which is the image ability you mentioned plus many other functionalities. Sadly, development on it had been discontinued since a version for WP2.0x was released.

    In my usage of WP since v1.5, I believe it is the plugin most people want to see continued than any other I’ve encountered. Individual programmers have hacked the original code to suit their own usage, but sadly people with less abilities such as I am unable to make use of what seems to me a great way to extend WP.

    So anyway, by bringing this to your attention I’m hoping you can share this situation with other plugin developers who might be interested in developing this forward or creating their own. I haven’t tried Posterous yet but I surely will directly after I submit this comment.

    Thanks a bunch. Weblogtools rocks.

  30. Lisa says:

    I don’t post by email, and probably won’t use this feature in the future—but then, I don’t use a cell phone, either, so I may be an anomaly. My blog posts tend to be lengthy, and because all my blogs are about visual subjects, they usually include several images. That’s just too many squirrels to juggle via email!

  31. Donal (2 comments.) says:

    I don’t post by email either but I would if there were more features. Plus, I think it would be good for those who have blogs but have trouble logging in and generally navigating WP admin, my dad can email but can’t get the hang of publishing posts.

  32. JellyBeen (5 comments.) says:

    Although I do not currently use this method of posting I seriously considered it before getting my iPod (I use the WordPress app … a lot). Now I am still interested, but not finding a use for it, yet.

  33. Mihai Albu (2 comments.) says:

    I had used it only once just for testing. I prefer WordPress editor directly. It is more easy for me to upload (post) images to my photoblog, to set the thumbnail, and the efferent categories.

  34. Miroslav Glavic (27 comments.) says:

    I have never and I will never use it. All my posts from a few months ago and on have an audio version of the post for visually impaired visitors.

    I have to add a tag that includes the file name for the audio and any parameters then comes the actual post.
    I couldn’t upload the audio file via e-mail.
    also the fact that you can’t choose the category…
    If I can use something like an Iphone and load the media…….then maybe.
    The problem is that a lot of bloggers have media to upload as well.

  35. Rob (8 comments.) says:

    I tried it a long time ago, and always had problems so gave up. Subject would get lost, or something like that.

  36. iamronen (7 comments.) says:

    I actually considered using this to create a blog where other users could post to the blog without having to become registered blog users (and of course without having to access/learn the management panel). But it’s not quite there yet :)

  37. Garry Tan (cofounder, (2 comments.) says:

    Thanks for including Posterous in your blog by email solutions roundup!

    We’re a free service that also does full image gallery, document, music and video transcoding and hosting. We’ll resize your photos, re-transcode your music to MP3, use Scribd for file documents and provide flash video for any video file — that’s a lot of stuff that happens behind the scenes.

    Please give us a try, especially if you don’t want to set anything up.

    Thanks again for the mention!

  38. Lee says:

    I love posting by email to LiveJournal. I would like to do so with WordPress, but it seems useless right now since it doesn’t allow me to use categories, tags, and HTML.

    LJ doesn’t have categories, but you can assign tags by beginning your email like this:

    Subject: Title of LJ Entry
    lj-tags: tag1, tag2, tag3

    This is the body of my LJ entry. <lj-raw><small>This part of the entry is in raw HTML.</small></lj-raw>

  39. DouglasVB (9 comments.) says:

    I have not used it yet but I could see it being very useful in the future for me. For instance, when I’m backpacking overseas, I don’t like to log into WordPress to post something for fear of someone snooping my password. Using an email account explicitly setup for when I’m traveling on the road, I could have more peace of mind that some punk in inner Mongolia won’t completely hijack my blog.

  40. Bill Gord (1 comments.) says:

    There is an old plugin named Postie. I’ve been using my local derivative for years to post with pictures. We live on a sailboat, so eMail is much easier (usually) than web access.

  41. Bill (1 comments.) says:

    I tried to set it up a few years ago. I thought it would be cool to have something automatically post from emails I received. I never could get it to work though. I would revisit it if I ever felt a compelling desire to do so.

  42. Network Geek (21 comments.) says:

    I have in the past, but not recently. I set it up initially because I was at a company who closely monitored web usage, so I would write up posts via Notepad or some other text editor and e-mail them, sometimes even using a command-line remailer, to my blog. Haven’t done that in years, though. Not since I’ve been in charge of monitoring web usage, at any rate.

  43. TomInMuc (1 comments.) says:

    I have tried some applications, like ShoZu, Wavelog or moblogging with flickr! and using now posterous. But all these solutions have a big mistake. There is no possibility to send directly a picture to the mediathek of WordPress.
    It would be a nice feature to blog with mail incl. a picture!

  44. Richard says:

    Some time back now I was interested in posting by email for a WordPress driven portal-variety site, because it seemed to me that the ability to email posts would make life very simple for third party posters who are familiar with email but not familiar with web applications like WordPress. I found myself stifled by the standard functionality, however, because you could select categories, HTML was stripped and you couldn’t get rid of standard email footers (which would look ghastly in a post).

    For these reasons, I paid a developer write a plugin for me which included such functionality. After some bug testing, it seemed to be working well. I was going to release it freely to the community after complete road testing but subsequently decided that I didn’t to use it because posting links via delicious and then importing the delicious feed items as posts was just as simple, if not simpler, than using the tags in the email one needed to use to deal with the issues I’ve mentioned above.

    I haven’t tested it since, and it was written when WP2.3 or so was the latest. As such, I have no idea whether it works with WP2.7. Nevertheless, if anyone wants it for testing or further development, let me know and I’ll post it to for public access (on a complete no warranty and no liability basis of course).


    • Richard says:

      P.S. In the above post, I meant to say “because you could NOT select categories”… .

    • gary (2 comments.) says:

      hi richard I’d love to give your plugin a try. Pls. let me know if you decide to place it at Thanks.

      • Richard says:

        OK then Gary, will try to upload it to (or an equivalent) over the weekend. Will post a link here when it’s there. Cheers.

    • Dave Smith (2 comments.) says:

      I too would be interested in trying your plugin. It would be nice to have one that would make posting by email more functional until it is a functioning part of WordPress in general.

      • Richard says:

        Those interested in trying out in WP2.7 the Emailposts plugin I mentioned above can find the zip file at:

        Please note that you test this out at your own risk; I don’t make any promises that it’ll work. I did try it yesterday in a WP2.7 install and had some success (but note that in hotmail I had to select plain text format rather than rich text). I’m not sure that all the functionality is working, but it did work to some extent.

        If anyone wants to develop this plugin further, feel free. Would be great to have it fully operational for WP2.7.

        At the same time, I tried out Posterous yesterday. What an awesome app that is. Manages email posting to WordPress very well, with images and video (although it doesn’t seem category attribution is possible).


  45. Kieran O'Shea (5 comments.) says:

    I’ve always used this feature every now and again to make small posts using my e-mail enabled phone while on the move, but recently I bought a BlackBerry and I’m finding that with the improved e-mail capabilities I’m able to author quite long text posts while away from a computer which is highly useful.

    I don’t find the lack of attachments too much of an issue, indeed I tend to keep my pictures separate and recently setup a system to syndicate uploads to Flickr as photo entries on my blog.

  46. Richard says:

    P.P.S. For those interested, I’ve posted an image to Flickr which shows the setting page for the plugin. It lists the options I had built into the plugin:

  47. Matt says:

    I think it’d be awesome if it was fleshed out a bit more – SSL access would make setup a lot easier than it is now (as it is, you can’t use freebie email accounts like Hotmail or Gmail since they require SSL). The ability to post images would make it extremely compelling for mobile devices.

  48. Jay Versluis (1 comments.) says:

    I use this feature quite regularly for my Book of Clouds on Blogger ( I take pictures with my mobile and email them directly to the site.

    I’m not lying to you when I say I would LOVE to use this feature on my many WordPress Sites, but I’ve given up trying to get it to work! So an “easy setup” option would be VERY welcome, or a plugin respectively that would take care of it. To compare this feature to Blogger: you choose a phrase you attach to your signup email, and everything sent there shows up on your Blog – including pictures. That’s nice and simple compared to what we have to do in WordPress.

    Picture attachment support are VERY important for me, more so than category selection. Example: Take a picture on the go with your phone, mail it to your blog with a comment. Also a default definition as to what to do with an emailed picture (like float left or center, or no formatting).

    I’d welcome a feature that would “ignore everything past this code”, whereby automatic signatures could be filtered out.

  49. Bill (2 comments.) says:

    Tried if a few times on various blogs that I write and while it is convenient I find that I don’t like the formatting and no pictures, etc… so I end up having to do so much work to it once it is on the blog that I now use Windows Live Writer and just tell it to publish when I am done with it.

  50. Scribbler (3 comments.) says:

    I used it for a very, very short time, and had problems with it right fromt the start. I had plans to use it via my mobile whilst on holiday, but the tests didn’t go to well. First email was just a block of encoded text, and the second came through, but I didn’t like the added inconvenience of having to visit a link to update the post.

    I’ve been a bit wary to use it after my first experience – I didn’t want a block of encoded rubbish on there for a week. Obviously, this isn’t necessarily WordPress’s fault. It’s just a feature I’ve had bad expereinces with, and have very little use for anyway.

  51. Dave Smith (2 comments.) says:

    I would love to use post by email. I did set up a Posterous account and it worked. BUT it filled my post with lots and lots of Posterous code which I found unacceptable.

    Because I wanted to try mobile blogging I set up a blogger blog which makes blogging by email very simple and straight forward. I can attach a photo to head the post and use it often.

    I like mobile blogging and would use it often if I could attach a photo and assign all email posts to their own category. For now I’m using the blogger blog to do what I really want to do as a part of WordPress.

    Here is the the mobile blog if anyone is interested in see a blog that is only posted to by email: Dave’s Mobile Blog

  52. venzie (1 comments.) says:

    why post via email? here are some thoughts.

    1. sometimes you mass email news releases, email announcements, and the like, and you want it posted automatically on your site as well. and you are just too lazy to copy paste your email on your site. will save time to just include an email address on your list which will post automatically on your site.

    2. some clients and site contributors prefer posting via email. some doesn’t have the slightest idea on how to blog and how to post on wordpress etc. it’s also more accessible, say you want people to submit articles for a contest or something, you can just have them email it to a particular address and will automatically be posted as a draft post on your site.

    and yes, wordpress’ post via email feature definitely needs improvement.

  53. Amy (1 comments.) says:

    I’d like to be able to use it, mainly for others to easily contribute posts. I think the biggest reason people don’t use it from reading these comments is lack of features, mainly tags,categories,and images. Perhaps if these features were added it would become a useful feature.

    I’ve also wanted to use it (but not had it set up) when I’ve been away somewhere and couldn’t remember my admin password. I’m very lazy and have it saved on my machines to auto login. I can never remember it when I need it, but I COULD email a post.

  54. Gareth says:

    Yes I do, and Hope the WP Dev Team enhance this built in core function. I currently have Postie working on 2.7 but it needs refinement when it comes to Image layout (alignment), URL Linking, etc. but it fundementally works well enough for what I need it to do for now.

  55. Nehemoth (21 comments.) says:


  56. Draven (1 comments.) says:

    Yes, i use it quite often, together with Postie, a great plugin with a lot of mailing features (images, comments, delay and categories), but every post needs refinement. Hope the WP-Team enhance this built in core function…

  57. jeelago (1 comments.) says:

    I want to but I can’t seem to figure it out. I send an email, go to the wpmail.php page and get the message: Mission complete. Message 1 deleted. junk. =\

  58. Garry Tan (cofounder, (2 comments.) says: has posted an absolutely great step-by-step tutorial with screenshots of how to set up posterous to autopost to your wordpress:

  59. Big Dan (2 comments.) says:

    I’ve posted by email here and there. It seems like more a hassle then firing up Firefox and just logging in. For the most part, I wind up logging in anyway to change the category.

    It would be great if there was some sort of command setup to allow you to define a category and perhaps a way embed photos in your posts. Something like {wp category: xxxx} on the first line of the email. Even a way to designate whether to keep it as a draft or publish right away would be great.

  60. Kelly (1 comments.) says:

    I have never posted by e-mail. I would think it would be awesome with pictures so you could just send an e-mail with a cell phone. It certainly would provide instant coverage of things we see.

  61. DavidW (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve also got Postie working with 2.7. I find it really useful to post by emails from my mobile phone when I’m out and about and see something interesting I’d like to upload. It’s a bit limited, but sufficient to upload a very short post comprising a photo and some text. Would be great if the next version of WP includes this as a core function, and iron out some of the kinks in the Postie plugin.

  62. Richard says:

    Those interested in trying out in WP2.7 the Emailposts plugin I mentioned above can find the zip file at:

    Please note that you test this out at your own risk; I don’t make any promises that it’ll work. I did try it yesterday in a WP2.7 install and had some success (but note that in hotmail I had to select plain text format rather than rich text). I’m not sure that all the functionality is working, but it did work to some extent.

    If anyone wants to develop this plugin further, feel free. Would be great to have it fully operational for WP2.7.

    At the same time, I tried out Posterous yesterday. What an awesome app that is. Manages email posting to WordPress very well, with images and video (although it doesn’t seem category attribution is possible).


    • Gareth says:

      Hi Richard, I have downloaded and applied to my local install of WP2.7 and it seems to enable with no problems. The coding from what I understand and have casually learned seems quite clean cut and to the point. I however need to understand how the Tagging, etc for the Allow options work from a composed email perspective, essentially the syntaxing and location of the applied tags to be used in the email to be sent. Is there a readme that can be put together? It will cut down on testing the options. The only issue I see at the moment is that the Categories are not listing in the Category option, this is the same issue experienced with Postie which someone was able to help resolve by a minor change in calling the cat list.

      Going to upload live in a short while and test a few email posts.

    • Gareth says:

      Did not initially see the small text under the Allow tag functions mentioning the Mouse over hover.

  63. Gareth says:

    Cannot get content to post, although subject does get recognized. Images that get processed, process to the correct upload folder but get named as a forbidden filename format and cannot at this time be deleted.

  64. Speener (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve found that being able to use sites from your phone gives you much more use – facebook is a great example – I used if much more after getting an iPhone.
    I thought email blogging would have been great – I did set it up, and got to work under WP, but it was always very buggy for me – and after getting the iPhone, it’s just easier to mobile blog using the WP iPhone app.

  65. Richard says:

    To get the body to post, you could try using the “[start]” and “[end]” tags around what you want to be posted. You could also try to post with plaint text from your email client, or try using a different email client.

  66. Richard says:

    P.S. The category attribution did work on an old version of WP, so I suspect some code changes will be required in light of the WP upgrades.

  67. João Pedro Pereira (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve never used it and I think that I’ll keep not using it.

  68. Bryan (1 comments.) says:

    I’d love to use the feature, but without that ability to post an image, it’s worthless for my purposes.

    Trying to write a blog post via sat phone is painful, but writing an email and then sending all the emails at once bia sat phone would be great.

  69. Gareth says:

    I been using Robert Felty’s release for nearly two days now (WP2.7)and have already posted several posts via BlackBerry very successfully.The only thing specifically with BB I cannot make url links link, it is just plain text.I am not entirely sure this will work at all on postie but I still need to tinker around with the options but for now the I just make links link when I log into the admin gui at some stage. Regardless I have the freedom to post on the Fly wherever I am.

    There are several ways to kick off the mail fetch but I have settled on just running the url for it:

    I have not played with the cronless postie yet, next on the task list, I generally dont have any crons setup with hosted setup via my Domain Console. Otherways what I have seen is adding something to the rss feeds, the URL for me works best, it also tells me if there is an error fetching or not.

  70. Gareth says:

    Meant to link to Robert Felty’s release:

  71. sal (1 comments.) says:

    we have a blog that is fully operated through picture messages from our cell phones. we all setup our own yahoo/flickr account and i even redid the code to post to and the best part is since we all have our own unique username it will say the subject, posted by name, and the text/pic in the body.

    if i just want to say something i’ll just throw up a random pic and say my word.

  72. Rebekah (1 comments.) says:

    I’d love to be able to post by email… I don’t have “real” internet on my phone but I do have email and it would be nice to post on the go.

    Now if only it would WORK. The remote post email account receives every message I send, but it never posts. I’ve checked settings a zillion times.

    Help? rebekahshesgotbaggagenet

  73. Anton Berg says:

    I used this feature extensivly when I was reporting/blogging from a trip I did from India and back to sweden with a car. The only way of communication in most contries was sms. So I used a service that took my sms converted it to an email and sent it to my webpage. It worked really well and made everyone at home alot calmer.

    I like the idea of easier attaching a image or video with the default plugin.

  74. Alan J Castonguay (1 comments.) says:

    Posting via email is only useful, IMHO, for doing quick on-the-fly photo blogging from a cellphone. I don’t think I would write much copy via email from a mobile device and publish it without first editing the draft on a real computer.

  75. Hypno (1 comments.) says:

    I would like to use it if i could post images. then it would b great,. mostly for spontanious bloggs.. when on the run. So hopefully this will work sometimes in a near future.

  76. Daniel Black (2 comments.) says:

    I’ve wanted a very spartan way to post that provided a minimum set of distractions. With a browser window open, I’m tempted to “multi-task” [read: “flake out”] and my focus is easily disrupted. I use minimalist tools–a slim Linux distribution, vim as a text editor, and mutt as an email client–and I wanted to find a way to write offline, and email the post either automatically inserted as the body, or as an attachment.

    I really wanted WP’s integrated post-by-mail to work, but unless something’s changed recently, there’s no support for categories, or at least not multiple categories. I tried using a plug-in, Postie, and eventually found a way to coax multiple categories out of it (required a pretty specific subject line). My posting frequency declined, and I don’t recall that syntax, so to start using it I’d need to relearn it.

    Posterous is a wonderful service, but the insertion of line breaks dirties up the post some, and I’m not into that.

    I would be quite delighted if WP’s integrated post-by-email supported multiple categories out-of-the-box. I don’t post images or video (when I manage to post), so no need for that functionality for me. My dream setup would be something like a directory (folder) that stores the final draft of everything I write, each post a separate file, and a cron job that posts it to WP and moves it to a “published” folder. In that model, I only write, and let the publishing manage itself.

    Regarding ScribeFire, I have tried it (under both monikers) and I don’t see the point. If you’re in a browser window online already, why not just use the WP Write panel?



  77. Jakub Anderwald (1 comments.) says:

    I never used blog by email and I don’t think I’ll ever use it – there’s no scenario in which I would have email access, but not web access.

  78. Owen (1 comments.) says:

    Ive just started using WP

    And yes have just started posting by email couldnt get Postie plugin to

    Yes it would be good if it was extend to allow pictures/videos etc and also to allow a deletion date and for the catergory of the post to be selected as well.

    Im about to try Posterous but would be better if it was within WP.

  79. Hardeep Singh (1 comments.) says:

    Yes I do post by email. I am surprised by the number of people who said no. However, I do agree that the built in support is rather rudimentary and unusable. I use a plugin called Postie. Its a nice plugin and offers all the features that other commentors on this post have asked for.

  80. Robert Felty (2 comments.) says:

    I just wanted to mention that I recently took over maintenance of postie, and am adding new features. You can download the latest version from the official wordpress repository at


  81. Gareth says:

    Thanks so Much Rob….

  82. Matt (1 comments.) says:

    For some of you (with Windows Mobile at least), you should be able to log on to wp-admin from your mobile browser. I am, while on Opera 9.5 beta. The iPhone and Blackberry should be able to do it too. I can also log in to Blogger’s admin, as well as my Movable Type admin accounts.

    If the developers at WP are watching… good email posting makes it very easy to use my phone’s camera to take a picture then click SEND and put in an email addy, subject and body (tags included) and have it posted nicely
    on the blog. It also does SMS (text message) posting as text only. :)

    Postie looks pretty cool. Gonna go install it and see if I can get it working nicely.

  83. Tony Vining (1 comments.) says:

    I have used a plugin called POSTIE. However, my new host is not hardy enough to handle postie’s damand on processor and memory.

    SO I’m back to looking for a good post-by-email addin that does photos.

    Got anything?

    • tokyoterri (1 comments.) says:

      after setting it up for a client’s WordPress blog, I recommend Posterous…seems to be easy enough and the post goes up pretty quickly.

  84. Torbjörn Lööv (1 comments.) says:

    I would love to have the possibility to update the site by email. On condition that the ability to upload pictures is a part of that possibility ofcourse. Otherwise there is not as much use, in my opinion.


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