Two years blogging at WordPress.com

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Moving to WordPress

I’ve been blogging at WordPress.com for two years now. I set up Ertblog 2.0 there after becoming frustrated by Typepad, my blog’s original home. I couldn’t believe that Typepad didn’t have an iPad app. I tried Blogsy but it wasn’t the answer.

In a couple of hours on an April Sunday morning, I bought my domain name and set up Ertblog on it with WordPress.com. I had great fun browsing the huge array of themes, but went for Twenty Eleven as I liked its clean appearance.

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Getting WordPress two factor auth working on iPad, iPhone and Android

I set up two factor (or two step or 2FA) authentication on my WordPress.com account yesterday. It’s an extra layer of security: anyone trying to gain access to your account wouldn’t get in even if they found out your user name and password. That’s because you enter something you know (password) and something you posses – such as a code sent to or generated by your mobile phone.

WordPress uses the Google Authenticator Android and iOS smartphone app, as well as some other options.

I found it very easy to set up. But when I tried to access my WordPress.com account on my mobile devices, I ran into difficulties.

Wordpress two factor authentication on Samsung Galaxy S5

No way in: WordPress two factor auth problems on Android

What I hadn’t realised is that the Google based two step auth that WordPress uses doesn’t (currently) work seamlessly on mobile devices, even Android ones. Or put another way, you need to follow a different route to setting it up to work on your Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone or iPad. You need to log in to your WordPress account and generate an application specific password for each device. Once you’ve done this, WordPress treats your phone as a trusted device, which means you don’t have to do this again. (You can switch off access remotely if you ever lose your phone.)

To do all this, go to the setting page of your account, and click on the security tab. You can switch on two factor auth here, print back up codes and generate application specific passwords. This is where you’ll find which devices you have set up access for, and revoke access if necessary.)

Incidentally, you’ll need to follow a similar process if you apply two factor authentication for you Google accounts, such as Gmail.

You can find more info on WordPress’s support pages.

Solved: WordPress iOS app login problems

I love the WordPress iOS apps, especially on the iPad. But after changing my password, I couldn’t log in, even with my new password.

I tried it a dozen times. Without success.

Then I resorted to the oldest trick in the book: deleting the app and downloading it afresh. I logged in straight away.

NB: I’m on the WordPress.com platform.

Ertblog joins WordPress

Ertblog has a new home. I’ve taken the plunge and created the second edition of my blog on WordPress.

I’ve been pondering the move for some time. Typepad has been good to me, making it easy for me to establish the original Ertblog at the end of 2005. And I’ve always found Typepad’s customer service excellent – most recently last week when they responded to a whinge on Twitter. But I’ve long been curious about WordPress, and now seems the right time to start afresh.

I’m not planning to export the original blog here – it seems too much effort for limited reward. (I’ve read all the stories about how much effort is involved in moving from Typepad to WordPress, especially recreating images in posts.) I’ll keep the original going as an archive – and will post some material on both editions, just to compare the traffic.

I’ve also finally got my own domain name – robskinner.net – for the WordPress version. It feels like my own home now, rather than something I’ve borrowed.

I’ll spend some time over the coming weeks customising the new Ertblog. (Expect to see my old banner from the Typepad blog.) But it’s nice to be here.