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How to Use the WordPress Desktop App for Your Self-Hosted Blog

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Do you want to use the WordPress desktop app for your self-hosted blog?

The WordPress desktop app allows you to easily write and edit blog posts without being distracted by other browser tabs.

In this article, we will show you how to use the WordPress desktop app for your self-hosted WordPress blog.

Use WordPress desktop app for your self hosted blog

Why Use the WordPress Desktop App? (Pros & Cons)

The WordPress desktop app was created by Automattic, the company founded by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg. It is also the company behind Jetpack and For details, you can see our article on the comparison between vs.

The WordPress desktop app offers an improved user experience for self-hosted WordPress websites, which is particularly great for users who are looking for a distraction-free editor to create content.

However, just like everything else in the world, it has its own pros and cons.


  • It offers a nice user interface to manage your website.
  • It syncs your content fast and offers a great writing experience.
  • The app offers a distraction-free writing area to create your content.
  • It allows you to perform website management tasks without opening your browser, like updating plugins and answering comments.


  • It doesn’t work while offline. This means you cannot write posts and just save them to your computer using the desktop app.
  • It requires you to install the Jetpack plugin and sign up for a account.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to use the WordPress desktop app for your self-hosted site.

Using WordPress Desktop App for Self-Hosted WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Jetpack plugin on your website. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

For this tutorial, we will use the Jetpack free version. Jetpack also offers premium plans to get started.

Upon activation, you can go to will be asked to connect Jetpack to a account.

Click set up jetpack option

You need to click on the ‘Set up Jetpack’ button to continue.

This will take you to the website. If you already have a account, then you can log in and click the ‘Approve’ button.

Connect your JetPack account

Alternatively, you can create a new account.

After signing in, you will be taken to the pricing page. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the ‘Start with Jetpack Free’ button.

Click start with JetPack free will now create your free account, and you will be redirected back to your website.

Installing the WordPress Desktop App

Next, you need to download and install the WordPress Desktop App on your computer.

Log in to account

After installation, go ahead and launch the app. Here, you will see the login screen where you need to enter your username and password to log in.

Once logged in, you will see the reader screen, where you can explore content and follow blogs. To manage your website, you will need to switch to the ‘My Sites’ tab.

Go to my sites

You will now see your website title in the left menu, along with other website management sections. In the right column, you will see Jetpack traffic reports.

Creating a New Post in the WordPress Desktop App

Using the admin bar on the left column, you can edit and create posts, pages, and custom post types. You can also add a new blog post by clicking on the ‘Write’ button at the top.

Write a new post in wordpress desktop app

When you click the button, you might see different websites associated with your account.

Go ahead and select your website.

Select your website

From here, simply log in to your website.

After that, the content editing area offers a very polished user experience. It basically mirrors your WordPress site in the desktop app.

You get to experience the block editor but on your desktop screen.

Edit content on the desktop app

Managing WordPress Themes in the Desktop App

Next, you can also view the WordPress admin panel in the desktop app.

For instance, you can go to ‘Appearance’ and manage themes installed on your website. You can also install a new theme without leaving the app.

Edit theme in the desktop app

If you click the ‘Customize’ button, then it will open the Theme Customizer or the Full Site Editor, depending on the theme you are using.

Managing Plugins from the WordPress Desktop App

The ‘Plugins section allows you to install, upload, and activate plugins directly from the app.

Manage plugins from desktop app

The app will also notify you of plugin updates, and you can update them directly from the app.

You can also optionally auto-update plugins that you trust.

View Posts and Pages from the Desktop App

Next, you can view all the pages and posts on your site from the desktop app by going to ‘Posts’ or ‘Pages’.

There are options to edit, view, look at stats, and trash the posts and pages.

Manage posts and pages from app

Adding New Websites to the Desktop App

If you manage multiple WordPress sites, then you can add them to the app and manage them from the same dashboard.

Any new website you want to work on should have Jetpack installed and be connected to the same account you are using in your app. After that, you can simply click on the ‘Add new site’ button in the app to add them.

Add new sites to the desktop

We hope this article helped you learn how to use the WordPress desktop app for your self-hosted website. You may also want to see our list of the must-have WordPress plugins to grow your website and our guide on how to use the WordPress app on your iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    The app seems to be a good alternative to the mobile app. But its disadvantage for me is the jetpack plugin. I had it on the website for a long time, but in the end it didn’t quite fit with the autoptimize and wp-rocket plugins. So it’s quite a shame that it can’t be done without a jetpack.

    • Mrteesurez says

      That’s also need to be addressed by the Community. Maybe there will be a standalone app that will not rely on any external plugin. An app that will be built solely for WordPress core.

      But in your case, I think Jetpack also have both optimization and security modules/functionalities, You can just disable those plugins and used Jetpack’s.

      • Jiří Vaněk says

        Overall, the Jetpack plugin caused me problems with the current configuration of the website, and for that reason I assume it is unusable for me and for other people. In the end, I solved the problem by writing notes in a text editor so that nothing disturbs me and then I put it into WordPress. As long as Jetpack is mandatory, the app is unfortunately unusable for me.

  3. Mrteesurez says

    Although, I have not used WordPress Desktop App on my PC.
    But when I used it on mobile, I am able to write post and save it while I’m offline. The post will be saved as draft till I connect to the internet.

    Is it only the Desktop App that requires internet connection as you have mentioned in the Pros & Cos.

    Also, is there any way I can write a post offline and after posting to WordPress, it will retain all the styles, alignment, heading and links therein.

      • Mrteesurez says

        That would be better I think so, because the post in local area will show almost full potential of the posts and likely to retain those style on a live site.

        I think WordPress community will work on that by making it possible to write post while offline on Desktop App. I think this will be possible so far it’s achieved on mobile.

  4. Moinuddin Waheed says

    Thanks for the detailed article about desktop app for the WordPress self hosted guide.
    I have seen people having reservations about jetpack plugin as one need to install and give access to information to
    is it safe to use jetpack plugin and anything related to

  5. ali says

    thank you for this valuable information but the problem is when you add a self hosted website and when you try to write post it loads the site in the browser and to let you post from there it word for simple site but never for a self hosted website. is there a way to post from the desktop app in a self hosted website?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For modifications to the app and what is available, you would want to reach out to the support for the app and recommend possible changes and they should be able to help.


    • Uzair says

      First, you should check your site’s permissions and settings. Make sure everything’s up to date—WordPress, themes, and plugins.

      Then, dive into the app settings for your site. See if tweaking connection settings helps. You could also try installing the Jetpack plugin; It often helps bridge the gap between self-hosted sites and the app.

      If things still aren’t working, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, and also check if the same thing happens when you use a different browser.

      And if all else fails, reach out for support.

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