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Kirby From an iPhone

Blogging with plain text files - as I do on this site with Kirby - makes it easy to edit your posts or write something new from just about anywhere. All you need is a plain text editor and an FTP app, and you're in business. No special editors required.

The first part is easy; I already had a ton of plain text editors that I loved on the iPhone. My favorite, iA Writer, makes it simple to write in markdown and sync my thoughts back to the Mac. But if I want to actually post to my Kirby powered site on the go, I'd need a way to FTP files to my server.

That's where Textastic comes in. It's a great text/code editor that includes a special row of extra keys to make it easier to type code without having to search through special characters all the time, and even includes the Solarized color schemes and Source Code Pro font I use in Sublime Text on the Mac. But what makes it really great is that it can upload text files, folders, and images via FTP, which is exactly what I need to post to my Kirby-powered site. I can write in any editor - even iA Writer - then open the file in Textastic and upload it to my site. Quick and simple.

So, if you're looking for a way to post to your Kirby-powered site, or any other plain-text file-based CMS, from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, give Textastic a try. It's a great little app that can let us coding geeks feel at home and get more done in the post-PC world.

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