There is an application for the iPad that allows you to manage your WordPress blogs directly, its actually a bit basic but hopefully that will improve over time. However I simply could not get it to talk to this blog – it would just keep throwing a ‘Blog returned invalid data’ error.
Turns out in their infinite wisdom NamesCo (our web hosts) have decided xml-rpc is bad
The standard xmlrpc.php script is quite commonly installed with many free blogging. Unfortunately, it is quite easy to exploit and often abused by amateur ‘hackers’ and spamming groups for malicious purposes.
However, most users that have the script on their sites don’t actually use it, therefore we have decided to block access to that filename to protect those users.
If you wish to use an XMLRPC service, simply rename the file to something like ‘xmlrpc_post.php’ and reference that script instead in your posting service.
Which seems a bit like saying SkyDiving is dangerous so you cant do it – but its ok to put on a parachute and jump out of plane as long as you call it PlaneJumping instead.
So in order to get it the iPad application to work we first have to rename the xmlrpc.php script to e.g. planejumping.php – you can call it anything you like NamesCo have just blocked access to files called xmlrpc.php.
But that’s not enough because clearly wordpress expects this file to be called xmlrpc.php and the file name is unfortunately not configurable.
Instead you have to hack the wordpress php scripts by hand at the current release (3.1) that means updating these files
planejumping.php (previously known as xmlrpc.php)
Simply replace all references to xmlrpc.php in these files to planejumping.php instead and you should be good to go.