The Apple store launch of Pressgram is right around the corner and I can’t wait!!!  I caught the vision in March in Atlanta, backed the Kickstarter and am very excited that the App Store launch is so very close.

Since quitting Instagram a year ago I had forgotten how much fun it is to have an easy way to share images to my Twitter feed.  Not only that, it’s been great to have a community (albeit a small one) of people on the app itself sharing and commenting on photos.

The best overall feature of Pressgram is the ability to post my images directly to my self-hosted WordPress blog and not have to worry about some terrible Eula waiting to steal my data.  (Pressgram wil work with WordPress.com also.)  I can’t wait to start encouraging my friends and family to switch over from the Evil Empire.

Current Pressgram+Blog setup

My favorite feature of the app is that I can easily publish to my (this) blog.  I’ve got a category for photos and have setup the site to hide the photos category from the main feed. There is now an Official Pressgram Plugin  that will do this for you, or here’s some sample code:

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Brian Krogsgard reminded me of the evils of query_posts so you should probably use the plugin!

And if you have an RSS to Email campaign going you may want to remove the photos category from your RSS feed.  To do this add the following code to your functions.php file:

function growdev_remove_photos($query) {
if ($query->is_feed) {
$query->set('cat','-103');
}
return $query;
}

add_filter('pre_get_posts','growdev_remove_photos');

Future Use

We are currently selling our house to travel the world so my plan is to use Pressgram to not only share photos here, but also to our other blog which is more travel related. I’m thankful for the piece of mind that comes with owning and managing the photos that I take.

Posted by Daniel Espinoza

I'm a digital tentmaker, web developer, a native Texan, avid reader, and a wanna be polyglot. Follow Daniel on Twitter @d_espi.

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