I use my iPad2 as a Blogging tool. Don’t misunderstand my statement with writing Blog posts too, as I still feel much comfortable writing long articles on my laptop but still WordPress iPad app, makes my work easier to do various tasks like managing comments, for quick posts, checking stats and few more stuff. But, it has been far from perfect for doing major tasks until now. 2 days back, WordPress team released an updated version of WordPress iOS app which got lot better with many new features and a completely revamped UI. In this article, I will quickly show you some of the new features and how you can use it for better productivity.
WordPress iPad app new Features overview
Here I’m pointing out some of the noticeable change and features of WordPress app, that you should know. For a complete list of enhancements and bug fixes, you can read here.
WordPress app as reader:
WordPress has added many new features in Self hosted WordPress blog, with Jetpack WordPress plugin. One of the features is blog subscription and with new updated version of WordPress on your iOS device, WordPress pushed reader option right in the app. Now, if you have subscribed to any Blog using Jetpack or WordPress subscription feature, you can follow the blog updates right from the app.
More over, you can also browse recommended blogs in different categories and you can subscribe for updates. In short, now WordPress app on iPad or iPhone can be used as a reader app too. Along with it, you can find your friends blog on network like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail with one click and subscribe to them for updates. This is something useful to keep an eye on latest update from your friends blog and be an active commentator right from the app itself. The best part is, using your WordPress.com account, you can quickly comment from the app without filling all the details like Name, Email and URL. Also, using this feed reader, you could be the first one to comment on new Blog posts.
Another great enhancement is improved UI and addition of some great feature. Now you can get access to your web based WordPress dashboard from the app, which will make theme changing, adding new plugins and all other work, for which you need Web based interface, lot easier. Post preview is way better now, and it will help in post formatting right from the WordPress iPad App or iPhone app itself.
Complete WordPress.com Stats:
If you are using WordPress.com stats plugin or Jetpack to configure site stats, the new tab will offer a complete view of your stats unlike few stats in older version. Something, which is useful for stats obsessed guys like me and you.
These are just few of the features which are added in latest version and to get a complete feel and look of WordPress app on your iPad or iPhone, simply go ahead and download this free WordPress app form official app store.
I have both iPhone and iPad, and I find this app to be best when you are using big screen of your iPad. It actually solved many problem for me, when I need to access my blog dashboard while travelling. As earlier version was limited to only app based feature and to access the dashboard, I still needed to use the browser. This in-built feature to access web-based-dashboard will make work easier for Bloggers who travel often.
How many of you are using WordPress app on your iOS device? What do you feel about the latest addition of features and changes? Do share your views and don’t forget to subscribe to my Email updates for more such updates.