I use my iPad2 as a blogging tool. Now, don’t misunderstand me; when writing blog posts, I still feel more comfortable writing long articles on my laptop.
But the WordPress iPad app makes it easier to do various minor tasks like managing comments, writing quick posts, checking stats, and a few more little things.
But it has been far from perfect for doing major tasks… until now.
Two days back, the WordPress team released an updated version of the WordPress iOS app which got a lot better. It now has many new features, and they’ve completely revamped the UI.
In this article, I will quickly show you some of the new features and how you can use them for better productivity.
WordPress iPad App: New Features Overview
Here are some of the noticeable changes and features of the new WordPress app that you should know.
For a complete list of enhancements and bug fixes, you can go here.
WordPress App As A Reader
WordPress has added many new features for their self-hosted WordPress blogs with the Jetpack WordPress plugin. One of those features is blog subscriptions, and with the new updated version of WordPress on your iOS device, the WordPress-pushed reader option is right inside of the app.
Now, if you have subscribed to any blog using Jetpack or the WordPress subscription feature, you can follow the blog’s updates right from the app.
Moreover, you can also browse recommended blogs in different categories and subscribe to them for updates. In short, the WordPress app on iPad or iPhone can now be used as a reader app, too.
Along with it, you can find your friends’ blogs on networks like Twitter, Facebook, and G+ with one click and subscribe to them for updates.
This is very useful in order to keep an eye on the latest updates from your friends’ blogs and be an active commentator directly from the app itself.
The best part is that by using your WordPress.com account, you can quickly comment from the app without filling in all of your details like Name, Email, and URL.
Also, using this feed reader, you could very easily be the first one to comment on new blog posts.
Another great enhancement is the improved UI.
Now you can get access to your web-based WordPress dashboard straight from the app. This will make theme changing, adding new plugins, and all of the other work for which you need a web-based interface a lot easier.
Post Preview is way better now, and it will help in post formatting directly from the WordPress iPad app/iPhone app.
Complete WordPress.com Stats
If you are using the WordPress.com stats plugin or Jetpack to configure site stats, a new tab will offer a complete view of your stats (unlike the old stats).
This is something which is very useful for stats obsessed guys like me.
These are just a few of the features which were added in the latest iOS update. To get the complete look and feel of the WordPress app on your iPad or iPhone, simply go ahead and download this free WordPress app from the official App Store.
I have both an iPhone and an iPad, and I find this app to work best when I am using the big screen of my iPad.
It’s actually solved many problems for me when I needed to access my blog dashboard while I was traveling. Earlier versions were limited to only app-based features, and to access the dashboard I still needed to use the browser. This new built-in feature to access the web-based dashboard will make working a lot easier for bloggers who travel often.
How many of you are using the WordPress app on your iOS device(s)? How do you feel about the latest features and changes? Do share your views in the comments below.
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