We’re very happy to announce that the latest version of WordPress for iOS, Version 2.6, is now live in the App Store. Go get it while you read the rest of this post!
Since the introduction of video in the iPhone 3GS, we’ve received requests for the ability to record video within the app and then upload it directly to a blog. With the introduction of the iPhone 4 these requests become even more frequent. With 2.6 you can now record, upload, attach, and play videos within the app. When paired with a VideoPress upgrade, this feature becomes an even more powerful way to publish videos from your iOS device to the web.
We’ve also heard and share your frustration regarding losing posts saved as Local Drafts. Nothing’s worse than working on a great post only to have it disappear. That’s why we took all of August to completely rewrite the areas of the app that handle Local Draft posts and pages. We’re now using Apple’s lovely Core Data technology to save posts locally before they’re published or saved online.
While that change alone will bring a new level of stability and reliability to the way Local Drafts are treated, we took it a step further and added some triple checking to determine if a post has truly been published and can safely be removed from your Local Drafts library. Once you publish a Local Draft, we do an additional call to verify that the ID we got back from the server during a publish actually exists as a post or page we can retrieve. Only after we’ve verified that your new post does indeed exist on the server do we go ahead and delete the old Local Draft. All of this happens in the background, within a second or two. We think that’s pretty nifty!
One of the nicest things about editing a post with WordPress is the autosave draft feature. If something happens and you need to revert to an older version of a post, you can just select a previous version and restore it without issue. We’ve implemented a similar feature in 2.6. When Autosave is enabled, while you’re working with a post, a small grey WordPress logo will appear in the bottom right-hand corner to let you know that autosaves exist for that post. Click the logo, and you’ll flip over to a screen that will allow you to restore the post from one of those autosaves.
Another area of the app that we felt needed some attention was the Add Blog/Site Setup process. Previously it felt too clunky, slow, and non-intuitive. So we’ve completely rewritten this area as well, allowing WordPress.com users a quick way to add their blogs, and giving WordPress.org users a faster, more streamlined experience when adding their sites.
What would a new video feature be without a new Media Library to go along with it? We’ve taken the old Photos tab and turned it into a new Media Library more along the lines of what you’re used to with WordPress. We’re now giving you additional information about media items such as dimensions and file size, as well as the ability to insert media items into a post above or below your content. Look for even more expansion in this area in coming releases.
Bugfixes and Enhancements
All of you have been incredibly patient as we took our time to make sure this release resolved many long-standing issues, both large and small. While new features and functionality are nice, if an app isn’t stable enough to use, all of those features are worthless. Keeping this in mind, for the past three months we’ve been fixing bugs here and there each day as we continued to work on new features. We think 2.6 includes enough bugfixes and performance enhancements that they deserve to be listed as a separate item. If you’d like to learn more about the bugs we’ve fixed or just keep up with our progress as we move along with each version, you can check out the Trac Timeline.
Also, one more note about bugfixes. While this release took a very long time to get from our hands to yours, we don’t anticipate the same amount of time for future releases. So from now on expect to see major releases more often, each followed by one or two small bugfix releases soon after. (We’ll be submitting 2.6.1 shortly.)
We’ve also got to give a shout out to our Beta Team. One of the most challenging things about iOS development is that the release process tends to be a little slow, so getting patches and fixes out quickly can sometimes be a challenge. Not to mention that, as developers, we’re sometimes blind to the idea that we could ever make a mistake while coding. So working with our testers on the Beta Team has been incredibly helpful in making this app much more stable, reliable, and enjoyable. With their help, we’re able to catch and fix bugs before they get into the final release. Kudos to all of you.
As always, your feedback and input is much appreciated, and is absolutely crucial in helping us make the app and your user experience better. You can reach us on Twitter at @WordPressiOS or on the WordPress for iOS Forums. And if you find a new bug (no way!) please don’t hesitate to submit a new ticket in Trac.
If you find that this version is an improvement over previous versions, we’d appreciate if you noted that in an App Store review. More than any other metric, App Store reviews help to let us and our users know where the app stands in terms of quality, and what areas we need to focus on in the future.
Great news: We’re putting the finishing touches on the 2.6 release of WordPress for iOS! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve got even more good news.
First, we’re creating our own Beta Team for the WordPress for iOS project. Members of the Beta Team will be able to test releases before we submit them to the App Store and report back on their experiences. This will help us catch and fix bugs proactively, rather than having to publish bugfix releases after the fact.
We need 30 iPhone/iPod Touch users and 30 iPad users. We’ve got a couple of rules:
If you’re interested in joining the Beta Team, just leave a comment on this post with the word “iPhone” or “iPad” and we’ll take the first 30 of each and add you to the Beta Team.
The other great news is that we’re starting a bugfix sprint! We’re going to try to resolve as many Trac tickets as we possibly can. So even if you’re not interested in joining the Beta Team, you can still help us out by submitting a new ticket here:
And just in time for Follow Friday, we’ve created a Twitter account for the project so we can stay better connected with our users. You can follow us here: http://twitter.com/wordpressios. Help us spread the word!
That’s it for now. We’re almost ready to publish the 2.6 release, so thanks again for being so patient!
We’re very happy to announce that WordPress for iOS, Version 2.5 is now available in the App Store. As you might have guessed, we’ve been working hard for the past two months to respond to your feedback and address several issues that were most problematic for our users. This update resolves many of the outstanding issues and quirks that you have mentioned on the forums, Twitter, and elsewhere.
And while this release focuses mainly on bugs and performance enhancements, it also includes some updates to help iPhone users take advantage of two very nice additions from Apple: iOS 4 and iPhone 4. If you’ve updated to the just-released iOS 4, you’ll notice that 2.5 includes support for fast app switching, which is perfect for blogging on the go. Whenever you happen to unbox your shiny new iPhone 4 and install WordPress 2.5, you’ll be happy to see that it’s optimized for the new Retina Display.
Here’s an overview of what’s included in this version:
You can download WordPress for iOS 2.5 right now in the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordpress/id335703880?mt=8
And when you’ve taken it for a spin, let us know what you think by leaving us some feedback on the App Store and/or the forum: http://iphone.forums.wordpress.org/
We hope you find that this update makes using WordPress from your iOS device even more enjoyable and easy than it was before. And rest assured, as soon as we submitted this release to Apple, we started working on some killer new features for 2.6.
So stay tuned!
Recently, we introduced a geotagging feature in WordPress for iPhone that allows our users to geotag posts with the push of a button. While the response we received was overwhelmingly positive, many of our users requested a plugin that would allow them to display the geotagged data on their self-hosted WordPress sites.
Well friends, that day has come! We’re very happy to announce that the Geolocation plugin is now available for self-hosted WordPress sites, and can be downloaded at the WordPress.org plugin directory or through your WordPress dashboard: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/geolocation/
The plugin adds a subtle but powerful addition to posts you’ve geotagged using WordPress for iPhone: a link appears inside your post with a short description of the location where the post was tagged. When your users hover over the link, an interactive map appears allowing them to view the location as a pin on the map.
And if you’ve got a post that you forgot to geotag using WordPress for iPhone, we’ve got you covered there as well. Just open up the Edit Post page, and you’ll be able to easily add geo information using the Geolocation panel. All you’ve got to do is put in an address and hit Load.
We think this new plugin serves as a nice companion to WordPress for iPhone as well as the other geo-enabled mobile app projects. Check it out and let us know what you think!
The WordPress app for the iPad is pretty good, and I usually write the entire blog post in this editor. It’s important to note that there is no fancy visual editor (WYSIWYG) like in the web-based version. It’s a simple text editor that works well for text entry. It’s also a HTML editor, so those familiar with HTML can use it to make posts with sophisticated formatting. I’m too far removed from the old HTML blogging days, so I avoid it.
You can read the full post over on jkOnTheRun.com .
Barely one month ago, we teamed up with our friends at Small Society (they posted on their blog about this project) to design and build a version of WordPress that could take advantage of an amazing new device that a few of you may have heard about.
On February 26th, we had a whiteboard sketch of what the app might look like. On March 26th, we were preparing to submit the app to Apple for a preliminary review. And at the same time, we delivered version 2.3 for the iPhone, adding geotagging and the ability to load older posts and pages from the server. Needless to say, it’s been a bit hectic, but incredibly fun at the same time.
So what’s new for the iPad? In order to ensure that using WordPress on your iPad would be a great experience from day one, we decided not to add any new features. Nada. This release is all about taking advantage of a huge 9.7″ touchscreen. Writing and editing posts is far easier than before. Skimming through your comments and moderating them is far faster than before. And using the app is simply more beautiful than before. For more, there’s a quick overview of the app at iphone.wordpress.org.
While this is version 2.4 of our app, it’s really version 1.0 for the iPad. We’re just getting started, and we have so many ideas for new functionality that the iPad makes possible. We know seeing what other developers do with the iPad is going to inspire us even more. Once you’ve had a chance to use WordPress on your iPad, meet us at the WordPress for iPhone OS development blog at iphonedev.wordpress.org to talk about what’s next.
You can download WordPress for iPhone OS 2.4 from the App Store today. It’s a universal app, so it can be installed on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iPhone OS 3.1 or higher. It works with all WordPress.com blogs, as well as self-hosted blogs running WordPress 2.9.2.
[Update: We identified a bug in version 2.3 that can cause the app to crash if you post without geotagging. Version 2.3.1 is now available on the App Store.]
The biggest new feature in this version is support for geotagging for WordPress.com blogs. It’s a very intuitive interface, and we have really high hopes to build on top of this initial support in future releases. For self-hosted WordPress sites, you can post with geotagging turned on, but nothing will be displayed quite yet on your site, although the data will be saved. In the coming days we will be releasing a plugin to provide geotagging display support for self-hosted WordPress. We’ll post about the plugin here on this blog.
This version also includes a couple of UI improvements, a bug fix for the “more” tag, and adds the ability to load more posts and pages beyond the default number chosen in your blog settings.
For support and feedback, please head over to the WordPress for iPhone forums. And as always, you can track and get involved with this Open Source development project by clicking over to the Making WordPress for iPhone blog. We’ve got some exciting developments in the queue for version 2.4 !
And an exciting number to share with all of you. Back in November 2009 some of you may remember that we posted that over 20,000 people had installed the WordPress app on their iPhones and iPods. Today, just a few months later, that number now stands at over 250,000 !
One of the most requested features for the WordPress iPhone app has been to include site statistics such as pageviews per post, referrals, and the like inside the app. In fact, according to this trac ticket from 17 months ago, it’s been something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time.
Many of us use the WordPress.com stats for our WordPress.com sites and self-hosted WordPress sites via the plugin. In our WordPress dashboard, we see charts like this:
What I’d love to know is what would people like to see both data wise, and visually, from inside the WordPress for iPhone app – and if something like push notification for stats would be of interest ? If you have any thoughts, please leave them in the comments below, or if you are a developer with specific implementation ideas, please head over to the WP iPhone dev blog.
And also be sure to checkout the standalone iPhone WordPress.com stats app from a company called Menial. They built the app by hooking into the WordPress.com Stats API — and the app is something I use all the time to track my own blog stats.
Just got word that version 2.2 has been approved and is now in the App Store.
I’m very excited about this new version which is focused on improved comment moderation including:
We hope this release will make the comment experience on the go much more enjoyable and useful.
For support and feedback, please head over to the WordPress for iPhone forums. And as always, you can track and get involved with this Open Source development project by clicking over to the Making WordPress for iPhone blog.
Just a month ago, WordPress for iPhone 2 was released. In that month, it’s been installed on over 55,000 iPhones and iPods. Today, we received word that WordPress for iPhone 2.1 is available now for download on the App Store. No special notes about installation this time — just update and enjoy.
New in version 2.1:
It usually take a few hours for the new version to appear on the App Store. If you don’t see it immediately, hang tight just a bit longer.
We’ve already begun working on the next version, too — as always, you can follow our progress on the Making WordPress for iPhone blog.
* WordPress for iPhone is Open Source, just like WordPress itself. The absolute fastest way to add the features you want to the app? Do what Jeff did — submit your own code.