WordPress For iPad Rocks!

Apr 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Apple iPad, Podcasting Software

WordPress.org has released and updated version of WordPress for iPhone – making it compatible with the Apple iPad.

The new version, officially WordPress for iPhone OS, isn’t a leap forward in terms of features – but the extra screen real estate available on the iPad makes a huge difference.

Where editing blog posts on the iPhone is possible, most people are going to reserve it for doing things like emergency fixes. On the iPad, though, creating new posts and screening comments is fast and relatively easy.

“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.,” explains designer Matt Thomas. “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,” he adds.

We’d like to see a WYSIWYG editor and support for creating and uploading audio.

Nevertheless, WordPress for iPhone OS is maturing into a very useful tool – and the fact that it’s free is amazing.

Have you tried out WordPress on the iPad? If so, let me know what you think of it!

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14 Responses to “WordPress For iPad Rocks!”

  1. Paul Colligan says:

    Since the goal of the experiment was to live 30 days on nothing but an iPad (and to blog about it), you brt I was excited with this release. It’s actually quite good – and I have been using – but …

    For some reason cut and paste doesn’t work inside of it. This makes things like passwords and links near impossible inside.

    Minor bug I’m sure, but until they fix, I need to stay within the web app methinks.

  2. Hey James — glad to see you are enjoying the app.

    @Paul — we’ve had a few reports of odd copy & paste functionality that we are tracking: http://iphone.forums.wordpress.org/topic/cut-and-paste . It works for me when I double tap, but others are noticing a few issues.

    For anyone reading this thread and seeing bugs or problems, best to head over to the WordPress iPhone OS forums and post there so we can be sure to tackle a fix for the next release: http://iphone.forums.wordpress.org/

    cheers.

  3. Gary says:

    We had no luck using cut/paste to enter the passwords for the sites we wanted to admin. The app’s layout is very usable so many of our folks have started using it on their iPads to keep their site content up to date. Everyone is much happier using WP on the iPad than previously on the iPhone, most likely due to screen size.
    The big negative for us is future dating a post. The app doesn’t send the post to the site at the preset time, rather holds it on the iPad to send when the time hits. The app has to be open/running for that posting to happen.

  4. nm says:

    i’m having trouble publishing a post draft from the iPad. this should happen automatically via sync, correct? am i missing a step here? I wrote the post, hit save… and see it listed in the Drafts listing. but it won’t send/post… thoughts?

  5. Roy W. Zornow says:

    I’m having the same problem.

  6. a.a.shock says:

    I’m a real computer weenie, I admit it. I always use the “visual” option when writing WordPress post drafts on my laptop. Does anyone know if that option exists in the iPad app, or am I gonna have to break down and learn HTML?

  7. Andre says:

    @A.A.: If you want to use the WordPress for iPad app, you’re going to have to learn HTML. I gave up on it, even though I used to write all my old posts in HTML on my laptop. The problem is constantly having to switch keyboard layouts to access frequently used special characters like greater/less than signs, apostrophes, numbers, colons, dashes and slashes. I found this extremely disruptive to my composition.

    The idea of WordPress for iPad rocks, but not the reality.

  8. Nishita says:

    Even I am not able to publish posts. I end up drafting everything only to see them languish in my Drafts folder. How do we go about publishing?

  9. You can hook up a regular Bluetooth keyboard. That way coding is much easier.

  10. Wagstv says:

    It took me a while to figure out how to publish. When you are editing your post hold your finger over the word draft in the status line. It should open a drop down menu that gives you options like publish, etc. I like this version better than the word press ap for blackberry. My biggest frustration is that. I can’t seem to figure out how to place a pic on the iPad version. I can insert one but I can’t figure out how to move it around inside the post.

  11. I’m a real computer weenie, I admit it. I always use the “visual” option when writing WordPress post drafts on my laptop. Does anyone know if that option exists in the iPad app, or am I gonna have to break down and learn HTML?

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