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With the advance of tablet computing and mobile technologies, more and more companies are working to take advantage of these devices as ways to further differentiate themselves from their competitors. How are they doing this? By developing apps for mobile devices such as iPads and smartphones in order to give themselves an edge over the competition.
WordPress was one of the first significant apps available on the iPad and iPhone devices and, while it struggled when first released to actually be useful, it's grown into quite the handy app.
The latest version, 3.1, offered a UI redesign and the app is even slicker than before. One awesome new feature was the addition of the Reader which lets you either choose topics and then shows you a list of curated blogs to follow or lets you read the latest from a variety of blogs on the topic you've chosen. It's a cool way of exploring new content and blogs you might not normally have known about.
The only drawback here is that it seems to only work with WordPress.com blogs so it's a bit limiting.
You can also view, edit and create new posts (or pages) quickly and easily. I'm not a huge fan of blogging via tablet since I'm more of a physical keyboard guy myself but I know people who are content to do it or have purchased bluetooth keyboards and make due just fine.
You can also administer comments (which is what I use it for primarily) via a nice clean interface:
Additional features of this app include:
- Statistics so you can check how your blog is doing, how many visitors, page views, etc. (this is only good for those using WordPress.com Stats via the Jetpack plugin that comes with WordPress).
- Quick link to the dashboard which opens up inside the app via browser integration.
- Integrated previews of posts, pages and the entire site within the app itself.
It's a great app that keeps getting better. It's also free, which rocks. You can check it out here: WordPress for iOS