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New WordPress iOS 7 App review

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ios-wordpress-app.pngI´m a heavy user of the WordPress App, back in the WordCamp Spain 2010 ask and capture a removed featured in the early stage of the app, then I feel like the connection between App and WP Dashboard will be complex.

But recently, Hugo (fantastic guy I met in that WordCamp Spain 2010) posted about the new WordPress App optimized for iOS7.

The design follow the style of the “future backend” MP6. Check this post [ES] of the redesign of the WordPress Dashboard. This new design remove all volume styles, left it more flat, more simple and clean. BTW I love the direction the UI Team is following.

Hugo made a fantastic Job, bringing the look&feel of MP6 to the iOS 7 App also how the mobile team think more into the new iOS 7 interface style, but the mobile team also bring some things from the old version that are not very useful, this is my humble opinion as a user and theme designer, I just love using mobile apps and touch interfaces and I have knowledge of responsive design, want to make clear my knowledge of iOS coding standars or coding iOS  it self is null. With this background this are my 6 key points to improve in future updates :)

1. Featured Image

Why? it almost all Themes use this option to manage correctly the sizes of the images of a post with thumbnail sizes. Put it in there is like relegate the Featured Image to a third place, a good place could be directly in the bottom bar.

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Better an icon :)

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Also I don´t understand why it ask the size of the featured image when I think this is handle by the Theme code, right?.

When the Featured Image is related to the post, the only way to saw it is go inside the settings subsection, why?

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Could be more easy if we know the featured image is used right in the edit screen, again using the bottom bar.

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Or use the same as fast photo post screen

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2. Where is the image?

I made some tests, using Image Post Format, normal post format and fast photo post. This are how they look after publish, I mean if you want to edit the entry.

The main difference depened of the Theme, if the Theme is capable of show each entry in a different “template”, but when you are editing the post with featured image doesn´t have the image in the editor, normal, but in a mobile experience is necessary. And there are not difference between Image Post Format and Fats Photo Post, so why those options? If the idea is fast publishing, allow the user know and see the content, not in code, see the content, is not easy to edit code on smartphone screen size.

I know post formats  are controversial UI and is not solved yet. With three different ways to add an image and create a post, this makes very confusing for a normal or new user. This is the kind of problem the Desktop interface is affecting mobile experience.

Maybe WordPress Mobile App should define the path for Desktop Dashboard in relation of publishing content.

3. Post comments

Small text in the posts list display the number of comments will help.

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But If I want to comment my own post?, the only way I found was going to web frontend and comment the post.

4. Post Status

Only Drafts are highlighted, why don´t scheduled, pendent review, or event post format?

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5. Fast Post Edit

With the new iOS 7 touch events, the app can use slide menu to access into a fast access for, Post status, Featured Image & Categories and more in the dropup menu. Thinking to have the fantastic Desktop QuickEdit.

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QuickEdit -> Slide Menu

6. Adding Multisite Account.

I have many subsites inside some multisite installations, this means every time I create a new subsite and I want to administrate them using the Mobile App I have to add my user and password, this is very annoying and disturbing, why?, sure must be a technical reason, but is not helpful. With a option like this just need to register the main site and the super admin user and password, then displaying all subsites selecting which ones to add/remove from the App.

The idea of the Featured Image is first know if there is one, and second can be empty if there is not a featured image, this means you can add one from there.

An easy and cool mobile up will be useful beyond blog fast publishing or easy content creation, also will help administrate a WP site, personally I use P2 as a project wall and the app offer enough features to interact and administrate content while I´m not in front a PC, mostly comments, but felt problematic sometimes. On my clients experience, they will love to used, but can´t understand it easily.

Could be the last Automattic acquisition the answer for a better writing tool ?

Simperium API and the tastefulness of the people who created it. But the bigger interest was in what we could build alongside Fred and Mike on top of Simperium across all our products.@photomatt

I try Simplenote, it’s a good bet to replace the love/hate TinyMCE ;)

Even all of this, thanx for the app to all the developers, and looking forward next updates :)

For new users and readers, you can download the WordPress App true iTunes, do it, test it and share your thoughts.

Sorry for the Spanish Screenshoots. This post Featured Image is from @hugobaeta post.


Published by pancho

Publicista renegado con alma de programador y corazón de diseñador. aka: Technical Designer. Escribo fatal, tengo faltas de ortografía y espero me disculpen por ello ;)


Comments (3)

  1. Pancho! Hombre! Thank you so much for this review and the props! I would love to have you contribute your ideas directly to the app, join us on http://make.wordpress.org/mobile/

    There are a lot of user experience scenarios that need attention. I really like you pointing out the Featured Image problems. I think, in my opinion, that it should all be part of the “Media” dialog. It could all live there (avoiding adding more primary actions to that icon action bar). What do you think?

    Anyway, lets talk and get you setup for contributing :)

    1. We share some thoughts in the #wordpress-mobile chat and I’m happy to contribute with the mobile team :)

      My idea about featured image is to give it the importance it need, related to content creation and the relation is have in the themes.

      Other is the big point, ¿Should the WP App follow the structure of desktop wp-admin?

      A good idea could be create a poll to know which are the must for the app.

      Keep in touch :)

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