Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.6

WordPress for iOS version 11.6 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • Change your password in the app!

Bug Fixes

In this release, we’ve added the ability to change your password from within the app, polished the UI across the entire app, and squashed a huge pile of bugs! We’ve also reduced the CPU and battery usage of the app in an effort to be better citizens of your device.

A little extra polish never hurt.
It’s easier to adjust settings when creating a site – you can start over from the topic screen, and the visual consistency is smoother. We upped the minimum heights and spacing between elements on some fields and screens to make writing more comfortable. And if you’re logging into an account that has no sites, you won’t see an unnecessary screen listing your sites (or, y’know, not listing them).

Dotted Is, crossed Ts.
When commenting in the Reader, post titles display correctly. Sites viewed at larger text sizes display their URL properly, and long labels in app settings aren’t cut off — text sizing across the app is better in general. Oh, and sometimes you’d open a post revision into the editor, and the keyboard would hide the notification; now it doesn’t.

Pointless error messages are pointless.
If there’s a problem setting a password when signing up for a new account, you’ll get a helpful error message; ditto if a comment you write doesn’t post correctly. And searches without results have complete error messages.

More localization means a better app in any language.
The Terms of Service are properly localized, because we should all know what we’re agreeing to. Buttons for sharing content to WordPress from another app are properly translated, and so is the button to edit a comment from your Notifications. The “Done” button after publishing a post is also translated (and physically easier to tap!).

Unlike real bugs, tech bugs serve no purpose.
You can delete a user now, and they won’t appear in the list any more. The Stats widget will stop reverting back to the primary site, and the wrong images won’t appear in the notifications list any more. I your site is private, visual mode for revisions works correctly for posts that include images.

No one likes to crash.
Images failing to upload properly, media reloading in the background, and navigating away from a table view while it had a progress bar on it no longer lead to crashes. Huzzah.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.6

WordPress for Android version 11.6-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • This is the first version of our refreshed stats! It’s completely rebuilt in the new design. (To test and use stats, go to My Sites > Stats and connect or log in to Jetpack.)
  • New privacy settings let you remove geolocation from uploaded images.

What’s Fixed:

  • The Notifications list layout is more readable, as is the Me tab on tablets and large devices.
  • Better messaging when there is no data to show in the stats screen adds clarity.
  • There was an issue where only admins of self-hosted sites could update their password. Now all users can.
  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress Android application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.4

WordPress for iOS version 11.4 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

  • We fixed an annoying bug that kept users with author or contributor rights on self-hosted sites from being able to publish posts. 
  • We’ve implemented a better support for translators, especially when they’re trying to translate things with dynamic elements, like email addresses and phone numbers. If you use the app in a language that is something other than English, you will see better translations across the app.
  • We’re continuing to polish the UI to make the app super-duper to use on an iPad — things like better margins and alignments, especially after rotating from landscape to portrait, that make the whole experience of using the app smoother.
  • There were a bunch of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress iOS application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.4

WordPress for Android version 11.4-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • There are no significant additions in this version.

What’s Fixed:

  • If your site had no title set, you’d see an empty field where the title would ordinarily go. Now, you’ll see “WordPress” there.
  • Sometimes the History screens for pages and posts wouldn’t actually show the differences between revisions. That’s now fixed.
  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress Android application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.3

WordPress for Android version 11.3-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • The Post Revision screen now shows a visual preview of each revision, so you can see exactly what the older versions looked like and find the one you need quicker.

What’s Fixed:

  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress Android application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.3

WordPress for iOS version 11.3 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

What’s New:

  • We’ve added support for Post Revisions, which allow you to view a history of changes to a post. You can even roll back to a specific revision, if necessary! To get started, open a post or page in the editor and select the History item in the ellipsis (…) menu to view its revisions.

What’s Fixed:

  • We’ve made improvements to the editor for Gutenberg compatibility.
  • We’ve brought back support for YouTube and Vimeo embeds!
  • We’ve improved the accuracy of the character count when editing posts.
  • Now it’s a little easier to manage the users on your site (uses a filter bar instead of a dropdown).
  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress iOS application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Gutenberg in the apps: what to expect

The team in charge of bringing Gutenberg to mobile is hard at work, and we’ve seen some really nice progress in the past month: Gutenberg Mobile working inside the apps and the first post published with it, the writing flow has improved so it’s starting to feel more like an editor and less like a collection of isolated blocks, we have a working toolbar in place, you can now select images from your media library,…

We’ve also updated the apps to warn users if they try to edit a Gutenberg post with our existing editor:

Besides the current progress, we have planned the next two milestones: an alpha next month, and an early beta in February.

Alpha, December 2018

We will have an alpha release at the end of the year that will showcase the editing flow with some selected basic blocks. We will have a basic integration with the apps, enough to be able to experience Gutenberg (via secret opt-in or special builds), but won’t be showing this to users. Being able to use early versions of Gutenberg directly in the apps will make it easier to gather feedback and do user testing.

Our first release is not meant for end users, as it will only support very basic content: heading, paragraph, and images from the media library. We’re moving from the stage of making blocks work on native to actually building an editor, so there’s a lot of focus on the writing experience and getting this in the apps.

Progress is looking pretty good so far, and we’re still confident we can ship this next month. You can follow along in the Github milestone.

Beta, February 2019

We’ll ship our first beta in February 2019. We want it to be pleasantly usable, but we need to balance that with shipping early to provide a useful solution to those needing to edit existing Gutenberg content. We will support only the most common types of content, but writing a post using those is hopefully as pleasant as doing it with Aztec, things work as expected and writing a post is not frustrating. This is what we scoped as 1.0, but we will adjust the scope depending on what we hear from users after the public release of Gutenberg.

Back in September, we defined what we thought would be a good 1.0, and we were looking at shipping that in Q1. But as Gutenberg rolls out to users on the web, we might see a good amount of users hitting problems trying to edit Gutenberg posts on Aztec. We have done (and keep doing) a lot of work to try to make that as good as possible, but there are limits to how compatible we can make the existing editor. We want to reduce the gap between gutenberg launching and having a version in the apps, so we’re adjusting scope a bit to ship in February. As we hear more from our users, we might still reconsider scope to shift that date.

You can follow along in the Github milestone.

Beyond the beta

Once we have the alpha in place, we’ll be able to put this in the hands of testers and do some user testing, which will help us evaluate our priorities after the first beta.

Also, we’ll start planning soon what our roadmap should be to support blocks from plugins, and start the discussions to make that happen.

You can follow along on the Gutenberg and gutenberg-mobile Github repos, and if you have any questions or want to get involved, you can discuss here or find us in the #core-editorand #mobile rooms in WordPress.org Slack.

Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.2

WordPress for iOS version 11.2 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

What’s New:

  • Add Giphy GIFs directly from the media toolbar when editing a post.
  • More helpful error messages will assist you when logging in to a self hosted site. (You can test this with a site that has XML-RPC disabled.)
  • Viewing a post with many images is now faster in the Reader.

What’s Fixed:

  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress iOS application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.2

WordPress for Android version 11.2-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • The revision history of your posts is now available in the app: look for the History entry in the editor menu.
  • The used space quota is now shown in the media library.
  • Do you use WordPress.com? You can now jump from WordPress.com in your browser to the same content in the WordPress for Android app with ease. Just look out for the banner at the bottom of WordPress.com pages!

What’s Fixed:

  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress Android application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.1

WordPress for iOS version 11.1 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

What’s New:

  • A new Quick Start section suggests steps to help you build a great site.
  • With Mentions, you can read the whole push notification message from the home screen.
  • Want to copy the link to a comment? Long-press its timestamp label.
  • Want to know the word and character counts for posts? Check out the editor action sheet title.

Here are some quick tips to test these new features:

  1. Quick Start (~5-10 minutes): Create a new WordPress.com site in the app, and when you visit the site’s dashboard follow the prompts to complete the quick start checklist.
  2. Mentions (<5 minutes): Make sure push notifications are enabled in your device settings. Ask another member of your site to @ mention you in a post or comment and check the notification from your home screen.
  3. Copy comment links (<5 minutes): Long-press the timestamp label for a comment anywhere in the app (Notifications, Reader, My Sites).
  4. Word/character count (<5 minutes): While writing a post, tap the ellipsis (…) menu in the top right to pull up the action sheet and check the count at the top. Try writing in other languages or adding non-text content and ensure the count is correct.

What’s Fixed:

  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress iOS application you can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!