The WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. 6.8 betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. will be available for testing on TestFlight soon. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.
What to Test
1. New Actions in the Editor Menu
The editor’s options menu (the ellipsis menu) now has more actions:
- If you create a new post with the status set to Publish, you will see a “Save as Draft” option.
- If the post is set to Draft and you have permission to publish posts, you will see a “Publish Now” option.
- If the post is set to Draft and you do not have permission to publish posts, you will see a “Submit for Review” option.
Previously, you had to open the post options and manually update the post status before taking these actions.
Editor Menu Before:
Editor Menu After:
- Try out the above scenarios and make sure the post’s status is changed as expected.
- Testing Challenge: Try to find a scenario that hasn’t been covered above, and see if an unexpected action appears in the options menu.
- Flow Challenge: How does the flow feel while writing, saving, and publishing a post? Any surprises or obstacles? Anything that felt really smooth, or evoked confusion or anxiety?
(Related GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ pull request.)
2. Reader Style & Layout Updates
The styles and layout for each post in the Reader post streams were updated to match the current Calypso (web) Reader. Actions to test:
- Look at the Reader in both portrait and landscape.
- Follow a site, share a post, view a post in the browser, tap a tag to view that tag stream.
- Check that site Blavatars appear as expected.
New Reader Style/Layout:
- Did any styles or layout look or act broken in the Reader?
- Testing Challenge: Look at the Calypso (web) Reader carefully and compare it to the app Reader; do you see any significant or noticeable differences?
- Flow Challenge: How does it feel to read and interact with the Reader with these new styles and layout? Does anything feel especially smooth/improved or cause confusion or anxiety?
(Related Github pull request.)
3. Updated Reader Text Rendering
The Reader formerly relied on a third-party library to display the text on the full post screen. We’ve replaced that library with one of our own design.
- Look at the full post screen in the Reader in both portrait and landscape orientation.
- Check that the layout is correct.
- Check that text can be selected and copied.
- Test hyperlinks and play embedded video.
There should be almost no noticeable change in the full post screen’s appearance between the old library and the new.
- Did any styles or layout look or act broken in the Reader’s full post screen?
(Related Github pull request.)
Bugs & Feedback
Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.
Thanks for testing!