The WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. 7.1 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 join as a beta tester.
What to Test
1. Publicize (Sharing) Support for Posts
You can now manage your sharing connections for individual posts, to control where each post is shared when you publish it. Try it out:
- In your site’s Sharing section, connect to at least one sharing service.
- Create a new post.
- Open the post options.
- Set a custom publicize message.
- Enable/disable individual sharing connections.
- Publish the post.
Voilà! Your post will be publicized to the selected social media accounts, using your custom message.
- Things to check: Did all of your connected accounts appear in the post options? Did your custom message show up on the publicized post? Was the post publicized to your selected connections (and only the ones you selected)?
- Flow Challenge: Did the publicize settings make sense in the sequence of steps you took to create your post? Did you ever have to disrupt your publishing process to manage those settings, or did you experience any confusion or frustration along the way?
(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. Noto Font Update
The Merriweather font has been replaced with the Noto font in the app, to provide better support for non-Latin scripts.
Here’s how it looked before, with Merriweather:
And after, with Noto:
- Please use the app in your language of choice. Let us know if you notice any overall issues with the font, or specific issues in your language (such as characters not appearing or displaying incorrectly).
(Related Github pull request.)
3. iPad Layout for Notifications
Notifications now have a splitview (sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme.) layout on iPads, similar to the rest of the app. iPhone users should not see any difference in the Notifications layout.
- Please navigate through your Notifications, interact with them, and report any quirks or bugs in the new layout or behavior.
- Testing Challenge: Try to catch the Notifications with unexpected layout behavior, especially while rotating the device or multitasking on your iPad.
- Flow Challenge: Does the new sidebar make the best use of your iPad’s screen? Are there actions in the Notifications that don’t use the layout as expected, or places where you now get stuck?
(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!