WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. version 11.6 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. is available for testing on TestFlight.
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What to Test
- Change your password in the app!
In this release, we’ve added the ability to change your password from within the app, polished the UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. 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 URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org 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 widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. 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 revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. 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, pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” 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!