Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 16.8

WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. version 16.8 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. is available for testing on TestFlight. You can sign up for our TestFlight program and join as a beta tester by opening that link on your iPhone or iPad.

Release Notes

  • This Week Widgets to display This Week Stats in your home screen. [#15844]
  • Stories! 🎉 There is now a new Story post type available to quickly and conveniently post images and videos to your blog. [multiple PRs]
BLOCKBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. EDITOR
  • Fixed block mover title wording for better clarity from ‘Move block position’ to ‘Change block position’. [#3049]
  • Add support for setting Cover block focal point. [#3028]
  • Quick Start: Completing a step outside of a tour now automatically marks it as complete. [#15712]
    Please note there are a few caveats to testing this, explained in the PR. 
  • Prevent deleting, or converting to draft, a published homepage which would have the effect of breaking a site. [#15797]
    • Also prevented this action from the Posts and Pages lists
  • Under-the-hood improvements to the Reader Stream, People Management, and Sharing Buttons [#15849#15861#15862]
  • Site Comments: updated 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.. Should be no functional changes. [#15944]

Release notes source: WordPress-iOS/RELEASE-NOTES.txt
Updates that went into this release: WordPress-iOS 16.8gutenberg-mobile 1.47

Please Make Sure You Are Testing the Correct Build

Not part of the internal beta program yet? Check out the details in the Field Guide on how to join.

Test Setup

  • Go to Account > App Settings > Privacy Settings and turn on the Collect information option.
  • Go to Account > Help & Support and turn on the Extra Debug option.
  • Go to My Site > Settings > Use Block Editor to enable the block editor for new posts.
  • If you are comfortable testing in a language other than English, please test in that language.

What Testing is Most Needed

  1. Stories!
    • Use the Learn More link to Support
    • Create a story post from the FAB on My Site and the Posts list
    • You can be most helpful by using this feature for fun! So please go for a hike, take a run on the beach, watch the sunset or cook a great meal and show us! Use color, fonts and all the features you can find to tell your stories. 🎉
    • Tell us what isn’t working as expected, but also please share what it was like to use it. What excited you? What frustrated you? What came as a surprise, good or bad?
  2. Quick Start
    • Please try doing each step of the guide on your own and make sure the prompt clears
    • Read the PR and note the conditions
    • Use Quick Start as intended, following the prompts each step of the way. Does it work as it used to?
  3. This Week 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.
    • Please install the Today, All Time and This Week widget once you have the app installed. Use them to verify data you know, open the app from them and compare their behaviour and data against each other. Log out and log in on different accounts, verify that you see what you expect.

Where to Report

Please report bugs in 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. at WordPress-iOS or gutenberg-mobile (for block editor issues) if you are comfortable doing so or add a comment to this post if you have any questions, feedback, or issues you’re not sure how to report.

Instructions for Reporting Issues

  • Search the GitHub repository first to see if the bug is a known issue. If you verify a known issue, please leave a comment noting the app and device info you tested with!
  • For new issues, please follow the template GitHub repository that shows up when creating a new issue.
  • Please be aware that a bot will ask for labels but you may not have rights to add them. Know that labels will be added by someone on the triage team.
  • Please do not include full Activity Logs which include tokens. Activity Logs can be very helpful for debugging but you should only include them if you have removed tokens as those should not be shared publicly. You can find the logs at Account > Help & Support > Application log.

Thanks for testing!