The location of Add Media on phones

CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. post-new.php puts Add Media above the editor and Preview, Save, and Publish below the editor. This is a desktop design that requires a lot of scrolling on mobile. Scroll up to Add Media. Scroll down to Preview and Publish. None of the buttons stay on screen persistently. There’s no joy here.

The My Sites editor on wordpress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ also puts Add Media above the editor and Preview, Save, and Publish below the editor in a semi-fixed bar. This bar often goes offscreen for me. Although not nearly as bad as post-new.php, this requires up and down scrolling.

Press This puts Add Media, Save, Preview, and Publish all in a fixed bar at the bottom. It is truly fixed and stays visible even when the browser’s bottom bar displays.

The iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. app puts add media in the editor bar attached to the keyboard. This requires tapping into the content area before adding an image. Tapping the image icon with the editor unfocused is a noop. This tripped me up often, at first. When I’m single image blogging, I’m not adding text content and don’t usually tap into the editor. I still occasionally get tripped, but I’ve gotten used to it and have come to appreciate having add media available even when the keyboard is up.

#app, #editor, #ios, #media, #mobile, #phablet

Menus (admin) with Windows Phone on 4.2

  • WordPress 4.2.2
  • Old menus admin screen (to be compared with Menu CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.)
  • Windows Phone 8.1, IE11 Mobile (only browser allowed on this device)
  • Testing on an actual site whose menu I actually needed to make a couple edits to… because why not 🙂

#4-2, #customize, #customizer, #flow-comparison, #menus, #mobile, #phone, #visual-comparison, #winphone

Publishing a video to a wordpress.com blog with the iOS app 5.2.0.20150518bebf680, iPhone 6+

The 5.2 iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. app 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. features a new media picker. Here’s a run through the picker uploading a single video to a wordpress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ hosted blog with an iPhone 6+.

#app, #ios, #media, #mobile, #phablet, #publish, #video

Publish a captioned gallery, iPhone 6+, Portrait

WP 4.2-RC3-32249 and iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. 8.3.

Bulleted flow:

  • Start on logged in front page.
  • Tap + in the toolbar.
  • Tap Post.
  • Tap title input.
  • Type title in fly up keyboard.
  • Tap Done to dismiss the keyboard. Page updates with permalink info. [7]
  • Tap Add Media
  • Opens in Media lib [2]. The dismiss button is missing [1]. Tap Upload Files.
  • The dismiss button is back. Tap Select Files.
  • Tap Irie Plank Image Feed.
  • Tap images to select.
  • Tap Done.
  • After a pause where nothing seems to be happening, upload progress is shown. The resulting screen is a known mess [4].
  • Tap Insert Media to show the flow selector dropdown. [8]
  • Tap Create Gallery.
  • Tap Create a new gallery.
  • Tap a caption field.
  • Type in caption text.
  • Tap another caption field.
  • Type in caption text.
  • Repeat for each image. Curse at bad scrolling, keyboard juggling, and focus panning that burn a lot of taps. [3]
  • Tap Insert Gallery.
  • Arrive back at the editor with the keyboard up and obscuring the content. At a glance, I can’t confirm the gallery was added correctly. Tap Done to dismiss the keyboard.
  • The inserted gallery is now evident. A big cursor blinks along the left side of the gallery.
  • Scroll down to spot check the captions.
  • Scroll down some more to find Preview [5].
  • Tap Preview.
  • A new browser window opens to the post page.
  • Post looks good. Tap the browser page switcher thingy in the bottom right.
  • Find the edit post page from the list of pages. This can be daunting if you have a lot of things open, particularly with multiple WP pages [6].
  • Tap the edit post page once you find it. Don’t dismiss the preview window.
  • You’re back in the edit window. Make some edits. Tap Preview. Nothing happens. Apparently nothing anyway. If you left the preview window open it is being reloaded out of site whenever you click Preview [6]. Sometimes clicking Preview in this state causes a cursor glitch in the region of the publish box disclosure triangle.
  • If the keyboard is in your way after all of that, tap Done to dismiss.
  • Here goes. Tap Publish.
  • Misaligned loading indicator spins. Editor reloads with a post published notification at the top.
  • Tap View post in the notification.
  • Post looks good. Tap the site title to get back to the front page.

Notes:

[1] The dismiss button is often missing from the media modal. This seems to be particular to the Media Library view. Dismiss never disappears if you stay on Upload Files. Bringing the modal up more than once may be needed to trigger this. Moving from the Media Library view to the Upload Files view restores the dismiss button, but tapping the dismiss button does nothing but hide the dismiss button again.

[2] Media modal scrolling in media lib view often gets stuck. The page beneath the modal seems to be hijacking swipes. I’ve developed the habit of giving a 15 second-ish cooldown when swiping gets stuck. The next swipe after the cooldown typical goes to the modal and normal scrolling is restored for awhile.

[3] Scrolling while editing captions is very awkward. The cursor often detaches from the caption field and seemingly joins the editor lying beneath the modal. The cursor isn’t always in the caption field. Especially with the last row of images, the cursor often shows below the caption field. Typing places the text in correctly in the caption field but the cursor is outside the field. The jittery focus pan that happens when a caption is tapped into is disconcerting. Overall, captioning is irksome and difficult.

[4] The image flow effort will eventually remove that awkward 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. from mobile. Should we pursue an interim solution that removes the sidebar from the production media modal since image flow is a couple releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. out?

[5] I often tap View Post just below the title when I want to preview. View Post shows the last published changes, however, not your in editor 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.. Preview is the button I really want but it is farther from the editor than View Post and often gets forgotten.

[6] Mobile should never open things in new browser windows. This is a desktop biasDesktop bias Patterns and interfaces that work in desktop interfaces don't always work on mobile. UI elements triggered by mouse hover, opening in new windows, dragging into bookmarks bars, drag-and-drop, and auto-focusing search input fields are examples of desktop bias.https://make.wordpress.org/test/tag/desktop-bias/ that falls apart on mobile. Modal preview would be better on mobile.

[7] My permalink has the slug flow-loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop.-2 instead of flow-loop because I trashed an earlier draft due to interface frustrations. My frustrated bail out is later met with slug consequences. Ugh.

[8] The flow selector dropdown doesn’t dismiss with outside taps.

#captioned-galleries, #captions, #forked-flow, #galleries, #ios, #media, #mobile, #modal, #new-tab-window, #phablet, #post-flow, #preview, #publish, #vizrec, #web

Adding a widget via the customizer, iPad Air, landscape

4.2-beta4-32130, iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. 8.3, and Jetpack 3.4.1

#customize, #customizer, #mobile, #tablet, #widgets

Android app 2FA, Nexus 5

3.9-rc-2

#android, #app, #apps, #media, #mobile

Remove a widget with the customizer, iPhone 6+

The goal is to remove a 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. from the hamburger accessed 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. menu in Twenty Fifteen.

Notes:

When in preview mode, the stacked nav of widgets is pretty subtle. There is no transition other than < changing to X.

I accidentally move widgets when swiping to scroll all the time. I’ve taken to very carefully swiping along the edges to avoid the widget headers, similar to what I have to do in the post editor. I notice there’s a Reorder button at the bottom of the widgets panel. Should widget rearrangement be confined to it?

 

4.2-beta4-31998

#4-2, #customize, #customizer, #ios, #mobile, #phablet, #web, #widgets

Image rotation and editing, mobile vs. desktop

Images uploaded from my phone via Press This or post-new.php seem oriented as I wish when viewed from a phone.

When viewed from desktop, they look like this.

After rotating them in WP’s editor, they show correctly in the image details modal.

But they still show incorrectly in the editor and on the front page.

This happens to me often. I’ve learned not to trust images uploaded from mobile or the image editor.

4.2-beta4-31998 on Macnchrome and iPhone 6+.

#4-2, #desktop, #image-editor, #image-rotation, #ios, #macos, #media, #mobile, #phablet, #sideways

Previewing and switching themes in the customizer, iPhone 6+

4.2-beta3-31985

Switch back to Twenty Fifteen, this time using the Theme Details flowFlow Flow is the path of screens and interactions taken to accomplish a task. It’s an experience vector. Flow is also a feeling. It’s being unselfconscious and in the zone. Flow is what happens when difficulties are removed and you are freed to pursue an activity without forming intentions. You just do it.

Flow is the actual user experience, in many ways. If you like, you can think of flow as a really comprehensive set of user stories. When you think about user flow, you’re thinking about exactly how a user will perform the tasks allowed by your product.Flow and Context
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#4-2, #customize, #customizer, #mobile, #theme-switcher

Single image post with preview, Press This, iPhone 6+

4.2-beta3-31975

#4-2, #mobile, #press-this