App of the week: WordPress
What is it? WordPress for iOS has new features, including easy comments moderation, push notifications (for WordPress.com) and improved iPad performance.
How is it of use to journalists? Journalists and bloggers who use WordPress may have dismissed the thought of using it on a phone as it is far less fiddly to write a blog post and add pictures from a desktop.
However, version 3.0 of the iOS app, released last week, has a number of new features worth knowing about.
Perhaps the most useful of these is the ability to moderate comments with a simple swipe gesture.
A post introducing the new features describes the “swipe-to-moderate toolbar”.
Swipe over any comment in the comments list to bring up a moderation toolbar – no need to use bulk moderation or go to the comment permalink. It’s right there, and it’s fast. Another nifty change is the highlighting of new comments in the comments list when you’ve refreshed, it makes it easy to see what’s new.
If like this Journalism.co.uk editors’ blog, which runs on WordPress, you get a high volume of comments – most of them spam – this feature that allows you to easily moderate from your phone is a plus.
Bloggers using WordPress.com-hosted blogs have another new feature for comments: push notifications alerting you when a comment has been posted.
The updated version seems more stable on iPad, with 44 bugs and crashes fixed for this release.
- TechCrunch: HuffPo buys Adaptive Semantics to aid moderation of 100,000 comments a day
- Guido to introduce community rating system to blog
- WordPress rolls out Twitter and Facebook comments options
- Comment is Free: Panel debate on web moderation for news sites
- App of the week for journalists: Blogsy, to blog from your iPad