Some humble suggestions on how to improve WordPress for IOS


Dear WordPress developers,

     I was in New York two weeks ago and I wanted to post some articles about my trip, with pictures and text. I didn’t have internet because I was traveling, and I was using the last version of IOS application, I tried to observe my experience and I noted down possible improvements.

As general feedback it was not easy, however I could use some workaround (log in on the web admin, for example) for two-three days, but afterwards I gave up and I stopped using it. It’s a pity because the application looks good, It think is a bit too complicated. I believe the great developers behind it, can do better, and I want to help.
Please consider this post in a positive way, I really want to do something to improve this application. I’m not an IOS developer but I try to use the skills I have.

I’ve defined my proposal as user stories:

As a user I would like to write posts and save/publish them online or offline in a transparent way. The fact of being offline should not make any difference. 

When I try to write a normal post, if I’m offline, and I add a picture, it is cached due to ‘network error’ but it can be inserted and uploaded later. That’s good even if is a bit too complicated, because when I upload the post, I need to manually upload the pictures.

In general, the way the posts are managed could be changed:

  1. when you are offline, you should save everything locally, even duplicate the picture on a temporary location and being able to save it.
  2. when you are online if you can upload the post, then everything should be uploaded after the user tap to publish
  3. The upload should publish the post but, I don’t know if is possible, it should be added preserving eventual new revision on the history of the post. If the user had modified the post partially on the IPhone and partially on the computer, the two revision should be reachable on the administration panel, however only the iPhone revision should be published.

As a user I would like to post quickly multiple images and text without thinking about anything else but the text to write and the picture to select. 

I really like the ‘quick post': is simple and straightforward. The big problem is that it doesn’t work offline. Solving the above proposal should solve this problem as well.

Moreover, this functionality should allow to post multiple pictures and text. Here a proposal, (I sketch it for the first time in the subway of new york), starting from the current UI:

wordpress-ios7

The goal is to upload multiple images with text in the middle, In principle, the same UI should be reused and just a PLUS button could be added below the image.
When the user select PLUS, he can choose a new image and write the content. Image and related text are bounded as group and they cannot be changed with this functionality. The image goes before and the text after in the final post. 

If the user wants to scroll on the text, can just scroll normally by using the finger on the left part of the screen (see mockup below). The user can also go back to a previous ‘group’ by sliding his thumb on the right part of the screen. In that way the groups are sliding and the text is aligned to the top side of the image.

wordpress-ios7_2

In this way you can add as many images+text as you like and it would take less than 1 second. I believe, this first two proposal, could improve a lot the application.

An overview of the flow chart can be something like:

Photo 07-10-2013 12 51 50

I write here to make it easier to understand:

Add image: Images are stored locally and referred in the post by fake URLs

Post article:

  • Images are uploaded,
  • Links are replaced,
  • Article is posted as a DRAFT,
  • Article status is updated as PUBLISHED or SCHEDULED

Here, there are other two, they are minor, if you want me, as user, to think of some priority: 

As a user I should use the easier way by default, even if with less options on formatting, to write comfortably.

The application for IOS should have as default way of posting, the simplified or quick way and as a secondary way, the more elaborated one.

As I user I should be able to select the tags also when I select quick post. 

Is a bit annoying not be able to select the tags, the way it is done normally is simple and straightforward and would work fine also here.

That’s it, I hope these suggestion can help to improve this application, which is already quite good. I hope is clear, because I think is more difficult to explain than to implement it, if you are interested to continue this conversation, I’d be willing to discuss face to face with you.

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wordpress.com if you don’t change I will dump you!!

Dear wordpress.com, 

I would like you to… change… 

otherwise I will dump you

because… a blog that is not written is a dead blog…

I would like to have integration with the external world, a world that is running like hell, to produce and simplify delivery of content… there is no automatic integration with tumblr, facebook, twitter, etc 

What I would like to do, is to post in one place, and synchronize all the social network I’m registered with it. 

Please, wordpress.com, I don’t want to dump you at all… but I’ve been waiting couple of years to see a really decent feature….

    

Your $distribution random-short-story (a chain letter :P)

I know. A lot of people don’t like chain letter, this is time is different: I want to try to use it in useful way.

I wish to know a bit more all people who I see every day in IRC and sometimes during meetings. More and more time I asked myself questions like “which distribution $person used before now?”, “what is he story?”. I love to know your Linux stories. So here we are :-)

This post was made for Fedora people but I generalized it :)

!) Which was your Linux distribution story?

My first distribution was Mandriva 7.2 started about in 2000/2001, then I switched to Redhat 7 (If I don’t remember bad). Both of those didn’t work fine, so I found my first-really-cool distribution in Slackware 7. I used Slackware for three releases (7, 8, 9), during this time, I returned to Windows two or three times.  The needed of a package manager switch me to Debian 3. I used Debian for 1 year and half then, when I got a new Desktop I tried Ubuntu, but it was a really epic fail. Finally I switched to Fedora 5 and I felt good. Then I use Fedora.

2) What is your preferred $your_distribution version? (by default $your_distribution is Fedora :))

Fedora 8 Werewolf

3) Write a short story (more like and anecdote) about your past distribution.

I feelt the sensation doing a ‘rm -rf /’ (fortunately my /home directory was on another partition and that saved it).

I send this chain letter to: Paul Frields, Max Spevak, Francesco Crippa, Francesco Ugolini, Gianluca Varisco, Gianluca Sforna, Marco Palazzotti, Joerg Simon, Michael DeHaan, Marco Mornati, Luca Botti, Adrian Likins, Alejandro Acosta, Fabian Affolter, Lorenzo Villani, Davide Panelli, Jeroen van Meeuwen, Daniele Segato