We promised to keep pushing the envelope and releasing updates faster, so here’s the first of many updates to come. Read on to learn what’s new, and then update/download version 3.2 of the app from the App Store.
Featured Images Support
This has been one of our most requested features for some time. We’re happy to report that you can now upload a Featured Image for your blog posts as long as your theme supports it. You’ll find the Featured Image uploader in the Settings section of the Post Editor—see the screenshot on the right.
You can upload a Featured Image of any size, but by default it’ll use the Image Size preference, which you’ll now find in the Settings section within the app (more on this below).
Push Notifications for Self-Hosted Websites
Push Notifications are now available for self-hosted blogs running Jetpack 1.8.2 or higher. To make it work, we had to have a central server to deliver the notifications to your device, so this feature requires the Jetpack plugin by Automattic to function. Push notifications for self-hosted blogs will work just like how they currently work for WordPress.com-hosted blogs: you get push notifications for new comments only, and will be directed to the comment within the app if you choose to view the notification.
Note: only the owner of the blog will receive push notifications for new comments on their own posts. We are working on making push notifications available for all authors on a blog in version 1.9 of Jetpack. This version is currently in Beta and will be released within a few weeks.
As a part of this update, we’ve moved all the preferences previously only available in the Settings app on your device to the Settings screen within the app itself. This makes it much easier to change settings on the fly. You may even find settings that you didn’t knew were already available in the app. Moving forward, we’ll make sure all settings are available right within the app.
In addition to the new features, we’ve worked hard on making the app even more stable. In total, almost 70 bugs and crashes have been fixed in this release. We’ve also worked hard on making the Stats section of the app perform better.
We’re moving to a more feature-driven release cycle, meaning that updates will come faster and focus on single features and enhancements. This is the perfect time to get involved in the WordPress for iOS project. Post something on the dev blog or head on over to make/mobile on WordPress.org.
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