Today online publishing platform WordPress, which powers approximately 25% of websites on the InternetÂ (this siteÂ included), is getting a major redesign with a completely rebuilt wordpress.com and the introduction of a new Mac app. Weâve been getting a taste of the improvements incrementally over the last year, but today is the companyâs official launch.
Iâve been using the app for a few days leading up to the launch and, for what it is, I quite enjoyed the experience, which essentially mirrors what you get from the new wordpress.com. My enthusiasm, however, is keeping in mind that the app essentially feels like the web app in a wrapper, which isnât necessarily a bad thing once you see how the wordpress.com web app experience has improved with the revamp.
Both the new wordpress.com and Mac app can be used for publishing to sites hosted by WordPress, self-hosted blogs using the open-source WordPress platform, and WordPress VIP customers (like us).
WordPress has more on specifics of the behind-the-scenes changes for developers and open-source contributors on its website here.
And here’s a closer look at theÂ Mac app in action:
You get a similar publishing experience to what youâd get on the web through wordpress.com, which is overall a vastly improved experience if youâre coming from using the latest release of WordPress on your self-hosted blog. The interface itself is a cleaner version of what WordPress has been slowly rolling out on the web in recent months, with access to all of WordPressâs main publishing and sharing features, a Reader mode for distraction free viewing, site stats, notifications, and settings. WordPress notes that users can use the Jetpack plugin to sync their site with the Mac app.
And while I was hoping to see more of a full-fledged Mac app than a mirror of the web app, itâs definitely the fastest and most streamlined WordPress experience so far. Youâll still get the benefit of using the app without a browser (although some features pull you out to a browser, for example, to view your website homepage or admin panel), and that means OS X features like full-screen app mode, system notification badges on the appâs icon in your dock, and navigating the app with OS X key commands, but thatâs about it.
But you might not find everything youâre used to exactly like it is on the latest release of WordPress you have installed. Some features arenât accessible yet like configuring and managing plug-ins.Â You can download the WordPress for Mac app nowÂ (direct link).
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