WordPress for iOS 5.3 Released With Refreshed Stats and a New Layout for Posts and Pages

WordPress for iOS 5.3 is available on iTunes and has a few new features. Post listings display more content making them easier to browse. A search feature has been added to the post listing screen that displays results as you type.

Search bar in WordPress for iOS 5.3
Search bar in WordPress for iOS 5.3

I tested the search feature on two different sites. The first site is on WordPress.com and doesn’t use featured images. Search results displayed quickly with little lag.

The second is a self hosted WordPress site that uses featured images. I noticed lag as the app tried to display real-time results as I typed which also lagged the app. I couldn’t do anything else within the app until the search query finished.

I don’t use the search feature often and this experience has me concerned. Instead of being fast and fluid, it’s chunky and slow. I also don’t see the need to display featured images in search results. I think this would make the search query and the app faster.

WordPress.com and self hosted WordPress sites are now combined under My Sites. Instead of seeing a spinning circle when checking stats, there’s a progress bar at the top. This gives the appearance that the stats page loads faster. The stats page also has a subtle color scheme change that makes things more pronounced.

WordPress for iOS 5.3 Stats Page
WordPress for iOS 5.3 Stats Page

Last but not least, 5.3 includes several bug fixes. Overall, 5.3 is a decent update. Remember to use caution when searching a site with a lot of posts that use featured images. WordPress for iOS 5.3 is available for free on iTunes. If you encounter any issues in 5.3, please report them in the support forum.

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  1. The reason why I stopped using it in the past is because images would display upside down. I’ll probably give this a whirl.

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  2. Nice. Still not as pretty as the version on my Android, but not bad! ;)

    Actually, because of this article, I just pulled out the app on my Android to see how it looks comparatively–because it used to be terrible–and it flies and looks great now. Clearly the WordPress mobile folks have been holding various noses to the grindstone lately, good on ’em!

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  3. I noticed that it now allows pages to be viewed, instead of only showing pages that were created in the app. That’s great. Same for posts—it shows all posts instead of just posts created within the app, like it used to.

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  4. I think you mean “iOS 8.3”
    iOS 5.3 was released in early 2012, after the late 2011 release of iOS 5.0

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      1. It’s just the way you worded it in the opening sentence. “WordPress for iOS 5.3…”.

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      2. Ahhh, I understand now. I’ll keep that in mind when I write about it in the future.

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