Simpler On-the-Go Publishing: Background Media Uploading for Android

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Version 8.1 of the WordPress for Android app is now available, with some great enhancements to publishing: background media uploading.

Adding images to a post or page? Now, you can publish — and move on to other things — while your media uploads. No more waiting inside the editor while images gradually upload! Tap the Publish button and the app takes care of finishing the uploads and publishing, leaving you free to leave the post editor and get on with other things.

You can do the same thing while saving drafts. And yes, you can have multiple posts uploading media in the background at once.

We’ve also spruced up the interface, adding notifications so you always know the status of your posts and uploads. Visit your post list at any time for a progress report on all your uploads.

These features work best with the new Beta editor, codenamed “Aztec,”…

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Add A Simple Payment Button To Your WordPress.com Premium Or Business Site

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May 2016: Hajj Flemings, CEO of Rebrand Cities with renowned photographer, Shawn Lee, in a redesigned school bus en route to working with small business owners in Detroit.

Earlier this year, while working in Detroit with small business owners and the Rebrand Cities team, it became clear that entrepreneurs and publishers are looking for a simpler way to accept credit and debit card payments on their sites.

Our Happiness Engineering team — the guardians of our customers — also weighed in, and we knew that we wanted to make an existing process simpler. So we set a design goal of bringing a 15-minute-long process to under a minute — especially for a customer that has never used PayPal before.

So a small team of engineers and designers came together to solve that problem with the intent of releasing a “Version One” with which we could start to understand…

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Better Blogging Through Podcasts: Announcing RadioPublic Embeds

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We love podcasts: they’re like the blogging version of radio, a medium anyone can jump into and use to share their story. They introduce us to new voices and give us glimpses into new perspectives… and they pair perfectly with blogs and websites, where they can add more texture and interest to what you’re already publishing.

Thanks to a new partnership with RadioPublic, you can choose from a quarter of a million podcasts to embed into your posts and pages on WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered websites. Whether you produce a podcast yourself, write about them, or just like to listen, you can share podcasts with your visitors, no matter where the podcasts are hosted.

What Can a Podcast Add to My Site?

Use a RadioPublic embed to share and promote your own podcast !  But even if you’ve never even listened to a podcast before, there are ways you can use…

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An Updated Login Coming to the WordPress Mobile Apps

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Over the past few months the Mobile team has been thinking a lot about the login experience in the WordPress apps and how we could make it better — we’re never satisfied, you know, so we’re always trying to improve things. After much thought, and even more work, we’re very happy to unveil a new login experience in the WordPress apps.

The WordPress apps are all free and available here.  

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WordPress.com Business Now Supports Plugins and Third-Party Themes

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For many years, WordPress.com has been a simple way for people to create their own beautiful WordPress website in minutes.

But that simplicity came with a tradeoff — WordPress.com did not offer built-in support for the thousands of third-party plugins and themes that helped make WordPress the world’s largest and most open web publishing platform.

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4 Key Benefits of a Social Media Display, and the Questions to Ask Before Creating One

4 Key Benefits of a Social Media Display, and the Questions to Ask Before Creating One | Social Media Today

A bright, beckoning social media display in your lobby or department can be a big hit with visitors and colleagues.

We’ve all seen these displays – large screens showing a map with social media posts popping up from specific locations; shifting word clouds related to a brand or topic; real-time thoughts from consumers crisscross the large screens and trending hashtags materialize.

There’s no shinier object for social media managers than a social media command center or display, and there are several benefits of having one of these glowing walls in your office:

1. It shows your organization takes social media seriously

Building out a social media command center or display is expensive. Only organizations with a certain level of social media maturity would make such an investment.

2. In your face, real-time data

Most data you’ll find on a large display can be just as easily accessed from a laptop or mobile device, but when that data is on a 6-foot screen that you walk by 15 times each day it’s much easier to spot trending topics that should be of concern.

3. Promote the importance of social media to executives

Your organization’s leadership will also see the display several times daily and begin to understand how social media data can be useful.

4. Aesthetics

Regardless of the usefulness of the data being shown, a social media monitoring display adds a ‘cool’ factor to any office or lobby and makes an impression on employees and visitors.

4 Key Benefits of a Social Media Display, and the Questions to Ask Before Creating One | Social Media TodayThere are plenty of options at varying price points for social media displays – from wall to ceiling touch screens to a single screen on a rolling stand, there’s something to fit every budget.

But before you engage a contractor to build out a monitoring wall and start calling vendors for software, there are a few fundamental questions you should answer to help define the scale and objectives of the project:

1. Why do we need a social media display?

This question should define your objective – are you doing it purely to make your office more welcoming to visitors, or will the data displayed be used to make critical decisions?

2. Who will see the display?

This will determine what kind of content is displayed. If it sits in a lobby your customers frequent, you probably don’t want an unfiltered flow of comments about your brand – some of which could be negative.

But if your display will be used to show real-time customer issues internally, you want a true, uncensored look at what’s being said about you online

3. Where will the social media display go based on the above two questions?

Determine how much space you have, and whether you think the display will live there permanently.

Scale the project to fit your budget and objectives. The information you want to display will also determine how many screens you need and how large those screens should be.

4. If you hire an external vendor, shop around

There are many vendors who will build out a social media command center or display, as well as vendors who specialize on software to crawl data for your screens. Talk to several of them, be sure they understand the objectives of your social media display and don’t try to sell you a one-size-fits all solution. You may have in-house resources to source your screens and hardware. If this is the case, you’ll still likely need to buy the software solution for your screens.

When your display is complete, make a big deal about it. Let your employees, vendors and customers know about the new feature. Host an event in front of the display to educate your stakeholders on what it does, why it’s important and how your organization will benefit from it.

By educating your internal organization and leadership, you’ll raise the profile of social media in your organization.

 

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A Brand New Editor for the WordPress Mobile Apps

For those of you who write via your phone, is this mobile app better than the previous one? Weigh in with your thoughts!

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Now that so many of us carry around tiny pocket-size computers, more and more of our internet time happens on phones and tablets — not just browsing, but creating. You’ve been asking for a better publishing experience in the WordPress app to make mobile publishing smoother. Today we’re introducing a new editor for iOS and Android, codenamed “Aztec.” It’s speedy and reliable, works with posts and pages, and is ready for beta testing!

What’s New?

At first glance, the Aztec editor might look like the old editor — which means you already know how to use it, with no learning curve.

What’s different, exactly? A lot:

  • The overall user experience is smoother and snappier, with improved scrolling and faster image insertion.
  • Spellcheck now works reliably.
  • The addition of Undo and Redo tools means you can easily fix mistakes or move between different versions of your text when writing (and re-writing!).

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