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Easier mobile blogging with the WordPress Aztec editor

Automattic recently released a beta version if its new editor for mobile WordPress apps.
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!
Given how much time we spend using our mobile devices, a great mobile blogging experience is increasingly valuable. I still need to play around with this a bit more but I'm pretty excited to see what I can do with the mobile app. Read more: "A Brand New Editor for the WordPress Mobile Apps" About the featured image: If you are curious, this was part of a very cool display at the Eretz Israel Museum called "On the Edge: Israeli Paper" that features some of the incredible things artists have done with paper. The exhibit runs until the end of October 2017.
Automattic announced a new editor for its mobile apps. It may not seem like anything groundbreaking but improvements to the mobile apps that make it easier for users to blog on the go are very welcome.

Online publishing will not die if Medium fails

Medium has pivoted again and its success could hold the key for a more sustainable online publishing industry. Even if it fails, it won't mean the death of publishing.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="404"] Scroll through 2016 from Automattic's perspective[/caption] Automattic has released its "2016 Year Review" report and it is a fun overview of the company's and its products' milestones for the year. There is so much about this report to love, including the design of the report itself. Worth taking 10 minutes to…

Open source WordPress app on all platforms is good news for the open Web

An open source WordPress app on all platforms is good news for the open Web in a time when there seem to be more high walls around platforms.
I really like the look of the Twenty Sixteen theme that will arrive in WordPress 4.4. WordPress 4.4 is the last scheduled major release of the year and with it will come a new default theme to replace Twenty Fifteen. On the Make WordPress Core site, Tammie Lister published an image gallery that shows off…

Not just another WordPress vs everything else

I love that there are so many options for people who want to publish their words online these days. I was researching a topic for a blog post for the imonomy blog (I am employed by imonomy as a Content Marketing Specialist) and my colleague, Shirley Pattison (read her stuff, she writes about fascinating topics),…

A great guide to GPL for WordPress developers

Richard Best has a terrific guide to GPL for WordPress developers along the lines of the famously simple "human readable" Creative Commons license explanations on his site, WP and Legal Stuff, in his post titled "A human readable summary of the GPL". He actually has two versions, both of which are worth taking a look…

Your life as a creativity donor

I watched a really interesting interview this morning that got me thinking about yet another reason why it really is better to own your own little node on the Web and use that as your primary sharing platform. One of the ideas that came up during Leo Laporte's discussion with Damon Wayans (yes, that…

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