WordPress.com Gets Refresh With New App and Features

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Automattic announced the launch of a new version of WordPress.com, which it has built from the ground up to let you update pages and respond to comments from a desktop app, manage all blogs and sites from one spot on any device, spend less time on administration/uploading, and find "the best content" people publish with WordPress.

The new WordPress.com includes previously launched features like the new editor, improved stats pages, and a new reader, but now there's also a new Mac app.

"Use the desktop app to focus on your content and design with no other browser tabs to distract you — or to keep your sites sidelined but accessible," writes Michelle W. on the WordPress.com news blog. "Build your site anywhere, in whatever way helps you get your best work done: the app is powered by the same technology that runs WordPress.com, creating a seamless experience for publishing and browsing whether you’re in a browser, a mobile app, or the desktop app."

"And all of WordPress.com, app included, is built with new technologies that are faster and smoother," she adds. "Use the time you save uploading photos or configuring menus to focus on your magnum opus instead. WordPress.com should be nimble enough to keep up with you, today, tomorrow, and ten years from now — and now it is."

Apps for Windows and Linux are on the way. You can sign up here to be notified when they become available.

In addition to the new app, the Jetpack plugin now provides self-hosted sites with access to the new publishing and site-building tools and app.

They also open sourced the whole codebase on GitHub.

There's also a new "Discover" feature in Reader to help you discover new content published with WordPress.

Images via WordPress.com

Chris Crum
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