WordPress blogs got a major upgrade today: the ability to serve an iPad-friendly theme to visitors arriving from Apple's iconic tablet.
The feature comes from the OnSwipe plugin for WordPress, a free plugin for WordPress blogs. You can install it by going to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New... and searching for OnSwipe. Once the plugin is installed (and activated) visitors arriving to your blog from an iPad will see a nice, magazine-like layout.
Onswipe makes your blog accelerometer-aware, changing layout when a reader rotates their iPad. It also has integrated WordPress comments and a button to share your content via Twitter, Facebook and email.
Several options are available in: Dashboard > Appearance > Onswipe
- Display a cover image from a recent post (a very cool, Flipboard-like feature)
- Display a cover logo - upload a 200 x 200px transparent PNG
- Display a launch screen image - upload a 768 × 1004px image
- Change the display font
- Change the skin colors - choose between nine
The best part is the Onswipe works with the 18.6 million sites hosted at WordPress.org immediately, all you have to do is turn it on. Automattic, publisher of WordPress, noted that it gets over 750,000 iPad page views per day. And let's face it, that's just the beginning.
But what about Android, Blackberry, webOS tablets? Currently, Onswipe only works with iPad, but the company says that it plans to support "other tablets and touch devices in the near future."