WordPress Adds iPad-Optimized View With Plugin

NEW YORK — After four months of development, WordPress owner Auttomatic has launched a new plugin that enables an HTML5-rich browsing experience on Apple's iPad.

The "HTML5 goodness on the backend" is now available to more than 18 million blogs on the company's service using an iPad-friendly plugin, says Nick Momrik on WordPress.org's blog.

"Our iPad-optimized view is app-like in its functionality," he said. "It supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation, and many other features of the iPad."

With the plugin, called Onswipe, blog owners can use their recent images as the cover for their blog for iPad visitors, upload an image to be used as a loading graphic when visitors add sites to  home screens and switch fonts and screen colors. They also can enable or disable the whole thing.

"When you tap to view a post, you get to see the full content with a slick commenting interface and social sharing tools for Twitter, Facebook and WordPress.com literally at your finger tips," Momrik says.

"In the coming months we’ll be expanding to work with other popular tablet devices, but we chose to focus on the iPad first because … well it’s cool."