Onswipe and Automattic announced today that they are partnering together to provide all WordPress.com blogs with an iPad optimized viewing experience. Onswipe started as a plugin for WordPress, called PadPressed, and has since received $1 million in funding, and expanded their user base to other platforms. A parternership with Automattic could certainly help establish them as the defacto standard for viewing WordPress sites on the iPad.
There is already a plugin for .org users too. OnSwipe essentially gives your site the ability to do all kinds of tablet-like things, such as swipe, rotation, and other touch features. Users that enable OnSwipe will have a submenu under the appearance tab, called “iPad”. From there, you can enable the following features, according to the WordPress.com blog:
- Have the theme use an image from your recent posts as a cover.
- Upload a logo to showcase your brand or personality on the cover.
- Upload an image to be used as a loading graphic when visitors add your site to their home screen.
- Switch fonts.
- Choose from 9 different skin colors, to best match the feel of your site.
- Enable or disable the whole thing.
Nick Momrik also noted in the post that WordPress.com currently has over 750,000 pageviews a day from iPad devices. According to Onswipe, they plan to make the plugin compatible to other tablet devices as well. They are also working on some “secret sauce [...] for social interactions across all Onswipe powered sites.”
We recently saw the addition of “Mobile” in the extend menu on WordPress.org. We’ve also seen a level of anonymity like never before between .com and .org with the release of JetPack. This appears to be yet another step forward to achieving both of those goals.
So what do you think? Is this pretty exciting to you? How much time do you spend browsing on the iPad or other tablet device?