WordPress launches native Mac app

By , Nov 23, 2015

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If you blog in any capacity at all, chances are you’re on WordPress, the world’s top blogging platform that now powers one out of each four websites on the Internet. Automatic, the company behind WordPress, has been updating its mobile blogging app on a regular basis and today they’re introducing a brand new WordPress for Mac app.

Billed as “a new way to write,” the free app lets you manage, edit and publish content to your WordPress-hosted or self-hosted sites and WordPress VIP ones.

The Mac app is available now alongside a thorough redesign of wordpress.com, both of which are also going open-source today with the launch.

A single interface both in the Mac app and on wordpress.com helps you manage all your WordPress.com or Jetpack-enabled sites. “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,” reads the blurb.

With this app, you can update your pages and respond to comments, manage all your WordPress blogs and sites in one spot, spend less time on administration and uploading and more time creating and also find the best content people publish with WordPress every day.

Here are the screenshots.

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The app is powered by the same technology that runs WordPress.com, using the codebase, code-named ‘Calypso,’ that has moved away from MySQL and PHP and is now built entirely in JavaScript.

Even better, both the Mac app and wordpress.com now communicate with the servers using their APIs. “This means the new WordPress.com is a browser-based client for our API, just like any other application built on top of it — lighter, faster, and more flexible for a mobile-focused world,” Automatic explains.

Availability

WordPress for Mac requires OS X 10.8 or later.

The free download is available through the WordPress website, with editions for others platforms planned for release at a later stage. The Mac app code is available on an open-source basis on GitHub.

Source: WordPress via 9to5Mac

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