The path to a better offline experience in our mobile apps.
Date: January 30, 2020
Written by: diegoreymendez
The best technology is invisible and reliable. You almost forget it’s there, because things just work. Bad technology never disappears into the background — it’s always visible, and worse, it gets in your way. We rarely stop to think “My, what good Wifi!” But we sure notice when the Wifi is iffy.
Good technology in an app requires solid offline support. A WordPress app should give you a seamless, reliable posting experience, and you shouldn’t have to worry whether you’re online or offline while using WordPress Mobile. And if we’ve done our jobs right, you won’t have to!
We all need fewer worries in life, so if you haven’t already head to https://apps.wordpress.com/get/ to download the apps.
On the go and without a connection? No worries! The apps will now remember your choices and once you’re back online,your content will be saved and published as requested. But if you changed your mind about publishing a post while you’re still offline, you can still safely cancel it.
This improved publishing flow comes together with a revamped UI for yourf post status. You’ll be able to clearly see which posts are pending, saving or publishing.
We removed several alerts that were being presented while you were offline. These blocking alerts required you to take action but often provided no insights on either what the problem was, or how to resolve it.
They have been replaced with contextual non-blocking messages both within the UI, and in notices appearingright above the toolbar.
As a result, you’ll see less disruptive and uninformative alerts, and more inline and informative messages, such as the one shown above.
We also added some safeguards to ensure there are no surprises!
Modifying posts that are scheduled for publishing will cancel the publishing action. Don’t worry, though – you can always reschedule the post for publishing.
All queued save and publishing operations will be canceled if your device stays offline for more than 48 hours. We want you to be in complete control of what gets published and when.
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