April 2nd, 2010

Blogging, open source, and now mobile: Small Society Apple iPad app furthers Portland’s love affair with WordPress


Blogging, open source, and now mobile: Small Society Apple iPad app furthers Portland’s love affair with WordPress

You may have heard that Apple is releasing a new piece of hardware on Saturday, April 3. No it’s true. It’s a little tablet thingamajig. Like a big iPhone. And people around here seem pretty excited about it. Because Portland loves technology.

Know what else Portland loves? Blogging. And when it comes to blogging, there’s one blog platform that Portland loves more than any other: WordPress. Which got me to thinking, what if you could combine that love of blogging with the love of this shiny new Apple iPad tablet? And how about throwing in some open source just for good measure?

Well, now you can. Because Portland-based Small Society teamed with Automattic—the WordPress folks—to build an Apple iPad app for WordPress.

Barely one month ago, Automattic teamed up with our friends at Small Society to design and build a version of WordPress that could take advantage of an amazing new device that a few of you may have heard about.

And boy did they build it. If screenshots are any indication, the WordPress app is a beautiful use of the iPad real estate and functionality.

As an added bonus, working with an open source team like the WordPress folks brought a whole new level of collaboration to Small Society’s usual development process.

One of the most incredible things about this project was the chance to work in an Open Source environment, which could not be more different than working on a marketing focused app for a large corporation. We were to blog our progress, work with a distributed team, and partner with the WordPress community to get things built, debugged and out the door. It was a blast.

Want to hear more? I’m sure Small Society’s James Keller will be chatting with Cami Kaos a bit about the iPad and the WordPress app during Strange Love Live, tonight at 10 PM Pacific.

Getting an iPad tomorrow? Download the WordPress iPad app (Pssst! It works on iPhone too.)

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4 Responses to “Blogging, open source, and now mobile: Small Society Apple iPad app furthers Portland’s love affair with WordPress”

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  2. Katy says:

    As a Portland blogger with an affinity for WordPress, I definitely agree with you! However, I may be the only person on the planet who isn’t in line (brick and mortar, digital or otherwise) for an iPad. What can I say? I’m a PC.

    Thanks for the post!

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