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This is the "beautiful app-like experience" touted by WordPress for iPad viewers--no theme, no side bar, no way to "Like" a post or "Follow" a blog... (screen-photo of jennswondering.wordpress.com--hilarious post, btw)

For those of you who already saw this a few months back, I apologize for the repetition–but as I have many new readers (and many new blogs I read on my iPad) since the original post, I wanted to share this information again…  Since I first posted this, I have met exactly TWO bloggers who are pleased with the iPad “OnSwipe” view of WordPress blogs, compared to hundreds who have been horrified to realize how iPad users are being presented with their blogging efforts.

I’ve been making noise with the WordPress support team about this issue; they maintain that it’s the blogger’s individual choice to decide how their blog will be presented, and the settings are here to stay.  Never mind that they pre-set the settings to use the awful OnSwipe version, and bloggers who aren’t viewing from an iPad themselves have no idea what’s happening to their blogs when iPad users try to view them.  Interesting side-note: the WordPress blog itself has disabled these settings!  What does that say about them?

Enough commentary–if you haven’t already read it, PLEASE take a minute to find out, and PLEASE (I’m begging you as an iPad reader-of-blogs) take the few minutes to follow the directions I included to disable the ickiness of the OnSwipe settings.  Here it is:

Blogger Call to Action: Please Help Me Happy-Dance.

28 thoughts on “Reprise: ‘Blogger Call to Action’

  1. Mahalo. Now that I have and iPad too I paid more attention to and heeded your call. Happy New Year.

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  2. Mickey Mills says:

    I did the happy dance all over that OnStink… er OnSwipe version awhile back.

    I’m going to be changing my blog layout in the near future and will be anxious to see how it looks on iPad.

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  3. I changed my settings the first time around. I’m just thrilled it’s January 5 and no one will have WordPress “snow” on their blogs. That made reading with my lowly Netbook miserable. Now hoping there will not be WordPress hearts or clover . . .

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Amen to that wish! The first time I was confronted with the WordPress snow, I actually thought I was coming down with a migraine–moving white dots across the screen look a whole lot like my migraine precursor… even after I realized what they were, I spent the rest of the season being grumpy about them. :)

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  4. Beth says:

    Worth a reprise. What is strange to me is that the WordPress ap for iPad does not have a read function that the iPhone ap has.

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  5. Widdershins says:

    Done. I changed my settings last time too. Maybe WordPress will pay attention soon.

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  6. Thanks for the heads up about this. Settings changed and saved (i.e. mission presumably accomplished).

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Affirmative! :)

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  7. magsx2 says:

    Hi Kana,
    A very good idea to reblog this, I remember when you first wrote about it, I changed my settings straight away then. I don’t have an IPad so I have to rely on someone telling me if anything is not right in that department. I really appreciated you letting everyone know how to change the settings, it certainly helped me out heaps.

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  8. I changed my setting the first time you mentioned this. Thank you and thanks for reminding, it’s always useful. I do not have an i.pad but will look for a friend with one just to check…grazie, buon anno
    robert

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  9. Christine says:

    Thank you so much for this reprise… I wasn’t around the first time around, so this was incredibly helpful. I shared it on facebook for other bloggers to see as well! Thanks again!

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  10. J.C.V. says:

    Congratulations, you have won the 7 x 7 Award! Check it out here http://365days2bpublished.com/2012/01/05/7-x-7-blog-award/

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  11. Hi Kana,

    Love my iPad (original and best!). Agree that onswipe is a bit naff. Have fiddled with my settings to cancel it. Loving your blog. Always something in my inbox to make me pause and think. Your energy is inspirational. Keep it up, dragon lady.

    Regards

    Michael

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  12. granbee says:

    Oh, Kana, I am so grateful to you for reposting this about those awful wordpress settings for iPads. This has solve the mystery of why one of my best friends often cannot look at my entire posts, or read followups, on her iPad! Thank you, thank you!

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  13. Kristina says:

    I think I’ve changed it :) Happy New Year! :)

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  14. I don’t have an I-phone or i-pad; still with my trusty blackberry and laptop. But I do think I lost a reader or two because they sent messages when wordpress made the last update that their phone didn’t like my link anymore. What can you do? For those who have the i stuff, I’m glad you’re figuring it out. You’re a smart cookie!

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Yes, there were a few days in there where the links to blogs weren’t working for people who subscribe by email and tried to view by phone–it got fixed within a couple days (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t anything I did, though I did spend an hour or so fiddling around with my settings to see if I could do anything) so I think it was a WordPress gaffe… Hopefully our readers stayed with us! :)

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  15. Karen Syed says:

    I now dance with you. Pretty sure I followed your instructions properly, but it is early in the day and I do drink decaffeinated joe. So…if my blogs are still ugly for you, a gentle nudge would be gladly tolerated.

    Karen
    http://klsyed.com

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      perfect! :)

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  16. I just slapped you with the Kreativ Blogger award. http://wp.me/p1HIMV-ha Congratulations!

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  17. Haven’t checked out WP on an iPad, but I’ll take your word for it. I geek out way too much on the aesthetics to have it “swiped away” for a whole group of folks on iPads.
    Thanks for keeping me in check!

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  18. Miranda Gargasz says:

    I followed your directions but none of mine were selected. I’m not sure it worked. Feel free to drop me a line and tell me if I screwed something up. ;)

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  19. Anonymous says:

    So if you disable these settings it should show up on the IPAD just like it does on your computer?

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    1. Rosewynde says:

      Wow . . sorry about that apparently it didn’t auto log me in as Rose ; )

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    2. Kana Tyler says:

      Exactly. :) Which I notice yours DOES.

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      1. Rosewynde says:

        Ah great, thanks . . just wasn’t sure as I’ve no way to check . . have Kindle Fire, but no iPads here ; )

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