I found out about this new WordPress plugin today called Onswipe, which reformats any WordPress blog (self-hosted or otherwise) into a touch-friendly interface when you visit the site using an iPad.
In two words: IT RAWKS.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Everything is formatted perfectly, and it’s very inspired by the popular iPad app Flipboard. Below are screenshots of my site as viewed from the iPad. WordPress owners can download and install the Onswipe plugin straight from their control Dashboard or just get it from the makers.
When you surf to the blog, Onswipe pulls one of your latest images and makes it the front cover visual, and has a “swipe me” area, just like Flipboard. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cycle through different images, and you can’t really fix which image you want to be displayed.
Your blog entries are laid out neatly in a modular format, and images are displayed where possible. This encourages a blogger to use an image in every possible post, rather than just using plain text.
Each entry is re-rendered in a very clean manner, and you can choose your headline font from the WordPress Dashboard (on a PC). I didn’t see any formatting issues at all across different posts, they all look very neat and are easy to read.
And what is a modern blog without Facebook/Twitter/Email integration? Even if your site doesn’t offer it by default, Onswipe embeds social media sharing tools.
Onswipe is an amazing (and free for now) tool for bloggers. I’ve always been a bit upset that it’s not that easy to read this blog on a tablet, but this plug-in solves everything in one fell swoop.