During the past four months WordPress has been working closely with Onswipe to bring WordPress iPad visitors a vision of what a blog can look like re-imagined for a touch experience. Today, WordPress launched the ability for WordPress.com blog owners to optimize their blog’s design for iPad readers. This iPad-optimized view is app-like in its functionality, according to the WordPress blog, but “pure HTML5 goodness on the backend”: it supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation, and many other features of the iPad. These features gives WordPress.com blog owners a way to customize their blog for iPad readers by uploading a logo to showcase your brand or personality on the cover, uploading an image to be used as a loading graphic when visitors add your site to their home screen, and changing the font to be used for iPad readers. When a reader of your blog uses iPad to view a post, they get to see the full content along with social sharing tools for Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com.

Users of WordPress.com are already able to optimize their blogs for the iPad. Here’s how to optimize your WordPress.com blog for iPad:

  1. Log into WordPress.com
  2. Click iPad under “Appearance” in your Dashboard, choose a cover to display. This will be the cover of your blog on the blog optimized for iPad readers. You can choose “no cover” or “am image from a recent post.”
  3. Chose a Cover Logo. You can upload any image of your choosing. For best results use a 200×200 pixel transparent png.
  4. Choose a Launch Screen Image. This image must be 768×1004px.
  5. Choose the display font and color theme.

You can also enable or disable these settings from this area of your blog’s back-end.

If you have a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, Onswipe has made a plugin available to enable this same functionality for your blog. You can find the plugin to optimize your self-hosted WordPress.org blog here.