—Too many hours at the desk – doctor shakes his head and sighs—
With Xoom in hand, I wonder whether sufficient tools with tablet capability are available to facilitate mobile practice of information architecture. (As you may have noticed if you’ve read my posts on Gliffy and Websort).
So today, I am stepping beyond the well-trodden discussion of the relative utility of WordPress as content management software and asking a much narrower question:
How well might WordPress.com serve for managing content via tablet?
This test focussed on content management beyond publishing pages or posts. Namely, managing tags, categories, contributor permissions and user interaction from the Dashboard.
All can be done quite easily, after pinch expanding the view to access the buttons which are really too small on the tablet. Thanks to Edward Kim’s No Root Screenshot It, I have pictures to share.
This page is subject to frequent change.
I had a page with References at the bottom. I don’t want References to get in between my call to action and Comments – and most people don’t want to read them anyway. So I thought I could use the nextpage feature to shift References to a “second” page of the same post.
Great, but then the named anchor jumps stopped working eg say I refer to a footnote.
Clearly split pages change the url… but how? This test hopes to find that out.
Find out what happened!
WordPress it’s a complex tool, it’s like the back of a digital SLR… but that doesn’t work on a phone
–Matt Mullenweg, on announcing imminent simplified WordPress version, reported by Bobbie Johnson. I believe, though it might only be hope, that Matt was speaking of simplified write/edit interface, for managing content via phone or tablet. No dates though.
My request: Simpler, okay, but please don’t lose important structural functionality. I use headings and bullets more than in-line styling.
Cannot recommend it:
It was a nightmare for me, but that might be because I’m too wordy and I don’t get my words right first go.
With QuickPress on Xoom tablet you can:
- Compose a sentence – but don’t try to change after you leave a line.
- Easily add comma-separated tags.
- Pinch enlarge/shrink.
- See a screen that looks like it should be easy to use. For example, following is the screen after I had typed a few lines:
Problems with QuickPress on Xoom tablet:
… Still planning to post about my ongoing evaluation of the tablet-readiness of WordPress for content management…(Update: posted 28 May)
In the meantime, I am also gathering background reading because I will not rehash what others know, and have written, better than I could (yet). Yesterday contained some (admittedly easily found) starter reading on content management and where information architects fit in.
Today its a list of (again easily found) reading on the no longer disputed fact that WordPress is content management software, if not quite a “large-enterprise-level” CMS.
(a little annotated reading list)
Nothing new here.
(Although if you find this useful and I don’t know you, please do say Hi in the comments).
I plan to post an evaluation of the tablet-readiness of WordPress for content management (Update: posted May 28). I expect visitors to that post will already appreciate what content management is, the role of information architecture in content management and what information architects look for in content management software. (Because it seems unlikely they would find the post if they didn’t). It certainly would not be efficient for anyone were I to rehash what has already been so well written, and so readily available with Google.
Nevertheless, just-in-case, starter background reading for you:
WebSort by UXPunk is an online tool designed for conducting and analysing remote card sorts. Its target market is website architects (or webmasters). Cardsorting aims to help solve the problem of organising a site’s content to meet audience needs and expectations.
Now that ambition is an obvious target for this novice bereted librarian, so I went to find out more.