When the iPad was released in 2010, 300,000 tablets were sold; a year later, the iPad 2 outpaced its predecessor by 100,000 to 200,000. Mac and PC users both scooped up the tablets, which were sold out of retail stores almost immediately. The release of the second generation iPad was thought to be the most successful product launch in Apple’s history – which is saying a lot. Apple has the early lead in the tablet market, and Wordpress has released a plugin that can help sites accommodate the growing number of iPad users.
A decade or so ago, businesses had to worry about how their sites looked on a desktop; then, they had to start thinking about smartphones. Now, another change: we are going to have to optimize for mobile devices, like the tablet computer. Wordpress helps you do this with Onswipe, a plugin that makes content more appealing for iPads, and specifically their touch screens.
Wordpress’s Nick Momrik says, “With the launch of Apple’s iPad we have seen the future of computing and it is touch.” The plugin helps you create an intuitive and sleek interface, complete with social sharing tools for Facebook and Twitter. Onswipe’s developers say that their plugin makes it “insanely easy for publishers of all sizes to make their content and advertising a beautiful experience on touch-enabled devices via Web browser.” Other features include:
• Accelerometer aware content. This means that your content will shift depending on how the user is holding the iPad.
• Homescreen icon.
• Loading screen.
• Cover image.
• Integrated Wordpress comments.
• Built-in sharing.
You can download Onswipe from their website. With the growing number of iPad users, this could be a very useful tool for your site. Wordpress says they are working on a similar plugin geared towards other tablets.