Popular blogging platform WordPress has today launched its first official desktop app, with WordPress.com for Mac OS X now available to download for free.
The app bears a striking resemblance to the WordPress.com website, though that should probably come as little surprise, and offers all of the same functionality. Those wishing to simply post new content to a WordPress.com website, a self-hosted WordPress blog or a WordPress VIP site can do just that using the new app. As for more complex things such as settings, comments, notifications and other day-to-day running of a blog, they can also get done here, but will require Jetpack plugin installed on self-hosted blogs in order to make use of those features.
One of WordPress’s biggest points for the new desktop app is that it will prevent people from being distracted by the other tabs they have open at the same time, keeping focus on the thing that’s at hand – creating killer content for the people that read it.
Use the desktop app to focus on your content and design with no other browser tabs to distract you — or to keep your sites sidelined but accessible. Build your site anywhere, in whatever way helps you get your best work done: the app is powered by the same technology that runs WordPress.com, creating a seamless experience for publishing and browsing whether you’re in a browser, a mobile app, or the desktop app.
Alongside the new app, there is also a new web-based WordPress update that, with the app, is built on new technologies that the company claims are faster than those previously used. Quite how that pans out into real-world use remains to be seen, but anything that makes WordPress management easier and hopefully faster to do is just fine by us.
Those wishing to download the new Mac app can do that via WordPress.com, although there does not currently appear to be a Mac App Store version for download via that method.
The desktop app will also be available for Windows and Linux soon.
(Download: WordPress for Mac OS X [Direct Link])