After initially exposing the world to their iPhone app, it looks like the boys and girls at Squarespace have released an update that will make WordPress fans jealous.
While the Squarespace iPhone app already allowed users to view their blog’s stats, the team decided to go one step further in order to make the iPhone app truely useful for those blogging on the go.
Comment Moderation. This has been a very long time coming, but hey, anything worth doing is worth doing well, right? Moderate existing comments, reply to comments, approve comments, mark comments as spam, and email comment authors directly from the app.
Push Notifications. Yes, this is technically part of comments, but it deserves its own bullet. New comments and/or comments awaiting moderation will now send a push notification to your device. New comments will also pop a pretty badge onto the app’s icon if you ignore the push notification. (Official Squarespace Blog)
Note: Emphasis theirs.
Other features mentioned include various improvements when editing a post, as well as the ability to (finally!) create a blog post in landscape mode. The video below displays Squarespace’s comment moderation in action, which is similar to WordPress’s iPhone app.
Even though WordPress iFans can receive similar features by downloading Statistics for WordPress as well as Comment Push (the latter which is free), users may not enjoy having to switch back and forth between multiple apps.
Automattic (the company behind WordPress) is planning on resolving the situation with a massive update to their iPhone app, which should help them regain their lead against Squarespace (not to mention LiveJournal as well).
Squarespace has not yet revealed when they will create similar apps for Android and Blackberry smartphones (the former which users are demanding), although for now the company can enjoy their spotlight as king of the blogging apps (at least upon the iPhone).
Updated: Corrected one word for clarity.
Author: Darnell Clayton
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