Improving Offline Posting

The best technology is invisible and reliable. You almost forget it’s there, because things just work. Bad technology never disappears into the background — it’s always visible, and worse, it gets in your way. We rarely stop to think “My, what good Wifi!” But we sure notice when the Wifi is iffy. Good technology in …

How to test push notifications in your iOS production app

Testing push notifications can be tricky, especially when an app has been released in the App Store. Luckily,  there are lots of tools available to make this easier. Let’s look at how to set up and use two of them: Houston and Pusher. A sample push notification Push notification content is defined by a JSON …

WordPress Mobile Apps: the Heartbeat release process

A new great feature, an important bug fix, a UI improvement, a subtle but effective change; whenever the latest development is complete, the next step is to ship it to users. As developers, we want to deliver improvements quickly, but we have to strike a balance. We like to release bug fixes as soon as …

Hello, World!

Howdy! Welcome to the Automattic Mobile Tech Blog! On this blog we’ll be sharing our  experiences as we develop mobile apps, including cool things we’ve built, challenges we’ve overcome, and the rationale behind our solutions. If you’re not familiar with Automattic, we’re the company behind WordPress.com, the Jetpack plugin for WordPress, WooCommerce, and much more. …