Creating An Online Magazine Of Your Content For The iPad

Pads are quickly becoming one of the most popular digital devices ever. I recently read a report that said that more people are now connecting to WI-FI via an iPad than laptops. Why? They are easier to carry around, have a longer battery life and present the content in a more exciting way to the consumer.

Onswipe for iPadBecause of this, it is becoming increasingly important to offer this same experience of your content to consumers visiting your website. Magazine style sites for the iPad are one of the more popular ways that readers enjoy consuming content on the device. The quick loading images that you can scroll through and click on to get more content is much more appealing than just reading a bunch of links and clicking on the one you want.

Recently I found a great way to create your own magazine style version of your Custom WordPress Site called Onswipe.  It allows you to bring in your content from not only your WordPress site, but also from other social media sources like Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and many more.

The setup can be a little tricky if you don’t know how to insert code into your site or set up a subdomain, but if you do, you can have everything running without much hassle.  If you are not comfortable with doing those types of things, I’d recommend either contact your webhost, or paying someone who understands this to do it for you.

Once you install the code and follow the steps to pull in your feeds, it takes all the content of your WordPress site and other sources and delivers it to consumers in a very unique magazine style layout. You instantly have a dynamic presentation of your content for consumers viewing on an iPad that gives them a memorable experience of your site. The plugin creates a visually appealing version of your site with large images, colorful titles & brief descriptions.

Here is a quick demo of Onswipe:

There are however some down sides to Onswipe. First, the customizations are somewhat limited right now. They allow you to pick from a few styles and change your title background color and font and that is about it for now.  I also ran into a small issue if you try to use the feedburner feed for your posts.  It doesn’t seem to like it, so you will need your WordPress feed which is normally something like http://mysite.com/feed.

Overall, I’d highly recommend checking out Onswipe and setting one up for your site. If you want help with setup, feel free to contact me for details.  Also, grab your iPad and check out my site at http://210consulting.com

Jeremy Blanton

Jeremy Blanton is the Co-Founder of 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors. He is a social media speaker who shares with thousands of people each year on things like how to use Facebook for Business, Blogging, and How to use Twitter.

When he is not coaching or speaking, he spends most of his time working on Custom WordPress Sites for his clients.

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