WordPress Enables Two-step Login, SMS Notifications and Remote Management of Posts in US

Written By Sam on 12 October 2010

WordPress has added new features, primarily pertaining to SMS control for posts, aimed at making your blogging experience more convenient and secure. WordPress.com Text Messaging will allow users to remotely manage their blogs, enabling them to interact with their blogs through SMS. The new features are expected to make the platform more secure because any change in theme, privacy settings and similar changes will prompt an SMS notification to be sent to your phone alerting you of the new changes or updates.

Initially, the service will be available only to users in the US. But WordPress may decide to extend the service to other countries as well in the future, although we don’t have whiff of any such plan at the point. For a payment of $20 a year, users can get access to additional features, including:

  • A two-step login process: An SMS containing a passcode is sent to your phone when you log in to your dashboard. The SMS passcode must be entered before you can gain access to your blog.
  • Text notifications: This enables a user to receive notifications about any a new comment on a post, along with the ability to approve or delete, or reply to comments.
  • Notification for any new post published.
  • Ability to publish quick updates to your blog.

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device owners may not need to shell out the $20 to avail of the above features as official WordPress mobile apps offer more or less the same features as the new text messaging options, and even come with options to insert pictures and videos, edit existing posts or draft new ones.

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