The official iOS client of WordPress has once again received an update. It’s now at version 3.1, but don’t let that digit to the right of the decimal point fool you. The app’s latest update is a major one, more substantial, in fact, than the previous 3.0 update.

To its credit, WordPress 3.0, which was released late last May, introduced a couple of neat features: push notifications and comment moderation toolbar. But WordPress 3.0 pales in comparison to WordPress 3.1.

First and foremost, WordPress 3.1 delivers a major interface overhaul. Gone is the bland and outdated look of the app and in its stead is a more appealing interface for both iPhone and iPad versions of the app.

For both iPhone and iPad, the app now has a sidebar menu for quick navigation as well as updated colors and graphics. Notably, WordPress for iPhone resembles the navigation scheme of Facebook for iPhone, whereas WordPress for iPad resembles that of Twitter for iPad.

An improved sign-up sequence and a new app icon are also part of the app’s redesign.

WordPress 3.1 for iOS

In addition to the app’s major UI refresh, support for Tumblr-like post formats plus the following enhancements are included in WordPress 3.1:

  • WordPress.com Reader and Quick Photo added for the iPad.
  • New Simple post preview feature for the iPad.
  • All-new WordPress.com stats.
  • New WordPress.com Friend Finder feature helps you find your friends blogging on WordPress.com.
  • Landscape orientation support throughout the app.
  • Easy access to your site – view it and access the web dashboard right from the app.
  • Last but not least – many reliability improvements and performance tweaks.

Available now in the App Store for free, WordPress 3.1 is indeed a huge improvement on the otherwise mediocre iOS app of the most popular blogging platform on the planet.