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Touch-Screen Support for WP-Admin

  • I know that this isn’t a common usage but I’ve hit an issue when trying to change some bits on my iPad…

    I simply wanted to add a new widget to a side bar but the drag and drop method simply doesn’t work on the iPad. Is there a ‘fall-back’ method where I can add/edit widgets while out and about and using my iPad? Have I perhaps missed something obvious in the settings?


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  • Alas, no. It’s a failing in the iPad Safari app. You may want to try Terra (a free iPad browser). I’ve not tested on it, mind you.

    In which case it’s also a failing in the Android browser, SkyFire for Android, Opera for iPhone and the iPhone Safari browser.

    Basically, any touch-screen device.

    Where do I make an official suggestion / feature-request? I.e. a ‘fallback’ option in the right-hand side widget admin (where it shows left sidebar, right sidebar etc and you drag the widgets to them) where you can have a dropdown box selection to choose which widget to add as well as the drag/drop method for normal users.


    I don’t know if you can.

    I mean, I don’t think it’s something WP can code around, if the AJAX (I think it’s AJAX, it may be JS) is being ignored, you may need to save actual development for the desktop for now.

    If it’s JS, then in theory this can help: http://backtothecode.blogspot.com/2009/10/javascript-touch-and-gesture-events.html

    But bear in mind, this is why a lot of tools make iApps :/ It’s hard to control this stuff.

    Try suggesting it on trac.wordpress.org (same ID/password as here)

    Hi all,

    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread but I had this exact same problem on my iPhone and I found a solution. There’s an Accessibility Mode option in the latest version of WordPress (3.1.2 as of writing). I’m not sure when this appeared, but it certainly gets around the widget drag and drop issues on the touch screen devices.

    On the Widgets page, go to Screen Options in the top right, choose Enable Accessibility Mode.

    This gets rid of the drag and drop method, and adding widgets becomes a case of simply clicking on Add, and choosing the widget area you want it to go into with another click.

    Sadly it’s not implemented on the Custom Menus page (yet?) but it’s a start.

    I’m hoping that the upcoming 3.2 version will accommodate touch screen devices, as they’re making a lot of changes to the admin panel. Fingers crossed.

    Thank you for the advice about clicking the accessibility mode. It works great and I can not change my widgets on my iPad. I wish this was a netter known feature for touchscreen users.

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