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How Your Images Affect Your Site Speed and SEO

Let’s review how fast-loading images affect your site speed — and in turn, your placement in search engine results.

Sites that use too many images, or have images that are too large, have longer loading times. This can slow down your entire page, irritating visitors and actually hurting your site’s ranking in online search results. We may say that images are worth a thousand words, but if you don’t plan for fast loading times, they actually won’t be worth very much at all.

In this post, we’ll discuss why search engines like Google care about image load times, and how you can use Jetpack’s features to enhance your site speed by making those images load faster.

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Ways to Build Relationships with Contact Forms

Contact forms are a great way to create and build relationships with your readers and customers. Offering users the chance to connect with you on a personal level shows that you care about growing the relationship, and presents an opportunity to answer their questions.

The more people that fill out your online contact form, the higher your chances are of creating long-lasting relationships. It’s important to figure out how to persuade more visitors to fill out your forms. Making your contact form easy to find and use are the most important considerations, but you shouldn’t stop there.

There are many ways that you can create user-friendly, appealing contact forms. Read on to learn some tips that will help you build stronger relationships with even stronger contact forms.

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How to Manage Your Site While You’re Away

Manage your site with our free WordPress apps—only with Jetpack.

Imagine that you’re preparing to take your first, well-deserved vacation since launching your website. Running an online business or blog is hard work, and recently your work-life balance hasn’t been, well, balanced.

The problem is that you don’t feel entirely comfortable pulling away. After all, your website has to stay up and running, and you’re not sure how to manage a website without logging in every day. You don’t want site visitors to feel forgotten about if there’s suddenly no new content for them to check out.

Fortunately, Jetpack has the features you need to help you manage your site while you’re out of the office. Read on to learn about preparing your site for an out of office period and how to keep your site running smoothly while you’re off enjoying your vacation.

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Jetpack 5.7.1

Jetpack 5.7.1 is now available for download and includes two important bug fixes. We recommend that you update your sites to the latest version to fix a problem in the Settings screen, and to avoid potential errors when logging in to a site on a multisite WordPress installation.

Here are the two fixes you’ll find in this point release:

  • The Security tab of the Settings page is no longer polling for status, constantly updating the displayed information.
  • Users of multisite WordPress installations would sometimes encounter fatal errors when logging in to their sites. We made sure that’s no longer the case.

These are the only changes in Jetpack 5.7.1 compared to the previous release. If you’d like to know what changed in previous versions, you can find the full changelog here.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to 5.7.1: Alex Mills, Oscar Lopez and Derek Smart.

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How Jetpack Can Help Food Bloggers Thrive

Are you a food blogger looking to improve your site and attract new readers?

According to Fine Dining Lovers, there are an estimated 3 million food bloggers. Whether you’re a chef, a foodie, or part of the growing army of professional food writers, you know that blogging about food influences what people eat and how they find recipe or restaurant recommendations.

If you’re a food blogger, your site should show off your content and images. In this post, you’ll learn about the Jetpack features that can help you accomplish this. With a visually appealing and welcoming site, you’ll increase reader engagement and earn a loyal following of food fans.

Let’s get started!

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Improving Your Site Speed with CDNs

No one likes a slow site. Most visitors will click away if a page isn’t loading fast enough, and Google actually gives sites lower search engine rankings if they don’t load quickly.

Luckily, there are multiple ways you can improve your site’s speed. Images and videos are the biggest culprits when it comes to slowing down a site, but they can be forced to load faster by using something called a content delivery network (or CDN).

Let’s explore the CDN basics, and how you can use the CDNs that Jetpack provides to speed up your images, your videos, and ultimately your entire site.

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How Jetpack Can Improve Your Ecommerce Product Pages

If you’re selling products on your WordPress site with WooCommerce or another ecommerce plugin, you may not yet be aware of the benefits of also using Jetpack. After all, if you already have a lot of extra plugins and extensions, you may be a little wary of adding another.

But there are plenty of reasons to add Jetpack into the mix. With a few smart choices and tweaks to settings, this toolkit can quickly boost your store’s performance, content, and sales — all without adding any extra strain on your server.

Let’s take a look at how some of Jetpack’s features can improve your online store’s product pages, which will help you increase engagement with potential customers and ultimately boost your sales.

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Jetpack 5.7: Holiday Maintenance

New year, new Jetpack! Jetpack 5.7 is now available for download — update today for maintenance updates, bug fixes, and improvements.

Jetpack Search Customization

We’ve rolled out more improvements to our beta release of Jetpack Search for Professional plan customers. In this release, we’ve added support for configuring sidebar filtering in the WordPress Customizer. Now, you no longer need to write code to add search filtering to your site.

You can learn a bit more about customizing Search here.

Comments

Jetpack used to filter out all content added by other plugins hooking on comment_form_after. No more! Other plugins hooking on the same filter for showing content now work seamlessly with Jetpack.

Markdown

There was a bug that stopped you from using markdown as content for a shortcode — it would insert a weird hash number into the rendered content. The key word is “was”: we fixed it.

Full changelog and thanks

These are just a few of the updates and bug fixes in this release. If you’re curious, you can find the full changelog here.

Thanks as always to our contributors:

Alex Kirk, Allen Snook, Brandon Kraft, Chris R, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Greg Brown, Hew Sutton, Igor Zinovyev, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Caldwell, Jeremy Herve, Jose Jaureguiberry, Mark George, Mark Samman, Marko Andrijasevic, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Marin Atanasov, Nick Daugherty, Oscar Lopez, Philip John, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, and Umang Vaghela.

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