Using Custom Content Types with Jetpack

Jetpack’s Custom Content Types adds custom post types (CPTs) to your site, which allow you to create a new section of unique content without having to code. You can use CPTs to make your Portfolios, Testimonials, Simple Food Menus, or Comics shine. Once you distinguish your content types from regular Posts or Pages, you can use themes to present your new content types in stunning ways.

Let’s review what Custom Content Types are, their benefits, the different CPTs, and when you might use them to customize your Jetpack site.

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Repurposing Content On Your Site with Jetpack

Do you have a great site filled with useful content, but you’re not sure what to write about next? Even if you’re experiencing writer’s block, you can still make a meaningful contribution to your website by revisiting and refreshing your existing content.

Repurposing content is not only a quick way to dive into writing on days when you are suffering from a creative ebb, but can be a great and efficient way to keep your site relevant and engaging.

In fact, you might consider building out, updating, and improving your existing content, depending on what your site visitors want to be reading.

Here are some ideas for how to breathe new life into your existing content.

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Create a Good User Experience with Google Analytics

Creating a good user experience (UX) for people who visit your site is important for a number of reasons. A good UX enhances site accessibility and increases the chances that your visitors will engage with your content in deeper ways by exploring your blog, buying your products, or subscribing to your content.

Sites with strong user experiences may also notice increasing visitor numbers, as visitors will want to return to them. Additionally, SEO experts from Search Engine Land believe that good user experiences can have bigger impacts on search engine rankings.

The importance of good user experience has also grown with the rise of mobile internet browsing. Someone using a small screen doesn’t need a site to look beautiful as much as they need it to be laid out clearly, with an easy process for finding and consuming content.

A site with great UX will offer content that’s clear and readable, has an intuitive navigation system in place, a logical structure, tools such as search, and forms that are easy to use.

So, if you want your site to succeed, you’ll want it to have a good UX. But, how can you measure yours? There are a number of ways to test UX, including feedback, test sessions, and hands-on testing conducted yourself.

In this article, you’ll learn about some of the Jetpack tools you can use to measure the success of your user experience, and identify ways you can make improvements.

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Hosting Resources Offsite Can Make Your Load Times Lightning Fast

Even the smallest delay in a web page’s loading speed can result in discouraged site visitors. According to research from Think with Google, 53 percent of mobile users will abandon a website if it takes more than three seconds to load — that doesn’t give you much room for error! If you want to attract new users and keep them engaged, it’s important to make sure that your site loads quickly.

Often times, the most engaging types of content (videos and images) slow down a site the most. Fortunately, you can host these elements offsite, on external servers, to speed things up.

Today, we will explain how you can improve site performance by moving some site elements onto faster servers, and how Jetpack can help in the process.

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Schedule Social Media Posts Ahead of Time to Grow an Enthusiastic Following

No matter what type of blog or site you run, you can share content across social media pages to increase your site traffic and attract more readers, subscribers, clients, or customers.

However, manually sharing content on multiple social media platforms can become a time-consuming task. It’s also possible to forget about promoting a post here or there, leading to reduced readership.

One way to keep this from happening while making content promotion and sharing more effective is to schedule social media posts ahead of time. Read on to learn about the benefits of scheduling your posts ahead of time, and how you can use Jetpack to make the process more efficient!

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Get Jetpack with Your WPWebHost Plan

Exciting news: we’ve now partnered with WPWebHost to make Jetpack Personal and Professional plan services available to their customers at no additional cost. In other words, you pay for your hosting and you get a Jetpack plan for free.

Here’s a little more information about the partnership for those of you new to either WPWebHost, Jetpack, or both.

WPWebHost: Managed WordPress hosting with a focus on speed and security

With WPWebHost, you get managed WordPress hosting — that is, a host that’s fully dedicated to WordPress sites. WPWebHost provides their customers with strong security, complete flexibility, and full control over their content… and now, the added bonus of Jetpack.

WPWebHost customers also get bonuses like a sandbox for testing, a fast one-click installer, and a free .blog domain. Their WP Plus plan offers access to a semi-shared hosting environment, while WP Geek offers a dedicated environment for sites that need it.

Here’s a closer look at the three plans offered by WPWebHost.

Not familiar with Jetpack?

Jetpack Personal, offered with WPWebHost’s WP Lite plan, offers everything a new WordPress user needs to grow and secure their website. Normally $39 annually, access to Jetpack Personal via your WPWebHost plan includes:

  • Real-time, off-site backups of your entire site content, data, and settings with one-click restores.
  • An unlimited image content delivery network (CDN) to speed up the delivery of images.
  • Spam filtering in your comments, contact forms, and product reviews.
  • Automated promotion of new pages and posts on social media networks.
  • Priority support from Jetpack’s WordPress and security experts.

On the other hand, Jetpack Professional gives professional bloggers, small business owners, and WordPress experts access to all the tools they need to design and grow an incredible site. Normally $299 annually, access to Jetpack Professional includes everything listed above, plus:

  • Automated malware scanning of your code, themes, and plugins.
  • Unlimited high-speed, ad-free, high-definition video hosting.
  • Pre-approval to a WordPress-specific, high quality ad program to generate revenue.
  • Access to over 250 free and premium WordPress themes to help you design a professional site.

How to get started

  • If you’re already a WPWebHost customer, you already have access to Jetpack Personal (if you have a WP Lite plan) or Professional (if you have a WP Plus or Geek plan). You can review your current plan and upgrade by logging into your account.
  • On the other hand, if you’d like to sign up for a WPWebHost account, you can do so by viewing their plans here.

If you have questions about Jetpack after signing up, please contact support for assistance. If you need help with your WPWebHost plan, you can get in touch with their support team by logging into your account.

Enjoy and let us know if you have any thoughts in the comments!

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Live Like Royalty with Jetpack and MilesWeb

Some great news for our customers in India! We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with MilesWeb to make our Jetpack Premium and Professional plan services available to their customers at no additional costIf you sign up for a Jack, Queen, or King plan, you’ll now get access to Jetpack automatically.

Here’s a little more information about this deal for those of you new to either MilesWeb, Jetpack, or both.

MilesWeb: Blazing fast managed WordPress hosting for India

MilesWeb is a proud promoter of WordPress in India. They have sponsored and participated in every WordCamp in India to date, and have also created some stellar plans to back up that dedication.

The managed WordPress hosting plans from MilesWeb — which come with the royal names of Jack, Queen, and King — include tons of storage space, plenty of email accounts, free SSL certificate. They also have 99.5% uptime and 24/7 support.

Here’s a closer look at the MilesWeb plans offers.

Along with these perks, MilesWeb offers their customers important technical features, including access to WP-CLI, an integrated CDN, a caching tool, the ability to clone your site, and more.

What you should know about Jetpack

Jetpack Premium, offered with MilesWeb’s Jack and Queen plans, offers everything bloggers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners need to grow and secure their website. Normally $99 annually, access to Jetpack Premium via MilesWeb includes:

  • Real-time, off-site backups of your entire site content, data, and settings with one-click restores.
  • Spam filtering in your comments, contact forms, and product reviews.
  • Automated promotion of new pages and posts on social media networks.
  • Automated malware scanning of your code, themes, and plugins.
  • High-speed, ad-free, high-definition video hosting.
  • Pre-approval to a WordPress-specific, high quality ad program to generate revenue.
  • Priority support from Jetpack’s WordPress and security experts.

On the other hand, Jetpack Professional gives business owners and online stores access to all the tools they need to design and grow an incredible site. Normally $299 annually, access to Jetpack Professional includes everything listed above, plus:

  • Ecommerce and SEO tools, including Enhanced Ecommerce reporting in Google Analytics.
  • An incredibly fast, flexible site search powered by Elasticsearch.
  • Access to over 250 free and premium WordPress themes to help you design a professional site.

How to get started

  • If you’re already a MilesWeb customer, you already have access to Jetpack Premium (if you have a Jack or Queen plan) or Professional (if you have a King plan). You can review your current plan or upgrade by logging into your account.
  • If you’re a new customer and would like to sign up for a MilesWeb account, you can get started with their managed WordPress hosting plans right here.

If you have questions about Jetpack after signing up, please contact support for assistance. If you need help with your MilesWeb plan, you can get in touch with their support team via live chat, email, or phone.

We’re really excited to have made our first partnership in India, and look forward to introducing many new MilesWeb customers to a better WordPress experience with Jetpack. Let us know if you have any feedback in the comments — we’d love to hear from you!

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Jetpack 6.2.1: Two Small Fixes

Jetpack 6.2.1 is now available for download. This point fix addresses a small bug that prevented stats from working on the AMP view for a site, as well as an uncommon issue with the VR shortcode.

We highly recommend that you update your sites to the latest version.

Here are all the details:

AMP & Stats now work together

We fixed stats not being recorded for sites running the AMP for WordPress plugin.

PHP error with VR shortcode

We fixed a PHP error resulting from the VR shortcode that only appeared when using the Gutenberg editor in the frontend. This is not common, but we got feedback about the Frontenberg theme having issues with the last Jetpack release, so we addressed this bug.

Update to 6.2.1 now

The full changelog has more details on this update, and we’re able to answer questions via our support channels.

Install Jetpack on your site or update to 6.2.1 now!

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Increase Your User Engagement with These Email Tips

Email Marketing Tips to Increase Your User Engagement

Every website has a purpose. Whether your site is for a family-owned bakery, a woodworking shop, or even a personal blog, it can benefit from attracting repeat visitors and increasing user engagement.

Partaking in email marketing initiatives (sending electronic messages to site visitors via email) is one of the best ways to do this, as there will be more than 3.8 billion email users before the start of 2019, according to a 2018 Radicati Group study. Imagine how many people you might be able to build relationships with through email outreach!

In this post, we’ll review why email marketing is important, how you can get started, and share some email marketing tips to help you build and maintain an audience while executing your marketing goals.

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Set Up a Simple Payment Button with Jetpack

Set up an Online Payment System With a Simple Payment Button

For many business owners, the incentive for creating a business website comes down to one thing: selling products or services. Typically, this is accomplished through business marketing; however, selling a product or service directly through your website can help as well. For this reason, it’s important to have an online payment system in place.

When many people think of online payment systems, the first thing that comes to mind is a full-blown ecommerce store. While this is certainly a popular option for large businesses, this type of solution can prove to be a bit overwhelming for smaller (or newer) businesses to develop themselves.

Fortunately, Jetpack developed a solution to this problem called the Simple Payment Button.

The Simple Payment Button helps you embed a payment system into your site without needing to set up a full store. This allows your customers to submit their payments with the click of a button, and you’ll receive each payment via your PayPal account.

Unsure of how to get started? Let’s review how to set up an efficient online payment system for your business using the Simple Payment Button.

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