Activity: A New Way to Monitor, Debug, and Repair Your Site

The Jetpack team takes the security of your site seriously. We know that keeping a website safe and secure often boils down to knowledge — what changes took place? When? — so we’re excited to announce the new Activity feature is now available on all Jetpack and WordPress.com websites.

Smart site owners know that it’s important to keep a close eye on everything happening in their dashboard. Plugin installations, theme changes, and post content updates are critical events that can dramatically change your site. Monitoring them has always been important; now it’s also easy.

Activity is a convenient, chronological list of changes made to your site. It records and displays the most important events, including:

    • Published or updated posts and pages.
    • Comment submission and management activity.
    • Settings and options modifications.
    • Login attempts by registered site users.
    • Plugin installations, updates, and removals.
    • Theme switches, installations, updates, and deletions.

When you try out Activity, you’ll find the 20 most recent events that took place on your site. If you have a Personal or Premium plan, you’ll have access to 30 days’ worth of events. Customers on the Professional plan will have access to a full year of events. Paid customers can also filter activities by type and date range to find exactly what you want in less time.

Activity is more than just an audit log. Having access to this comprehensive list of events makes it easier to troubleshoot and repair your site when you need to. Whether it was a faulty plugin update or an errant theme change that damaged your site, Activity takes much of the guesswork out of finding out where and when things went wrong.

Monitor your site, no matter where you are

You don’t have to be stuck at your desk to keep a close eye on your site. Access your site’s activity directly from the WordPress mobile apps, and enjoy peace of mind from wherever life takes you.

Stay up to date on the latest theme and plugin updates

Keeping your themes and plugins up-to-date — and knowing when you last updated each item — is critical to the security of your site. With Activity you have access to all the details in one place, and you can even update themes and plugins directly from the event log.

We’d love to hear from you

Give Activity a try on your sites and let us know if you have any feedback — we’d love to hear it! Please leave a comment below or open an issue in our GitHub repository.

 

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Streamline Your Donation Process With a Simple Payment Button

Running and maintaining a nonprofit website or blog is hard work. Sometimes, it can even leave you feeling like your labor of love is going unrecognized.

If you find yourself in this situation, you likely want to see some kind of return on your investment and time.

Today, we’ll review whether requesting donations on your site with a Simple Payment Button is appropriate for your situation, and how Jetpack can support your efforts if this is the case.

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Jetpack 6.6.1: Fixing the Social Icons Widget

Jetpack 6.6.1 is now available for download. This release addresses issues that cropped up with the Social Icons Widget after we released Jetpack 6.6 yesterday.

If you use the Social Icons Widget on your site, you will have noticed that the widget was not styled anymore after updating to the most recent version of Jetpack yesterday. Sorry about that! Jetpack 6.6.1 fixes that issue.

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

Thanks for your support!

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Jetpack 6.6: Better Site Verification Tools

Jetpack 6.6 is now available for download. This release brings you two features that will make your website more attractive to readers and search engines alike (and a slew of the usual bug fixes and small enhancements).

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The Importance of Uptime Monitoring With Jetpack

In today’s digital world, your online presence can end up being the lifeblood of your business. This is why it’s imperative that your site is continuously up and running, and that you mitigate its downtime.

To do so, it’s wise to get started with uptime monitoring to ensure that your website is available and accessible at all times. And Jetpack has a useful uptime monitoring solution for you, and it’s available for free.

Today, we’ll learn why uptime monitoring is crucial for every WordPress website owner, and how using it can even save you money. You’ll come away understanding just how easy it is to get uptime monitoring notifications sent to your email address, as well.

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What Is Time on Page and Why Is It Important?

Once you understand the importance of optimizing your page views and attracting site visitors, there is another site performance metric that you should consider: time on page. According to survey results from Brafton, the average time on page for 181 sites surveyed was 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

Similar to a bounce rate (the percentage of visitors who leave your site after viewing only one page), the amount of time that a visitor spends on one of your pages can be an indicator of false leads — visitors who land on your site, only to realize that it’s not what they were looking for and leave immediately. A bounce rate tells you when a visitor has viewed only a single page on your site. Time on page, however, gives you insight into how well your content is actually performing.

Let’s take a closer look at time on page to learn how it works, and what information this metric can disclose about your site performance.

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