Jetpack 5.4: Date Picker in Contact Form, Comment Improvements, and Welcome Screens

Today’s release of Jetpack 5.4 includes the addition of a new field to our Contact Form editor, display improvements to Comments and how they integrate with themes, and welcome screens for users of our paid plans. We’ve also added a new search feature, currently in beta, that Jetpack Professional customers can help us test.

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve included in this update.

Date picker added to Contact Form editor

We added a new field to the Contact Form editor that allows you to add a date picker to your forms.

You can now create forms with date pickers.

This allows you to ask visitors to submit delivery dates, their birthdays, the best day to contact them, or anything else you can think of.

Improvements to Comments and theme compatibility

We’ve made some improvements to how the Jetpack comment form is displayed in some themes.

When enabled on your site, the Comments feature should now display a form with a default height. There should also be no extra white space below it. Comments entered into the form will cause the height of the form to expand automatically.

Welcome screens added to paid plans

When purchasing a Jetpack Personal, Premium, or Professional plan, you’ll now see a welcome screen with some tips to help you make the most of the plan you just purchased.

Here’s what you might see if you purchase a Personal plan.

Jetpack Search (Beta) available for Professional plan customers

If you’ve purchased a Professional Plan for your Jetpack site, this new release will give you access to a new feature we’re currently still testing:Ā Jetpack Search, powered by Elasticsearch.

To get started, go to Settings > Traffic on WordPress.com, and select a site using Jetpack 5.4 and a Professional plan. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enable the search feature.

This feature is still in beta, and we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback if you give it a try.

Miscellaneous updates and fixes

Finally, here are a few more updates we’ve made in 5.4:

  • Fixed some UI issues within the Jetpack settings interface for the Internet Explorer 11 browser.
  • The Simple Payments button received some minor display improvements.
  • Facebook embeds have received display improvements.
  • RTL style fixes for some shortcodes.
  • Added a new “Time Unit” setting to available widgets.
  • Third party plugin and theme authors can add new menu items to the WordPress.com toolbar.

Full changelog and thanks

TheĀ changelogĀ provides the full list of updates and changes in this release. If you have questions or feedback, pleaseĀ get in touch.

Install Jetpack on your siteĀ or upgrade to 5.4 today and let us know what you think!

Thank you to the contributors to this release:

Alexander Concha, Allen Snook, Andrew Duthie, Anthony Bubel, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Donna Peplinskie, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Erick Hitter, George Stephanis, Igor Klimer, Igor Zinovyev, Umang Vaghela, James Fraser, James Nylen, Jeremy Herve, Justin Shreve, Kirk Wight, Lance Willett, Marko Andrijasevic, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Nick Daugherty, Nicole Kohler, Oscar Lopez, Paul Sieminski, RC Lations, Rastislav Lamos, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Scott Stancil, Stanimir Stoyanov, Steve Seear, Takashi Irie, and Thomas Guillot.

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Jetpack 4.8.2: fixing more PHP version incompatibilities

Jetpack 4.8.2 fixes issues appearing in Jetpack’s new Settings area, on sites running older versions of PHP.

This release is recommended for all users.

After releasing Jetpack 4.8 earlier this week, we immediately noticed some issues that we had missed during Beta testing. We released Jetpack 4.8.1 on Thursday to address those issues, but unfortunately noticed a few more issues since then:

  • On sites running PHP versions below 5.4, it was sometimes impossible to activate or deactivate some of the features via the new Settings screen.
  • We took the opportunity to remove another function incompatible with PHP versions below 5.4 in Jetpack.
  • In some cases, site owners would only see a blank page when visiting the new Jetpack Dashboard.

All of these problems have now been fixed. You can update to Jetpack 4.8.2 by going to Dashboard > Updates in your dashboard. Another alternative is to update manually by following the instructions in our last post.

If you want to learn more about what was updated in this release, you can check out the changelog.

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Jetpack 4.7.1: Markdown, Widget Visibility, and SSO Fixes

Jetpack 4.7.1 is here to fix a few more bugs, available now for upgrade or installation.

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Jetpack 4.7: The Answer is Always 42

Welcome to Jetpack 4.7, available now for upgrade or installation.

After a few releases chock-full of new features (likeĀ Google Analytics andĀ Ads) we decided to focus an entire release cycle on some cleanup, enhancements, and bug fixes. An early Spring-cleaning if you will, getting us ready for some even more exciting feature announcements later in the year.

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Hook of the Month: Customize Related Posts

Jetpack’s Related Posts module is a simple and easy way to add contextual posts your visitors might be interested in when they reach the end of a post on your website. To use this feature, go to your site’s Jetpack settings and enable the module. All the magic happens behind the scenes, on the WordPress.com cloud: Jetpack’s natural language search engine scans all of your posts, analyzes all their content based on several factors, and returns a list of related posts for each one of your posts.

Now that Jetpack has worked its magic1, let’s discover how to customize those related posts or how to customize their display on your site.

Related Cats

Use filters to customize how Related Posts are displayed on your site

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Jetpack 4.1: Secure Sign On Improvements, Two New Sharing Buttons, and More

Jetpack 4.1 is here, and it’s packed with performance improvements, new features, improvements to existing features, and bug fixes!

Continue reading → Jetpack 4.1: Secure Sign On Improvements, Two New Sharing Buttons, and More

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Announcing: developer.jetpack.com

Do you use hooks to customize Jetpack’s default behaviour? Are you a fan of our Hook of the Month series? Then you’ll love our new code reference!

Jetpack for developers

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Hook of the Month: Customize Modules, Shortcodes, and Widgets

Whether you’re a blogger, a business owner, or a developer – Jetpack comes with many different features you can use to build your site, write your posts, and promote them. However, you may not use all of these features. This month, we’ll discover how to use filters to customize the list of features added by Jetpack.

Photo: Andrewfhart / Flickr

Photo: Andrewfhart / Flickr

Use filters to customize the Jetpack features available on your site

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Hook of the Month: Customizing Sharing Buttons

Jetpackā€™s sharing buttons look good, are simple to use, and include several hooks allowing you to customize every single aspect of the module. Let’s learn to use some of these hooks together!

Use filters to customize sharing buttons on your site

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Hook of the Month: Customizing Contact Forms

Did you know you could create contact forms with Jetpack? This month, we’ll discover different ways to customize these forms on your site.

Use filters to customize Contact Forms on your site

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Say Hello to 200 Themes

Jetpack Professional now bundles 200+ Premium WordPress themes,
alongside business class security tools, and marketing automation.