Go Faster Than Ever with Jetpack and A2 Hosting

Looking for a fast new host for your WordPress site? We’ve got one for you! We’ve partnered with A2 Hosting to make Jetpack Personal available to their customers at no additional cost. If you’re using A2’s managed WordPress hosting, you’ll have access to Jetpack Personal for free.

Here’s a little more information about what this partnership means for those of you new to either A2 Hosting, Jetpack, or both.

A2 Hosting: Fine-tuned, blazing fast WordPress hosting

A2 Hosting’s top priority is speed. They sport page load times up to 20 times faster than other hosting environments, which helps reduce your website’s bounce rate, load large files more quickly, and keep visitors around for longer. All of this ultimately results in more clicks, conversions, and money for you.

A2 also offers valuable perks like an easy staging environment, LiteSpeed caching, a free SSL certificate, and WP-CLI pre-installed. And with Jetpack, the deal gets even better.

About Jetpack Personal

Jetpack Personal, offered with all of A2 Hosting’s managed WordPress hosting packages, offers everything a new WordPress user needs to grow and secure their website. Normally $39 annually, access to Jetpack Personal via your plan includes:

  • Off-site backups of your content, data, and settings with one-click restores.
  • An unlimited image content delivery network (CDN) to speed up image load times.
  • 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 experts.

How to get started

  • If you’re already an A2 Hosting customer, you already have access to Jetpack Personal. Log in to your account here to get started.
  • On the other hand, if you’d like to sign up for managed WordPress hosting with A2, 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 A2 Hosting plan, you can get in touch with their support team right here.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think of this new partnership in the comments!

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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 and The GDPR: What You Need to Know

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (aka the GDPR) is a new and far-reaching privacy regulation, built on a number of fundamental principles. Among these principles are personal data ownership, transparency, security, and individual choice.

At Automattic, we have a long-standing commitment to the principles of the GDPR, and have honored many of them — including data minimization, control, portability, and security — before they were required by law.

Today, we wanted to take some time to explain how Jetpack has been built — and recently improved — to honor the important rights guaranteed by the GDPR. We also wanted to share how you can use some of the new features and tools in Jetpack and WordPress core to honor the rights and principles of the GDPR for your own site visitors.

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Jetpack 5.9: General Maintenance

Today’s release of Jetpack 5.9 includes some general maintenance items, many of which are included due to feedback received after the release of our search and Lazy Loading Images features in 5.8. You probably won’t find anything surprising in the list below, but it’s still worth a read to see what we’ve improved!

Here’s everything you’ll find in 5.9:

Improving the behavior of Jetpack Search

We received some great feedback about the Elasticsearch-powered search feature in our Professional plans that helped us make some important changes to its behavior in this release.

First, we’ll now implicitly activate this feature when the Jetpack Search Widget gets added to a sidebar. Also, the link from the Jetpack Search settings card will now properly direct you to the Widgets section in the customizer, so it’ll be easier to add and customize your search widget.

Another change we’ve introduced: any active Jetpack Search widgets will be moved to the inactive list if you disable the search feature.

Adding a filter to the Lazy Loading Images feature

We now allow images to be ignored by the Lazy Loading Images feature (introduced in 5.8) if they contain a reserved class name — by default, skip-lazy, or a custom one you define via the new jetpack_lazy_images_blacklisted_classes filter.

To use this on your site, apply the like skip-lazy class to a post or page with images, and verify that they do not load in a deferred fashion when visiting the content from the frontend.

Signing out from the WordPress.com Toolbar no longer logs you out of WordPress.com

Previously, when your site had the WordPress.com Toolbar enabled and you signed out of your site, you would also be signed out of WordPress.com. This would potentially create a strange experience if you just were trying to sign out to your site in order to perform testing.

With Jetpack 5.9, if you sign out from the toolbar, you will only be logged out of your site — not WordPress.com. You will still be able to configure Jetpack from WordPress.com if you wish to.

Additional performance enhancements

Finally, here are a few additional changes you may want to be aware of:

  • We improved the way we handle characters for the minor conditions dropdown of the Widget Visibility section. For example, categories containing names with an ampersand will now be properly shown.
  • We added support for excerpts to the Portfolio and Testimonial custom post types.
  • A new filter, jetpack_twitter_image_default, was added to allow themes and plugins to customize twitter:image when no suitable image is found automatically.
  • We removed an error that would occasionally appear when attempting to connect a site after clicking the Jetpack banner in the WordPress Dashboard.

Full changelog and thanks

As always, the changelog provides the full list of updates and changes in this release. If you have questions or feedback, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Install Jetpack on your site or upgrade to 5.9 today to try out the latest improvements!

Thank you to the contributors to this release:

Alex Mills, Anna Magdalena Kedzierska, Ben Lowery, Bernie Reiter, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Greg Ichneumon Brown, Igor Zinovyev, James Nylen, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Golenski, Jeremy Herve, Jonny Harris, Marin Atanasov, Matt Wiebe, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Mikael Korpela, Nicole Kohler, Oscar Lopez, Paul Sealock, Rebecca Hum, Richard Muscat, Rob Landers, Robert Elliott, Rocco Tripaldi, Ryan Barrett, Steven Lin, Stephen Edgar, Umang Vaghela, Yaroslav Kukharuk and Žiga Sancin.

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Jetpack 5.8. Advanced Search and lazy loading

Jetpack 5.8: A Focus on Speed with Faster Search and Lazy Loading Images

Today’s release of Jetpack 5.8 includes several features that have graduated from beta testing. We are very excited to bring them out for you to try.

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve included in this update, and how today’s additions will help you speed up your site and deliver faster, more relevant content to your visitors — always a good thing!

New search service exits beta

The most exciting news first: all Professional plan customers will now be able to use the new Jetpack search service, which replaces the default WordPress search functionality with an Elasticsearch-powered service. This delivers more relevant results with powerful filtering options and unmatched scalability for sites with large amounts of content.

For sites that have a large number of posts, pages, or products, you will see significant improvements to both the speed of searching through the site, as well as to the relevance of the results returned.

For site builders, you can configure our sidebar widgets so that users can refine their search by any categories, tags, month/year, post type or any taxonomy. For developers, we expose the full power of Elasticsearch under the hood — send custom queries or use our template tags to customize the end-user search experience. Learn more about this feature on our support page.

Jetpack Elasticsearch-powered Search on a Photography blog

We received a ton of fantastic feedback from customers who tested this during the early stages, and we’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted their feedback, test results, and ideas for improving this integration prior to today’s official launch.

Lazy loading images

Sites that have a large number of images — like photo blogs, travel sites, and online stores — have a new feature to try out that may significantly speed things up and lower their bounce rates. We’ve implemented a lazy loading images feature into Jetpack 5.8, which significantly reduces page load times for end users.

Lazy loading images work in this way: instead of waiting for the entire page to load before displaying it to a visitor, Jetpack will instead show the page’s non-image content as quickly as possible (usually instantly). Jetpack then requests and downloads images on the page when the user scrolls down, so they’ll appear right as the user gets to that point on the screen.

Here’s a short video showing the difference between a site with this feature and one without:

Combined with our existing image CDN, this has the potential to speed up media-heavy sites dramatically. We’d love to hear your feedback on it if you give it a try.

Get more for your money with Jetpack Premium

About a week ago, we quietly rolled out some changes to our Premium plan. The keen-eyed among you may have already spotted the changes or new features in your dashboard, but if you missed it, here’s what’s new.

Previously, there were some minor differences in the security offerings between our Premium and Professional plans. But now, Premium customers have access to on-demand security scanning and automated threat resolution.

We’ve also lifted the 13GB restriction on video uploads for the plan, so Premium customers now get unlimited video uploading and streaming services.

Jetpack’s video hosting service is designed and optimized for WordPress, integrates directly into the media library you use on a daily basis, and—best of all—is completely ad-free. It uses the same CDN as our images, so it’s blazing fast. If you haven’t already tried it, now’s a great time to experiment!

Jetpack Premium customers can now experience all our Jetpack SEO tools.

Finally, we’ve made all of our SEO tools available to Premium customers. You can now preview and optimize your site content, or get in-depth stats with our seamless Google Analytics integration.

We think all of these additions make our Premium plan an even better value for WordPress users. At just $99 annually, it’s the most affordable way to get best-in-class security tools, super fast photo and video hosting, features that will improve your site traffic and search engine rankings, and so much more.

Not a Jetpack Premium customer? We also have a major improvement coming for Jetpack Personal that we’ll be ready to announce in just a few weeks. Keep an eye on your dashboard for an important notice soon!

Additional enhancements and improvements

Finally, here are a few smaller changes we still think are worth mentioning:

  • We’ve significantly reduced CSS and JavaScript assets that Jetpack requires when using features like infinite scroll and embedding rich content with shortcodes. Our payload has been reduced by 500kb.
  • Support has been added for site language and timezone settings.
  • We’ve improved the display of notices inside the Jetpack dashboard.
  • The GettyImages shortcode has been updated to use the new format required by GettyImages.
  • For Premium and Professional customers using our ad program, we’ve now enabled the ads in the header by default. We’ve also added filters so you can control the display of the ads via code.
  • We’ve improved the display of the Development Mode notice.

Full changelog and thanks

As always, you can see a list of the additions, updates, and bugfixes in this release by reading the changelog for 5.8.

If you have any questions about these changes or feedback on the new features, please get in touch and one of our Happiness Engineers will gladly lend a hand.

Install Jetpack or upgrade to 5.8 today to see just how fast your site can go!

Thanks to the contributors to this release:

Adam Zielinski, Alex Mills, Anna Magdalena Kedzierska, Bernie Reiter, Daniel W. Robert, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Greg Ichneumon Brown, Igor Zinovyev, James Nylen, Javi Alvarez, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Golenski, Jeremy Herve, Joell Lapitan, Jon Surrell, Marin Atanasov, Matt Wiebe, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Mikael Korpela, Nicole Kohler, Oscar Lopez, Peter Westwood, Richard Muscat, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, Sam Hotchkiss, Sanket Parmar, Scott Hartley, Simon Prosser, Stephen Edgar, Umang Vaghela, Victoria Holland, Jonathan Sadowski, and Philip John.

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Jetpack 5.6: Enhanced Ecommerce, Jetpack Search Improvements, and Better Photon Tags

Today’s release of Jetpack 5.6 includes one major addition for Professional plan customers, as well as improvements to the Search feature you’ve been helping us test for the last few weeks. We’ve also changed the way our image CDN handles attributes in tags, plus minified some JavaScript in shortcodes to speed up your site.

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve included in this update, and how it’ll help you run a faster, more successful site.

Enhanced Ecommerce Tracking support for Professional plan customers

Jetpack Professional customers using WooCommerce and needing some in-depth Google Analytics reports will be happy with this release: we’ve now added support for Enhanced Ecommerce Tracking, which gives you deeper insights into product page activity, shopping cart additions and removals, and purchase data.

To connect Jetpack, your WooCommerce store, and Google Analytics, first upgrade to a Professional plan (if you haven’t already), then:

  • In Google Analytics, navigate to Admin and choose the account you want to enable Enhanced Ecommerce for.
  • Click Ecommerce Settings and toggle both Ecommerce Settings and Enhanced Ecommerce Settings to On.
  • Return to Jetpack and visit Settings > Traffic. Toggle the settings below the Google Analytics label on or off to track (or not track) features like add to cart events, product impressions, and the checkout process.

Enable these ecommerce settings in Jetpack to hook Google Analytics into your online store.

You can read more about enabling Enhanced Ecommerce Tracking here, as well as learn about the benefits of this enhanced tracking on this page.

Jetpack Search improvements, and some initial results from our tests

In the release of Jetpack 5.4, we added a beta version of Jetpack Search for Professional plan customers. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve since fixed a number of bugs that were preventing faceted search and filtering from working properly.

This feature still requires some code to enable and customize, but it can provide a great search experience, especially for sites with a high number of products or posts. You can see a custom faceted search UI in action on KFF.org, a WordPress.com VIP site which was our initial launch partner for a similar search product in 2013.

You can learn a bit more about customizing Search here.

There are currently 200 sites using Jetpack Search in production. Here are some interesting stats we can share with you:

  • More than 10 of these sites have 100,000+ visitors per month.
  • Some of these are WooCommerce sites with hundreds or even thousands of products.
  • In fact, 20% of the sites using Jetpack Search are running WooCommerce!
  • 20% of the sites testing this feature are non-English — this is great to see because we support any language, and also do custom analysis for 29 languages.

If you’re a Professional customer, are interested in Elasticsearch, and/or want to serve faster results to your visitors, please give it a try and let us know what you think. We’ve been getting some helpful feedback so far:

… and we’d love to hear from you, too!

Photon now preserves attributes in image tags

Until now, when filtering content, our image content delivery network (CDN), Photon, removed width and height attributes from image tags. This was done to make sure images were never distorted, regardless of how they were being inserted into a post or page.

We’ve now improved this process and will avoid removing those attributes when we can. Photon will preserve these attributes in tags present in slideshows, galleries, custom (non-Jetpack) galleries, and individual images.

JavaScript has been minified for shortcodes that use it

We’re also now using minified JavaScript files for all of Jetpack’s shortcodes that rely on JavaScript to function. Minifying these files may result in improved performance of your site.

The affected shortcodes are:

  • Brightcove
  • Gist
  • Instagram
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Recipes
  • Slideshows

Full changelog and thanks

As always, the changelog provides the full list of updates and changes in this release. If you have questions or feedback, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to lend a hand.

Install Jetpack on your site or upgrade to 5.6 today and let us know how it goes!

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, Hew Sutton, Igor Zinovyev, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Caldwell, Jeremy Herve, Jose Jaureguiberry, Mark George, Mark Samman, Marko Andrijasevic, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Nick Daugherty, Oscar Lopez, Philip John, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, and Umang Vaghela.

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Visit Us at WordCamp US to See What’s New and Get Exclusive Swag

Howdy! Are you going to be at WordCamp US in Nashville, TN? We are!

Jetpack is a Printer’s Alley sponsor of the third annual WordCamp US, and this year we’re more excited than ever to connect with you. We’ll be on site on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 to talk about what’s new with Jetpack, answer your questions, and give away some exclusive-to-WCUS swag.

If you have a question about using Jetpack or feedback to share with us, we’ll have plenty of staff available to talk with you. We’ll also have a satellite table at a separate spot where you can get help setting up the plugin, upgrading your plan, or troubleshooting specific issues.

If you’ll be in Nashville this weekend, make some time in your schedule to chat with our team, pick up some swag, and learn about the latest and greatest Jetpack features. We look forward to seeing you!

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A Dream Come True: Get Jetpack Professional with Your DreamPress Account

Exciting news: you can now get Jetpack Professional with a DreamPress Plus or Advanced plan at no additional cost. In other words, just pay for your DreamPress hosting and you get Jetpack Professional (a $299 value) for free.

This is an even better version of the deal we offered with DreamHost earlier in the year, which gave you Jetpack Premium for free. We were all so excited about the success of our original partnership with DreamHost that we wanted to make the deal even sweeter and give you our best plan.

Why DreamPress?

DreamPress is DreamHost’s managed WordPress hosting option.

Most hosts give you space on a server somewhere in the cloud, leaving it up to you to manage your WordPress site day-to-day. But DreamPress plans are custom-designed to make installing, using, and maintaining WordPress easier.

With DreamPress, WordPress comes pre-installed and configured right out of the box, updates are handled automatically, and you get 24/7 support from DreamHost’s WordPress experts. It’s a premier hosting experience that delivers faster, more secure WordPress sites — and now DreamPress Plus and Advanced includes all the perks of Jetpack Professional.

What’s included with Jetpack Professional

Jetpack Professional gives you all the top-tier design, marketing, and security features we have to offer. Normally $299 per year, a Professional plan includes:

  • Automated, real-time off-site backups of your site’s content, databases, plugins, themes, and settings with one-click restores.
  • Malware scans of your code, themes, and plugins.
  • Access to more than 300 professional WordPress themes, including over 200 premium themes.
  • Automated social media sharing and scheduling tools.
  • Unlimited storage for video delivered without ads, watermarks, or throttling.
  • Access to a high quality ad program and simple payment button to generate revenue.
  • Priority support from Jetpack’s WordPress experts.

How to get started

If this sounds like something you’d like to try out, here’s how you can get going:

  • If you’re already a DreamPress customer, you have immediate access to Jetpack Professional: any pre-existing Premium plans have already been upgraded automatically. Learn more here.
  • DreamHost users can easily switch to DreamPress and get Jetpack Professional for free right here.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions about Jetpack. Enjoy!

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