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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Jetpack 6.2: General Maintenance

Jetpack 6.2 is now available for download. 6.2 includes a few improvements and bugfixes, making it another general maintenance release.

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

Here’s what’s new for June:

Jetpack features supported on AMP

The biggest news for this release: we’ve made changes so that Jetpack features will now work on AMP pages.

If you’re not familiar with Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), you can learn more about the project here. Essentially, AMP provides a way to create pages that load near instantaneously for mobile users, and are managed like other pages on your website.

Along with adding missing support, we now prevent rendering of Jetpack features that would cause issues when rendering the AMP version of pages.

Content options

For themes that support Content Options, we now exclude Custom Post Types, like the Portfolio and Testimonials, when toggling between showing a post’s content or an excerpt via the Blog Display option in the customizer.

Improvements to Cookies & Consent Widget

This widget, added in the 6.1.1 release last month, has been updated for improved display options. First, we’ve added a “top” option for the widget position. The existing bottom of the screen position is the default.

We also did some work to improve the compatibility of this widget with different themes, specifically regarding the positioning of the widget.

Miscellaneous fixes and updates

Finally, here are a few more updates you’ll find in 6.2 that you may want to be aware of:

  • Contact Form: We fixed scrolling and height for very large contact forms.
  • Tiled Galleries and Image CDN: If our image CDN is active, Jetpack will now use it when a Tiled Gallery links to a media file.
  • Related Posts: Jetpack now won’t attempt to load related posts for an unpublished post.
  • Sharing: We fixed an issue that resulted in incorrect URLs for sharing on WhatsApp. We also resolved a problem with duplicate requests occurring to check if your Akismet installation is active and functional when using the Share By Email button.
  • Shortcodes: Fixed the Facebook shortcode in wp-admin.

Update to 6.2 today

As always, the full changelog has more details on this update. If you have questions, we’re happy to lend a hand via our support channels.

Install Jetpack on your site or update to 6.2 now!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release: Alex Kirk, Allen Snook, Anthony, Anthony Garand, Barry Abrahamson, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Walmsley, Daryl L. L. Houston, David Newman, Derek Smart, Don Park, Drew Butler, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Ian Dunn, Igor Zinovyev, Iliya Polihronov, Jacopo Tomasone, James Huff, James Nylen, Jason Caldwell, Jason Johnston, Jeff Bowen, Jeremy Herve, Joe Bartlett, Jonathan Sadowski, Laurel Fulford, Michael Arestad, Michael Cain, Michael D Adams, Michael Turk, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, Oscar Sanchez, Paul Schreiber, RC Lations, Randall Stoltzfus, Rocco Tripaldi, rodruiz, Steve Seear, Thomas Guillot, Timmy Crawford, Tugdual de Kerviler, Yoav Farhi, Weston Ruter

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Jetpack 6.1.1: Privacy Update

Jetpack 6.1.1 is now available for download and includes more privacy and consent tools to ensure your site is GDPR compliant. We’re also shipping a few small fixes in this release, including a fix for secondary languages (for example, English or Spanish variations) with the Likes feature.

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

Here’s what’s new in this release:

Cookies & Consents Banner widget updates

If you’re interested in GDPR updates and compliancy, this update is for you. First, the EU Cookie Law Widget is now called the Cookies & Consents Widget Banner and comes with added consent-oriented functionality. The widget also lets you specify a link to your privacy policy, making it easy for visitors to find — if your site has a Privacy Policy page set (introduced in WordPress 4.9.6), we’ll automatically populate the widget’s settings with the URL.

We also added a new setting letting you control the expiration date of the consent banner, plus a new filter jetpack_disable_eu_cookie_law_widget that will disable the banner entirely.

New warning in EU Cookie Law widget

A new warning is displayed while configuring an instance of the EU Cookie Law widget:

Caution: The default policy URL only covers cookies set by Jetpack. If you’re running other plugins, custom cookies, or third-party tracking technologies, you should create and link to your own cookie statement.

Feedback data storage change

We added Feedback data (i.e., Contact Form submissions) to the personal data exported and/or erased by the latest version of WordPress core.

Miscellaneous fixes and updates

Here are a few final fixes to be aware of:

  • WordAds: We don’t show Ads unless the visitor is on the main query within the loop.
  • Likes: We fixed a bug that resulted in an alert box showing for sites set to languages deriving from main ones.
  • Lazy Loading Images: Fixed a bug where images would disappear when scrolling.
  • Sharing: Added a check for validating the Akismet key before allowing sharing by email.
  • WooCommerce Analytics: Fixed PHP warning when attempting to get a list of plugins.

Update to 6.1.1 now

As always, the full changelog has more details on this update, and we’re happy to answer questions you may have via our support channels.

Install Jetpack on your site or update to 6.1.1 now!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release: Alex Kirk, Anthony Bubel, Anthony Garand, Brandon Kraft, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Igor Zinovyev, James Huff, James Nylen, Jason Caldwell, Jeff Bowen, Jeremy Herve, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, and RC Lations.

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Jetpack 6.1: General Maintenance

Happy May and welcome to Jetpack 6.1. This month brings us another general maintenance release, so you won’t find any big surprises here, but there are still some important improvements to learn about.

The new things you’ll find in 6.1 are:

Privacy information links added

Jetpack’s position regarding its users and their visitors’ privacy has been enhanced in the process to make all of Automattic’s software GDPR-compliant.

You will now will see a footer on the “More Info” popover that appears next to each feature setting. These link to specific sections in our support docs describing privacy implications in the event you want to learn more about them.

Stats and Do Not Track changes

We now offer the users a way to have a clear map of the privacy implications of each Jetpack feature. We also introduced a new filter that will honor the Do Not Track feature for visitors that choose to take advantage of it.

Note that this only affects Jetpack’s own Stats feature and nothing else.

WordAds improvements

There are two improvements to the WordAds program to share this month. First, we’ve added support for the ads.txt file.

Second, we’ve introduced a new shortcode, [wordads], which allows you to include an ad inline on any given post or page content. This will give you even more flexibility in defining where your ads appear on your site.

Additional performance enhancements

There are a few bugfixes and enhancements in this release, but the main issues we tackled are the following:

  • When a post transitions to publish, Jetpack used to add Publicize post meta to all posts, whether or not it was a Publicize-able post type. This has been adjusted.
  • We removed the Sharing and Like display functionality from WooCommerce’s Cart, Checkout, and Account pages.
  • Users running their site on PHP 7.2 were seeing notices on their logs related to language features that were updated with this latest release of PHP. These notices should now be addressed.

Full changelog and thanks

As always, you can read the full changelog and see what else we have improved in this release.

Install Jetpack on your site or upgrade to 6.1 today to experience the latest and greatest!

Thanks to all the contributors to this release:

Aaron Douglas, Alex Mills, Allen Snook, Anthony Bubel, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Walmsley, David Newman, Derek Smart, Eric Johnson, Egill R. Erlendsson, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Igor Zinovyev, Javi Alvarez, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Johnston, Jeremy Herve, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Stieler, Joan Rho, Justin Shreve, Lance Willett, Michael D Adams,  Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, Niels Lange, Oscar Lopez, Peter Westwood, Rastislav Lamoš, RC Lations, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Taegon Kim, Tugdual de Kerviler, Yaroslav Kukharuk, and Žiga Sancin.

 

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Jetpack 6.0

Welcome to another release of Jetpack. The big new thing in Jetpack 6.0 is:

Enhanced privacy controls and GDPR compliance

Jetpack customers have always been protected by Automattic’s privacy policy, but we’ve gone further to give you even more control over your data. As of Jetpack 6.0 we have created a dedicated settings page where you can access all privacy-related documents as well as an option to opt out of activity tracking if you wish to do so.

Find out more about the changes in this release

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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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Jetpack 5.6.1: Contact Form Security Update and Other Improvements

Jetpack 5.6.1 is now available for download and includes some important security updates, bug fixes, and improvements. We recommend that you update your sites to the latest version as soon as possible, particularly if you use the Contact Form feature frequently or on several pages.

These are the three major changes you’ll find in this point release:

  • Extra security has been added to the Contact Form to improve permissions checking when updating a contact form’s settings.
  • We’ve extended the limit on character count to 280 for the Publicize feature when posting to Twitter.
  • Finally, we fixed a bug that disabled “saving” widgets when removing a Widget Visibility rule.

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

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to 5.6.1: Marin Atanasov, Matthew Denton, Rinat K, and George Stephanis.

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