Jetpack 5.7.1

Jetpack 5.7.1 is now available for download and includes two important bug fixes. We recommend that you update your sites to the latest version to fix a problem in the Settings screen, and to avoid potential errors when logging in to a site on a multisite WordPress installation.

Here are the two fixes you’ll find in this point release:

  • The Security tab of the Settings page is no longer polling for status, constantly updating the displayed information.
  • Users of multisite WordPress installations would sometimes encounter fatal errors when logging in to their sites. We made sure that’s no longer the case.

These are the only changes in Jetpack 5.7.1 compared to the previous release. If you’d like to know what changed in previous versions, you can find the full changelog here.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to 5.7.1: Alex Mills, Oscar Lopez and Derek Smart.

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How Jetpack Can Help Food Bloggers Thrive

Are you a food blogger looking to improve your site and attract new readers?

According to Fine Dining Lovers, there are an estimated 3 million food bloggers. Whether you’re a chef, a foodie, or part of the growing army of professional food writers, you know that blogging about food influences what people eat and how they find recipe or restaurant recommendations.

If you’re a food blogger, your site should show off your content and images. In this post, you’ll learn about the Jetpack features that can help you accomplish this. With a visually appealing and welcoming site, you’ll increase reader engagement and earn a loyal following of food fans.

Let’s get started!

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Improving Your Site Speed with CDNs

No one likes a slow site. Most visitors will click away if a page isn’t loading fast enough, and Google actually gives sites lower search engine rankings if they don’t load quickly.

Luckily, there are multiple ways you can improve your site’s speed. Images and videos are the biggest culprits when it comes to slowing down a site, but they can be forced to load faster by using something called a content delivery network (or CDN).

Let’s explore the CDN basics, and how you can use the CDNs that Jetpack provides to speed up your images, your videos, and ultimately your entire site.

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How Jetpack Can Improve Your Ecommerce Product Pages

If you’re selling products on your WordPress site with WooCommerce or another ecommerce plugin, you may not yet be aware of the benefits of also using Jetpack. After all, if you already have a lot of extra plugins and extensions, you may be a little wary of adding another.

But there are plenty of reasons to add Jetpack into the mix. With a few smart choices and tweaks to settings, this toolkit can quickly boost your store’s performance, content, and sales — all without adding any extra strain on your server.

Let’s take a look at how some of Jetpack’s features can improve your online store’s product pages, which will help you increase engagement with potential customers and ultimately boost your sales.

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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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Make a New Year’s Resolution with Jetpack

With many exciting things already in the pipeline for 2018, there’s no better time to make a resolution to improve your WordPress site. With bulletproof backups, comprehensive stats, and business-class protection against malware and spam, Jetpack has everything you need to start 2018 off on the right foot.

To help you start the new year off right, save 25% on any annual subscription, now through January 7, 2018.

Happy holidays from Jetpack and Automattic!

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What is Spam and Where Do Those Strange Comments Come From?

Does your blog receive a lot of comments? Spending hours moderating comments and determining what is or isn’t spam can be extremely frustrating. However, allowing spam comments to sit unattended could leave a negative taste in your readers’ mouths, and they could even cause your site to rank lower in search engine results, according to Google.

While deactivating the comments section of your site is a surefire way to get rid of spam, doing so will prevent you from having conversations and building relationships with your readers. Removing comments might solve one problem… but it could also create new ones.

So, how do you accept comments without inviting spammers in to leave irrelevant ones? Read on for a deeper look at what spam is, where it comes from, and how you can prevent it from getting into your site in the first place.

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Looking Back at Jetpack in 2017 – and Forward to 2018

2017 has been an incredibly productive year for Jetpack. Tons of discussions, user feedback, and hard work have resulted in updates and new features that make your sites even faster, safer, and more engaging. These features also set the groundwork for exciting developments in 2018.

Here are some of the highlights of the year worth looking at again, plus what we’re looking forward to in the next twelve months.

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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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Set Your Photography Website Apart with Jetpack

As a photographer, you likely have a portfolio of gorgeous images that dazzle fans and customers. But you need to get those images out there so that everyone can see them.

Building your own WordPress site is a great place to start, and for photographers looking to do even more with their sites, there’s Jetpack. Jetpack will enhance your portfolio with gorgeous, user-friendly photo displays meant to attract new followers and photography fans. It also includes features that help large photos load quickly, which improves user experiences and boosts your search engine ranking.

Today we’re going to look at three specific Jetpack features photographers should use on their website:

  • Photon, which enables photos to load quickly.
  • Carousel, which displays photos in a full-screen carousel.
  • Galleries, which offers options for formatting galleries.

Read on to learn how each one of these options will help your website stand out and draw more attention to your portfolio.

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