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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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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Don’t Miss Our Black Friday Sale!

We’re excited to finally reveal our Black Friday promotion, which kicks off today, November 24, and runs through Monday, November 27. The best part? You don’t even have to leave your house to score these deals!

To kick off the holiday shopping season, we’re offering deep discounts on all of our annual subscription prices. Take 25% off Jetpack Personal (Reg. $39), 40% off Jetpack Premium (Reg. $99), or 60% off Jetpack Professional (Reg. $299).

You can check out the full details and purchase a plan here.

These are our best prices of the year, so there has never been a better time to join the millions of other happy Jetpack customers.

Happy shopping!



The Fine Print
The discount only applies to annual subscriptions, is only applied to the first year of the subscription, and cannot retroactively apply to purchases made prior to the promotional period.

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Jetpack 5.5.1: Fixing Issues with Custom Links

In this month’s release of Jetpack 5.5, we made some changes that created errors if you were using other plugins that added custom links to the WordPress Plugins menu option. This is now fixed — please update if you were experiencing this issue and all plugins/links should work as expected.

This point release also includes a few other improvements and fixes you may want to be aware of:

  • We have fixed an issue that did not allow users to upload plugins using API requests.
  • Open Graph links in post headers are no longer invalid in some special cases.
  • We fixed warnings happening when syncing users with WordPress.com.
  • We updated the way the Google+ button is loaded to match changes made by Google. This ensure the button is always displayed properly.
  • We fixed some conflicts between Jetpack’s responsive videos and the updates made to video players in WordPress 4.9.
  • And finally, we updated Publicize‘s message length to match Twitter’s new 280 character limit, so you’ll no longer be told your custom message is too long when you exceed 140 characters.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have encountered with the 5.5 release and recommend you update now.

Thank you to the contributors to this release: Enej Bajgoric, Jeremy Herve, Mark Samman, Miguel Lezama, and Oscar Lopez.

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Tips for Managing Your Site from Your Mobile Device

Since the advent of the smartphone, it’s rare to find a website that isn’t optimized for use on mobile devices. Managing your website via your phone or tablet, however, is still a fairly new concept.

Managing your site from a mobile device makes running a business more convenient. It’s beneficial for photographers who want to upload photos from their smartphones, bloggers who are inspired by their surroundings on-the-go, ecommerce sellers who want to keep tabs on their site stats, and any other type of website owner.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can manage your WordPress site from your mobile device, and some tips for getting the most out of your mobile experience with Jetpack.

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Four Jetpack Features Worth Exploring

Even if you’ve been using it for years, you might be unfamiliar with some of Jetpack’s features. With the wide range of capabilities offered, it’s too easy for some of the coolest — and perhaps the most useful — tools to go unnoticed.

Today we’re going to look at four features that are lesser known, but just as powerful as those you might already be familiar with. These features will ultimately enhance your WordPress site in new ways, from improving its design to taking the hassle out of maintenance.

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How Often Should You Back Up Your Site?

Backing up your site can feel daunting. Backups are undoubtedly important: one study found that 60% of small businesses that experience data loss go out of business within six months of the occurrence. But the question is how to minimize costs while keeping your website safe.

Looking for advice online yields plenty of opinions from endless viewpoints. It won’t be long before you begin reading about partial backups, full backups, rotating schedules, and other technical jargon that leaves you feeling confused. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and put off your research for another day.

The good news? You can use online services that were developed specifically to streamline the backup process. Jetpack, for example, offers full backups beginning with the Personal plan, complete with one-click restores and a 30-day archive. But even after you find a service that works for you, you still have to figure out how often your site needs backed up.

Let’s look at how you can find the right frequency for your site backups, including three major items you should consider when making your decision.

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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.

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