Jetpack 7.8: Making Jetpack a Stronger Team

Jetpack 7.8 ships several under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes that make Jetpack’s features work even better for you and your website. Jetpack is more than the sum of its code, though — it is the collective work of an amazing group of designers, product experts, Happiness Engineers, and code wranglers at Automattic.

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Jetpack 7.7: A Better Experience From the Start

In this month’s release, we’ve improved the user experience around connecting your site to WordPress.com. It’s now faster and more reliable, helping you to diagnose and fix issues as quickly as possible.

Additionally, some new tools will now allow you to transfer a connection to a different administrator on your site.

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Jetpack 7.6: working even better with the AMP plugin

Jetpack 7.6 is now available for download. This release expands Jetpack’s integration with the AMP plugin and improves security for Simple Payments.

Here’s more on what’s new this month:

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Every Bit(nami) Counts — Get Your Official WordPress Bundle for the Cloud with Bitnami and AWS

Are you a developer? Do you use Bitnami to install open source web applications? Automattic (the folks behind Jetpack,  WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and more) has partnered with Bitnami to make it easier for you to install official WordPress bundles that will help you meet your scaling needs. Bitnami is one of the easier ways to deploy production-ready WordPress sites in the AWS cloud: it provides production-ready solutions for AWS servers, so you can start using your new application for mission-critical work immediately, saving you precious development time. Starting today, Bitnami-created and Automattic-endorsed Production-Ready WordPress bundles are available in the AWS Marketplace — and they come with Jetpack built right in.

A WordPress Installation for Every Need

Bitnami provides a library of installers, or software packages, for web applications and development stacks. Production – Ready WordPress are pre-configured bundles designed for production environments. We’ve made the following Bitnami WordPress bundles official with more to come:

Bitnami: Under the Hood

Wonder how it works? Bitnami WordPress Production-Ready spans two availability zones in the AWS region, and the auto-scaling group is configured in each node to ensure high-availability and horizontal scaling. This specific solution maximizes performance through a replication model for distributing workloads across multiple WordPress instances. WordPress Production-Ready also uses Elastic Load Balancing to distribute requests across the nodes, and EFS for persisting files and ElastiCache cluster with Memcached for caching database queries to Amazon Aurora. 

Jetpack and Bitnami 

The free version of Jetpack is included with these bundles and is ready to help you grow, build, and secure your cloud-hosted site. While Bitnami helps you to quickly set up a production- ready WordPress bundle, Jetpack helps to secure and speed up your site.

Learn more

Join us for a live webinar with the Bitnami and AWS teams on August 14th, 2019 at 10am PDT. Click here to register

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • When it makes sense to host your own WordPress server in the cloud
  • How to use the official WordPress image from the AWS Marketplace to get started
  • The benefits of using the WordPress Production-Ready image
  • How AWS provides a great experience for cloud users

And if you’re not an AWS user? Jetpack is working closely with Bitnami to bring you official WordPress cloud bundles across other platforms. We’ll announce them here as they become available!

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Jetpack 7.5

Jetpack 7.5 is now available for download, and it makes every step of using Jetpack smoother. “Magic Links” simplify logging in to mobile, UI improvements make using Jetpack a whole lot more intuitive, and bug fixes and compatibility improvements keep things working as expected with a range or other hosts and plugins.

Here’s more on what’s new this month:

Magic Links

Now you can log in to the WordPress mobile app in one click — no passwords, no password manager, no repeated incorrect logins from typing on a tiny phone keyboard.

Just visit the main Jetpack dashboard in your site’s admin area, and email yourself a magic link by clicking “Log in to the WordPress mobile app” shown here:

Check your email on your mobile device and click the link, and voilà! You’re logged in.

Sanding Down the Edges

Every little bit of the Jetpack UI — every icon, button, or phrase — contributes to a great Jetpack experience. For this release, we’re focusing on the words: going through every title, call to action, or short tip to make sure they give you clear descriptions with sufficient detail and use consistent language. With 7.5, we’ve cleaned up our microcopy so you’re able to move around Jetpack secure in your ability to navigate it and use everything it offers.

While we were in there, we also removed an extra step in the setup process and we’ve added clearer descriptions of Jetpack plans, taking some of the friction out of configuring things.

And more

We’ve been busy squashing bugs and improving Jetpack’s compatibility with hosting environments and other plugins. You can check the full changelog for more details. To use the latest version of Jetpack on your site, update your existing installation or install Jetpack.

Please note that this release requires that you run a recent version of WordPress (5.2 or newer), as well as a version of PHP higher than PHP 5.6. If you use an outdated version of WordPress or PHP, we recommend that you update your site to the latest version as soon as possible.

Update July 2nd: we released a new Jetpack version 7.5.1 with no functionality changes, but fixes a bug when attempting to delete the Jetpack plugin. It also addresses the new PHP minimum requirement in Jetpack 7.5.

Update July 4th: we released a new version of Jetpack, 7.5.2, to address issues happening when a site’s connection to WordPress.com is set to “Safe Mode”.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release:

Artur Piszek, Ben Dwyer, Bernie Reiter, Chris Runnells, Daniel Walmsley, Dave Martin, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Don Park, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Glen Davies, Igor Zinovyev, Jeremy Herve, Jon Surrell, Julian Vidal, Kerry Liu, Marin Atanasov, Michael Arestad, Michael D Adams, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, Mukesh Panchal, Osk, robertf4, Rocco Tripaldi, Scott Evans, silkypress, thingalon, torres126, Yaroslav Kukharuk, Yvonne Doll, and Greg Fox.

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Jetpack 7.4.1 Fixes a Conflict with the Gutenberg Plugin

Do you use the Gutenberg plugin on your Jetpack-connected site? Many do, as it brings you all the latest improvements to the WordPress block editor before they become available in WordPress itself.

If you use this plugin alongside our Form block to add a contact form to your site, you may have noticed an error recently when trying to make changes to your forms in the block editor. The latest Jetpack release fixes this issue so you can start editing forms again. Head over to the Plugins section of your site’s dashboard to update to Jetpack 7.4.1 right now.

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Jetpack 7.4: General Maintenance Update

Jetpack 7.4 is now available for download. This is a general maintenance release that aims to fix several bugs and improve the flows around installing and configuring Jetpack on your site.

Here’s what’s new this month.

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Jetpack 7.3.1: Maintenance Release

Today, we released a minor update to Jetpack to make some new features in Jetpack 7.3 better.

Jetpack 7.3.1 includes a few minor updates like clarifying labels for the debug data in the new Site Health integration, removing a duplicate option in the Block Editor for Likes and Sharing, and more like that. Check out the full changelog for everything.

Find something in Jetpack that doesn’t seem right? Our Happiness Engineers are happy to help or if you have confirmed a bug, we love reports in our GitHub repository.

Do you want to try out things in advance and be able to make a difference in millions of sites? Join our beta program and try out releases before the rest of the world.

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Jetpack 7.3: Start Strong and Stay Healthy

Creating a new site is exciting! If you’re like us, you want to launch it as soon as possible. To cut down on setup time, the latest version of Jetpack automatically enables fewer features to get you going faster give you more control over your site’s experience. When you’re starting a site, you also want to know that there’s help when you need it, so all Jetpack sites running WordPress 5.2—the latest version, also released today—have built-in monitoring and support tools

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Jetpack 7.2.1: Maintenance Release

Recently we added a “hint” utility to Jetpack to help you discover all of its features. For quite some time now, we have been hearing from you, agencies, and hosts, that Jetpack has a vast amount of features that aren’t widely known. People can get stuck in a confusing loop trying to find Jetpack features by searching through the wp-admin.

Similar to buying a new phone or getting a new car, you don’t always learn about every single new feature on day one; instead you discover new things as you go. These hints are meant to help out in just that way.

However, we made a mistake, and we’re moving to correct it immediately. Our intention with these feature hints is to help you discover helpful features of Jetpack that you already have, right when you need them most. Today we’re correcting an error in judgement that resulted in the hints suggesting Jetpack features that actually required an upgrade. We’ve also made some design changes that make these feature hints less prominent. This way, you can choose to enable a feature of Jetpack that you already have installed, or you can quickly choose another great solution from the WordPress directory.

Go ahead and update Jetpack to 7.2.1; it’s now available for download.

  • We’ve removed all Jetpack hints that required an upgrade to work, so rest assured all recommendations are only for features you already have installed and ready to go.
  • We’re reducing confusion around feature hints by simplifying the design and changing some text; this way it’s clear that feature hints are from Jetpack and are easily dismissible.
  • A slideshow block bug has been fixed as well — now everyone will be able to easily move between pictures.

Going forward we want to help create a feature hints solution that works for all WordPress users and plugin developers. We are excited to work with suggestions like this one, by Joost de Valk and see how we might be able to find a solution in WordPress core to help users discover plugin features, and prevent this very common issue. Once a core solution is available, we plan to adopt it for Jetpack.

The full changelog has more details on this update, and our feature hints support page has useful information about this feature. If you have any more questions, we’re able to answer them all via our support channels. Thanks for using Jetpack!

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