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 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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Increase Your User Engagement with These Email Tips

Email Marketing Tips to Increase Your User Engagement

Every website has a purpose. Whether your site is for a family-owned bakery, a woodworking shop, or even a personal blog, it can benefit from attracting repeat visitors and increasing user engagement.

Partaking in email marketing initiatives (sending electronic messages to site visitors via email) is one of the best ways to do this, as there will be more than 3.8 billion email users before the start of 2019, according to a 2018 Radicati Group study. Imagine how many people you might be able to build relationships with through email outreach!

In this post, we’ll review why email marketing is important, how you can get started, and share some email marketing tips to help you build and maintain an audience while executing your marketing goals.

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Set Up a Simple Payment Button with Jetpack

Set up an Online Payment System With a Simple Payment Button

For many business owners, the incentive for creating a business website comes down to one thing: selling products or services. Typically, this is accomplished through business marketing; however, selling a product or service directly through your website can help as well. For this reason, it’s important to have an online payment system in place.

When many people think of online payment systems, the first thing that comes to mind is a full-blown ecommerce store. While this is certainly a popular option for large businesses, this type of solution can prove to be a bit overwhelming for smaller (or newer) businesses to develop themselves.

Fortunately, Jetpack developed a solution to this problem called the Simple Payment Button.

The Simple Payment Button helps you embed a payment system into your site without needing to set up a full store. This allows your customers to submit their payments with the click of a button, and you’ll receive each payment via your PayPal account.

Unsure of how to get started? Let’s review how to set up an efficient online payment system for your business using the Simple Payment Button.

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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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Better Social Media Sharing with Jetpack

Tips for Better Social Media Sharing

If you want as many people as possible to find your site and engage with your content, you need to make sure that your content is shared, and that those shares encourage new people to visit your site. In a world where so many people are already vying for attention on social media channels, how do you stand out?

The answer lies in optimizing your content for social media sharing, and also optimizing your shares to maximize clickthroughs.

Let’s review some tools and techniques to help you do just that.

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Why You Should Use Lazy Images

Speed Up Your Jetpack Site with Lazy Loading Images

When someone visits your website, you probably want them to be dazzled by your photos or wooed by its background images. You want to share visuals that will capture and hold their attention.

However, sometimes your images can take a long time to load, which might lead to decreased site traffic and lower search engine rankings.

According to Pew Research Center, the share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011. With a growing number of visitors having access to WordPress sites from their mobile devices, performance optimization is more important than ever before. If you’re not paying attention to your website’s performance, it’s like leaving money on the table.

Fortunately, you don’t need to settle for a slow site; Jetpack’s Lazy Loading images feature has got you covered.

This useful feature helps to improve the performance of your website by only loading images once they actually appear on your viewer’s screen. Enabling this tool helps reduce the total resources used by your website, which will speed it up significantly.

Today, we’ll learn more about Lazy loading images by discussing what it does to improve your website, why performance optimization is so important for WordPress websites, and how to enable it with Jetpack.

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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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Understanding Your Site Visitors With Jetpack Stats

After you establish a blogging routine, diving into site stats is a great way to understand how your visitors spend their time on your site and what content they find interesting. With Jetpack Site Stats, you can monitor how your visitors find your site and discover ways to better serve them with relevant blog posts.

Let’s take a closer look at the importance of monitoring your site’s statistics, how Jetpack can help you do so, and the process of using stats to attract more site visitors.

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