Jetpack 6.8.1 is now available for download. This is a general maintenance release that also addresses a security issue we found during an internal audit of the Contact Form block we introduced in the last release.
Today, we’re introducing the first wave of Jetpack blocks built specifically for the new WordPress editor, Gutenberg. The features you’ve come to rely on have been adapted for this new experience: payment buttons, forms, maps, and markdown.
Growing your advertising income is an incremental process, one where small decisions can accumulate to make a real difference. One easy way to optimize your site for ads is to keep an up-to-date ads.txt file on your site. What is an ads.txt file, you might ask?
Ads.txt (Authorized Digital Sellers) is a mechanism that enables content owners to declare who is authorized to sell their ad inventory. It’s the formal list of advertising partners you support as a publisher.
If you are a current member of the Jetpack Ads program and you’ve customized the ads.txt file on your site, you may not be reaching your maximum earning potential. Advertising buyers actually block sites that are missing buyers’ ads.txt data, so it’s very important to keep this file current.
To maximize the revenue you’re generating, you can configure Jetpack to control your ads.txt file — that way, the list of approved partners updates automatically, while you save time you can better invest in running your business or creating new content. Here’s how:
Make sure that you’re running the latest version of Jetpack from Dashboard → Updates.
Head to <your-site-url>/ads.txt, and copy the custom entries you find there.
Go to your site’s Ads section at Jetpack → Settings → Traffic, and paste those entries into the Custom ads.txt entries field.
Click the blue Save Settings button at the top of the Ads section when you’re done.
Confirm that there is noads.txt file at the root of your site. If another plugin is trying to manage your ads.txt file, disable the plugin.
It can take up to 24 hours to process your updated ads.txt file. If you run into any problems, please feel free to get in touch.
Interested in joining the Jetpack Ads program and making money from your site? Check out the Premium and Professional plans, which include exclusive access.
Regardless of the type of site you’re running, making sure that it loads quickly and feels fast should be among of your primary goals.
A fast site means a better visitor experience. Shorter load times can lead to lower bounce rates, happier readers, more page views, a healthier Time on Page, and — if you’re running a store — improved sales.
Because Google uses site speed in its ranking algorithm, it also has a direct influence on your SEO. Fast load times can result in higher rankings and ultimately lead to increased organic traffic.
Currently, only files included in WordPress core and the Jetpack plugin can be served by our CDN.
Ready to take your new site accelerator for a spin?
Go to Jetpack → Settings → Writing in the dashboard of your WordPress site and toggle the Enable site accelerator option found in the Performance & speed section. No additional configuration or set up is necessary.
We’d love to hear from you
Enable the new site accelerator for your sites and let us know if you have any feedback — we’d love to hear it! Please leave a comment below or open an issue in our GitHub repository.
The Jetpack team takes the security of your site seriously. We know that keeping a website safe and secure often boils down to knowledge — what changes took place? When? — so we’re excited to announce the new Activity feature is now available on all Jetpack and WordPress.com websites.
Smart site owners know that it’s important to keep a close eye on everything happening in their dashboard. Plugin installations, theme changes, and post content updates are critical events that can dramatically change your site. Monitoring them has always been important; now it’s also easy.
Activity is a convenient, chronological list of changes made to your site. It records and displays the most important events, including:
Published or updated posts and pages.
Comment submission and management activity.
Settings and options modifications.
Login attempts by registered site users.
Plugin installations, updates, and removals.
Theme switches, installations, updates, and deletions.
When you try out Activity, you’ll find the 20 most recent events that took place on your site. If you have a Personal or Premium plan, you’ll have access to 30 days’ worth of events. Customers on the Professional plan will have access to a full year of events. Paid customers can also filter activities by type and date range to find exactly what you want in less time.
Activity is more than just an audit log. Having access to this comprehensive list of events makes it easier to troubleshoot and repair your site when you need to. Whether it was a faulty plugin update or an errant theme change that damaged your site, Activity takes much of the guesswork out of finding out where and when things went wrong.
Monitor your site, no matter where you are
You don’t have to be stuck at your desk to keep a close eye on your site. Access your site’s activity directly from the WordPress mobile apps, and enjoy peace of mind from wherever life takes you.
Stay up to date on the latest theme and plugin updates
Keeping your themes and plugins up-to-date — and knowing when you last updated each item — is critical to the security of your site. With Activity you have access to all the details in one place, and you can even update themes and plugins directly from the event log.
If you use the Social Icons Widget on your site, you will have noticed that the widget was not styled anymore after updating to the most recent version of Jetpack yesterday. Sorry about that! Jetpack 6.6.1 fixes that issue.
Jetpack 6.6 is now available for download. This release brings you two features that will make your website more attractive to readers and search engines alike (and a slew of the usual bug fixes and small enhancements).
Continue reading → Jetpack 6.6: Better Site Verification Tools
In today’s digital world, your online presence can end up being the lifeblood of your business. This is why it’s imperative that your site is continuously up and running, and that you mitigate its downtime.
To do so, it’s wise to get started with uptime monitoring to ensure that your website is available and accessible at all times. And Jetpack has a useful uptime monitoring solution for you, and it’s available for free.
Today, we’ll learn why uptime monitoring is crucial for every WordPress website owner, and how using it can even save you money. You’ll come away understanding just how easy it is to get uptime monitoring notifications sent to your email address, as well.
Continue reading → The Importance of Uptime Monitoring With Jetpack