Earlier today, we released a new version of Jetpack, 12.1.1. This release contains a critical security update. While we have no evidence that this vulnerability has been exploited yet, please update your version of Jetpack as soon as possible to ensure the security of your site.
To help you in this process, we have worked closely with the WordPress.org Security Team to release patched versions of every version of Jetpack since 2.0. Most websites have been or will soon be automatically updated to a secured version.
Continue reading → Jetpack 12.1.1: Critical Security Update
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The domain name system (DNS) is one of the cornerstones of the web. Without DNS lookups, it would be impossible to know which domain corresponds to which IP address (the location where a website’s files are hosted). As it is, these lookups can happen in milliseconds, allowing you to jump from website to website almost as quickly as you can click on a link.
Reducing the number of DNS lookups can help keep your website loading times in check. It’s a simple process you can undertake in a number of ways, but it can have a significant positive impact on the user experience.
Below, we’ll go over the basics of DNS lookups, how they work, and how to measure response times. Then, we’ll discuss how to reduce DNS lookups in WordPress.
Continue reading → How to Reduce DNS Lookups to Speed Up a WordPress Site
Note: Jetpack’s Lazy Loading feature was first introduced in 2018. At the time, few other tools offered such functionality. It offered a much needed performance boost to WordPress sites, especially those with a large number of images.
A couple of years later, a new lazy loading web standard was introduced, and WordPress itself started supporting this standard. Today, modern browsers all support lazy loading, and WordPress itself comes with built-in lazy loading functionality for images and videos.
Considering this positive change, Jetpack’s Lazy Loading feature is no longer necessary. You have the option to disable it on your website, and you will immediately begin benefiting from the native lazy loading feature offered by WordPress itself.
To facilitate this transition, Jetpack’s feature will be deprecated and eventually removed from both the Jetpack plugin and the Jetpack Boost plugin in November 2023.
If you’re a website owner, you’ve likely thought about site speed at least once in the past. After all, Google considers speed when determining where to place sites in search results. So, if your site is slow to load, you’re at a disadvantage when it comes to ranking. And we all know that higher rankings lead to more traffic.
So, how do you make sure your WordPress site is loading as quickly as possible? One way is to lazy load your images.
Lazy loading is a technique that delays the rendering of images and videos until they’re needed. Implementing this can speed up your site considerably, and the great news is that you don’t need to be a developer to put this to work.
Today, we’ll show you how to lazy load images and videos in WordPress using two methods: with a plugin and without.
If you currently run a WordPress website or are considering building one, you’ve probably heard of the block editor. This powerful tool is built into WordPress core, giving website owners and developers the ability to build their entire site from the ground up without needing to use code.
But there’s a lot more to uncover about the block editor! Let’s take a look at what it is, the pros and cons, and how to use it.
Continue reading → A Complete Guide to the WordPress Block Editor
What is a permalink? It’s a simple concept, really. A permalink is the permanent URL link used to access a piece of content on the internet. These URLs are, well, permanent — and it’s vital that they’re rarely changed or adjusted.
This article will explain what permalinks are, how they work, how to change them if you really need to, and more.
Specifically, we’ll talk about permalinks in the context of WordPress. Let’s go!
Continue reading → WordPress Permalinks: What They Are and How to Change Them
This month we have worked on several under-the-hood improvements to enhance your Jetpack experience.
Continue reading → Jetpack 12.1 – Under-the-hood improvements for your site