Jetpack 2.9

Jetpack 2.9 is out! We’ve got a few exciting new additions — Multisite support, a Related Posts module, and a more secure Single Sign On — along with many smaller improvements and bug fixes.

Manage all your Multisite connections with one login

Logging in to each blog on a Multisite network to connect and configure Jetpack can be time consuming. Now, you can administer them all from one master account. When network-activating Jetpack, you’ll see a new Jetpack > Settings tab in your Network Admin. From here, you can manage all your blogs’ connections, control whether individual blog admins can reconnect with their own account, and designate which Jetpack modules are activated by default.

Make your site stickier with Related Content

The Related Posts module encourages your visitors to stick around longer by displaying links to additional content on your site related to what they’re currently viewing. Usually, analyzing website content to suggest relations eats up precious server resources. By utilizing the power of WordPress.com, the Related Posts module gives visitors more of what they came for while keeping your server resources freed up.

Sample Related Posts

More security with Single Sign On

The Single Sign On module already gives you peace of mind against compromised user accounts because WordPress.com handles all the authentication for you — your site never touches the user’s private credentials. This release takes security a step further by giving site administrators the ability to require users to have Two-Step authentication enabled on their WordPress.com account before they can log in.

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  1. Sushubh Mittal says:

    Played with related posts add-on. Like it so far. My only problem is that the WP.com powered resizer does not always work with images included in the blog post. This also happens with popular post widget in the sidebar. A lot of times the thumbnails appear broken. For example: http://i2.wp.com/i.imgur.com/qC9fbDP.png?resize=350%2C200
    http://i.imgur.com/qC9fbDP.png exists and loads fine.

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    • Richard A. says:

      Hi! Thanks for the report! We’re looking into the problem with imgur.com images and will get back to you!

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    • João Manoel (@joao__manoel) says:

      I do not recommend to use imgur. External services can always have some problem (such as deleting images without warning or because of lack of access, service discontinuance…). It’s always safer to host images on service itself in that the blog is allocated.

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      • sushubh says:

        I have a Pro account on Imgur which comes with no-delete policy as long as the images are not infringing on their terms and conditions. It’s also how I support their fantastic social platform.

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    • Richard A. says:

      Hi! This should be fixed now, the images from imgur should work. If they don’t please contact us via the contact for at http://jetpack.me/contact-support/

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      • sushubh says:

        Hello. Thanks for the update. Just enabled it on three blogs which uses Imgur and it works! Awesome. Thank you so much for fixing this bug. I hope it fixes the issues with related posts thumbnail too! Cheers.

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  2. Dave Mackey says:

    Great work! Thanks for keeping us .org WordPress users in the loop with updates. 🙂

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  3. lookman3732 says:

    next one can you add support for local host

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    • Ryan Cowles says:

      Howdy! Jetpack does include a Development Mode, which allows you to use it on localhost environments. You can read more about it here. I hope this helps!

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      • Martin Bay says:

        Thats correct but certain functions will not work until the site is live … unfortunately.

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      • Ryan Cowles says:

        That’s also correct. When you are developing on a localhost environment Jetpack cannot connect to WordPress.com. Some of Jetpack’s modules require this connection to work properly, which is why they are unavailable until the site is on a live server. Hope this helps to clear things up!

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  4. mikemacias says:

    I love the Related Posts feature! Working good, except with Jetpack Mobile. The images are overriding the theme and slightly too big. http://www.themobilefanatics.com

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    • Richard A. says:

      Hi! I took a look at your site, and the images seemed fine, I had an ad that broke the layout of the site on mobile, but not the Related Posts images. If you still have problems or you think it’s something we can fix, let us know by sending us a screenshot so we can have a better idea as to what the problem is.

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  5. donniezazen says:

    When Single Sign On is active, for sake of aesthetics, WordPress.org login window should be hidden under a button. Just like the current setup where WordPress.org TextFields are on main display and Single Sign On is tucked under a button, but just the opposite.

    Other than that thank you very much for this awesome plugin.

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  6. Kilwag says:

    Turned on related posts for the first time, now I can’t turn it off! The option to show or hide is not displayed in the Reading Settings like the screen capture shows.

    I’m going to have to disable the whole plugin if I can’t figure it out, the related posts it is shooing aren’t very related.

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    • Richard A. says:

      Hi! It looks like you did find how to turn off Related Posts, as I don’t see it on your site anymore. As for the posts not being very related, we are currently testing various algorithms to improve accuracy, but if you continue to notice glaring innaccuracies, do let us know!

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      • Kilwag says:

        I went into the preferences in the database table and removed Recent Posts section from the list of activated modules… I’m getting the table and field names all wrong, but you get the gist. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the option to “Hide Recent Posts” to display. Maybe you should add “deactivate” buttons just as you have “activate” buttons. (This was on a network site, in case it helps with someone else’s bug report)

        Accuracy of related posts: It might have more to do with the overuse of categories and tags on my site, as well as the sheer number of posts, something like 6,000.

        As long as I have your ear… Network Search sure would be nice, as well as a Network comments feed

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      • Richard A. says:

        Hi! You can deactivate a module by clicking “Learn More” and then “Deactivate”, which is a much safer way of doing it. 🙂

        Regarding your suggestions, feel free to file them as enhancement requests here. Thanks!

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  7. Bradley James Dalton (@createablog) says:

    Seriously best plugin for WordPress now.

    Even better than the Genesis eNews Subscribe Widget!

    But i would like to modify Related to Possibly Related.

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  8. Bradley James Dalton (@createablog) says:

    I did notice that the excerpt is displayed under the post title when a featured image hasn’t been added to the post even when a default featured image fall back plugin is used.

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  9. Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW says:

    Is there a reason the related posts function wouldn’t work? I have the related posts plugin, but even though I’ve enabled the new related posts module, it doesn’t display below my share buttons. Do you think it’s because I’m using another related posts plugin? I did try disabling the plugin, but the issue still persisted. Here’s an example http://www.relandothompkins.com/2013/06/25/on-beginning-a-website-inside-n-a-h-part-2/

    In my reading settings, I also don’t see the options for “hide related content after posts” or “show related content after posts”. Instead, I only see “Show a “Related” header to more clearly separate the related section from posts” and “Use a large and visually striking layout”.

    Although I’ve selected both, no related posts are being displayed under my like and share buttons.

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    • Richard A. says:

      Hi! Have a look this link; it shows the data we get from your site. At the end of the link, you’ll see a comment by the WP Super Cache plugin warning about a missing constant. This comment is breaking the Related Posts module’s ability to parse your site’s data, so you’ll need to get it fixed. As for your other questions, we’ve fixed up the document to correct the errors you spotted.

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      • Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW says:

        Thanks. I just deleted the plugin, and now it seems to be working just fine. Thank You. It’s a great feature.

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  10. Nik Skavinsky says:

    Well, my website went down after this update. It is just blank now
    http://aexpressions.ru

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  11. malaruptaredazione says:

    Hi everyone and thanks for this superb plugin 🙂
    I have a problem 😦 I’ve installed jetpack 2.9 on my site and when I click on “connect to wordpress.com” it gives me this error: missing_secrets. What could it be? thanks in advance for the help!

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  12. gorky5 says:

    Related Content only seems to work for posts (the module is called Related Posts on the admin page, tellingly). Would it be possible to include pages too?

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  13. Albert A (Albs) says:

    Thanks for Related posts feature. But Looks like I’m missing something on it. Post thumbnails is not coming unique and no control on that (size). Responsive view is broken. I hope in future we will get all advanced features for Related posts.

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  14. Blame Emma Designs (@Blame_Emma) says:

    After installing the new update I’m unable to update posts and pages.

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  15. Martin Bay says:

    Regards Related Content. Anyway to turn it of on certain pages. Eg products pages?

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  16. richardsplanet says:

    The issue I am having with ‘Related Posts’ is that it is not scaling images well for the thumbnails – in fact, they are too big and overlap. This results in annoying flickering when the mouse is over two overlapping images (the one in the middle exhibits this problem best).

    One feature I would like to see in ‘Related Posts’ is the ability to customize colours and border. Personally, I would be happy with the ability to set: (1) background colour, (2) enable / disable a border, (3) change colour, size, and text of the ‘Related’ header (for example, change it from “Related” to “You may also like:”).

    You can see an example of oversized thumbnails here:
    http://complete-concrete-concise.com/ubuntu-2/ubuntu-12-04/ubuntu-12-04-how-to-get-a-command-line-shell-or-terminal

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    • Ryan Cowles says:

      The issue I am having with ‘Related Posts’ is that it is not scaling images well for the thumbnails – in fact, they are too big and overlap. This results in annoying flickering when the mouse is over two overlapping images (the one in the middle exhibits this problem best).

      Thanks for the heads up! It’s possible that your theme is overwriting some of Jetpack’s CSS styles, which is causing the issue. We’ve had similar reports and our developers are looking into it. In the meantime, you can add a !important to this line as a quick fix: https://github.com/Automattic/jetpack/blob/2.9/modules/related-posts/related-posts.css#L150

      One feature I would like to see in ‘Related Posts’ is the ability to customize colours and border. Personally, I would be happy with the ability to set: (1) background colour, (2) enable / disable a border, (3) change colour, size, and text of the ‘Related’ header (for example, change it from “Related” to “You may also like:”).

      You can post your suggestions as new issues on Jetpack’s GitHub page here if you’d like. Thanks for the feedback!

      It’s also worth noting that you can use jetpack_relatedposts_filter_headline found here to modify the headline.

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  17. danthemanbeach says:

    I was super-excited about this update since it finally added multi-site support, particularly a global login and designate which Jetpack modules are activated by default. Sadly, I don’t get the option to designate which modules are activated by default. I only get the option to allow sub-site override (administrators can disconnect or connect with their own accounts). What am I missing? I really love the plugin but it’s a huge pain to deactivate the modules we don’t need for every site.

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