Jetpack 3.6 has some great updates to the Extra Sidebar Widgets, improvements to Jetpack CLI, introducing a new Jetpack connection interface, and much more! Here’s a little taste of the great things we’ve added in Jetpack 3.6:
Extra Sidebar Widgets Updates
We’ve made some great improvements to a few existing widgets and added a new widget to the Extra Sidebar Widgets in Jetpack.
New: Social Media Icons Widget
We’ve made it easy for you to add social media icons to your sidebar. Simply add the usernames of your respective social media accounts and we’ll take care of the rest. Once you save your additions, you can see the widget in action in your sidebar!
Currently supported social networks include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, GitHub, YouTube, and Vimeo.
Update: Facebook Like Box Widget
We’re excited to bring you a gorgeous new Facebook Like Box Widget! When you upgrade to Jetpack 3.6, you will have access to this new sidebar widget.
The Facebook Widget only works for Facebook Pages. In this widget, it will show your Page’s header image and now you will have the option to list your followers and recent posts to your Page’s Facebook wall as well:
This new Facebook Like Box is only available in Jetpack 3.6, so upgrade today to use this great new widget.
We’ve also made some improvements to the Top Posts and Pages and the Display WordPress Posts widgets.
The Display WordPress Posts widget now gives you the option to have links open in a new browser window. The Top Posts and Pages widget now allows you to show/hide different page types from the widget. Only want to show post and page results in your widget? Simply check the boxes for “Posts” and “Pages” in the widget configuration area and save!
Jetpack CLI Improvements
Jetpack CLI is a command line interface for Jetpack, extending off of WP-CLI for WordPress. You can easily modify your Jetpack settings with a just a few simple commands.
In Jetpack 3.6, we’ve greatly expanded the number of commands available for you to manage your Jetpack site using WP-CLI. You can read the full list of commands available here on our Jetpack CLI support document.
New Jetpack Connection Management
With this new version of Jetpack, we’ve added a new way for you to manage your Jetpack’s connection to WordPress.com. You’ll see a new button for “My Jetpack” in your menu bar under Jetpack -> Jetpack in your site’s Dashboard.
Clicking this button will take you to a configuration page where you can manage your site’s Primary User, see any other connected users, and/or manage your connection to WordPress.com.
We have plans to add even more features to My Jetpack in future Jetpack releases.
Other Notable Updates
A couple more notable updates in Jetpack 3.6:
- Jetpack Mobile Theme now supports adding a Featured Image to Gallery Post Format and Pages.
- Jetpack Protect now offers a captcha in the login flow. If you accidentally trigger Protect by entering the wrong login information, you’ll be given the option to enter your correct username and password with a captcha to prevent being fully locked out.
The full list of updates in Jetpack 3.6 can be seen here on WordPress.org.
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Can you show me how to update?
You can update by going to Dashboard > Updates in your dashboard, and clicking on Update.
If your site is hosted on WordPress.com, you don’t actually need to update! Your site already uses the latest version of Jetpack.
Widget for stats please 🙂
If you’d like to display Stats on your site, you can use the WordPress.com Stats REST API endpoint to build your own stats function:
You could also use the old Stats API, as explained in this tutorial:
RE: Facebook widget – I was using this already before the 3.6 upgrade (!!). Don’t really see anything new except for the fact that I’m not able to customize width, just height… Am I missing something?…
The previous widget used code that was deprecated by Facebook and which won’t work anymore. We’ve integrated the new code from Facebook which doesn’t allow customizing the width, among other minor changes in the configuration options for it.
Why I’m seeing scroll bar on this widget?
Hi! If you’re displaying the Stream or if you’ve defined a height for it, you’ll see scrollbars in the widget. If you think you shouldn’t be getting scrollbars, contact us with your site’s URL and we’ll take a look!
napintaspinas.com, i didn’t enable stream and I’m using a free theme from wordpress.com thanks
I don’t seem to see any scrollbar on the widget on my end:
If you still do see a scrollbar, could you try contacting us so we can get to the bottom of this with you?
Hi Jeremy, are you planning to integrate your sharing buttons shortcode for jetpack plugin to jetpack anytime soon? Regards.
If you think it’d make a good addition to the plugin, do not hesitate to open an issue here. It’s not a very popular request right now, but if others are interested in this feature we’ll consider adding it to Jetpack itself!
Can you change the style of social media icons on the widget? All I’m getting is a gray box with a black icon.
Yes, you can customize the look of the widget with CSS. If you’re not familiar with CSS, send us an email, we’ll be happy to help!