Jetpack 6.8: Building Jetpack for the new WordPress editor

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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.

The new WordPress editor, Gutenberg, will be available to you as soon as WordPress 5.0 becomes available. If you’d like to try the editor today, you can install the Gutenberg plugin on your site. Once you’ve done so you’ll have access to all the blocks mentioned below.

Simply get paid

A little over a year ago, we introduced the Simple Payments button on sites for folks on paid plans. It is a near-effortless way to accept credit card and debit card payments on a website. Now, we’re bringing it to both Jetpack and as a block. You can find out more about this block here.

Add the block, some content, an email address, and you’re ready to sell products, take donations, accept payments for services, and more.

Simple Payments are available as part of the Premium Jetpack plan. See what else you can get by upgrading.

The form has a fresh new interface

Who doesn’t need a form on their site? It’s the simplest way to engage with customers, fans, and sales leads. Add one to any page or post with a block.

No need for shortcodes — just edit the block directly in the new editor. Find out more about this new block in our support documentation.

Map it out

Maybe you want to show your store’s location on a map right on your home page. Perhaps you want to plot out your favorite restaurants, or the spots where you took those great photos. The map block can do all of the above.

Drop in the map block, add your Access Token, enter your address, and, voilà: you have a visually stunning, interactive map! 

If you need more information, check this support document.

### Dear Markdown lovers

We made a block just for you! It’s raw markdown with a preview, self-contained in a block so you can add other blocks around it with ease. And that’s it.

For those who aren’t familiar with Markdown, it’s a way to write and style  posts and pages without writing any HTML. If you want a quick way to write and edit rich text without taking  your hands off the keyboard, Markdown might be the right block for you.

And one more thing… Publicize is back!

Over a million posts are publicized every day with the oh-so-handy social sharing feature we call Publicize. Now, you can again connect your WordPress site to your social networks of choice and share your new posts automatically.

You’ll find the Publicize settings  after clicking “Publish” in the pre-publish sidebar. Take it for a spin and let us know what you think!

Update to 6.8 today

As always, the full changelog offers more details on this update. If you’re ready to bring the latest version of Jetpack to your site, install Jetpack or update your existing installation right now.

It’s a block party!

Once you’ve updated, you can find these new blocks in the new editor’s block picker (it’s the little button with a + on it) under the Jetpack category. Searching for them by name or keyword is a great way to experiment with this new power and flexibility.

Welcome to the future of WordPress. Welcome to the future of Jetpack. We’ll continue bringing your favorite features to the new editor along with some new creations that make site customization simpler and – dare we say it – fun.

What would you like to see us build next?

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release:

Alex Mills, Allan Cole, Bernie Reiter, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Walmsley, Del Putnam, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Jefferson Rabb, Jeremy Herve, Jon Surrell, Jorge Leandro Perez, Joshua Flowers, Joshua T Flowers, Justin Shreve, Marin Atanasov, Mark Uraine, Martin K., Michael Arestad, Michael D Adams, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Mikael Korpela, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, Thomas Guillot, Veselin Nikolov, Yaroslav Kukharuk

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  1. Marc-André says:

    some great improvements here. Thank you guys! I use contact forms a lot and had been using a more advanced plugin but will give this one a try again now. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Imran Sayyad says:

    Wonderful things happening with the word press… no extra mess to create blocs and in page elements wooh…

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh says:

    Awesome! The form and map block looks really amazing. Will you add more functionality to form, such as setting multiple notification, or redirect after submitting? That will make the form a truly powerful tool and satisfy most people.


    • Jeremy Herve says:

      We will keep iterating on the form block to add more features and improve the current flow. That said, it’s worth noting that there are already a number of custom options that you can activate or implement via filters.

      For example, you can use the grunion_contact_form_redirect_url filter to redirect users after a form submission. You can find out how to use that filter here.

      As per multiple notifications, you can already set your form to send an email to multiple email addresses. You will see the option to enter one or more destination email addresses as you create the form block.


  4. mark robinson says:

    This can be useful for the WP users as they can make a choice on how they will going to make the program and how this will be suitable.


  5. tommys6 says:

    Cool! I like it!


  6. tommys6 says:

    The new editor does not save! When will their be updates?


  7. gudfolkes says:

    Awesome update, but what if you decide to keep using the WordPress classic editor for now, will Jetpack work as normal?


    • Jeremy Herve says:

      If you keep using the classic editor, nothing will change; Jetpack will continue to work as it did for you until now. You just won’t have access to the blocks mentioned in this post, since they are only available when using the block editor.


  8. dpmmagpat says:

    In watching your ani-GIFs and video above, I notice you put the dollar sign for money AFTER the number. That is not the way Americans (who use the Dollar sign) do it. It is proper formatting to put the dollar sign immediately BEFORE the number, such as $100 and not 100 $ the way you have it illustrated. Can you update this please to reflect something people expect to see? Thanks.


  9. Tisdale Studio says:

    I’ve always loved Jetpack, but every time I have used it in the past there has been a slowing of the site, with tons of downtime. SO, I wish you guys and gals good luck.


    • Jeremy Herve says:

      Thanks for the feedback! If you ever want to give the plugin another try and still run into those issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we’ll be happy to look into those problems with you!


  10. Johnny Ringo says:

    Good stuff. Would really love it if you would make “Publicize” completely compatible with Woocommerce Product Postings.


    • Jeremy Herve says:

      Do you experience some issues when trying to use Publicize with WooCommerce products? If so, could you contact us with more details about your site so we can investigate with you?

      Thank you!


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