We’ve got quite the release for you this month! Jetpack 9.5 provides personal recommendations for your site, improves your findability with free SEO tools, and gives your visitors a better search experience. Bonus: the WordPress mobile app was recently updated and now includes Jetpack tools helping you to protect your site from anywhere. Let’s get to it!
Continue reading → Jetpack 9.5: Level up your site with custom recommendations
A CDN, or content delivery network, improves the performance of your WordPress blog by optimizing server resources to let you handle high-volume traffic more quickly.
If you’re wondering whether or not a CDN can improve your readers’ experience, simply ask yourself these three questions:
- Does your site receive international visitors?
- Does your site experience lagging or slow load times at high volumes?
- Are you preparing for an upcoming increase in site traffic?
If your response to any of the above is “yes”, your blog can benefit from a CDN. Let’s take a look at what a CDN is, why you need one, and why we believe Jetpack has the best CDN for WordPress.
Continue reading → Do I Need a CDN for my WordPress Blog?
When it comes to creating content and writing blog posts, it’s important to engage your audience from the start. Why? Because attention spans can be as short as eight seconds.
But when done right, content can turn readers into loyal followers, position you as an expert in your niche, and even skyrocket the number of new people that visit your site.
If you’re anxious about finding the right techniques and strategies to help — don’t be! It’s easier than you might think.
Continue reading → Six Ways to Create More Engaging Blog Posts
Here at Jetpack, we have noticed an increase in the number of sites affected with a fake plugin ingeniously called: WordPress Editor. And since it’s been happening more frequently, we decided to write about it.
Before we go any further, if you have this plugin installed and activated on your WordPress site, you should immediately follow these steps:
- Remove the plugin.
- Change your current admin password and make sure to use a strong one.
- Review all admin users; if the attacker had access to your site they may have created new users.
- Change passwords for any other valid admin accounts.
- Enable 2FA for all admin accounts.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s see what this bad code does.
Continue reading → How Hackers Abuse Leaked Passwords for Profit
If your site doesn’t load quickly for visitors, you’re missing out on sales. In fact, your conversion rate can decrease by 7% for every second your site takes to load — that’s a lot of lost customers!
Focusing on website speed is well worth the effort, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can optimize your WooCommerce store.
Continue reading → How to Speed Up Your WooCommerce Store
Whether you run a blog, online store, service-based business, or personal website, backups are an important piece of infrastructure. They protect your hard work against hackers and mistakes, ensuring that even if something goes wrong, you don’t lose everything.
There are a variety of WordPress backup plugins you can choose from, but we took a moment to compare two popular choices — Jetpack Backup and UpdraftPlus.
Continue reading → Jetpack Backup vs. UpdraftPlus — Choosing the Right Backup Plugin for Your Site
Handling spam messages and comments on your website can be a hassle. You have to spend a lot of time going through each comment one by one to figure out which ones are real. Anti-spam solutions for WordPress monitor and filter comments so you don’t have to.
You’ve likely heard of popular options like Akismet, Jetpack Anti-spam, Antispam Bee, and Titan Anti-Spam. To help you find the best solution for your site, we’re going to dive into important features you should consider.
Continue reading → Comparing Anti-spam Solutions for WordPress Websites
This month, Jetpack focused on enhancing some of your favorite blocks, buttons, and widgets.
- The Podcast Player Block has skip back and forward buttons, and supports pages with multiple podcasts and RSS feed links.
- You can now show off your Patreon profile through the Social Icons widget.
- Jetpack’s Instant Search feature is now compatible with older browsers like IE11.
- We fixed some Video block display issues for videos hosted by Jetpack.
Continue reading → Jetpack 9.4: Improvements for You
It takes a lot to build a successful online store, and the last thing you want is to lose all of that hard work. But permanently losing your website or customer data should never happen, because it’s completely avoidable. And if you use the best WooCommerce backup plugin — Jetpack Backup — it never will.
Here are five ways Jetpack Backup can save your website and your business.
Continue reading → Five Ways a WooCommerce Backup Plugin Can Save Your Business
Note: Are you interested in how the Jetpack team investigates malware to help protect your site? Then we’ve got you covered. The takeaways are for everyone, but the second half of the article does require some technical knowledge of how WordPress works.
Creating your new business website or your personal blog is really exciting! Choosing a nice theme which will showcase your vision and selecting the proper plugins to deliver the best user experience is not an easy task, and it will most likely add to the cost of having this project up and running. Pirating software may be tempting as an easy cost-saving measure.
Besides software like Windows 10, Microsoft Office, or Adobe Creative Suite, you’ll find pirated WordPress extensions out there too. Downloading plugins and themes from sites that aren’t licensed distributors will only add to your cost in the long run. Let me explain why.
In 2018, BSA published the Global Software Survey, where it states some striking numbers:
- 37% of all software installed on personal computers is unlicensed
- The cost of fixing malware or viruses installed from pirated software is nearly $360 billion a year
Some may argue that a pirated WordPress theme or plugin will do no harm to their computer, or doesn’t even represent a threat to their information since it’s running on someone else’s computer (also known as the cloud). This couldn’t be more wrong.
Continue reading → The Real Cost of Unlicensed Plugins