Jetpack 6.1.1: Privacy Update

Jetpack 6.1.1 is now available for download and includes more privacy and consent tools to ensure your site is GDPR compliant. We’re also shipping a few small fixes in this release, including a fix for secondary languages (for example, English or Spanish variations) with the Likes feature.

We highly recommend that you update your sites to the latest version.

Here’s what’s new in this release:

Cookies & Consents Banner widget updates

If you’re interested in GDPR updates and compliancy, this update is for you. First, the EU Cookie Law Widget is now called the Cookies & Consents Widget Banner and comes with added consent-oriented functionality. The widget also lets you specify a link to your privacy policy, making it easy for visitors to find — if your site has a Privacy Policy page set (introduced in WordPress 4.9.6), we’ll automatically populate the widget’s settings with the URL.

We also added a new setting letting you control the expiration date of the consent banner, plus a new filter jetpack_disable_eu_cookie_law_widget that will disable the banner entirely.

New warning in EU Cookie Law widget

A new warning is displayed while configuring an instance of the EU Cookie Law widget:

Caution: The default policy URL only covers cookies set by Jetpack. If you’re running other plugins, custom cookies, or third-party tracking technologies, you should create and link to your own cookie statement.

Feedback data storage change

We added Feedback data (i.e., Contact Form submissions) to the personal data exported and/or erased by the latest version of WordPress core.

Miscellaneous fixes and updates

Here are a few final fixes to be aware of:

  • WordAds: We don’t show Ads unless the visitor is on the main query within the loop.
  • Likes: We fixed a bug that resulted in an alert box showing for sites set to languages deriving from main ones.
  • Lazy Loading Images: Fixed a bug where images would disappear when scrolling.
  • Sharing: Added a check for validating the Akismet key before allowing sharing by email.
  • WooCommerce Analytics: Fixed PHP warning when attempting to get a list of plugins.

Update to 6.1.1 now

As always, the full changelog has more details on this update, and we’re happy to answer questions you may have via our support channels.

Install Jetpack on your site or update to 6.1.1 now!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release: Alex Kirk, Anthony Bubel, Anthony Garand, Brandon Kraft, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Igor Zinovyev, James Huff, James Nylen, Jason Caldwell, Jeff Bowen, Jeremy Herve, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, and RC Lations.

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Renaming Sections on Your WordPress Website

Website Customization: Renaming Sections on Your WordPress Site

Website customization is one of the best ways to ensure that your site reflects your brand’s voice, style, and personality. It typically involves incorporating your brand’s colors and fonts, uploading your logo as the header image, adding a background design, and including branded images in your posts.

However, the branding process of site development doesn’t have to stop with the basics. There are a few extra customizations that can get overlooked, even though they’re some of the easiest ways to add an extra touch of personality to your site. One of these customizations is the ability to rename site sections.

Today, we’ll explain why you want to rename your site sections, and the various tools and widgets available to customize the different parts of your website.

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Enhancing the WordPress Author Page with Jetpack

If multiple contributors write for your blog, your readers might want to know more about whoever wrote the articles they’re reading. Additionally, your writers will want to get the recognition they deserve. To satisfy your readers and writers with a single solution, you might want to create a WordPress author page.

A well-crafted WordPress author page allows site contributors to present their credentials and affirms their professional clout, as they can share personal information about their writing experiences and links to their portfolios or past work.

Today, we’ll learn why author pages are beneficial, and how you can use Jetpack to create WordPress author pages that will make your contributors proud to write for you.

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Build a Community with Jetpack and WordPress

3 Ways to Build an Online Community

So, your new website is coming together. You found the perfect theme, added plugins that gave your site the right features, and started creating content that will keep visitors engaged.

Now it’s time to put that beautiful site to work and build an online community.

Building a community means engaging with your audience. Connect with the people interacting with your site, and you can build a loyal following that will support your brand.

Today, we will explore three ways to use your online presence to build a community, and the Jetpack tools that can help you along the way!

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Understanding Your Site’s Performance with Google Analytics

Now that your site is up and running, you might want to figure out what’s working — and what’s not. This means figuring out how to measure its success.

Jetpack offers built-in stats, but if you want to take a deeper look at how well your site is performing, you can use Jetpack to connect to Google Analytics. Google Analytics provides a comprehensive report on website traffic, referral traffic, and additional insights meant to help you understand your audience.

So, what is Google Analytics and why should you use it? Let’s explore how Google Analytics works, plus some of the most useful features it offers to WordPress site owners.

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How to Increase Engagement by Communicating with Visitors

Creating a website is a great way to open the channels of communication with your audience members. Visitors can interact with your content, reach out through your social media platforms, and submit forms with their questions and comments. However, even the best website in the world will miss out on growth opportunities if you don’t develop and support these website communication channels.

Great site communication can help you grow a loyal audience, increase brand awareness, and attract more supporters.

There are multiple ways to use your website to increase communication and engagement with your audience. Let’s discuss the importance of nurturing website engagement.

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How to Prevent Malware with Jetpack

The AV-TEST Institute estimates that more than 250,000 new forms of malware attacks are created every day. If your site isn’t secured, one of these hundreds of thousands could end up targeting your WordPress website.

Given how common malware is, it’s important to understand exactly what it is and how to stop it from wreaking havoc on your site.

Today, we’ll define malware, discuss the most common types, and explain how to prevent malware with the help of Jetpack.

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Create Stunning Portfolios with WordPress and Jetpack

From photographers and DIY bloggers, to advertising companies and freelancers, many professionals and businesses rely on online portfolios to promote their work.

If your site could benefit from an online portfolio, now might be the perfect time to create one. Often times, site visitors make first impressions after viewing online portfolios, so creating a powerful portfolio page can be extremely important to the future of your business.

Today, we’ll cover how to create an online portfolio with your self-hosted WordPress site and  Jetpack.

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Jetpack 6.1: General Maintenance

Happy May and welcome to Jetpack 6.1. This month brings us another general maintenance release, so you won’t find any big surprises here, but there are still some important improvements to learn about.

The new things you’ll find in 6.1 are:

Privacy information links added

Jetpack’s position regarding its users and their visitors’ privacy has been enhanced in the process to make all of Automattic’s software GDPR-compliant.

You will now will see a footer on the “More Info” popover that appears next to each feature setting. These link to specific sections in our support docs describing privacy implications in the event you want to learn more about them.

Stats and Do Not Track changes

We now offer the users a way to have a clear map of the privacy implications of each Jetpack feature. We also introduced a new filter that will honor the Do Not Track feature for visitors that choose to take advantage of it.

Note that this only affects Jetpack’s own Stats feature and nothing else.

WordAds improvements

There are two improvements to the WordAds program to share this month. First, we’ve added support for the ads.txt file.

Second, we’ve introduced a new shortcode, [wordads], which allows you to include an ad inline on any given post or page content. This will give you even more flexibility in defining where your ads appear on your site.

Additional performance enhancements

There are a few bugfixes and enhancements in this release, but the main issues we tackled are the following:

  • When a post transitions to publish, Jetpack used to add Publicize post meta to all posts, whether or not it was a Publicize-able post type. This has been adjusted.
  • We removed the Sharing and Like display functionality from WooCommerce’s Cart, Checkout, and Account pages.
  • Users running their site on PHP 7.2 were seeing notices on their logs related to language features that were updated with this latest release of PHP. These notices should now be addressed.

Full changelog and thanks

As always, you can read the full changelog and see what else we have improved in this release.

Install Jetpack on your site or upgrade to 6.1 today to experience the latest and greatest!

Thanks to all the contributors to this release:

Aaron Douglas, Alex Mills, Allen Snook, Anthony Bubel, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Walmsley, David Newman, Derek Smart, Eric Johnson, Egill R. Erlendsson, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Igor Zinovyev, Javi Alvarez, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Johnston, Jeremy Herve, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Stieler, Joan Rho, Justin Shreve, Lance Willett, Michael D Adams,  Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Mikael Korpela, Mike Jolley, Niels Lange, Oscar Lopez, Peter Westwood, Rastislav Lamoš, RC Lations, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Taegon Kim, Tugdual de Kerviler, Yaroslav Kukharuk, and Žiga Sancin.

 

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