Improving Your Site Speed with CDNs

No one likes a slow site. Most visitors will click away if a page isn’t loading fast enough, and Google actually gives sites lower search engine rankings if they don’t load quickly.

Luckily, there are multiple ways you can improve your site’s speed. Images and videos are the biggest culprits when it comes to slowing down a site, but they can be forced to load faster by using something called a content delivery network (or CDN).

Let’s explore the CDN basics, and how you can use the CDNs that Jetpack provides to speed up your images, your videos, and ultimately your entire site.

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How Jetpack Can Improve Your Ecommerce Product Pages

If you’re selling products on your WordPress site with WooCommerce or another ecommerce plugin, you may not yet be aware of the benefits of also using Jetpack. After all, if you already have a lot of extra plugins and extensions, you may be a little wary of adding another.

But there are plenty of reasons to add Jetpack into the mix. With a few smart choices and tweaks to settings, this toolkit can quickly boost your store’s performance, content, and sales — all without adding any extra strain on your server.

Let’s take a look at how some of Jetpack’s features can improve your online store’s product pages, which will help you increase engagement with potential customers and ultimately boost your sales.

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Jetpack 5.7: Holiday Maintenance

New year, new Jetpack! Jetpack 5.7 is now available for download — update today for maintenance updates, bug fixes, and improvements.

Jetpack Search Customization

We’ve rolled out more improvements to our beta release of Jetpack Search for Professional plan customers. In this release, we’ve added support for configuring sidebar filtering in the WordPress Customizer. Now, you no longer need to write code to add search filtering to your site.

You can learn a bit more about customizing Search here.

Comments

Jetpack used to filter out all content added by other plugins hooking on comment_form_after. No more! Other plugins hooking on the same filter for showing content now work seamlessly with Jetpack.

Markdown

There was a bug that stopped you from using markdown as content for a shortcode — it would insert a weird hash number into the rendered content. The key word is “was”: we fixed it.

Full changelog and thanks

These are just a few of the updates and bug fixes in this release. If you’re curious, you can find the full changelog here.

Thanks as always to our contributors:

Alex Kirk, Allen Snook, Brandon Kraft, Chris R, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Greg Brown, Hew Sutton, Igor Zinovyev, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Caldwell, Jeremy Herve, Jose Jaureguiberry, Mark George, Mark Samman, Marko Andrijasevic, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Marin Atanasov, Nick Daugherty, Oscar Lopez, Philip John, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, and Umang Vaghela.

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Make a New Year’s Resolution with Jetpack

With many exciting things already in the pipeline for 2018, there’s no better time to make a resolution to improve your WordPress site. With bulletproof backups, comprehensive stats, and business-class protection against malware and spam, Jetpack has everything you need to start 2018 off on the right foot.

To help you start the new year off right, save 25% on any annual subscription, now through January 7, 2018.

Happy holidays from Jetpack and Automattic!

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What is Spam and Where Do Those Strange Comments Come From?

Does your blog receive a lot of comments? Spending hours moderating comments and determining what is or isn’t spam can be extremely frustrating. However, allowing spam comments to sit unattended could leave a negative taste in your readers’ mouths, and they could even cause your site to rank lower in search engine results, according to Google.

While deactivating the comments section of your site is a surefire way to get rid of spam, doing so will prevent you from having conversations and building relationships with your readers. Removing comments might solve one problem… but it could also create new ones.

So, how do you accept comments without inviting spammers in to leave irrelevant ones? Read on for a deeper look at what spam is, where it comes from, and how you can prevent it from getting into your site in the first place.

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Looking Back at Jetpack in 2017 – and Forward to 2018

2017 has been an incredibly productive year for Jetpack. Tons of discussions, user feedback, and hard work have resulted in updates and new features that make your sites even faster, safer, and more engaging. These features also set the groundwork for exciting developments in 2018.

Here are some of the highlights of the year worth looking at again, plus what we’re looking forward to in the next twelve months.

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Jetpack 5.6.1: Contact Form Security Update and Other Improvements

Jetpack 5.6.1 is now available for download and includes some important security updates, bug fixes, and improvements. We recommend that you update your sites to the latest version as soon as possible, particularly if you use the Contact Form feature frequently or on several pages.

These are the three major changes you’ll find in this point release:

  • Extra security has been added to the Contact Form to improve permissions checking when updating a contact form’s settings.
  • We’ve extended the limit on character count to 280 for the Publicize feature when posting to Twitter.
  • Finally, we fixed a bug that disabled “saving” widgets when removing a Widget Visibility rule.

Those are just a few of the updates and bugfixes in this release. If you’re curious, you can find the full changelog here.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to 5.6.1: Marin Atanasov, Matthew Denton, Rinat K, and George Stephanis.

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Set Your Photography Website Apart with Jetpack

As a photographer, you likely have a portfolio of gorgeous images that dazzle fans and customers. But you need to get those images out there so that everyone can see them.

Building your own WordPress site is a great place to start, and for photographers looking to do even more with their sites, there’s Jetpack. Jetpack will enhance your portfolio with gorgeous, user-friendly photo displays meant to attract new followers and photography fans. It also includes features that help large photos load quickly, which improves user experiences and boosts your search engine ranking.

Today we’re going to look at three specific Jetpack features photographers should use on their website:

  • Photon, which enables photos to load quickly.
  • Carousel, which displays photos in a full-screen carousel.
  • Galleries, which offers options for formatting galleries.

Read on to learn how each one of these options will help your website stand out and draw more attention to your portfolio.

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Jetpack 5.6: Enhanced Ecommerce, Jetpack Search Improvements, and Better Photon Tags

Today’s release of Jetpack 5.6 includes one major addition for Professional plan customers, as well as improvements to the Search feature you’ve been helping us test for the last few weeks. We’ve also changed the way our image CDN handles attributes in tags, plus minified some JavaScript in shortcodes to speed up your site.

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve included in this update, and how it’ll help you run a faster, more successful site.

Enhanced Ecommerce Tracking support for Professional plan customers

Jetpack Professional customers using WooCommerce and needing some in-depth Google Analytics reports will be happy with this release: we’ve now added support for Enhanced Ecommerce Tracking, which gives you deeper insights into product page activity, shopping cart additions and removals, and purchase data.

To connect Jetpack, your WooCommerce store, and Google Analytics, first upgrade to a Professional plan (if you haven’t already), then:

  • In Google Analytics, navigate to Admin and choose the account you want to enable Enhanced Ecommerce for.
  • Click Ecommerce Settings and toggle both Ecommerce Settings and Enhanced Ecommerce Settings to On.
  • Return to Jetpack and visit Settings > Traffic. Toggle the settings below the Google Analytics label on or off to track (or not track) features like add to cart events, product impressions, and the checkout process.

Enable these ecommerce settings in Jetpack to hook Google Analytics into your online store.

You can read more about enabling Enhanced Ecommerce Tracking here, as well as learn about the benefits of this enhanced tracking on this page.

Jetpack Search improvements, and some initial results from our tests

In the release of Jetpack 5.4, we added a beta version of Jetpack Search for Professional plan customers. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve since fixed a number of bugs that were preventing faceted search and filtering from working properly.

This feature still requires some code to enable and customize, but it can provide a great search experience, especially for sites with a high number of products or posts. You can see a custom faceted search UI in action on KFF.org, a WordPress.com VIP site which was our initial launch partner for a similar search product in 2013.

You can learn a bit more about customizing Search here.

There are currently 200 sites using Jetpack Search in production. Here are some interesting stats we can share with you:

  • More than 10 of these sites have 100,000+ visitors per month.
  • Some of these are WooCommerce sites with hundreds or even thousands of products.
  • In fact, 20% of the sites using Jetpack Search are running WooCommerce!
  • 20% of the sites testing this feature are non-English — this is great to see because we support any language, and also do custom analysis for 29 languages.

If you’re a Professional customer, are interested in Elasticsearch, and/or want to serve faster results to your visitors, please give it a try and let us know what you think. We’ve been getting some helpful feedback so far:

… and we’d love to hear from you, too!

Photon now preserves attributes in image tags

Until now, when filtering content, our image content delivery network (CDN), Photon, removed width and height attributes from image tags. This was done to make sure images were never distorted, regardless of how they were being inserted into a post or page.

We’ve now improved this process and will avoid removing those attributes when we can. Photon will preserve these attributes in tags present in slideshows, galleries, custom (non-Jetpack) galleries, and individual images.

JavaScript has been minified for shortcodes that use it

We’re also now using minified JavaScript files for all of Jetpack’s shortcodes that rely on JavaScript to function. Minifying these files may result in improved performance of your site.

The affected shortcodes are:

  • Brightcove
  • Gist
  • Instagram
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Recipes
  • Slideshows

Full changelog and thanks

As always, the changelog provides the full list of updates and changes in this release. If you have questions or feedback, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to lend a hand.

Install Jetpack on your site or upgrade to 5.6 today and let us know how it goes!

Thanks as always to our contributors:

Alex Kirk, Allen Snook, Brandon Kraft, Chris R, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Hew Sutton, Igor Zinovyev, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Caldwell, Jeremy Herve, Jose Jaureguiberry, Mark George, Mark Samman, Marko Andrijasevic, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Nick Daugherty, Oscar Lopez, Philip John, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, and Umang Vaghela.

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Visit Us at WordCamp US to See What’s New and Get Exclusive Swag

Howdy! Are you going to be at WordCamp US in Nashville, TN? We are!

Jetpack is a Printer’s Alley sponsor of the third annual WordCamp US, and this year we’re more excited than ever to connect with you. We’ll be on site on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 to talk about what’s new with Jetpack, answer your questions, and give away some exclusive-to-WCUS swag.

If you have a question about using Jetpack or feedback to share with us, we’ll have plenty of staff available to talk with you. We’ll also have a satellite table at a separate spot where you can get help setting up the plugin, upgrading your plan, or troubleshooting specific issues.

If you’ll be in Nashville this weekend, make some time in your schedule to chat with our team, pick up some swag, and learn about the latest and greatest Jetpack features. We look forward to seeing you!

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