WordPress Themes and Features for Realtors

If you’re a realtor, you’re probably familiar with this situation: you’re out on a site visit, taking calls from potential home buyers, and preparing for several open houses. With all the real estate business details you have to keep track of on a daily basis, you don’t want to worry about your website, too!

Fortunately, Jetpack allows realtors to conveniently manage their properties, provide relevant information to prospective clients, and increase potential leads.

Here’s how you can use Jetpack for everything from picking real estate WordPress themes, to managing different aspects of your website on-the-go.

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Jetpack 6.5: General Maintenance and Security Update

Jetpack 6.5 is now available for download. This is a general maintenance release that also addresses a security issue reported to us via HackerOne.

Here’s what’s new this month:

Simple Payments security update

Keeping your sites safe is always at the top of our minds, and this update improves the security of the Simple Payments widget. We highly recommend that users of this widget update to Jetpack 6.5 as soon as possible.

Thank you, Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies, for responsibly disclosing the security vulnerability to us.

Lazy Images network usage improved

With this update, your site visitors will have an even faster experience scrolling through your images once you’ve activated Lazy Images.

Site Verification settings removed from the Tools menu

We removed the settings interface previously found on the Tools menu, but you can still access it by visiting the Jetpack Admin Page settings.

WordAds improvements

You can now add and control custom entries on the ads.txt file with a brand-new setting. Where can you find it? Just head to the Jetpack Admin Page settings under the Traffic tab.

Update to 6.5 today

As always, the full changelog has 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.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release: Abidh Ahmed, Adam Silverstein, Ariel Chinn, Brandon Kraft, Damián Suárez, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Springer, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Igor Zinovyev, Marek Hrabe, Michael D Adams, Michael Turk, Mikael Korpela, no-sws, Oscar Lopez, Pattie Reaves, RC Lations, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, Tugdual de Kerviler, Weston Ruter, and Yaroslav Kukharuk.

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Attract New Business by Adding Testimonials to Your Website

If you’re a web designer by trade, your website plays a crucial role in helping you find and secure new clients. By highlighting your skills, services, and past projects through an online portfolio, you’re providing future clients with the information they need when deciding whether to hire you to complete their projects.

In addition to creating a dynamic online portfolio, you should include customer testimonials on your website to highlight the positive experiences they had when working with you.

Let’s discuss how to use the Testimonials feature to establish credibility in your field, while converting more site visitors into clients.

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Use Jetpack to Create a Wedding Website for Your Big Day

Getting ready for your big day is stressful enough without worrying about how to create a wedding website. But you probably still do want to have one, right?

Creating a website dedicated to your wedding is a great way to show off your personality, keep guests informed, and share memorable moments from the ceremony and reception.

The good news is that, with the right tools, creating a wedding website can be a piece of cake. And Jetpack offers the features that you need to get started.

Today, we’ll walk through a few Jetpack themes designed specifically to help the betrothed create perfect wedding websites, plus one tool you’ll love for collecting gifts from your guests.

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How to Reduce Your Bounce Rate in Five Steps

Encouraging people to read your site content is probably one of your goals as a site owner; however, once visitors land on your site, it’s even more important that they stick around long enough to do so.

If you’re noticing a pattern of visitors who view one page on your site and then leave, they likely came to your site and didn’t find what they were looking for, or they had poor experiences. This leads to having a high bounce rate (the percentage of visitors who leave your website after viewing a single page).

If you’re experiencing a high bounce rate, read on to learn how to keep visitors on your site longer.

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Everything You Should Know About a Website Footer

A website footer is found at the bottom of your site pages. It typically includes important information such as a copyright notice, a disclaimer, or a few links to relevant resources. Can you recall what’s in your website footer?

Many site owners focus on designing the tops of their websites. After all, it’s what visitors first see when they land on a site. Although it’s very important to design the perfect header and an attractive banner, when it comes to designing the footer, don’t exhaust your creativity. A footer should also serve to accomplish one or more of your specific site goals.

With the knowledge that your site footer might dictate whether a visitor continues interacting with your site or leaving for good, let’s review why a website footer matters, and what goes into creating a compelling one.

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Blast Off With Jetpack and InMotion Hosting

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with InMotion Hosting to make Jetpack Personal and Professional plans available to their customers at no additional cost. This means you get a Jetpack plan for free when you choose one of five WordPress hosting plans with InMotion.

Here’s a little more information about the partnership for those of you new to either InMotion Hosting, Jetpack, or both.

InMotion Hosting: Speedy, secure WordPress hosting

With InMotion Hosting, you get high speed performance, top security, excellent customer service, and plans that fit your site as it grows. This means a faster and more reliable experience that keeps customers on your site. With managed WordPress hosting, you get a host that’s fully dedicated to WordPress sites… and now, the added bonus of Jetpack.

Take advantage of InMotion’s free website migration, or easily get started on a new website with WordPress pre-installed.

New to Jetpack?

Jetpack Personal, included with InMotion’s WP-2000S and WP-3000S hosting plans, offers everything a new WordPress user needs to grow and secure their website. Normally $39 annually, access to Jetpack Personal via your InMotion plan includes:

  • Real-time, off-site backups of your entire site content, data, and settings with one-click restores.
  • An unlimited image content delivery network (CDN) to speed up the delivery of images.
  • Spam filtering in your comments, contact forms, and product reviews.
  • Automated promotion of new pages and posts on social media networks.
  • Priority support from Jetpack’s WordPress experts.

InMotion plans with Jetpack Personal included

Even better, InMotion includes Jetpack Professional for all plans WP-4000S and up. Jetpack Professional gives professional bloggers, small business owners, and WordPress experts access to all the tools they need to design and grow an incredible site. Normally $299 annually, access to Jetpack Professional includes everything listed above, plus:

  • Automated malware scanning of your code, themes, and plugins.
  • Unlimited high-speed, ad-free, high-definition video hosting.
  • Pre-approval to a WordPress-specific, high quality ad program to generate revenue.
  • Access to over 250 free and premium WordPress themes to help you design a professional site.

InMotion plans with Jetpack Professional included

How to get started

If you’re already an InMotion Hosting customer, log in to your account to get started.
On the other hand, if you’d like to sign up for managed WordPress hosting with InMotion Hosting, you can do so by viewing their plans here.

If you have questions about Jetpack after signing up, please contact support for assistance. If you need help with your InMotion Hosting plan, you can get in touch with their support team here.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think of this new partnership in the comments!

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Use Two-Factor Authentication to Make Your Site More Secure

Looking for a way to add an extra layer of protection to your site security? Two-factor authentication (2FA) might be your best bet. 2FA can be used along with your traditional login credentials to make it even harder for unauthorized users to log into your account (even if they have your password).

Let’s review why enabling 2FA will benefit your site security, and how it can stop hackers in their tracks.

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How to Improve Site Speed on Desktops and Mobile Devices

People want results fast. Who has the time to sit around waiting for a site to load? If it takes more than a few seconds, we’ll just find the information we seek from a different, faster site.

With decreasing attention spans and more distractions and information available than ever, it’s vital that site owners improve site speed so that they can increase their page views, keep visitors engaged, and provide fluid user experiences.

Two popular ways of improving site speed are employing Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to load your site files quickly, and optimizing your website images. Using Jetpack’s built-in Image CDN and Lazy Loading Images can greatly decrease your loading times, but there are other ways to improve site speed and provide a better overall experience for your fans on desktops and mobile devices as well.

Today we’ll be exploring a few of these methods in more detail. Read on for more!

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