A Dream Come True: Get Jetpack Professional with Your DreamPress Account

Exciting news: you can now get Jetpack Professional with a DreamPress Plus or Advanced plan at no additional cost. In other words, just pay for your DreamPress hosting and you get Jetpack Professional (a $299 value) for free.

This is an even better version of the deal we offered with DreamHost earlier in the year, which gave you Jetpack Premium for free. We were all so excited about the success of our original partnership with DreamHost that we wanted to make the deal even sweeter and give you our best plan.

Why DreamPress?

DreamPress is DreamHost’s managed WordPress hosting option.

Most hosts give you space on a server somewhere in the cloud, leaving it up to you to manage your WordPress site day-to-day. But DreamPress plans are custom-designed to make installing, using, and maintaining WordPress easier.

With DreamPress, WordPress comes pre-installed and configured right out of the box, updates are handled automatically, and you get 24/7 support from DreamHost’s WordPress experts. It’s a premier hosting experience that delivers faster, more secure WordPress sites — and now DreamPress Plus and Advanced includes all the perks of Jetpack Professional.

What’s included with Jetpack Professional

Jetpack Professional gives you all the top-tier design, marketing, and security features we have to offer. Normally $299 per year, a Professional plan includes:

  • Automated, real-time off-site backups of your site’s content, databases, plugins, themes, and settings with one-click restores.
  • Malware scans of your code, themes, and plugins.
  • Access to more than 300 professional WordPress themes, including over 200 premium themes.
  • Automated social media sharing and scheduling tools.
  • Unlimited storage for video delivered without ads, watermarks, or throttling.
  • Access to a high quality ad program and simple payment button to generate revenue.
  • Priority support from Jetpack’s WordPress experts.

How to get started

If this sounds like something you’d like to try out, here’s how you can get going:

  • If you’re already a DreamPress customer, you have immediate access to Jetpack Professional: any pre-existing Premium plans have already been upgraded automatically. Learn more here.
  • DreamHost users can easily switch to DreamPress and get Jetpack Professional for free right here.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions about Jetpack. Enjoy!

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Don’t Miss Our Black Friday Sale!

We’re excited to finally reveal our Black Friday promotion, which kicks off today, November 24, and runs through Monday, November 27. The best part? You don’t even have to leave your house to score these deals!

To kick off the holiday shopping season, we’re offering deep discounts on all of our annual subscription prices. Take 25% off Jetpack Personal (Reg. $39), 40% off Jetpack Premium (Reg. $99), or 60% off Jetpack Professional (Reg. $299).

You can check out the full details and purchase a plan here.

These are our best prices of the year, so there has never been a better time to join the millions of other happy Jetpack customers.

Happy shopping!



The Fine Print
The discount only applies to annual subscriptions, is only applied to the first year of the subscription, and cannot retroactively apply to purchases made prior to the promotional period.

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Jetpack 5.5.1: Fixing Issues with Custom Links

In this month’s release of Jetpack 5.5, we made some changes that created errors if you were using other plugins that added custom links to the WordPress Plugins menu option. This is now fixed — please update if you were experiencing this issue and all plugins/links should work as expected.

This point release also includes a few other improvements and fixes you may want to be aware of:

  • We have fixed an issue that did not allow users to upload plugins using API requests.
  • Open Graph links in post headers are no longer invalid in some special cases.
  • We fixed warnings happening when syncing users with WordPress.com.
  • We updated the way the Google+ button is loaded to match changes made by Google. This ensure the button is always displayed properly.
  • We fixed some conflicts between Jetpack’s responsive videos and the updates made to video players in WordPress 4.9.
  • And finally, we updated Publicize‘s message length to match Twitter’s new 280 character limit, so you’ll no longer be told your custom message is too long when you exceed 140 characters.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have encountered with the 5.5 release and recommend you update now.

Thank you to the contributors to this release: Enej Bajgoric, Jeremy Herve, Mark Samman, Miguel Lezama, and Oscar Lopez.

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Tips for Managing Your Site from Your Mobile Device

Since the advent of the smartphone, it’s rare to find a website that isn’t optimized for use on mobile devices. Managing your website via your phone or tablet, however, is still a fairly new concept.

Managing your site from a mobile device makes running a business more convenient. It’s beneficial for photographers who want to upload photos from their smartphones, bloggers who are inspired by their surroundings on-the-go, ecommerce sellers who want to keep tabs on their site stats, and any other type of website owner.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can manage your WordPress site from your mobile device, and some tips for getting the most out of your mobile experience with Jetpack.

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Four Jetpack Features Worth Exploring

Even if you’ve been using it for years, you might be unfamiliar with some of Jetpack’s features. With the wide range of capabilities offered, it’s too easy for some of the coolest — and perhaps the most useful — tools to go unnoticed.

Today we’re going to look at four features that are lesser known, but just as powerful as those you might already be familiar with. These features will ultimately enhance your WordPress site in new ways, from improving its design to taking the hassle out of maintenance.

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How Often Should You Back Up Your Site?

Backing up your site can feel daunting. Backups are undoubtedly important: one study found that 60% of small businesses that experience data loss go out of business within six months of the occurrence. But the question is how to minimize costs while keeping your website safe.

Looking for advice online yields plenty of opinions from endless viewpoints. It won’t be long before you begin reading about partial backups, full backups, rotating schedules, and other technical jargon that leaves you feeling confused. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and put off your research for another day.

The good news? You can use online services that were developed specifically to streamline the backup process. Jetpack, for example, offers full backups beginning with the Personal plan, complete with one-click restores and a 30-day archive. But even after you find a service that works for you, you still have to figure out how often your site needs backed up.

Let’s look at how you can find the right frequency for your site backups, including three major items you should consider when making your decision.

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3 Tips to Increase Your Site’s Traffic and Engagement

Imagine that you’re opening up a riding camp for horse enthusiasts. How can you encourage more campers to participate? This isn’t your typical business, so you wouldn’t expect its success to depend on website traffic; however, every business grows or fades due in part to the popularity of its website. To succeed, your riding camp’s website must attract and engage its visitors.

Whether you’re a blogger or a business owner, producing valuable content for your visitors is a must — but it’s only the first step. If you want your hard work to pay off with tangible results, you’ll need to find ways to place interesting content in front of your ideal audience members to keep them coming back.

So, how do you get started? There are several ways to promote your content, including sharing posts on your social media channels or improving your site’s search engine optimization.

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Thank you YoastCon

Last week the Jetpack team sponsored and attended YoastCon 2017 in Nijmegen. We had a fantastic time and we’d like to extend a big thank you to the Yoast team for a well-organized and diverse event.

We had some really insightful conversations with all kinds of WordPress pros, and we were overwhelmed by the interest in Jetpack and WooCommerce.

That interest may have had something to do with our Apple Watch giveaway! In case you missed the announcement at the event, the lucky winner was Marcel Bootsman from Nostromo. Marcel is a leading WordPress figure in the Netherlands so we’re doubly happy that he went home with the prize.

Apple Watch Winner

For everyone else who entered the contest, we also have something special for you. Make sure to check your inbox for an exclusive discount code.

Once again, huge thanks to Yoast and see you next time.

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Jetpack 5.5: Connection Improvements and WordPress 4.9 Compatibility

Today’s release of Jetpack 5.5 includes some changes to the Jetpack connection process meant to reduce issues and plugin interference. We’ve also prioritized compatibility with the upcoming release of WordPress 4.9, which is currently scheduled for release on November 14.

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve included in this update.

Improvements to the connection process

We’ve made some changes to the connection process between Jetpack and WordPress.com. These changes should reduce the number of issues that may happen on a site when switching from a HTTP to HTTPS connection.

We’ve also improved this process to make sure that other WordPress plugins can’t interfere with your connection and accidentally disable features that rely on the WordPress.com servers (like our image CDN, Related Posts, etc.).

Syntax highlighting in CSS now handled by WordPress 4.9

The next major version of WordPress, 4.9, is currently scheduled to be released next week, November 14 (but you can try a release candidate right now!). 4.9 will include a lot of changes to its code editors, like syntax highlighting, linting, and auto-completion.

As part of those changes, the built-in CSS editor will now have its own syntax highlighter. Until now, this feature wasn’t available unless you used Jetpack and its Custom CSS module. So from now on, Jetpack will let WordPress handle syntax highlighting if you run version 4.9.

Jetpack’s Gallery Widget will be migrated to WordPress

The Gallery Widget provided by Jetpack will also be obsoleted by the 4.9 update, which will include its own Gallery Widget.

When you update to WordPress 4.9, we’ll automatically migrate any Jetpack Gallery Widgets to WordPress ones (as seen here).

If you use any Jetpack Gallery Widgets on your site, they will be automatically migrated and become WordPress Gallery Widgets once you update to WordPress 4.9.

You shouldn’t see any major changes to your Jetpack widgets with the migration. However, if you use plugins that enable additional widget settings (not provided as part of Jetpack), you could lose these settings due to the way those plugins store the data. You can avoid this by using a new Jetpack filter to force the legacy code to load and then migrate your settings to 4.9 manually.

Additional performance enhancements

Finally, let’s wrap things up with a few additional enhancements you may want to be aware of:

  • The Carousel feature has been improved, and you should see better performance in standard and tiled galleries, as well as with comments on Carousel images.
  • Videos directly embedded into a page will no longer be locked to a specific version of Jetpack. This ensures all users see the newest version of the video player.
  • Our SEO tools will no longer output any custom meta tags if another SEO plugin is active.
  • A new filter, (`jetpack_google_translate_widget_layout`), has been added to the Google Translate Widget to allow you to change its layout.
  • We removed the Press This sharing button if you are not using the plugin, which is no longer part of WordPress core as of 4.9.

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 5.5 today and let us know how it goes!

Thank you to the contributors to this release:

Adrien Missemer, Allen Snook, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Swiatek, Daniel Walmsley, Demitrious Kelly, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Igor Zinovyev, Jacopo Tomasone, Jason Johnston, Jeremy Herve, Jonathan Sadowski, Kirk Wight, Marko Andrijasevic, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Miklos Juhasz, Nick Daugherty, Oscar Lopez, Paul Sieminski, RC Lations, Rich Collier, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Rodrigo Iloro, Scott Stancil, Weston Ruter, and Yoav Farhi.

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Apple Watch Giveaway at Yoastcon 2017

This year, not only are we a Gold Sponsor for YoastCon, we are also giving away an Apple Watch to one lucky attendee.

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What is YoastCon?

YoastCon is a one-day conference focused on search engine optimization where you can get first-hand tips from world-class experts, ask questions about your own site, and improve your SEO copywriting skills.

Why is Jetpack a sponsor?

YoastCon is organized by Yoast, publishers of one of the biggest SEO plugins for WordPress. In their own words:

Yoast make[s] websites more usable, easier to navigate, faster and more reliable. In other words: we make websites work.

In other words, Yoast is in the business of helping make WordPress sites successful for their owners. Jetpack has a very similar mission and philosophy and aims to help WordPress site owners succeed with their sites by providing essential security and promotion tools as well as world-class support.

So, why wouldn’t we support and participate in an event that is so aligned with our objectives and gives us the opportunity to speak face-to-face with power users?

Got it. How do I get the Apple Watch?

Just visit our stand at YoastCon on the 2nd of November in Nijmegen to apply in person. We will announce the lucky winner by the end of the day.

We will be on hand to answer all your questions about Jetpack, our affiliate program, and all things WordPress.

If you’d like to schedule a specific time to meet up to discuss partnership or collaboration opportunities please email us before the event.

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