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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Jetpack 6.4.2 – Fix for Social Login in Comments

Jetpack 6.4.2 is now available for download. This point fix addresses a bug affecting Social Login on Jetpack Comments.

For this point release, we fixed an issue that was published with Jetpack 6.4, which affected visitors attempting to comment by authenticating with Social Login buttons on the Jetpack Comments form.

The full changelog has more details on this update, and we’re able to answer questions via our support channels.

Thanks for your support!

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Add Social Commenting to Increase User Engagement

Audience engagement can play a large role in keeping visitors on your site for longer periods of time, inviting them to explore related posts or converting them into loyal fans.

On the other hand, there are people who won’t want to create an account on your site just to leave a comment. When this is the case, engagement is limited and it can stifle your community growth, as this group of users might not return to your site again.

Adding social commenting with Jetpack opens the door for more interactions by making it extra convenient for visitors to comment on your posts using their existing social media accounts. And streamlining this process might encourage previously reluctant visitors to share their thoughts.

Let’s review what social commenting with Jetpack entails, and why you might want to activate this handy feature on your own site.

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Jetpack 6.4.1 – Nested Comments Fix

Jetpack 6.4.1 is now available for download. This point fix addresses a bug affecting nested comments.

For this point release, we fixed an issue that was published with Jetpack 6.4, which affected users attempting to reply to comments on posts. The bug caused comments to appear as direct comments on the post, removing all-important nesting.

The full changelog has more details on this update, and we’re able to answer questions via our support channels.

Thanks for your support!

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Jetpack 6.4: General Maintenance

Jetpack 6.4 is now available for download. This is another general maintenance release.

Here’s the short list of what’s new for this month:

Alignment fixes for Lazy Loading Images

Visitors with Javascript disabled should experience proper alignment of images on your site when using the Lazy Loading Images feature.

Also, if you are using this feature with the WooCommerce plugin, there should no longer be any bugs with images after updating an item’s quantity in the shopping cart.

flat.io shortcode added

We added a shortcode for flat.io embeds. Just paste an embed URL obtained on your flat.io score into the post body to get this working.

Simple Payment Widget updates

We added a warning for admin users when there are Simple Payment products published on pages/posts or as a Widget and the Simple Payment feature is disabled.

Additionally, users of a multi-site installation were experiencing fatal errors coming from the Simple Payment Widget if they deactivated Jetpack while running 6.3. We fixed that in this update.

Update to 6.4 today

As always, the full changelog has more details on this update. If you’re ready to update your site, install Jetpack or update your existing installation right now.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release: Abidh Ahmed, Alex Kozack, Brandon Kraft, Corey McKrill, Daniel Walmsley, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Fernando Espinosa, Filipe Varela, Garrett Hyder, Igor Zinovyev, Kerry Liu, Marin Atanasov, Michael Cain, Michael D Adams, Michael Turk, Mikael Korpela, Oscar Lopez, Rodrigo Iloro, Rolf Allard van Hagen, Sybre Waaijer, Weston Ruter, and Yaroslav Kukharuk.

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Create an International WordPress Website with These Tips

When it comes to website traffic, the more the merrier. Creating an international website to welcome visitors from around the world can result in more brand exposure and, if you have an eCommerce site, a broader customer base.

According to Internet Live Stats, there were nearly 3.5 billion global internet users in 2016. But less than 9 percent of these users were located in the United States.

You can capture a bit of that remaining 91 percent by implementing a few tips to make your WordPress-powered website easier to use, no matter where your site visitors come from. Making your site global-friendly doesn’t need to be a time-consuming or expensive effort. Begin with a few of the suggestions in this post, and you’ll be on your way.

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