Jetpack 4.9: New Widgets and Many Small Improvements

Following last month’s big redesign, we focused this next release on a few new widgets and several performance improvements and bug fixes.

New Widgets

This release makes three new widgets available for use on your site:

  • EU Cookie Law Banner widget: allows you to display the standard confirmation required by EU law that gives site visitors the ability to accept site cookies.
  • Flickr widget: allows you to show a stream of images from a Flickr account.
  • Internet Defense League widget: allows you to add a widget for visitors to show their support for the Internet Defense League.

These widgets have been available to WordPress.com site users for a while. Their inclusion in Jetpack further improves compatibility between the two platforms, particularly for users choosing to switch from one to the other.

Improvements and Bug Fixes

Included in this release are a number of small fixes and changes to improve compatibility and robustness, including:

  • Removing unused code and increasing our unit tests and overall code coverage.
  • Plugin updates now trigger the in-built WordPress maintenance mode for additional security.
  • Protect doesn’t conflict with other plugins using the login form and better supports IPv6 addresses.
  • The Contact Form doesn’t auto-activate if Ninja Forms is already activated.
  • Fixed a problem where some Tiled Gallery images were appearing distorted when using Photon.
  • Better MultiSite support for Stats and displaying full list of sites.

Full Changelog and Thanks

As always, the changelog provides the full list of updates and changes in this release. We value—and respond to—your feedback so please get in touch or leave us a comment on this post with any questions or suggestions.

Install Jetpack on your site or upgrade your current version today and let us know what you think.

Thank you to the contributors to this release: Andrew Duthie, Brandon Kraft, Daryl L. L. Houston, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Filipe Varela, George Stephanis, Ian Dunn, Igor Zinovyev, Jacopo Tomasone, Jeremy Herve, Jonathan Sadowski, Joseph Scott, Kerry Liu, Lance Willett, Marko Andrijasevic, Martin Remy, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Payton Swick, Rob Landers, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Stephen Edgar*, Thomas Guillot, Xiao Yu, Yoav Farhi.

* Special kudos to these Jetpack users who helped us find and squash these bugs!

Pro Tip: Personal plan customers benefit from priority support and faster assistance.

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Jetpack 4.8.2: fixing more PHP version incompatibilities

Jetpack 4.8.2 fixes issues appearing in Jetpack’s new Settings area, on sites running older versions of PHP.

This release is recommended for all users.

After releasing Jetpack 4.8 earlier this week, we immediately noticed some issues that we had missed during Beta testing. We released Jetpack 4.8.1 on Thursday to address those issues, but unfortunately noticed a few more issues since then:

  • On sites running PHP versions below 5.4, it was sometimes impossible to activate or deactivate some of the features via the new Settings screen.
  • We took the opportunity to remove another function incompatible with PHP versions below 5.4 in Jetpack.
  • In some cases, site owners would only see a blank page when visiting the new Jetpack Dashboard.

All of these problems have now been fixed. You can update to Jetpack 4.8.2 by going to Dashboard > Updates in your dashboard. Another alternative is to update manually by following the instructions in our last post.

If you want to learn more about what was updated in this release, you can check out the changelog.

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Jetpack 4.8.1: PHP Version Incompatibility Fix

Jetpack 4.8 was released yesterday with PHP code that caused fatal errors on sites running PHP versions lower than 5.4. While we do our best to test things prior to release, sometimes things fall through the cracks. We’re sorry for any inconvenience for the errors this code may have caused.

This release fixes that issue, as well as a few other bugs.

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Jetpack 4.8: The Settings Redesign You’ve Been Waiting For

Today we’re very proud to unveil some changes to the Jetpack settings user interface — available now for upgrade or installation — that have been in the works for a few months.

Back in September, when we launched Jetpack’s new design, we knew it was just the first step in a longer journey. Since then, Jetpack engineers and designers have been collecting your feedback, designing prototypes, running tests, and writing code.

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New Jetpack dashboard.

To give you a tour of the new user interface, I spoke to Michael Arestad — the Jetpack designer who’s been the glue behind this project.


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Full Android Support for Jetpack Sites

We’re happy to announce some significant improvements for Jetpack users in the official WordPress App for Android, available now in the Google Play Store.

This update brings to Jetpack users the same features and functionality that WordPress.com site owners have come to expect on Android, including, among others, People ManagementSite Settings, and Site Icons.

We’ve also delivered a full re-write of our networking code on Android, which means you’ll also benefit from all-around performance improvements even to features you’re already familiar with, like your Site Stats.

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To get started, install Jetpack on your WordPress site (if it isn’t already) and install the WordPress App on your Android device. Then log in with your WordPress.com account to manage all your WordPress sites from one place.

We’re really excited about these enhancements and hope Android users will be too! We look forward to continuing to improve your WordPress experience, no matter what device you use (Jetpack is also supported on iOS) and as always we welcome your feedback and questions.

Pro Tip: Personal plan customers benefit from priority support and faster assistance.

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Jetpack 4.7.1: Markdown, Widget Visibility, and SSO Fixes

Jetpack 4.7.1 is here to fix a few more bugs, available now for upgrade or installation.

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Jetpack 4.7: The Answer is Always 42

Welcome to Jetpack 4.7, available now for upgrade or installation.

After a few releases chock-full of new features (like Google Analytics and Ads) we decided to focus an entire release cycle on some cleanup, enhancements, and bug fixes. An early Spring-cleaning if you will, getting us ready for some even more exciting feature announcements later in the year.

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Jetpack 4.6: Google Analytics Integration, PHP 7.1 Compatibility, and Publicize Improvements

Welcome to Jetpack 4.6, available now for upgrade or installation. This release includes:

  • Google Analytics integration
  • PHP 7.1 compatibility
  • Publicize improvements
  • Enhancements to shortcodes and widgets

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Jetpack 4.5: Monetize your site, brand new VideoPress, and many new shortcodes and widgets

Welcome to Jetpack 4.5, available now for upgrade or installation. We’re starting the year in style with some very exciting additions and improvements that we can’t wait for you to try. This release includes:

  • Jetpack Ads (WordAds)
  • Brand new VideoPress
  • New shortcode support
  • More sidebar widgets
  • An update to our Terms of Service

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Jetpack 4.4.2: WordPress 4.7 and Custom CSS Compatibility

Jetpack 4.4.2 is a small but important release that provides compatibility with WordPress 4.7, the latest version of WordPress that was released this week.

Custom CSS now in WordPress

The Custom CSS feature in Jetpack is now integrated in the new Customizer-based CSS editor introduced in WordPress 4.7.

Jetpack’s Custom CSS was very useful for making small (or more significant) changes to your site’s CSS without needing to modify your theme files or create a custom child theme. With WordPress 4.7 introducing the Additional CSS feature, we wanted to make sure that people previously using Jetpack’s Custom CSS can still use the edits they’ve made in the past and use this new WordPress CSS editor seamlessly in the future.

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Other improvements

We’ve also shipped a number of other enhancements and bug fixes in this release. A few highlights include:

  • Improved compatibility with the wp-missed-schedule plugin.
  • Fixed a bug that would create an infinite loop when removing the featured tag from the tag list.
  • Fixed an issue where WordPress help tabs were being hidden.
  • Improved the dashboard page to work better when there is no backup data yet.
  • Improved overall performance by clearing out unneeded scheduled jobs.

Full changelog and thanks

If you’d like to see the full list of the updates and changes to this version of Jetpack, you can check the full changelog here.

We hope you’ll love the new Jetpack features and improvements! Install it on your site or upgrade your current version today and let us know what you think. As always, your feedback is extremely important to us and you can send it directly through our Support contact form.

A special thank you to the contributors to this release – thanks for helping make Jetpack better:

Benyamin Shoham, Brandon Kraft, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Igor Zinovyev, Jeremy Herve, Rich Collier, Sam Hotchkiss, Steve Seear, and Timmy Crawford.

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