Activity: A New Way to Monitor, Debug, and Repair Your Site

The Jetpack team takes the security of your site seriously. We know that keeping a website safe and secure often boils down to knowledge — what changes took place? When? — so we’re excited to announce the new Activity feature is now available on all Jetpack and WordPress.com websites.

Smart site owners know that it’s important to keep a close eye on everything happening in their dashboard. Plugin installations, theme changes, and post content updates are critical events that can dramatically change your site. Monitoring them has always been important; now it’s also easy.

Activity is a convenient, chronological list of changes made to your site. It records and displays the most important events, including:

    • Published or updated posts and pages.
    • Comment submission and management activity.
    • Settings and options modifications.
    • Login attempts by registered site users.
    • Plugin installations, updates, and removals.
    • Theme switches, installations, updates, and deletions.

When you try out Activity, you’ll find the 20 most recent events that took place on your site. If you have a Personal or Premium plan, you’ll have access to 30 days’ worth of events. Customers on the Professional plan will have access to a full year of events. Paid customers can also filter activities by type and date range to find exactly what you want in less time.

Activity is more than just an audit log. Having access to this comprehensive list of events makes it easier to troubleshoot and repair your site when you need to. Whether it was a faulty plugin update or an errant theme change that damaged your site, Activity takes much of the guesswork out of finding out where and when things went wrong.

Monitor your site, no matter where you are

You don’t have to be stuck at your desk to keep a close eye on your site. Access your site’s activity directly from the WordPress mobile apps, and enjoy peace of mind from wherever life takes you.

Stay up to date on the latest theme and plugin updates

Keeping your themes and plugins up-to-date — and knowing when you last updated each item — is critical to the security of your site. With Activity you have access to all the details in one place, and you can even update themes and plugins directly from the event log.

We’d love to hear from you

Give Activity a try on your sites and let us know if you have any feedback — we’d love to hear it! Please leave a comment below or open an issue in our GitHub repository.

 

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The Importance of Uptime Monitoring With Jetpack

In today’s digital world, your online presence can end up being the lifeblood of your business. This is why it’s imperative that your site is continuously up and running, and that you mitigate its downtime.

To do so, it’s wise to get started with uptime monitoring to ensure that your website is available and accessible at all times. And Jetpack has a useful uptime monitoring solution for you, and it’s available for free.

Today, we’ll learn why uptime monitoring is crucial for every WordPress website owner, and how using it can even save you money. You’ll come away understanding just how easy it is to get uptime monitoring notifications sent to your email address, as well.

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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 Prevent Malware with Jetpack

The AV-TEST Institute estimates that more than 250,000 new forms of malware attacks are created every day. If your site isn’t secured, one of these hundreds of thousands could end up targeting your WordPress website.

Given how common malware is, it’s important to understand exactly what it is and how to stop it from wreaking havoc on your site.

Today, we’ll define malware, discuss the most common types, and explain how to prevent malware with the help of Jetpack.

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Protect Your WordPress Site from These Security Threats

If you’re a passionate blogger, small business owner, or develop for WordPress for clients, your site might be your lifeblood. If a hacker were to compromise it in any way, it could be devastating — so much so that The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance reports that an estimated 60% of small businesses go out of business six months after a cyberattack.

This statistic demonstrates that to prevent permanently closing the doors on your site, you should take every possible precaution to ensure website safety and security. Without a proactive approach to security, your website — and your business — could fall victim to a breach.

But with a proactive approach, you can rest assured that your website will stay up and running. In fact, there are a handful of strategies to follow and automated tools to use that address most website security needs.

Let’s examine five of the most common WordPress safety threats that you should look out for, and what you can do to combat them.

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Routine WordPress Maintenance is Easy With Jetpack

Most businesses benefit from having well-designed websites. But what happens to the small business owner who is working with limited time and resources for managing a website?

Fortunately, the team behind Jetpack recognizes the importance of maintaining the health of your website without having to spend extra money on third-party website maintenance services, or devoting time you don’t have to routine tasks like making backups or monitoring your logins.

Let’s review four of the most useful WordPress maintenance features that Jetpack offers, and how you can use each one to save time.

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Why You Should Create Offsite Backups

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You may already have backups, but are they stored in a safe location?

Creating and managing a website is easier than it once was, but things still go wrong. Sites still get hacked. Updates might break certain features, or bring entire websites down. Mistakes get made, sometimes right before a really important, high-traffic day.

To avoid these situations, making a backup of your site on a regular basis is critical. It’s even more important to ensure that this backup happens outside of your host. But many of us are guilty of failing to prioritize this important task.

In this post, we’ll cover why you need to perform regular backups, why they should be made offsite, and offer a solution so that you won’t have to worry about losing your data in the event of a mistake or emergency.

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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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The Easiest Way to Migrate Your WordPress Site (and Why You Might Need To)

If you manage a WordPress site, there may come a time when you’ll want to change your web hosting service.

Why Would You Need to do This?

Our users report three common situations when a site migration becomes necessary:

  1. Changing service
    You’ve decided to move to a different host (or a different service at the same one) because of different requirements or you’ve found a more affordable option.
  2. Problems with your existing host
    Your host is experiencing problems (or has been hacked), which means your website is offline or unsafe.
  3. A new version of your site
    You are ready to launch a new version of your site and you need to migrate it from your testing or staging server to the live site.

Migrating your site to a new host or server can be a daunting task. The biggest risks involve data loss and website downtime — which may then lead to unexpected costs if you need to employ someone to fix it up.

The easiest way to ensure a smooth transition is to automatically maintain off-site backups and use those to migrate your site.

Put Your Automated Backups to Work

Having a recent and easily-accessible backup is your contingency plan for accidental damage, malware, and brute-force attacks. Many website owners rely on backups provided and managed by their host. However, this doesn’t include the option to restore your backup to a new site — especially if the new site is hosted elsewhere.

Jetpack’s restore service can be used for website migrations and will transfer your entire database, all your plugins, settings, and themes, as well as all your content and images.

You can use your website backup to clone your site instead of downloading your content or manually managing your files with FTP.

Get Your Website Up and Running Faster

One of the many benefits of having a quality website backup available at your fingertips is that you can perform your migration whenever you want.

Jetpack makes it easy to manage it yourself — saving you both time and money because you don’t have to hire anyone or wait on support staff. This gives you total control over when your website is migrated so you can choose your website’s low-traffic periods to minimize interruptions.

Jetpack’s migrations mean your site will be up and running quickly. Depending on your site, downtime could mean a loss of income or reduced search engine rankings. High-traffic sites that generate revenue, like eCommerce, subscription, or advertising sites are particularly sensitive to downtime.

Receive Help Whenever You Need It

It’s normal to be nervous about moving your site, but you don’t have to do it alone. Jetpack’s plans all provide access to expert support. If you have any questions along the way, you can ask one of our dedicated Happiness Engineers.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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