Jetpack’s Picks: 5 Resources for October

At the beginning of each month, we’ll round up five of our favorite links around the Internet to help you better run your business or blog in the month ahead.

Get ready for a spectacular October with the help of these five useful resources.

The Benefits of Jetpack For Your WooCommerce Store

We’re obviously a little biased, but we love this post from Nicole Kohler about why and how you should use Jetpack if you have a WooCommerce store.

“In combination with WooCommerce, Jetpack can bring store owners easily-integrated attack protection, downtime alerts, content sharing, and a slew of other features designed to make your life easier. It’s the equivalent of strapping a rocket to your store — but a lightweight one.”

11 Simple Design Tips to Enhance Your Social Media Images

It’s no secret that compelling visuals are extremely important when it comes to blogging and social media. Brian Peters offers up eleven simple design tips for non-designers over on the Buffer blog.

“Humans are, by nature, very visual beings. In the brain itself, there are hundreds of millions of neurons devoted to visual processing, nearly 30 percent of the entire cortex, as compared with 8 percent for touch and just 3 percent for hearing.”

All in One: Tools and Apps to be a Blogger Who Can Write, Edit, Proofread, and Create Images

As a blogger, you have a lot on your plate. Andrew Howe shares a list of tools on the Kikolani blog to help you blog with ease.

“Unless you have a big staff team who works for your blog, it’s you who needs to be ‘all in one’ and do all tasks on a high level. If you’re wondering how to do it without burning out, the answer is pretty simple: use tools and apps that can help to save time and efforts while being a blogger.”

These Grants Can Help You Finally Get Your Small Business Off The Ground

Looking for grant funding for your small business? Look no further than this useful post from Carson Kohler for The Penny Hoarder.

“Small business grants are to small businesses as scholarships are to colleges. If you’re looking to start a business — or fund an existing one — a grant could be a great financial solution.”

How to Become a Better Storyteller in 30 Days

At its very core, blogging is all about storytelling. This Onboardly posts offers up a month-long guide to become a better storyteller in 30 days.

“Storytelling is at the core of marketing, design and product management within a startup. It’s been referred to as the ‘killer app’ and the ‘biggest business skill to have in the next five years.'”

Have a link we should consider for next month? Drop it in the comments below!

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Let’s Get Visual: Five Jetpack Features to Try

Fun fact: according to a recent Hubspot blog post, researchers found that colored visuals increase people’s willingness to read a piece of content by 80%.

No doubt, when it comes to publishing a compelling blog post or designing an eye-catching landing page, it’s important to consider visuals, including both photo and video.

Here at Jetpack, we make it simple for you to incorporate photo and video into the stories you share on your website.

Get acquainted with five Jetpack features to help you get visual.


  1. Gallery Widget: Slideshows are a popular way for many media organizations and bloggers to display photos. Jetpack’s Gallery Widget provides you with a simple way to display a photo gallery or slideshow in your blog’s sidebar.
  2. Carousel: When you activate Carousel, any standard WordPress galleries you have embedded in posts or pages will launch a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
  3. Photon: If you don’t size your photos properly, you can seriously slow down your site. That’s where Photon comes in handy. Photon is an image acceleration service that resizes your photos and serves the right image size for your visitors from our free CDN. What does this mean for you? Automated image optimization, and faster image loading for your readers.
  4. Custom CSS: Want to customize your theme to create a site that displays media exactly the way you want? With Jetpack’s Custom CSS feature you can write a few lines of CSS in an easy-to-use editor without having to modify files or upload code. Take control of the layout and design of your images and videos with this advanced tool.
  5. Tiled Galleries: Tiled Galleries offers up another fun and creative way to display photos. This feature allows you to display image galleries in three styles: a rectangular mosaic, a square mosaic, and a circular grid. Best of all? Captions are hidden and slide into sight when you hover over the image.

Over to you! Do you have a favorite Jetpack feature for visuals? We’d love to hear how you’re using these tools on your blog or website.

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Jetpack 4.3 and 4.3.1: A faster, simpler user interface, powered by React

This week we shipped Jetpack 4.3 (and 4.3.1) which includes a total visual redesign of the Jetpack user interface and a front-end built entirely in React—the same JavaScript library which powers and which enables us to provide you with a faster and more modern user experience.

This version has been a year in the making and is based on feedback from more than 8,000 active Jetpack users around the globe so we can’t wait for you to try it out and let us know what you think. Here are the highlights:

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The All-New Jetpack: Let’s See How You React

Jetpack 4.3 is coming out next week! It’s the culmination of thousands of hours of work from dozens of talented engineers and designers. The Jetpack admin interface has been completely rethought and rebuilt from the ground up using the React.js JavaScript library.

At Automattic, we firmly believe that JavaScript is the future of WordPress, so we worked hard to showcase the power and beauty of a JavaScript-driven design within your WordPress Dashboard.

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Get People to Stay on Your Website Longer

Writing a blog post is no easy feat.

When you publish a piece of content, you want people to stick around on your website to read your words. You hope blog visitors will be so fascinated, they’ll want to explore your blog to find even more useful content, just like the post that initially led them to your website. You hope they’ll love that content so much that they’ll convert into loyal fans, subscribers…and customers.

First things first, you need awesome content; that’s a given.

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Jetpack 4.2.2: Facebook Sharing Counts and Bug Fixes

Jetpack 4.2.2 addresses an update to Facebook sharing counts and a few bug fixes.

Jetpack Sharing Icon

Facebook Sharing Counts

If you use the Jetpack Sharing Buttons, you may have noticed yesterday that any existing sharing counts for Facebook disappeared! This was due to Facebook turning off a feature in their API that we used to grab and display Facebook sharing counts. There’s a great post on that goes into more detail into the problem.

Since it was only a matter of updating the API that we use to pull the sharing count data from Facebook, we wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible!

Other Bug Fixes

  • Mobile Theme: fixed an issue with the Minileven mobile theme which was preventing it from loading properly.
  • Theme Compatibility: fixed an issue which caused PHP notices to get logged for users of the Twenty Fourteen theme.
  • General: added some improvements to Sync performance.

If you want to see the full list of what was updated in this release, you can check out the changelog.

Big thanks to those who contributed to this release:

Andrew Duthie, Daniel Walmsley, Elio Rivero, George Stephanis, Jeremy Herve, Marin Atanasov, Rich Collier, and Sam Hotchkiss.

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Jetpack 4.2 and 4.2.1: Performance Improvements and More

Jetpack 4.2 brings you performance improvements along with some important security updates and enhancements to existing Jetpack modules.

Jetpack – Supercharge your WordPress

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Hook of the Month: Customize Related Posts

Jetpack’s Related Posts module is a simple and easy way to add contextual posts your visitors might be interested in when they reach the end of a post on your website. To use this feature, go to your site’s Jetpack settings and enable the module. All the magic happens behind the scenes, on the cloud: Jetpack’s natural language search engine scans all of your posts, analyzes all their content based on several factors, and returns a list of related posts for each one of your posts.

Now that Jetpack has worked its magic1, let’s discover how to customize those related posts or how to customize their display on your site.

Related Cats

Use filters to customize how Related Posts are displayed on your site

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Jetpack 4.1: Secure Sign On Improvements, Two New Sharing Buttons, and More

Jetpack 4.1 is here, and it’s packed with performance improvements, new features, improvements to existing features, and bug fixes!

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Jetpack 4.0.4: Security Update, Bug Fixes and Improvements

Jetpack 4.0.4 is now available for download and includes some important security updates, bug fixes, and improvements. We recommend that you update your sites to the latest version as soon as possible.

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