Learn Why Jetpack is the Ideal Solution for Small Businesses (And Get Your Exclusive #SmallBusinessWeek Discount)

There’s a reason millions of small businesses use Jetpack for their WordPress sites.

Actually there’s five reasons.

As part of #SmallBusinessWeek we’re highlighting the features and benefits Jetpack brings to small business. Read on to learn about them or scroll to the bottom for the discount code!

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Reason #1: Free, Elegant, and Professional Designs

Whether you run a bookstore, cafe, restaurant, consulting firm, or are a freelancer, choosing a site design can be the hardest — and most expensive — first step.

Jetpack provides 165 free, professionally designed WordPress themes that you can then customize with Jetpack’s own design tools. Most small business owners find this is an easier way to get started than purchasing expensive themes and then hiring a designer or developer.

Reason #2: Cost-Effective and Affordable

The majority of Jetpack’s features are free. That’s already a great starting point for any business, especially since all our free features include most of what a typical website needs likes stats, related posts, an image CDN (saving you hosting costs), sharing tools, and email subscriptions.

And our paid plans start from an affordable $39 per year: less than 11 cents a day.

Reason #3: Bulletproof Security

If you’re like most small business owners you don’t have the time — or the expertise — to be taking backups and auditing your site daily for hackers, malware, and spam.

Our free security tools — including brute force attack protection and uptime monitoring — make sure you never miss out on traffic and business leads because your site is hacked or being overrun by spam.

Our paid plans provide expert security support, automated backups (so if your site goes down you can get back up and running quickly), and security scanning to identify hacks and intrusions.

Reason #4: SEO and Marketing Tools

Out-of-the-box and for free Jetpack gets you going with making sure your site has a sitemap so that Google can list your site accurately. You also get social media sharing tools, automatic promotion to Facebook, Twitter and other sites, email subscriptions, and related posts so that readers stick around your site for longer.

The main benefit most of our business users see here is not requiring a multitude of plugins to achieve these simple things and, just as importantly, not having to pay for them.

Reason #5: World-Class Support

If you asked our customers what they rave about, most of them will mention our support. At last count we have thirty WordPress experts all over the globe ready to provide assistance — even to free users.

Paying customers get priority which, when you compare the $39 minimum yearly cost to what a developer might charge, is significantly more affordable.

Bonus Reason #6: Exclusive Discount

Just for this #SmallBusinessWeek, in celebration of all the small businesses that keep the world turning, we’re offering a 20% one-time discount on all our paid subscriptions.

Just use the code SMALLBIZ at checkout.

And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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

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Not All Website Backups are Created Equal (and Why Automatic is Better than Manual)

Whether your website has one page or thousands, you should back up all of your content regularly. Automation is the foolproof way of making sure you’re never caught out.

The Manual Approach

A lot of website owners rely on external hard drives, USB flash drives, or CDs. Any backup is better than none, but storing your files and backups in the same physical place leaves them vulnerable to damage, theft, or loss.

Not to mention that you need to remember to do it and handhold your computer and server throughout the process.

Saving a copy of your files in a separate physical location, also called an off-site backup, is the best way to ensure your site is properly backed up. If something happens to your house or office and your main files are compromised, your off-site backup will be safely stored somewhere else. In case of data loss, you’ll be able to restore your site.

Enabling Automated Backups

The easiest way to perform backups on your website is to install a plugin that does it for you. Jetpack does this by using the same infrastructure that reliably serves millions of WordPress.com sites every day.

Jetpack backs up your WordPress database and any files in your plugins, themes, and uploads folders. This includes all the unique and irreplaceable data in WordPress, and everything properly integrated into the WordPress installation.

The process is automated, regular, and verifiable.

Managing Your Backups

Our most affordable backup solution for WordPress sites is Jetpack’s Personal plan. At just $39 per year, your site is automatically backed up daily, you get a 30-day archive, and unlimited storage (as well as spam filtering and priority support).

For business or news sites that post new content or product updates multiple times a day, the Professional plan also offers real-time backups. Every time you update your site, Jetpack gets notified and immediately backs up your site, making sure your changes are replicated and synchronized. Jetpack Professional also scans your website for security threats, so your website is always safe.

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

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Protect Your Website From This Common Form of Hacking

In the world of website security, your login page can be the most vulnerable part of your website. If you log in with a common username and a weak password, you could be the perfect target for a brute force attack.

What is a Brute Force Attack?

A brute force attack is the most rudimentary form of hacking: it employs bots that try different combinations of usernames and passwords until they find the right one. These are called malicious login attempts and can affect your website’s performance.

Each time a visitor lands on your website, their IP address makes an HTTP request to your website’s server. When bots are constantly visiting your login page in an attempt to crack your password, the number of HTTP requests spikes. All this website traffic will slow down your site, or worse, cause your server to run out of memory.

Secure Login Credentials

Choosing strong login credentials is the first step to better web security — on any site. Change your username from “admin” to something unique. “Admin” might be simple to remember, but it’s also easy to hack. Avoid using passwords that contain a version of your own name or a word in the dictionary. Choose a passphrase with a mix of numbers and letters or use a password manager that will generate secure passwords and save them for you.

If you have Jetpack installed on your site, you can enable Secure Sign On and use the same credentials you use for WordPress.com to sign in to self-hosted WordPress.org sites quickly and securely. You can choose to make this the only way to log in and disable the default login form completely.

Jetpack Brute Force Attack Protection

It’s not just your blog content at risk during a brute force attack. If a hacker successfully accesses your administrator account, your entire server could be compromised. That’s why every Jetpack Protect plan includes protection from brute force attacks, including distributed attacks that use many servers against your site.

When an IP registers too many failed login attempts, Jetpack will block that IP from accessing the login form, quickly limiting HTTP requests before they slow down your site. Your site will be protected, and you can see the number of attacks that Jetpack has stopped with a widget in your self-hosted site’s dashboard.

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

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Understanding the Value of Website Backups

WordPress websites of all sizes rely on web hosts to keep them up and running. However, glitches, malware, and human error can all threaten your site. As a website owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure you have an up-to-date backup of your site at all times.

Protect Against Brute Force Attacks

Your first defense is to block suspicious login attempts with a security plugin like Jetpack that offers brute force attack protection.

A brute force attack is the most rudimentary — and common — form of website attack. In an attempt to gain access to your site, large networks of automated bots try different combinations of usernames and passwords until they find the right one. These malicious login attempts can also affect your website’s performance.

Protect Against Malware and Code Vulnerabilities

Although brute force attacks are very common (and successful), they aren’t the only thing that can jeopardize your website.

Malware — sometimes referred to as “viruses” — can be plugins, themes, and other scripts that pretend to be legitimate products (sometimes actually providing an apparently valuable service). Malware contains code behind the scenes that steals or deletes your data, modifies your links to steal your traffic, or simply breaks your site.

Code vulnerabilities can have a similar effect, but the difference is that they are unintentional. No code is perfect, and sometimes developers write code that contain unknown loopholes that can be exploited by malicious hackers to achieve the same goals as malware.

In both cases, the solution is proper malware protection via an automated security scanning service (similar to an “anti-virus” product) that regularly scans all your code to see whether known vulnerabilities are present or whether modifications have been made without authorization.

Minimize Downtime with a Contingency Plan

Even if you have all the protections described above in place, you should still have a contingency plan for the situations where human error or new hacking techniques compromise your site.

Your contingency plan for accidental damage, malware, and brute force attacks should include daily backups of all of your web content. If anything happened to your site, having a recent and easily accessible backup will ensure it’s up and running again quickly — either by restoring it or by migrating it to another server — thus keeping downtime to a minimum, which most cases could mean loss of income or reduced search engine rankings.

Automatic backup services like Jetpack’s Personal plan make it easy to restore your site in a few clicks. High-traffic sites that generate revenue, like eCommerce, subscription, or advertising sites, should choose the real-time backups offered in Jetpack Professional. (“Real-time” means a current backup is always available and includes an unlimited backup archive, so you can always roll your site back to any point in time since signing up.)

Tie Up Loose Ends with a Personal Touch

Mistakes happen and it’s all-too-easy to accidentally delete a database or compromise your site’s functions while trying to update your files and plugins. If you have access to or can afford to keep a developer on retainer, you should rely on them to update or restore your site.

For most users, however, the personal yet expert support we offer as part of all our paid plans is enough to guarantee that additional peace of mind.

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

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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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Join our Affiliate Program: Get a 20% Revenue Share for Every Referral

We are now accepting applications to join our affiliate program.

Join us in promoting products WordPress professionals and users love. Jetpack’s paid plans help WordPress site owners to improve their site’s security, speed, reach, and revenue — with full data backups, automated malware scanning, high-speed video delivery, an ad program, and SEO tools.

Who should sign up?

Our affiliate program is for individuals and organizations active in the WordPress space including freelancers, bloggers, plugin developers, theme designers, and agencies.

We offer a 20% revenue share on all referred sales as well as personalized assistance and resources to help you get started.

To learn more and apply visit our affiliates page. Have any questions? Get in touch!

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

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Meet us at World Hosting Days in Germany

World Hosting Days kicks off this weekend at the Europa-Park in Rust, Germany.

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WHD is one of the largest events in the hosting and infrastructure space and we’re excited to meet you there this year.

Jesse Friedman will represent Jetpack and deliver a short talk about our services to hosts on Wednesday the 29th at Noon in conjunction with Jan Löffler, CTO at Plesk — don’t miss it!

Before you go, check out our services for web hosts. Want to meet face-to-face during the event? Feel free to get in touch.

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

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