Jetpack 3.6 has some great updates to the Extra Sidebar Widgets, improvements to Jetpack CLI, introducing a new Jetpack connection interface, and much more! Here’s a little taste of the great things we’ve added in Jetpack 3.6:
Extra Sidebar Widgets Updates
We’ve made some great improvements to a few existing widgets and added a new widget to the Extra Sidebar Widgets in Jetpack.
New: Social Media Icons Widget
We’ve made it easy for you to add social media icons to your sidebar. Simply add the usernames of your respective social media accounts and we’ll take care of the rest. Once you save your additions, you can see the widget in action in your sidebar!
Currently supported social networks include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, GitHub, YouTube, and Vimeo.
Update: Facebook Like Box Widget
We’re excited to bring you a gorgeous new Facebook Like Box Widget! When you upgrade to Jetpack 3.6, you will have access to this new sidebar widget.
The Facebook Widget only works for Facebook Pages. In this widget, it will show your Page’s header image and now you will have the option to list your followers and recent posts to your Page’s Facebook wall as well:
This new Facebook Like Box is only available in Jetpack 3.6, so upgrade today to use this great new widget.
We’ve also made some improvements to the Top Posts and Pages and the Display WordPress Posts widgets.
The Display WordPress Posts widget now gives you the option to have links open in a new browser window. The Top Posts and Pages widget now allows you to show/hide different page types from the widget. Only want to show post and page results in your widget? Simply check the boxes for “Posts” and “Pages” in the widget configuration area and save!
Jetpack CLI Improvements
Jetpack CLI is a command line interface for Jetpack, extending off of WP-CLI for WordPress. You can easily modify your Jetpack settings with a just a few simple commands.
In Jetpack 3.6, we’ve greatly expanded the number of commands available for you to manage your Jetpack site using WP-CLI. You can read the full list of commands available here on our Jetpack CLI support document.
New Jetpack Connection Management
With this new version of Jetpack, we’ve added a new way for you to manage your Jetpack’s connection to WordPress.com. You’ll see a new button for “My Jetpack” in your menu bar under Jetpack -> Jetpack in your site’s Dashboard.
Clicking this button will take you to a configuration page where you can manage your site’s Primary User, see any other connected users, and/or manage your connection to WordPress.com.
We have plans to add even more features to My Jetpack in future Jetpack releases.
Other Notable Updates
A couple more notable updates in Jetpack 3.6:
- Jetpack Mobile Theme now supports adding a Featured Image to Gallery Post Format and Pages.
- Jetpack Protect now offers a captcha in the login flow. If you accidentally trigger Protect by entering the wrong login information, you’ll be given the option to enter your correct username and password with a captcha to prevent being fully locked out.
The full list of updates in Jetpack 3.6 can be seen here on WordPress.org.