Jetpack 5.2.1: Fixing Widgets Bug

Yesterday Jetpack 5.2 was released which unfortunately introduced a bug that prevented content in new widgets from being saved. The issue did not affect existing widgets, only newly created ones.

Thanks to prompt reports from our users we’ve released an update (5.2.1) which fixes the issue.

We apologize for the inconvenience and recommend you update now.

Thank you to the contributors to this release: Rocco Tripaldi, Miguel Lezama, Derek Smart, and Elio Rivero.

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 4.7.1: 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 4.3 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 WordPress.com 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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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.

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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 WordPress.org 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.

Performance Enhancements

Jetpack requires a connection to the WordPress.com servers which helps offload processes from your own server and also opens up a wealth of features that you can use to speed up your site, protect your site, and increase engagement of your readers. All of these features rely on the communication between WordPress.com and your site.

Since these features rely on that back and forth communication, we’ve focused in this release to make that communication channel even more efficient. Below are some key points highlighting the improvements in performance comparing Jetpack version 4.1.x to Jetpack 4.2.

Key Points:

  • Front end database queries reduced by 69% for all front-end page views.
  • Reduced wp-admin database queries by 43%.
  • Memory usage improved by over 20% when the site is viewed by logged out users.
  • Improved load time by 9.9% on shared hosting environments

Please note these numbers don’t reflect all types of WordPress installs and plugin configurations. In these comparisons, we’re running the latest version of WordPress (4.5.3) and Jetpack is the only plugin installed. You might see different results with other setups and server configurations.

All of these features rely on the communication, and syncing of some data, between WordPress.com and your site. This data begins to sync when Jetpack is installed and connected to a WordPress.com User ID.

If you’d like to read in more detail about what we sync, why, and what we do with it, please refer to this support page.

Security

Our development team is always working to make Jetpack secure and safe to use on your sites. In Jetpack 4.2, we continue that work and have fixed a few vulnerabilities in this release.

  • Contact Form: we made changes to avoid potential formula injections in Contact Form submission exports.
  • General: XSS Vulnerability due to the misuse of the add_query_arg() function. Kudos to Karim Valiev, Mail.Ru Security Team
  • General: More changes to harden Jetpack security by implementing the hash_equals() function in an effort to avoid timing attacks when comparing strings. Thanks to Scott Arciszewski.

And more!

  • Shortcodes: Added several new parameters to the Dailymotion shortcode.
  • Custom CSS: added support for font-feature-settings in the Custom CSS Editor.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to Jetpack 4.2:

Alex Mills, Andrei Lupu, Andrew Duthie, Brandon Hubbard, Brandon Kraft, Chase Livingston, Dan Walmsley, Derek Smart, Dion Hulse, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Ephraim Gregor, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Josiah Sprague, Lance Willett, Martin Falkus, Miguel Lezama, Nick Daugherty, Oscar Lopez, Rich Collier, Sam Hotchkiss, Tunghsiao Liu, and Will Woodward.

Jetpack 4.2.1

Jetpack 4.2.1 is being released to address a few issues in 4.2.

  • We fixed a conflict between Jetpack and W3 Total Cache that blocked some site owners from accessing their dashboard.
  • We fixed some issues with Publicize and Custom Post Types.
  • Now, very large Multisite networks with millions of users can be synchronized with WordPress.com.

Special thanks to those who contributed to Jetpack 4.2.1:

Daniel Walmsley, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, and Sam Hotchkiss

If you’d like to learn more about these releases and the other changes brought to Jetpack, you can check the full changelog here.

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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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Jetpack 3.9.5 and 3.9.6: Maintenance Releases

WordPress 4.5 will be released in a few weeks, and we’ve made updates to Jetpack to account for the significant changes that will be introduced in this new version of WordPress.

These updates have involved making sure that certain Jetpack features work properly in the Customizer view, namely adding support for selective refresh. Big thanks to @westonruter for contributing the code!

Other enhancements and bug fixes:

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  • Contact Form: no longer calling the datepicker method if it’s not available.
  • Single Sign On: settings checkboxes now honor filters and constants that restrict certain sign-in modes.
  • Shortcodes: fixed a problem with Gist fetching.
  • Shortcodes: fixed invalid HTML5 markup in YouTube embed code.
  • Shortcodes: made Vimeo links work properly in case of multiple mixed uses in one post.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 3.9.5:

Christopher Finke, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Igor Zinovyev, Jeremy Herve, Matt Wiebe, Michael Cain, Miguel Lezama, Mo Jangda, Philip John, Tammie Lister, and Weston Ruter.

Jetpack 3.9.6 was also released today to fix an issue with some comments incorrectly rendering video embeds. Our apologies! Consider it an early April Fools’ Day joke…

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