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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Jetpack 3.9.3 and 3.9.4: Maintenance and Compatibility Releases

Jetpack 3.9.4 is now available for download. We’ve fixed a number of bugs and added several enhancements, including compatibility with the new Custom Logo feature coming to WordPress 4.5.  We recommend that you update your sites to the latest version as soon as possible.

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Jetpack 3.9.3

Custom Logo

Custom Logos are a new feature coming to WordPress 4.5, allowing theme authors to designate a location for site administrators to add a logo. Originally, this was a Jetpack feature and now Jetpack will defer to the WordPress 4.5 implementation as needed.

Enhancements

When using our Carousel and Photon features, full-sized images in the Carousel will now link to the Photon version of the image to save you bandwidth.

We’ve improved the performance of Jetpack with internal enhancements to Comments, Infinite Scroll, Markdown, Publicize, Sitemaps, and the Subscription widget.

We’ve made Jetpack more flexible by improving filters: Infinite Scroll’s infinite_scroll_settings filter will be applied later to avoid being missed in some cases and added a number of hooks to our Top Posts Widget.

Houzz.com is a great website to help you find design ideas, home improvement professionals, and more. Now, you can easily share what you find on your site either by pasting a link to a Houzz.com page on a line by itself in your posts.
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Other fixes

This release also includes other bug fixes:

  • Comments: No longer reloading the page when clicking ‘Reply’
  • Contact Form: Fixed a formatting problem with e-mails in some clients.
  • Shortcodes: Fixed issues with the Vimeo shortcode involving dimensions and warnings.
  • And many more updates, listed in the changelog.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 3.9.3:

Andrew Duthie, Biser Perchinkov, Brandon Hubbard, Brandon Kraft, David Anderson, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Igor Zinovyev, Jennifer Dodd, Jeremy Herve, Joseph Park, Miguel Lezama, Ryan Hellyer, Sam Hotchkiss, and Yoav Farhi.

Jetpack 3.9.4

Jetpack 3.9.4 resolved an issue that resulted in some comments being displayed incorrectly.

We’re always looking for beta testers to help us catch issues like this. Sound interesting? Learn more about our beta program.

Contributors to 3.9.4:
Brandon Kraft, Elio Rivero, Sam Hotchkiss

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Jetpack 3.9.2: Maintenance and Security Release

Jetpack 3.9.2 is now available for download. We’ve added two security updates as well as several bug fixes and enhancements. We recommend that you update your sites to the latest version as soon as possible.

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Security updates

  • Beautiful Math: there was a potential XSS vulnerability when parsing LaTeX markup within HTML elements. The issue was discovered and fixed by our security team.
  • Contact Form: private site credentials could be saved in plain text in WordPress’ postmeta table when said credentials were set to be stored in Environment variables. The issue was discovered by Oliver Liu.

Other minor fixes

This release also includes other bug fixes:

  • Nova Menus: fixed notices as well as issues when adding menu items in bulk.
  • Publicize: Authors can now access their Publicize settings again.
  • Publicize: fixed problems for Australian and Canadian English sites using Publicize to send their posts to Facebook.
  • Embeds: it is now possible to embed Instagram posts using a www in the URL.
  • Widget Visibility: fixed an issue appearing when a page title matched an existing page ID.
  • And many more updates, listed in the changelog.

Enhancements

We added 2 new oEmbed providers, Codepen and Sketchfab. Just paste a URL in your post editor, and enjoy! Here’s a Codepen example:

We also added new filters to allow you to customize the Contact Info widget, define custom patterns to be ignored by Jetpack Markdown, or change the heading of the Related Posts.

Finally, we created a [jetpack_top_posts_widget] shortcode to allow you to display the Top Posts & Pages Widget anywhere on your site.

Staging Mode

Do you use a backup / cloning plugin to clone your production site to a staging environment? Starting with Jetpack 3.9.2, you can use a constant or a filter to flag a site as “Staging site”, thus avoid conflicts and synchronization issues with Jetpack.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 3.9.2:

Alex Kirk, Allen Snook, Andrew Duthie, Barry Abrahamson, Ben Lowery, Bob Ralian, Brandon Kraft, Chris Rosser, Christopher Finke, Claus Colloseus, Crystal Barton, Dan Walmsley, Daryl L. L. Houston, Derek Smart, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, Gregory Cornelius, Igor Zinovyev, James Nylen, Jenia Laszlo, Jeremy Herve, Joey Kudish, Jorge Bernal, Justin Shreve, Kat Hagan, Konstantin Kovshenin, Lance Willett, Mahangu Weerasinghe, Marcus Kazmierczak, Matt Wiebe, Miguel Lezama, Mike Adams, Mo Jangda, Payton Swick, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Sendhil Panchadsaram, Stephen Edgar, Timmy Crawford, and Veselin Nikolov.

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Jetpack 3.9 — Sitemaps, a new Skype Sharing Button, and More

With the release of Jetpack 3.9, we’re introducing a brand new module, as well as a lot of improvements for several existing Jetpack modules.

Jetpack’s new Sitemaps Module

Jetpack already includes features like Subscriptions and Publicize, to let your readers know whenever you publish a new post on your site. You can now let Search Engines know, too!

What are sitemaps? Sitemaps are files that list each post and page that should be indexed by search engines like Google or Bing.

Once this new module is activated, two sitemaps will be created: a generic sitemap, available at yoursitename.com/sitemap.xml, as well as a News Sitemap, available at yoursitename.com/news-sitemap.xml. The News sitemap is useful if you want your posts to appear in Google News.

You can learn more about this new module here.

A new Skype Sharing Button

Skype Sharing Button

Now that Skype offers a Skype button, we’ve added it to Jetpack’s Sharing module. To add it to your site, head over to Settings > Sharing in your dashboard, and drag the new Skype button to your list of sharing buttons.

Social Menu

Social Menu is a new tool that is available for all theme developers. It allows site owners to create a new menu location which is used to display links to Social Media Profiles.

To learn how to add Social Menu support to your theme, you can follow the instructions on our support page.

And More…

This release also adds its fair share of improvements to existing modules, as well as bug fixes:

  • Added new options to allow management of users on your site directly from WordPress.com or from the WordPress.com Desktop app.
  • Made several changes to Photon to improve compatibility with WordPress 4.4. Custom image sizes are handled better now and all responsive image sizes will be properly displayed when using the Photon module.
  • Photon is now enabled by default on sites using HTTPS. You don’t need to use a filter to enjoy Photon on your HTTPS site anymore!
  • Added support for Wistia oEmbeds.
  • Fixed some issues with long album and track IDs in the BandCamp shortcode. Also added support for two new parameters: tracks and esig.
  • And a lot more! You can check the full changelog here.

Once again, a big thank you to all Jetpack Contributors:

Alex Shiels, Andrew Duthie, Andrew Ozz, Andy Peatling, Biser Perchinkov, Brandon Kraft, Dan Robert, Derek Smart, Dion Hulse, Miguel Polfliet, Eduardo Reveles, Elio Rivero, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Hiroshi Urabe, Igor Zinovyev, Jeff Golenski, Jennifer M. Dodd, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joen Asmussen, Joey Kudish, Jonathan Sadowski, Joseph Scott, Justin Shreve, Kat Hagan, Kelly Dwan, Lance Willett, Matt Wiebe, Michael Cain, Miguel Lezama, Rachel Baker, Richard Muscat, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Scott Grant, Steve Seear, Stéphane Boisvert, Takashi Irie, Thomas Guillot, and Xiao Yu.

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Jetpack 3.8.2 – Photon and YouTube Shortcode Fixes

Jetpack 3.8.2 is out! In this release, we focused on fixing a few specific and annoying bugs that popped up.

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Photon:

We fixed a regression created in version 3.8.1 where Photon did not respect some custom image sizes from other plugins or themes. Photon respects all image sizes again.

YouTube Shortcode:

WordPress 4.4 made some changes to the way Shortcodes are parsed, which broke our YouTube shortcode.  We’re now filtering this shortcode to output properly so you don’t need to go back update your shortcodes in your existing posts – we’ve taken care of that for you.

Wufoo Shortcode:

We’ve tightened up security in the Wufoo shortcode.  If you use this shortcode, you should upgrade to 3.8.2 as soon as possible.

Other minor fixes:

We’ve also cleared up a couple very minor bugs with Carousel, Publicize, Google+ widget, and Infinite Scroll.

Contributors for this release include Aaron Graham, Alex Mills, Alexander Concha, Brandon Kraft, Derek Smart, Eduardo Reveles, Elio Rivero, Eric Binnion, Igor Zinovyev, Jeremy Herve, Kat Hagan, Lance Willett, Miguel Lezama, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, and Takashi Irie.

Thank you for your contributions!

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Jetpack 3.7.1 and 3.7.2: Security and Maintenance Releases

With the release of Jetpack 3.7.1 and 3.7.2 this week, we’ve added some important security updates and bug fixes. We strongly encourage that you update your sites to the latest version as soon as possible.

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In Jetpack 3.7.1 we made a lot of improvements to the plugin, including some important security fixes:

  • Jetpack versions 3.7.0 and earlier are vulnerable to a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the contact form due to improper input sanitization. Reported by Marc-Alexandre Montpas from Sucuri.
  • Jetpack version 3.7.0 is vulnerable to an information disclosure vulnerability in certain hosting configurations. Reported by Jaime Delgado Horna of Listae.

Other notable updates in this release include:

  • Updating the Google+ logo in our sharing buttons.
  • Adding custom capabilities for module management for multisite installs.
  • Fixing a bug that was sending the contact form response fields in the wrong order.

In Jetpack 3.7.2, we fixed an error with the REST API that created multiple drafts and multiple published posts when posting using the REST API.

Full changelog can be found on our plugin page.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to these two releases: Alexander Kirk, Andrew Duthie, Brandon Kraft, Dennis Snell, Derek Smart, Dion Hulse, Eduardo Reveles, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Gregory Cornelius, Igor Zinovyev, James Nylen, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joen Asmussen, Joey Kudish, Kat Hagan, Marcus Kazmierczak, Miguel Lezama, Sam Hotchkiss, and Timmy Crawford.

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Jetpack 3.7 — Simpler UI, Support for Development Sites, and More!

Hang on to your hats! Jetpack 3.7 is now available for your self-hosted WordPress sites with some great updates to the user interface, support for development sites, and more!

Simpler User Interface

We heard you! Jetpack now provides a much simpler user interface that gives you quick and easy access for turning various features on and off with a single click. However, if you want to tinker with individual module settings or configurations like you’re used to, the old Jetpack → Settings page is still there!

New Jetpack UI

Support for Development Sites

If you use a development or staging environment for your Jetpack site or happen to be moving your site to a new URL, you may have previously run into trouble. You probably had to reach out to our wonderful team of Happiness Engineers for help with sorting out the Jetpack issue.

No more!

Now when you move your site (e.g. by cloning a staging site off of your production site or moving from staging to production), Jetpack detects the change and asks you what you’d like to do: Would you like to move to a new address? Is this a totally different site that needs a fresh connection? Or is this a staging site? Whatever your answer Jetpack will now automatically sort itself out under-the-hood for you.

Alongside this, if your site still has trouble and can’t verify the connection with WordPress.com, we attempt to detect that too and alert you so you can take action before, for example, publishing a new post. Now, there will be no more wondering why a new post wasn’t automatically published on Facebook or Twitter!

And More…

Jetpack 3.7 also introduces the new VideoPress player that works on all devices and allows you to paste a VideoPress link to automatically embed videos. Other key changes include:

  • Ability to enable per-post opt-out for Subscriptions by adding one of our new filters to a functionality plugin.
  • A new Widget Visibility rule that allows you to show or hide widgets based on a page’s parent. Need all of your pages in your “About” section to show a certain widget? Now you can!
  • Sharing buttons now display on bbPress forum posts and more.
  • Full changelog can be seen at WordPress.org.

We worked hard to make Jetpack 3.7 a great release for you and your sites and we hope you enjoy it!

A special thank you to all who contributed to Jetpack during the 3.7 development cycle:
Adam Heckler, Alex Kirk, Allen Snook, Andrew Duthie, Ben Lowery, Bernhard Reiter, Bob Ralian, Brandon Hubbard, Brandon Kraft, Brandon Lavigne, Chris Mospaw, Chrissie Pollock, Daniel Homer, Daryl L. L. Houston, David (Lenny) Lenehan, Dennis Snell, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Donncha Caoimh, Enej Bajgoric, Eoin Gallagher, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Gregory Cornelius, Ian Dunn, Igor Zinovyev (Release Lead), jeiseman, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Golenski, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joey Kudish, John Godley, Justin Kropp, Justin Shreve, Kat Hagan, Maciej Gryniuk, Marcus Kazmierczak, Matas Ventura, Micah Ernst, Michael Adams, Michael Cain, Miguel Fonseca, Miguel Lezama, Mohammad (Mo) Jangda, Nancy Thanki, Nathaniel Taintor, Nick Momrik, Paul Schreiber, Richard Muscat, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Tim Moore, Tony Kovanen, Utkarsh, William Turrell, Yoav Farhi.

 

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Jetpack 3.6 – Updated Social Widgets, Jetpack CLI, and More!

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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