Jetpack 4.5: Monetize your site, brand new VideoPress, and many new shortcodes and widgets

Welcome to Jetpack 4.5, available now for upgrade or installation. We’re starting the year in style with some very exciting additions and improvements that we can’t wait for you to try. This release includes:

  • Jetpack Ads (WordAds)
  • Brand new VideoPress
  • New shortcode support
  • More sidebar widgets
  • An update to our Terms of Service

Jetpack Ads (WordAds)

Jetpack Ads is a new, one-click simple feature designed to help you generate income from your WordPress site. Jetpack Ads is powered by WordAds — the unique ad program from WordPress.com designed exclusively for WordPress sites. Not only do we provide high quality ads, but after working with tens of thousands of users we have determined the best placements to guarantee both the highest revenue and most reliable compatibility across most WordPress themes.

Jetpack Ads Earnings

Jetpack Ads is instantly available to all users who have purchased the Jetpack Premium plan — no approval process required. Once you’ve purchased the plan, activate the feature in the Engagement tab within Jetpack. You’ll start seeing ads on your site right away, and can tweak ad placement settings and view your earnings on WordPress.com.

Brand new VideoPress

VideoPress is an ad-free, high-quality (HD) video hosting and streaming service designed for WordPress. We think it’s the easiest way to upload and share videos to the web while retaining full brand control on your site (i.e., no ads!).

Over the past few months, we’ve rebuilt the VideoPress integration with Jetpack from the ground up. When you start using it, you’ll notice:

  • No more complicated signup process — it just works.
  • Full integration with your media library — if you know how to insert an image, you now know how to insert videos with VideoPress.
  • The ability to upload videos from the Media Library or directly from the Post Editor.

You can view and edit video meta data from the edit media page in the Media Library, and insert uploaded videos into any post or page.

VideoPress is available to all users on the Jetpack Premium plan (limited to 13Gb) and those on the Jetpack Professional plan (unlimited).

New shortcode support

All users have access to fourteen new shortcodes that have been available on WordPress.com for a while. These new shortcodes enable you to embed content from services like Twitter and Spotify directly into a post or page.

An example of a Spotify embed using our new shortcode

An example of a Spotify embed using our new shortcode

The new shortcodes are:

More sidebar widgets

We’ve added quite a few new widgets for your WordPress site sidebars and footers:

  • Authors: display your authors on the front end of your site. Note: this widget doesn’t come with much styling, so it is up to the theme/user to style as desired.
  • Blog Stats: a simple stat counter to display page views on the front end of your site.
  • Milestone: adds a countdown to an upcoming event or milestone that you designate.

Update to our Terms of Service

We’ve updated our Terms of Service to include a Jetpack-specific section that describes Jetpack, clarifies how features within Jetpack work, and links to a support document that outlines what information and content is synced to our servers when you use Jetpack. Please give it a read and let us know if you have any questions.

As always, you can take a look at the revision history to see exactly what has changed.

These changes will take effect on March 1, 2017. By using Jetpack after this date, you agree to our updated Terms of Service.

Full changelog and thanks

If you’d like to see the full list of the updates and changes to this version of Jetpack, you can read the full changelog.

We hope you’ll love the new Jetpack features and improvements! Install it on your site or upgrade your current version today and let us know what you think. As always, your feedback is extremely important to us and you can send it directly through our Support contact form.

A special thank you to the contributors to this release – thanks for helping make Jetpack better:

Ajk Palikuqi, Andrew Duthie, Bartek Wilczek, Benyamin Shoham, Brandon Kraft, Carolyn Sonnek, Dan Wyman, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Drew Butler, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Ignacio Cruz, Igor Zinovyev, Jake Oehler Morrison, James Nylen, Jared Wenerd, Jeff Golenski, Jeremy Herve, Josh Betz, Lance Willett, Marcus Kazmierczak, Marin Atanasov, Mark George, Michael Arestad, Michael Torbert, Miguel Lezama, Nicola Heald, Oscar Lopez, Patrick Rauland, Rastislav Lamos, Rich Collier, Richard Muscat, Ross Wintle, Sam Hotchkiss, Stanimir Dinov, Steve Seear, Stuart Dum, Thomas Guillot, Timmy Crawford, Weston Ruter, Xiao Yu, Yoga Sukma

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Jetpack 4.0: WP 4.5 Customizer compatibility and more

The new Jetpack introduces improvements for better performance under the hood and to allow you work faster.

Real-Time Widget Customizing

WordPress 4.5 shipped with a new feature, Selective Refresh: if your theme supports it, widgets refresh in the Customizer as you edit them, letting you see changes instantly without refreshing the entire page.

We’ve updated Jetpack widgets to leverage Selective Refresh, and now they’ll update in real time as well!

VideoPress Made Simpler

A new tool lets you edit VideoPress shortcodes right in the Editor, with a fancy new modal window containing key playback options:

VideoPress modal in Editor

Plus, videos placed in the Editor now adjust themselves to your theme’s content width, so you can more accurately see how it will look in your post or page when published.

WooCommerce Sharing

Use WooCommerce? You just got sharing options for each of your products:

Jetpack sharing buttons placed below "Add to cart" button

Social icons are now placed under the “Add to cart” button in singular product views, making it easier for customers to share your products with their friends and fans on social media.

First-Time User Support

We’ve done a better job explaining the benefits of Jetpack and connecting it to WordPress.com when the plugin is installed but not yet connected.

We also added handy links to shortcode documentation to convey the types of media you can quickly and safely embed.

Performance

Jetpack protect helps safeguard your site against brute-force attacks, and now it’s got more muscle behind it. We’ve updated the code and routines that verify your site is protected to be more efficient. For folks using the Contact Form module, sweeping spam submissions out of your database is now faster.

And there’s more

Custom Content Types: a new CSS class on Testimonial featured images — has-testimonial-thumbnail — allows you to customize Jetpack custom post types as you see fit.

Theme Tools: improved schema.org microdata for breadcrumbs gives search engines an easier time knowing what page they are on, and how that page relates to the other pages in your site hierarchy.

Widget Visibility: get granular with your widget display:

Widget Visibility UI

Select widgets and specify to show or hide them right from custom post types, in both single and archive views.

We also fixed some issues…

  • Comments: we fixed a mistake where a comment subscription checkbox appeared on custom post types — despite the fact you couldn’t actually subscribe to those types of comments.
  • Contact Forms: we fixed a bug where the telephone field (which can only be added manually) rendered incorrectly, breaking some forms in the process.
  • General: we blocked direct access to the Jetpack_IXR_Client class which caused fatal PHP errors in some server setups.
  • Shortcodes: we removed the frameborder attribute in the YouTube embed code. It was deprecated in HTML 5. Unminified responsive-videos.min.js in order to address a false positive virus alert in ClamAV. Expect it to be re-minified in 4.0.1 once we resolve the issue with ClamAV.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.0:

Alex Kirk, Barry Abrahamson, Bernhard Reiter, Biser Perchinkov, Brando Meniconi, Brandon Hubbard, Brandon Kraft, Christopher Finke, Dan Walmsley, Derek Smart, Drew Butler, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, George Stephanis, Igor Zinovyev, Ivan Kristianto, Jeff Golenski, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joey Kudish, Lance Willett, Matt Wiebe, Michael Cain, Miguel Lezama, Mohammad Jangda, Patrick Rauland, Philip John, Richard Muscat, RC Lations, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Tammie Lister, Thomas Guillot, Weston Ruter.

Update April 21, 2016

We’ve released 4.0.2 that fixes a fatal error that was caused by Jetpack not being able to find a library directory.

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Jetpack 4.0 beta now available!

The Jetpack mechanics have been engineering a fresh new Jetpack version. It’s currently in beta and you can grab it right now joining the Jetpack Beta Program.

Here are some highlighted features of this version that need to be tested.

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Jetpack 2.5: Google Integration, VideoPress, and Facebook Embeds

In the latest update to Jetpack, we have some exciting new features to share with you including integration of Google services and products, adding VideoPress to our list of modules, and the ability to embed your Facebook updates into your blog posts. Let’s take a closer look at each of these new features!

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