Jetpack 3.8 – Google+ Badges and More

With the release of Jetpack 3.8, we’re introducing some great new additions for Google+ accounts and enhancements to existing Jetpack features. We’re also happy that we’ve had some fantastic contributions from members of the Jetpack community in this release.

Google+ Badges and Social Media Icons

New in Jetpack 3.8 are Google+ Badge widgets for your Google+ profiles, pages, and communities. Because Google+ profiles, pages, and communities are different, we offer slightly different versions of the badges:

  • Profiles: Allow people to easily find you on Google+ and add you to a circle directly from your website.
  • Pages: Includes the profile badge features and adds some additional functionality.
  • Communities: Help people find your community and engage with other users on a topic they find interesting.

You can configure these badges by width, choose from a light or dark theme, and choose from a portrait or landscape layout. There are more options for each badge version and you can read more about this new addition to our Extra Sidebar Widgets feature.

We’ve also heard your requests to add Google+ to our Social Media Icons widget. You can now configure Google+ alongside Facebook, Twitter, and all of our other available options in the widget. Need a refresher on how to set these up? Visit our Social Media Icons support page for more information. Shortcode Embeds

We’ve added the ability for you to use a shortcode to embed videos and streams to your Jetpack-powered site. Simply use the shortcode and you can embed your favorite stream or add your own stream. You can even configure things like height, width, and autoplay. Find out more about the shortcode.

New WordPress Contact Form Features and Updates

We’ve updated the WordPress Contact Form with some new form options and fixes. First, we’ve added a new “Checkbox with Multiple Items” field to the available contact form fields. Previously, you were only able to set up a single checkbox per field. This option allows you to set up multiple checkboxes all in a single field, saving you time.

Also, we’ve improved the styling of the emailed form responses. Now any responses to your WordPress Contact Form submissions will show up in the order you set in your contact form. No more jumbled responses!

And More…

Other key changes in Jetpack 3.8 include:

We worked hard to make Jetpack 3.8 great and we hope you enjoy it!



Community Involvement

In Jetpack 3.8, we’ve had some new features and fixes that have come from members of the Jetpack community. We’d like to take a moment to specifically thank these two community members who’ve taken the time to give back to the community:

First off, we’d like to thank Daisuke Takahashi for his exceptional work on the Google+ Badge Widget. Takahashi lives in Japan and is currently enrolled at university as a freshman and is a big fan of Open Source projects. He has been an active contributor to WordPress including speaking this past weekend at WordCamp Tokyo. Even with his self-professed “basic English skills,” he had no trouble with working with the Jetpack team on his initial code submission and subsequent changes to the widget. Thank you!

Secondly, we want to thank Eduardo Reveles for his substantial issue reports and patch submissions for Jetpack. Take a look at his GitHub profile to see all of his contributions to Jetpack. Thanks again for your help, Eduardo!

Want to help us make Jetpack even better? By contributing to Jetpack, you improve the functionality of millions of sites while gaining hands-on development experience. Best of all, people of all skill levels can help — whether you can barely recognize a filter (or don’t know what that means) or you’ve already authored your own plugins, there are ways for you to pitch in. See how you can help by visiting our Contribute page.

A special thank you to all who contributed to Jetpack during the 3.8 development cycle:
Adam Heckler, Alexander Kirk, Andrew Duthie, Brad Thomason, Brandon Kraft, Chase Livingston, Corey McKrill, Daisuke Takahashi, Dave Green, Derek Smart, Dion Hulse, Eduardo Reveles, Egill Erlendsson, Elliott Stocks, Enej Bajgoric, Gregory Cornelius, Ian Dunn, Igor Zinovyev, James Huff, Jeff Golenski, Jennifer M. Dodd, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joey Kudish, Jorge Bernal, Kat Hagan, Lance Willett, Marcus Kazmierczak, Michael Cain, Miguel Polfliet, Mo Jangda, Payton Swick, Richard Muscat, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Sendhil Panchadsaram, Stephane Boisvert, Timmy Crawford, and Yoav Farhi.

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Jetpack: Protection From Brute Force XML-RPC Attacks

You may have read the recent news report from Sucuri about the latest vulnerability to your WordPress XML-RPC file: Brute Force Amplification Attacks via WordPress XML-RPC


Brute force attacks against XML-RPC are one of the oldest and most common types of attacks to your site. Recently, according to Sucuri’s post above, attackers have found a way to “amplify” these attacks – making it easier for attackers to try and break into your site.

How can you protect yourself from these attacks?

Simple. Use Jetpack’s Protect module.

Sam Hotchkiss, one of our Jetpack developers, wrote an article today on his blog going over the more technical details on how this new attack method works and how Jetpack protects you from this new threat.

If you’re running Jetpack with Protect enabled, you don’t need to do anything to keep yourself safe from this. We’ve already got it taken care of for you!

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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.


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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Testers Needed: Jetpack Plugin Browser

While our Jetpack development team has been hard at work keeping your Jetpacks fueled up and ready for action – our developers over on have been busy too!

You may already be familiar with the great Jetpack features that utilize the interface: the ability to update your plugins across multiple sites with a single click, being able to view enhanced stats about your site, write new and update existing posts and pages with a beautiful editor, and more.


Now, there’s even more new things to try!

Over on the Horizon, where the makers of test upcoming changes and new features with the community, there’s a call for testers for a new addition to the Jetpack management features on

They’re currently looking for testers with Jetpack sites to test the new Plugin Browser feature.

The Plugin Browser lets you find and install plugins from the plugin directory. You can search for keywords or browse within Featured, New and Popular categories. If you’ve got plugins on your site that you no longer need, then this update also lets you remove (delete) those plugins from your sites. You can still activate/deactivate plugins, and turn on (or off) auto-updates as well.

As part of the plugin browser project they have added more details to the single plugin view, which now serves reviews and ratings from the WordPress community, as well as the full description, changelog and other information specified by the plugin author.

“That’s great – how can I help?” you might ask.

Simple! There’s a post on the Horizon Feedback blog with all the details you may need including what to test, how to test, and how to submit feedback to the development team.

The Plugin Browser will be open for feedback through September 28th – so head on over to the Horizon post and get a sneak peek at this great new feature.

Thank you so much if you take the time to test. We appreciate it!

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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


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 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

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

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New: Beta Testing Jetpack


WordPress is an Open Source project built and maintained by members of the community. While Jetpack is built by the fine folks of Automattic to port features from to self-hosted sites, we embrace the same open source spirit by hosting its plugin source code and development publicly on GitHub. We’ve done a lot of great things so far, and we can do much more with your help!

How can you help? Join our newly relaunched Beta program!

As part of our Beta program, you help shape the future of the Jetpack plugin. The Beta program is 100% open to the public and we’re excited to get the WordPress and Jetpack user community involved.

As a Beta tester, you’ll get a sneak peek at new features and be one of the first to try them out. You’ll also help us track down any bugs and other issues, and even suggest tweaks or improvements to existing features. We have a few surprises up our sleeves for our testers as well! :)

You don’t need to be a developer, or even need to know how to code to participate – if you use WordPress and Jetpack, you can be a Beta tester.

Learn more about our awesome new Beta program by visiting the Jetpack Beta page. You can also help by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

Ready? Sign up now!

If you have questions about the Beta program or contributing to Jetpack in general, please comment or contact us. And if you’re unsure about joining us as Beta tester, there are lots of other ways to contribute to the Jetpack community.

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How to install Stats and Analytics on your WordPress site with Jetpack

If you run a website you probably want to know how many visitors you’re getting. So, unsurprisingly, Jetpack’s Stats is one of the most popular features we offer! This feature gives you the ability to quickly see how many visits your site gets, what posts and pages are most popular and where your visitors are coming from.

There are many plugins and services that provide statistics, but data can be overwhelming. Stats makes the most popular metrics easy to understand through a clear and attractive interface. Plus, you can use them in conjunction with other analytics plugins and services.

This article covers:

  1. How to enable your stats
  2. View and understand your stats
  3. Configure and customize your settings
  4. What about Google Analytics?
  5. Installing Jetpack


1. Enabling your Stats Stats are automatically enabled when you activate and connect Jetpack to no additional setup required! (See the last section for help installing Jetpack.)


How do you know it’s working? We add a little smiley face at the bottom of your webpage like the one on the right. (Note: From Jetpack version 3.1 onwards the smiley won’t be on by default. You can turn it on and off yourself as described in the Configure and Customize your Settings section below.)

If you’re saying to yourself “Whoa! That’s big!”, don’t panic: in fact it’s quite tiny. Here the smiley in its actual size: actualsize

It’s pretty small. However, we do give you the choice of turning the smiley display off: see the Configure and Customize your Stats section below to find out how.


2. View and Understand your Stats

Now that your stats are enabled and running, you can view them in a number of different ways with Jetpack.

  1. Add to Main Dashboard
    You can add the stats module to your main Dashboard screen to give you at-a-glance site views as soon as you log in. On your main Dashboard screen, you can enable the Site Stats widget by opening your Screen Options tab and check the Site Stats box.


    Then you can see your site visits, most viewed pages, and search terms people used to find your site at a glance. Handy, right?

    Jetpack Dashboard Stats

    The Site Stats widget on your Dashboard.

  2. In-Depth Stats
    Get more in-depth stats from your Dashboard by visiting Jetpack –> Stats from the menu bar on the left hand side. Here you can see information about Referrers, Top Posts & Pages, Search Engine Terms, Subscriptions, and Clicks.

    This is a great way to see what content is popular on your site so that you can write more about the topics that your visitors really like.

  3. Enhanced Stats Stats

    Country view stats on

    To get even more information on Stats, you can click the “Show Me” button next to the “Did you know you can view enhanced stats on” text at the top of your Dashboard stats page to view your stats on

    By visiting your stats page, we bring you even more information about your site including your best total views per day, your all-time views and comments totals, and features like Views By Country which shows you where in the world your posts are being seen!

    You can also look at stats per day, week, and month. Find out even more about the Jetpack Site Stats – including on what we don’t track through Jetpack – on the documentation page.


3. Configure and Customize your Settings

Everything we’ve covered up to this point is turned on by default when you activate and connect Jetpack to

But did you know that you can also do some custom configuration of stats? Go to Jetpack –> Settings in your dashboard, find the Stats feature in the alphabetized list, and click the “Configure” link that appears when you hover your mouse over it:


In the next screen, you’ll see a number of options for configuring your stats. I’ll cover each one more in depth below.


  1. Admin Bar
    Checking this box will add the stats “Sparkline” to your admin bar when you’re viewing the front end of your site. If you’re in the wp-admin part of your site, this will not display.

    It looks like this (highlighted in green):


    These lines represent the last 48 hours of page views for the current blog, with darker lines indicating nighttime page views. Each line spans a time period of two hours. The number that appears when you hover over the Sparkline is the overall highest amount of views per hour during the most recent 48 hour period.

    You might ask why you would need this. It’s a great way of seeing you site’s activity at a glance so that you can quickly note any unusual traffic activity when you’re not in your Dashboard.

  2. Registered Users
    You can choose whether or not to track site visits or site page views from logged in users. You can even specify different user groups that you want to track – or not to track – stats for.

    If you want to know how often your Editors are on your website, you can track it by checking the box next to Editor. It’s that simple!

  3. Smiley
    Remember how I mentioned earlier about how you could hide the stats smiley? (Although I’m not sure why you would, it makes the world a better place!) But, if you want to hide the smiley from displaying on your website, then you can check the box here.
  4. Report Visibility
    By default, Stats can only be viewed by logged in, Administrator users. This hides stats from other registered users who are not Administrators.

    If you want other user groups (Editor, Author, Contributor, or Subscriber) to have the ability to view stats, you would have to opt-in those user groups by checking the box next to the user group you want to add. (Note: you cannot uncheck stats visibility for Administrator users.)


4. What about Google Analytics?

One of the more common questions we get about Jetpack is: “I want to use Google Analytics! Do I have to disable Stats in Jetpack?”


You can use both on your WordPress installation. The benefit of using Stats is that you can see a snapshot of your blog's activity right from your Dashboard. If you want to use another analytics service you can certainly do so. Stats works great alongside Google Analytics and other stats tracking services.


5. Installing Jetpack

To see Stats working on your site you will need to install the Jetpack plugin. (Note: Jetpack works with self-hosted WordPress sites. If your site or blog is hosted at you already have access to all Jetpack features!)

There are two ways of installing the Jetpack plugin:

  1. The simplest way is install it directly from your Dashboard. You can find step-by-step instructions here.
  2. Alternatively, if you’re an advanced user, you can download the plugin files (.ZIP) and install it manually.

I hope this has helped you learn more about Jetpack’s Stats feature. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Publicize Crash Course: LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path

Carolyn Sonnek:

The second part of the Publicize Crash Course series. Learn how to connect LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path in your Publicize settings!

Originally posted on News:

Yesterday, we learned the ins and outs of pushing your new posts to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Today, we continue our tour of the Publicize universe with the three other social networks you can connect to from your account: LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path.

The ability to share your content with different audiences quickly and easily will help you cultivate a healthy readership. Just as important, with Publicize you can tweak your sharing preferences so that each post reaches its intended destination: you can always choose which services to publish to, and what custom message to include (if any).

You can connect to these three services in exactly the same way, and from the exact same page, as the ones discussed yesterday. Simply visit Settings → Sharing in your dashboard, click “Connect” on the desired one, and authenticate your account in the window that opens. Once you’re done…

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Publicize Crash Course: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter

Carolyn Sonnek:

Great explanation of the Publicize feature found in Jetpack. Also instructions on how to connect Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts.

Originally posted on News:

“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?”

While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to and let us do the rest. We want to emphasize, especially to our newest users, that no blog is an island. Clicking Publish is just the first step, and sharing your work across the internet is key to expanding your audience.

What is Publicize?

With Publicize, you can automatically push out your new posts to social networks: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path.


Connecting to your accounts is easy, and you can select which ones to link to your account. To get started, head over to Settings → Sharing. At the top of the page, you’ll see the options pictured…

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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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