Jetpack

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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New: Beta Testing Jetpack

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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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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. WordPress.com 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

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

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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.

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

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    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
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    Country view stats on WordPress.com

    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 WordPress.com?” text at the top of your Dashboard stats page to view your stats on WordPress.com.

    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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com.

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

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

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  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):

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    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!

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    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 WordPress.com Stats in Jetpack?”

No!

You can use both on your WordPress installation. The benefit of using WordPress.com 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. WordPress.com Stats works great alongside Google Analytics and other stats tracking services.

 

5. Installing Jetpack

To see WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to WordPress.com 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.

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Connecting to your accounts is easy, and you can select which ones to link to your WordPress.com 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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Jetpack 2.4: Widget Visibility and WPCC (and more!)

We’ve got a great update for you all including two new modules, three new shortcodes, and some updates and fixes to your favorite Jetpack modules!

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