Jetpack

Jetpack 3.1: Portfolio Custom Post Types, a New Logo, and Much More

The latest Jetpack update adds exciting new features like additional JSON API endpoints and Custom Content Types — which includes the Portfolio Custom Post Type. And we’ve got a spiffy a new logo!

Custom Content Types

Custom Post Types (or CPTs) allow you to have content that doesn’t necessary fit into a post but isn’t right for a static page. Now, you can enable Custom Post Types via Jetpack. More and more CPTs are supported by themes on WordPress.com, making the ability to access this custom content critical if a user migrates to a self-hosted site.

Introducing the Portfolio Custom Post Type

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The Portfolio Custom Post Type gives you an easy way to manage projects you want to showcase on your site. It’s already supported by a number of themes, and more theme developers are planning on adding it.

If your theme doesn’t support it yet, enable the Portfolio Custom Post Type by activating the Custom Content Types module in your Jetpack settings. Then, enable the feature by going to Settings > Writing in your WordPress admin and checking the option under “Your Custom Content Types” to enable the Portfolio Custom Post Type.

You can then choose to display the portfolio using the portfolio shortcode ( [portfolio] ) or with a link to the portfolio in the menu.

New Jetpack Logo

Jetpack 3.1 also unveils a new Jetpack logo. Without further ado, here it is!

New Jetpack Logo

Why do we need a new logo? Glad you asked! Jetpack is ever-evolving and is a major part of Automattic and WordPress. It’s grown a lot since its introduction in 2011, and its branding should grow too. Something better, faster, stronger.

If you would like to use the new logo, you can find the official PDF on the Automattic press page.

Features for Theme Developers

If you are theme developer — or just like to tinker with your theme — you’ll enjoy Jetpack 3.1’s additions

First off, we’ve added responsive video support! One of the things that is often overlooked when developing a responsive theme is making videos responsive. To add support to your theme, just add the following line to your theme’s functions.php file.

<?php add_theme_support( 'jetpack-responsive-videos' ); ?>

This ensures that any videos are responsive, no additional markup or special coding required. It just works! Every video on your site will display just as nicely on mobile devices as they do on your largest display.

We’ve also updated to the most recent version of Genericons (3.1). For specific changes, please see the Genericons releaselog.

Features for Plugin Developers

For sites that opt in, we’re also adding additional JSON API endpoints that allow you to manage themes and plugins as well as Jetpack feature activation. If you’ve not yet explored the WordPress.com JSON API, you can do so online at the WordPress.com developer console.

More Updates to the Jetpack Admin Interface

Jetpack 3.0 dramatically overhauled the Jetpack admin interface. Thanks to your feedback, 3.1 makes new design even more user friendly and accessible! Now, you can activate, configure, and deactivate Jetpack features right in the feature description box. Manage the feature with a single click and configure its settings without backing out of the description.

We also improved the RTL support for many Jetpack features. With WordPress and Jetpack used globally, this makes it easier for people who use languages that read from right to left to better use these features.

And so much more!

As always, there are many minor enhancements and bug fixes with Jetpack 3.1. For full details, please see the change log.

We value your feedback, so please comment and let us know what you love, and what you’d like to see in future updates. If you find any possible bugs or issues, please file a new issue on the Jetpack GitHub page, create a new forum post, or simply contact our support team.

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Jetpack 3.0: Now landing at a blog near you

What good are dozens of features if they’re hard to find and use? Welcome to Jetpack 3.0, with a completely overhauled admin interface that makes configuring and managing Jetpack quick, easy, and fun. (Yes, fun!)

Jetpack Dashboard

The new Jetpack Dashboard provides a quick overview of all Jetpack’s powerful features — sort by category, alphabetical order, or by newest additions to get right to the one you’re interested in.

Jetpack 3.0 Dashboard

Interested in a feature, or not sure what it does? Click on the title for a description and related information:

Jetpack 3.0 Related Posts Modal

Jetpack Settings

Head over to the new Settings page to see all the available features. The updated Settings page contains much-requested bulk activate and sorting features. Wondering how to configure a feature? Hover your mouse over any enabled feature to pull up a configuration link:

Jetpack 3.0 Settings

Site Verification Tools

Verifying your site ownership with services like Google, Microsoft’s Bing, and Pinterest can be an experience in frustration. Jetpack 3.0 adds a Site Verification Tools module — just register with any of the available services (links are provided on the feature’s configuration page), drop in the provided key, and presto! Site ownership verified. Read more about it!

And many more!

There are many more minor enhancements and bug fixes with Jetpack 3.0. (Too many to list here!) For full details see the change log.

As always, we’re continually striving to make the Jetpack experience more streamlined and enjoyable. We would love to hear what you think of the new user interface:  what do you like? What would you love to see in the future? Leave us a comment below!

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Jetpack 2.9.3: Critical Security Update

Jetpack version 2.9.3 contains a critical security update, and you should update your site and any you help manage as soon as possible. You can update through your dashboard, or download Jetpack manually here.

During an internal security audit, we found a bug that allows an attacker to bypass a site’s access controls and publish posts. This vulnerability could be combined with other attacks to escalate access. This bug has existed since Jetpack 1.9, released in October 2012.

Fortunately, we have no evidence of this being used in the wild. However, now that this update is public, it’s just a matter of time before exploits occur. To avoid a breach, you should update your site as soon as possible. (The vulnerability has been disclosed on the MITRE Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures system as CVE-2014-0173.)

This is a bad bug, and Jetpack is one of the most widely used plugins in the WordPress world. We have been working closely with the WordPress security team, which has pushed updates to every version of the plugin since 1.9 through core’s auto-update system. We have also coordinated with a number of hosts and network providers to install network-wide blocks to mitigate the impact of this vulnerability, but the only sure fix is updating the plugin.

Over the next few hours, we will reach out to individuals whose sites are still running an insecure version. Sites that don’t update may be disconnected from the Jetpack service for their own security, and will be able to reconnect as soon as their version of Jetpack is updated.

If you host a large number of Jetpack-powered blogs, please leave your contact information in the comments so we can be in touch in the future. We have prepared and shipped point releases for all eleven vulnerable branches of the Jetpack codebase: 1.9.42.0.6, 2.1.4, 2.2.7, 2.3.7, 2.4.4, 2.5.2, 2.6.3, 2.7.2, 2.8.2, and 2.9.3. If you can force these upgrades for your hosted users, it will prevent their sites from being compromised.

Finding and fixing bugs is a key part of software development. I can’t promise there will never be another issue like this, but I can promise that when a problem is found we will do everything in our power to protect as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. We care deeply about each and every WordPress user.

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Jetpack 2.9

Jetpack 2.9 is out! We’ve got a few exciting new additions — Multisite support, a Related Posts module, and a more secure Single Sign On — along with many smaller improvements and bug fixes.

Manage all your Multisite connections with one login

Logging in to each blog on a Multisite network to connect and configure Jetpack can be time consuming. Now, you can administer them all from one master account. When network-activating Jetpack, you’ll see a new Jetpack > Settings tab in your Network Admin. From here, you can manage all your blogs’ connections, control whether individual blog admins can reconnect with their own account, and designate which Jetpack modules are activated by default.

Make your site stickier with Related Content

The Related Posts module encourages your visitors to stick around longer by displaying links to additional content on your site related to what they’re currently viewing. Usually, analyzing website content to suggest relations eats up precious server resources. By utilizing the power of WordPress.com, the Related Posts module gives visitors more of what they came for while keeping your server resources freed up.

Sample Related Posts

More security with Single Sign On

The Single Sign On module already gives you peace of mind against compromised user accounts because WordPress.com handles all the authentication for you — your site never touches the user’s private credentials. This release takes security a step further by giving site administrators the ability to require users to have Two-Step authentication enabled on their WordPress.com account before they can log in.

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Jetpack 2.8: Introducing Markdown and Improving Monitor

We’re thrilled to announce that our latest update is out the door! Jetpack 2.8 includes improvements to Jetpack Monitor and also introduces a brand new Markdown module.

Jetpack Monitor Module Card

Improved Jetpack Monitor notifications

Multiple users can now receive Jetpack Monitor email notifications. As an admin user linked to WordPress.com, you can opt in to receive these notifications right from your dashboard. Just navigate to the Jetpack page, find the Monitor module card, and click on Configure. Then, check the “Receive Monitor Email Notifications” setting and save your changes. Now if your site ever goes down you will receive notifications to your WordPress.com linked account email!

Write more efficiently with Markdown

Since introducing Markdown on WordPress.com, we’ve had a lot of requests to bring it over to Jetpack. Well, queue the trumpets, start the drumroll, Markdown is here!

For those who don’t know, Markdown is a quick way to add formatted text without writing out any HTML. Markdown lets you compose links, lists, and other styles using regular characters and punctuation marks. If you want a quick, easy way to write and edit rich text without having to take your hands off the keyboard or learn a lot of complicated codes and shortcuts, then Markdown might be right for you. We do strongly suggest sticking with the “Text” tab in the Editor when using Markdown.

Here is an example of Markdown in the text editor:

Markdown in text editor

And here is that same Markdown converted to HTML in the Reddle theme:

Markdown converted to HTML in Reddle

Isn’t that pretty awesome? You can check out the announcement post over at WordPress.com for more information about Markdown and see our Markdown support page.

Publicize Support for Custom Post Types

For our developer friends out there, we’ve added Publicize support for custom post types, allowing you and your clients to automatically post new entries from any CPT to your social media networks. You’d need to make one small tweak in the code defining the CPT—just add 'publicize' to the CPT’s 'supports' array.

For example, to enable the title, editor, Publicize, and Jetpack’s new support for Markdown: 'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor', 'publicize', 'wpcom-markdown' ),

As always, if you notice any issues with this release, just give us a shout over at the forums or send us a message through our contact form. Thank you for flying with Jetpack!

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Jetpack 2.7: Share your content on Google+

We recently released a slew of Google+ integrations for WordPress, and mentioned that Google+ Publicize support would be coming soon to Jetpack users. Publicize makes it easy to share your new posts on other social networks (like Facebook and Twitter). Using it is a great way to build your readership and expose your content to new audiences.

Well, the wait is over — we’re excited to announce that you can now share your latest content on your Google+ Profiles and Pages!

Improved overall performance

Jetpack 2.7, which has just been released, adds Publicize to your site. In order to connect your account(s), head to your dashboard, then go to Settings → Sharing. Clicking on the “Connect” button next to the Google+ logo will prompt you to authenticate your account. Once you have, you can start enjoying the benefits of publishing your content to Google+ — just make sure that you’ve enabled the Publicize module.

Jetpack 2.7 also contains multiple bugfixes and other little features. You can view a full changelog of these updates by visiting this page.

We hope you enjoy Jetpack 2.7!

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New Release: Jetpack 2.6

After two months of silence, here comes Jetpack 2.6! Chock-full of enhancements and goodness, we can’t wait for you to try it out.

New Modules: Single Sign On and Jetpack Monitor

Single Sign On replaces the previous WordPress.com Connect module, added in 2.4. Improving on the WPCC module’s setup process, Single Sign On takes one click to activate, then you’re off to the races! It will also streamline subsequent log ins, as you’ll no longer need a manual approval at sites where you’ve previously been authenticated.

Our other new module, Jetpack Monitor, is an uptime monitor that will check your site every five minutes. If it ever looks like your site is down, we’ll fire off an email to give you a heads-up. Easy, right?

We’ve also included a pile of other enhancements. We’ve switched the code editor in our Custom CSS module, and bundled new filters, new custom post types, and new widgets. We’ve added performance improvements across many modules, as well as support for WP-CLI. We now also make sure that your Publicize connections haven’t expired in the background as you write.

We’re tremendously proud of our latest release, and hope you’ll give it a shot.

- The Jetpack Team

Eight automatticians swimming in the carribean

The Jetpack Team recently spent a week collaborating on the awesomeness of this release down in Puerto Rico! Interested in joining us? You should apply!

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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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Jetpack 2.3.5: Share Your Path Moments with Publicize

Jetpack 2.3.5 is out and contains an update to our Publicize feature! Our Publicize feature is a quick, simple way to build your readership and share your latest content automatically on other social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.

Working with our good friends at Path, we’re excited to announce that you can now connect your WordPress blog and Path account. Once connected, when you create new content on your site, a Path “moment” will also be created, with a link back to your site.

Read the Path announcement on WordPress.com to find out more.

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