Jetpack

Jetpack 2.0.1 Released

Today we released Jetpack 2.0.1 to correct various issues with Photon, Publicize, and Infinite Scroll. What did we fix?

Photon

  • Avoid distorting images that don’t have explicit width and height set, or that only have one dimension specified.
  • When images are linked to their full-size versions, also serve the full-size versions from the WordPress.com CDN.
  • If an image is already processed with Photon, don’t reprocess it.
  • Add support for the Lazy Load plugin.
  • Unbreak smilies. :)

Publicize

  • If a site has custom shortlink settings, use those rather than always using wp.me.
  • Disable the Publicize interface for any posts already publicized to reduce confusion.
  • Link to connected LinkedIn profiles on the connections screen.
  • Improve error handling.

Infinite Scroll

  • Child themes now support Infinite Scroll if the parent theme does.
  • Archives now properly load only posts that would be shown if Infinite Scroll wasn’t present.
  • Link to support documentation within the module when the active theme doesn’t support Infinite Scroll.

Those are the highlights, but we also fixed dozens of other issues reported by our users. For a complete list of changes, see the official Jetpack Changelog.

The update will be available in your WordPress dashboard shortly; alternatively, you can always download the latest version of Jetpack here at jetpack.me as well.

Remember to contact support or post in the support forum if you need help. These fixes are made possible by bug reports submitted by you and other users. Thanks for the help.

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Jetpack 2.0: Publicize to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr; Post by Email; Photon; Infinite Scroll

The past nine releases of Jetpack have started to reveal our vision for next-generation features that will boost WordPress’ incredible success by making it more social, more connected, more mobile, and more customizable.

Over three million downloads later, we’re excited to report that the community has embraced this seemingly impossible vision for combining the best of hosted and non-hosted WordPress. This tenth release brings some of the most-asked-for features into the hands of millions of Jetpackers.

Publicize to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr…

You no longer have to jump through hoops and developer portals to connect your blog to your friends on your favorite social networks. Through Jetpack and your WordPress.com account, you can connect to each network with just a few clicks and broadcast to your audiences and followers across several networks, making WordPress your true digital hub. Activate Publicize from the main Jetpack page in your dashboard, then go to Settings → Sharing to add social sharing connections.

Post by Email

If you live in Gmail, Outlook, your BlackBerry, or just find it easiest to email on the go, you’ll love the new Post by Email feature. Email anything to your secret address — a photo, a video, a bunch of photos, an audio file, ten pages of single-spaced text — and we’ll figure out how to make it beautiful and put it on your blog literally within seconds after you send it. Combined with Publicize and the previously-released Subscriptions module, that post will go out to all your friends including ones that subscribe via email, completing the loop of email / blog nirvana. To set up your special address go to Users → Your Profile in your dashboard and click the “Enable Post By Email” button.

Photon Your Images

Have you ever switched themes to find that full-width images break out of the layout and no longer fit your theme? Are you frustrated that images on your blog take too long to load? Jetpack Photon fixes all of that by making the advanced image acceleration and image editing service from WordPress.com available to the broader WordPress community, essentially making every image a fully dynamic object that themes and plugins can transform to their heart’s content without killing your server. In fact, if you enable Photon, you will see your CPU and bandwidth usage plummet as images are served through the global WordPress.com cloud, meaning less load on your host and faster images for your users.

Infinite Scroll

Infinite Scroll brings the future of reading on the web to your website. Speed and performance are key, and Infinite Scroll loads new content quickly without a full-page refresh. Instead of the old way of navigating down a page — by scrolling and then clicking a link to get to the next page and waiting for the page to refresh — infinite scrolling pulls the next set of posts into view automatically when the reader approaches the bottom of the page. Your theme needs support for this to work. There are already several themes in the directory with Jetpack Infinite Scroll support and theme authors will find documentation for adding it to any theme on jetpack.me.

Onwards…

Jetpack 2.0 isn’t just about shiny new things, we’ve also fixed dozens of bugs and under-the-hood things to keep Jetpack one of the smoothest running, most secure, and most stable plugins out there.

I want to personally thank all of the members of the Jetpack community who have shared countless hours of testing, feedback, and criticism. Your thoughts and passion have made the plugin immeasurably better than it would have been otherwise, and rest assured we’re still listening closely to your feedback around better stats, module activation and deactivation, developer mode, translation, and documentation.

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Jetpack 1.9.1 Released

Jetpack 1.9.1 has been released to address two issues some users were having over the weekend with Jetpack 1.9.

The changes fix:

  • Incompatibilities with some plugins when the Dashboard was configured to load over HTTPS.
  • In the notifications menu, marking a comment as spam made it appear like it was trashed. Comments were getting correctly marked as spam, but the data was incorrectly synced to WordPress.com.

Plus:

  • If you show the toolbar to logged-out users with a plugin like this one, your visitors can access their notifications too!

For a complete list of changes, see the official Jetpack Changelog.

You should see the update available in your WordPress dashboard shortly; alternatively, you can always download the latest version of Jetpack here at jetpack.me as well.

Remember to contact support or post in the support forum if you need help. This quick bug fix is made possible by bug reports submitted by you and other users. Thanks for the help.

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Jetpack 1.9: Toolbar Notifications

Jetpack 1.9 is here. That’s right, it’s time for another big helping of Jetpack awesomeness. This release brings you Toolbar Notifications, Mobile Push Notifications, Custom CSS for mobile themes, a JSON API, and improvements to the Contact Form.

Notifications adds a menu to your toolbar that lets you read, moderate, reply to comments from any page on your blog. Plus, if find yourself on TechCrunch, GigaOm, or any of the millions of other sites running on WordPress.com, you’ll be able to view and moderate comments on your own site from the toolbar there, too.

Mobile Push Notifications for iOS: Users who link their accounts to WordPress.com and use WordPress for iOS 3.2 can now get push notifications of comments.

Custom CSS can now be applied to mobile themes.

The WordPress.com REST API is now available in Jetpack. That means developers can build cool applications that interact with your site, and applications built on this API for WordPress.com can now work with Jetpack-enabled sites, too.

The Contact Form has been overhauled to fix incompatibilities with other plugins, and Sync has been improved to ensure consistent data from your Jetpack blog is available in your Site Stats. For a complete list of bug fixes, see the change log.

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Jetpack 1.8.2 Released

For those of you experiencing issues with Jetpack Subscriptions, Jetpack 1.8.2 should fix the problem.

Thanks again for the bug reports.  The main bugs we fixed are:

  • A bug that caused Subscriptions not to be sent for content written by some authors.
  • Some broken styling that made P2 (and other themes) ugly.
  • A broken translation for Lithuanian.

See the official Jetpack Changelog for more details.

As usual, you should see the update available in your WordPress dashboard shortly.  If you can’t see it yet and are chomping at the bit, you can download the latest version of Jetpack here at jetpack.me as well.

Remember to contact support or post in the support forum if you need help.

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Jetpack 1.8.1 Released

Jetpack 1.8.1 has been released to address issues that some users experienced with Jetpack 1.8.

What has changed since 1.8? We…

  • …fixed a bug preventing some users from viewing stats.
  • Fixed a bug that broke some sites when the Mobile Theme module was enabled.
  • Fixed a bug preventing the usage of the Top Posts widget.
  • Updated the Twitter widget to prevent malware warnings by some security software.
  • Fixed a bug in the Mobile Theme that caused errors for some users with custom header images.
  • Fixed a bug in the Mobile Theme that was disabling some toolbar buttons.
  • Made mobile app promos in the Mobile Theme footer opt-in.

For a complete list of changes, see the official Jetpack Changelog.

You should see the update available in your WordPress dashboard shortly; alternatively, you can always download the latest version of Jetpack here at jetpack.me as well.

Remember to contact support or post in the support forum if you need help.  A quick update like this wouldn’t be possible without the bug reports submitted by you and other users, so we are grateful for your participation.

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Jetpack 1.8: Mobile Theme

According to very respected research, it’s estimated that approximately a lot of people browse the Web via a mobile device.  When those people view your site, are they seeing your site in the best possible format for their small screen?  With the new Mobile Theme in Jetpack, you can be sure that they are.

Jetpack’s Mobile Theme displays your content in a clean, uncluttered interface, making it easy for mobile visitors to scan your site. We took special care to make the mobile theme as lightweight as possible to ensure quick navigation and fast loading times for those sometimes spotty mobile connections.

The mobile theme is opt-in, so you’ll have to manually enable it from the Jetpack dashboard.  For more information, see the Jetpack Mobile Theme support page.

The mobile theme isn’t the only upgrade in Jetpack 1.8: we’ve included a great new “Top Posts and Pages” widget, and now, multiple users on Jetpack sites can connect with their own WordPress.com accounts. These new connections will enable exciting additions in future Jetpack releases such as integrating the WordPress.com Notifications system into Jetpack sites.

We haven’t just been adding feature after amazing feature; we’ve fixed some bugs too. Custom CSS has been improved, and the links in the Twitter widget have been corrected. For a complete list of bug fixes, see the changelog.

Update: Jetpack 1.8.1 has been released to address some issues with Jetpack 1.8.

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Jetpack 1.7: Custom CSS

The updates just keep on rolling in—Custom CSS has just landed in Jetpack! You now have the ability to add to or replace your theme’s CSS right from your blog dashboard, no child theme required.

To use the CSS editor, first make sure the Custom CSS panel is activated on your main Jetpack page and go to Appearance → Edit CSS. You’ll find the editing interface is fueled up with features like syntax coloring, auto-indentation, and immediate feedback on the validity of the CSS you’re writing. Revisions are saved in case you make a mistake, and invalid CSS is removed on save.

In addition, we’re always working to improve the existing features in Jetpack.  Jetpack Comments got a nice UI improvement in this release: when you submit a comment, there’s no more annoying fullpage load on jetpack.wordpress.com.  Everything stays on your site :)  Also, if you’re using the pretty (a.k.a. not “official”) sharing buttons, we’ve added share counts to the Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn buttons.

Last but not least, no release is complete without bug fixes.  We fixed a bunch of bugs in the Sharing, Contact Form, Subscriptions, Carousel, and other features.  For a more complete list of bug fixes, see the changelog.

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Jetpack 1.6: Retina and Pinterest

I’ve already spoken at length about the wonders of Retina displays, so go check that out if you want to see why they’re the cat’s pajamas.

Right now I want to tell you what it means for you, a sophisticated Jetpack user:

  • We’ve updated all the icons in Jetpack, including the Sharing ones, all the dashboard graphics, to be HiDPI.
  • Many retina updates for core weren’t ready for the 3.4 release, so we’ve bundled a hotfix that brings all the Retina improvements for 3.5 to Jetpack blogs, today. You won’t have to wait for December 5th to get all the improvements, download or update Jetpack today.
  • All Gravatars, mshots, and images embedded from *.files.wordpress.com will show up high-resolution.
  • Finally as a bonus, this release includes the much-requested Pinterest share buttons.

As the kids say, boom. Here’s a comparison of regular and HiDPI:

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Jetpack Comments Now Available at a Launchpad Near You

The wait is finally over. You’ve been asking for it for months and we are finally ready to ship it.

Jetpack Comments has arrived!

We’re breaking down the barriers between you and your audience. When someone reads an article on your site and wants to comment, they can now use one of their existing social networking accounts to post a comment. No longer do they need to create yet another account and profile.

Since it is a large change, we are making Jetpack Comments opt-in. To activate it, just visit the Jetpack menu on your Dashboard and click the Activate button inside the Jetpack Comments box.

When activated, Jetpack Comments takes the place of your theme’s comment form in this nifty, sleek form:

To leave a comment, just click in the box and start typing.

After a visitor has written a comment, they will have several ways to identify themselves. A visitor can leave a comment as a guest¹, or they can choose to use their WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook account. For example:

You can also change the “Leave a Reply” heading and the color scheme of the Jetpack Comments form under the Settings → Discussion menu.

Bug Fixes

We’ve also fixed a few outstanding bugs in this release:

  • Multiple fixes for Sharing, such as updates for language locales on the Facebook Like button and making the More button more reliable.
  • Updates to the YouTube and Audio shortcodes for better URL escaping.
  • Update the YouTube shortcode to respect the embed settings in Settings → Media when appropriate.
  • Code clean up for After the Deadline.

You should see the update available in your WordPress dashboard shortly. Alternatively, you can always download the latest version of Jetpack here at jetpack.me as well.

Remember to contact support if you need help.

On the Horizon

We’re always excited to bring more features to Jetpack. While we can’t provide any estimates on when these will be included in Jetpack, here are some of the additions or improvements that we are planning:

  • Increased customizability of the Subscription feature’s emails.
  • A better Jetpack management interface.
  • A refresh of the Sharing options.

¹ Guest commenting is still controlled by the options in Settings → Discussion; if you disable guest commenting, visitors will not be able to use this option in Jetpack Comments.

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