Jetpack

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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Jetpack 1.3 Released: Contact Forms

Jetpack 1.3 is here and adds a new feature: Contact Forms. If you’ve used WordPress.com’s Contact Forms or Grunion Contact Form, Jetpack’s new feature should look familiar.

To create a contact form, click the contact form icon above the post editor.

A popup will appear allowing you to add, edit, and reorder the fields you want in the contact form.

You can also customize the email address to which the contact form sends. Check out the gallery below for more details.

In the end, you’ll have an Akismet anti-spam protected[1] contact form on whatever WordPress post or page you want.

In addition to receiving an email for each contact form response, all responses will be listed in the Feedbacks section of your WordPress Admin.

Bug Fixes

We’ve also fixed a couple small bugs. This release:

  • Improves YouTube embed handling and improves support for youtu.be URLs and
  • Correctly loads Sharing admin styles on all server/WordPress configurations.

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

In no particular order, here are a few of the things we’re adding or improving in Jetpack:

  • The commenting features currently available on WordPress.com,
  • Increased customizability of the Subscription feature’s emails, and
  • A better Jetpack management interface.

While we’re excited to get all these updates, and more, out to your sites, we don’t have any estimates on when any of these will be included in Jetpack.

1: Assuming you have the Akismet plugin installed. You do, right?

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Jetpack 1.2.3 Released

Jetpack 1.2.3 is a bug fix and security release. Please update. :)

Changes in 1.2.3:

  • Expands t.co URLs in the Twitter widget
  • Fixes some WordPress MultiSite issues
  • Fixes most “loading title” stats issues
  • Fixes a rare infinite redirect loop bug
  • Stops sending subscription emails if the subscriptions feature is turned off in Jetpack
  • Correctly displays your subscribers beyond the first page of posts
  • Allows you to embed multiple Google Maps in the same post
  • Improves YouTube embed handling and improves support for youtu.be URLs
  • Improves Vimeo embed handling
  • Improve look of the Google +1 sharing button to match the other sharing buttons
  • Properly handle a users’ Spelling and Grammar settings
  • Fixes a bug that could prevent you from posting when the Spelling and Grammar feature’s proofreading service is unavailable

For a more complete list of bug fixes, 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.

We’re also in the process of adding a few new awesome features that we think you’ll like.
Stay tuned! :)

Remember to contact support if you need help.

Update: A bug slipped by and we shipped a quick 1.2.4 to address it.

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Jetpack 1.2.2 Released

Version 1.2.2 fixes a few small bugs that affected a small percentage of sites.

  • The expected modules get reactivated correctly during unusual upgrade paths. I’m looking at you, Sharing Module.
  • Theme compatibility (in particular the Koi theme) has been improved for subscriptions.
  • A reference to an unused CSS background image has been removed.
  • Subscription requests are no longer sent during spam comment submissions. Who wants spammers subscribing to your site anyway?

As always, if you need help, please contact support.

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Thanks for the Bug Reports: Jetpack 1.2.1 Released

Thanks to your help tracking down bugs in Jetpack 1.2, we’ve been able to quickly ship a new release that fixes most of the problems you reported.

Bugs fixed in version 1.2.1:

  • Missing/Inaccessible Sites Stats page: We made the stats pages faster in Jetpack 1.2. In Jetpack 1.2.1, we actually made them visible.
  • Scary looking errors during upgrade: There were some nasty looking, but ultimately harmless, errors during upgrade for some people.
  • The “menu bubble” for new features shows the wrong number: For some types of upgrades, the bubble’s count was incorrect.
  • The presence of VaultPress is not detected accurately: Our colleagues at VaultPress fixed this one for us.
  • Bad link to Jetpack FAQ: Lastly, a tiny update that only the eagle-eyed spotted.

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

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Announcing Jetpack 1.2

Here at Jetpack HQ we’ve been working hard over the last few weeks, finishing up a major update for Jetpack: we’re calling it Jetpack 1.2.

Among other highlights for this release are two of the most frequently requested features: support for Google+ in the Sharing toolbar and Email subscriptions, a feature which lets your readers get every single post on your blog direct to their email inbox.

Other new features and enhancements include:

  • Email subscriptions to your blog
  • Improved UI for showing new and updated Jetpack features
  • Better support for other languages
  • Smarter and safer Jetpack upgrades
  • New Shortcodes for VideoPress & Google Maps
  • Added LinkedIn and Google+ buttons to Sharing UI
  • Image Widget
  • RSS Links Widget

To download:

  • If you have an earlier version of Jetpack: go to Dashboard->Updates. If Jetpack isn’t listed, click the Check Again button (it may take a few minutes for Jetpack 1.2 to appear).
  • Or, go to your Dashboard. Under Plugins, click “Add New”. Type ‘Jetpack’ into the search field.
  • Or if you prefer to do it manually download the latest version here. For Support, go here.
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New update: Jetpack 1.1.3

Greetings Jetpack users. Apologies that its been so long since our last update, but most of the issues we’ve discovered the last weeks were minor. Here they are all together in the latest bug fix release: Jetpack 1.1.3.  And yes, bigger releases with more features are in the works, but it would break 1.1.3’s little heart to use its announcement post to talk about future releases.

In addition to fixing a few minor bugs, Jetpack 1.1.3 includes 14 new translations! Many thanks to all our translators.

Jetpack 1.1.3 includes the following improvements and fixes:

  • Increased compatibility with WordPress 3.2.
  • Increased compatibility with Admin Bar.
  • Stats: Improved performance when creating new posts.
  • Fix: Twitter Widget: Fix PHP Notice.
  • Fix: Sharedaddy: Fix PHP Warning.
  • AtD: Add proofread button to Distraction Free Writing screen.
  • Translations: Added: Bosnian, Danish, German, Finnish, Galician, Croatian, Indonesian,  Macedonian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Russian, Slovak, Serbian, Swedish
  • Translations: Updated: Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese

To update Jetpack: go to Dashboard->Updates. If Jetpack isn’t listed, click the Check Again button (it may take a few minutes for Jetpack 1.1.3 to appear).

Or manually download the latest version here. For Support, go here.

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New update: Jetpack 1.1.2

We are back with more Jetpack goodness for you. Over the last few weeks, we’ve closely monitored new and old jetpacks and have, with surgical and space age precision, patched several important issues.

Jetpack 1.1.2 includes fixes for:

  • Fixes for all “timestamp is too old” errors (generated by difference between your server and wordpress.com servers)
  • Fixes for many “register_http_request_failed” errors caused by hosts making https requests, without verifying SSL certificates.
  • Smarter fallback behavior when WordPress.com is experiencing problems.
  • After The Deadline: fixed several settings storage issues.
  • Stats: Better handling of old statistics data.
  • Twitter Widget: improved time/date formatting, and timeout error handling.
  • Gravatar Hovercards: Improved visuals for Windows browsers.
  • Share This: improved localization for Facebook Like button.
  • Slightly improved experience for RTL languages. We plan on further improving the RTL experience in Jetpack 1.2.

When you’re strapped in and ready, go to the plugin directory to download Jetpack 1.1.2 or get the zip right here.

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Jetpack 1.1.1 is here

We’ve been busy since our launch last week studying and following up on every issue reported for 1.1. As you might imagine, there have been problems specific to particular hosting providers and it takes time to carefully diagnose and fix these complex issues. And today, we’re proud and happy to release 1.1.1 for your jetpacking pleasure.

If you’ve had problems with 1.1, we’re sorry about that. And we’re confident 1.1.1 will solve many of your complaints.

Among other minor fixes, 1.1.1 includes:

  • Fixes for many “Your Jetpack has a glitch. Connecting this site with WordPress.com is not possible.” errors.
  • PHP4 compatibility for Stats (ShareDaddy disabled appropriately).
  • Improved error messages.
  • Improve CSS styling.
  • Corrected permalink handling for Stats Server for improved per post permalink calculation.
  • Screen Options and Help links available during Jetpack call to connect.
  • Improved performance of LaTeX URLs using cookieless CDN.

If none of that makes any sense to you, don’t worry, be happy. It’s all good news.

You can download Jetpack 1.1.1 now.

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