Jetpack

Jetpack 3.5: Menu Management

Today we released Jetpack 3.5 which includes the ability to manage your site’s menus directly from WordPress.com as well as several bug fixes and enhancements.

Menu Management

With this version of Jetpack connected, you can manage your site’s menus directly from wordpress.com/sites. This adds to our growing list of centralized site management features such as automatic and bulk plugin updates.

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How to Update

Visit the Plugins page in your Dashboard and update Jetpack from there. Alternatively, update all your sites in bulk from wordpress.com/plugins/jetpack.

How to Install

You can install Jetpack by visiting our install page or by searching for it in your Plugins page on your dashboard.

Feedback

Please give us your feedback by leaving a comment and letting us know what you love or what you’d like to see in future updates. If you find any bugs or issues, please file a new issue on GitHub, create a new forum post, or simply contact our support team.

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Jetpack 3.4.3: Coordinated Security Release

Jetpack 3.4.3 contains a critical security update and you should update your sites and any you help manage as soon as possible.

Background

Sucuri notified us of an issue where improperly escaped URLs were being generated by a number of high-profile WordPress plugins, including Jetpack and Yoast. We’ve worked with the WordPress Security Team to coordinate a release which is being pushed out to all users. By the time we published this post (6pm GMT, April 20, 2015), if you haven’t opted out of auto-updates, your sites will update themselves automatically.

The Vulnerability

The vulnerability Sucuri discovered would allow an attacker to send a WordPress user with administrative rights a link which could execute malicious JavaScript. The vulnerability was introduced in Jetpack 3.0 and to date we have no evidence of this being exploited. However, now that this update is public, it’s more likely that exploits may occur. To avoid a breach, you should update your site as soon as possible.

How to Update

We have prepared and shipped updates to all affected versions of Jetpack. Unless you’ve opted out, your sites should update automatically – please check your sites to confirm that Jetpack plugin has been successfully updated to one of these versions: 3.0.3, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.3, or 3.4.3.

If not, please visit the Plugins page in your Dashboard and update Jetpack from there or update all your sites in bulk from wordpress.com/plugins/jetpack.

Note: Not all plugins affected by this issue will be auto-updating, some will be releasing updates separately. For that reason, we highly recommend that you make ensure that all your plugins are up-to-date as updates are released over the next few days.

We also recommend updating any other plugins you may have installed to their latest version – not all plugins will be automatically updating (like Jetpack)

Feedback

As always, we greatly appreciate your continued use and support of Jetpack and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

We take the security of your sites extremely seriously so please feel free to get in touch with our support team, create a new forum post, or leave a comment on this blog post if you have any concerns or problems updating.

We’d also like to extend our huge thanks to the crew on the WordPress Security Team who worked around the clock – and across timezones and several plugin teams – to coordinate today’s release.

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Jetpack 3.4.2: Bug Fixes

 
Jetpack 3.4.2 includes a small number of bug fixes that previously required users to manually patch items in the plugin. Three of the issues were causing fatal errors in very specific circumstances (affecting less than 1% of our users). The fourth issue we addressed was related to JavaScript running unnecessarily on all admin pages, causing conflicts with other plugins and potential JavaScript errors.

This release is recommended for all users.

 

How to Update

Visit the Plugins page in your Dashboard and update Jetpack from there. Alternatively update all your sites in bulk from wordpress.com/plugins/jetpack.

 

How to Install

You can install Jetpack by visiting our install page or by searching for it in your Plugins page on your dashboard.

 

Feedback

Please give us your feedback by leaving a comment and letting us know what you love or what you’d like to see in future updates. If you find any bugs or issues, please file a new issue on GitHub, create a new forum post, or simply contact our support team.

 

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Jetpack 3.4: Protect, Secure, and Simplify

With Jetpack 3.4, we’ve added new security features to protect your Jetpack-connected WordPress sites from bot net attacks. We’ve also taken some first steps to create a simplified interface for how you interact with Jetpack.

Your WordPress, Secured.

Brute force attacks are a growing concern for many website administrators. By integrating features from the WordPress plugin BruteProtect, Jetpack Protect can help you take control of site security and protect your site from this common attack vector.

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A Centralized Experience

Continuing Jetpack’s mission to bring feature parity between self-hosted WordPress sites and WordPress.com, you will soon be able to manage security features from either your site’s dashboard or a central interface on WordPress.com. Locked out of your site from too many failed login attempts? You can whitelist your IP address in WordPress.com.

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Jump Start

With the click of a button, you can immediately boost performance, security, and engagement to jump start your site with a curated set of Jetpack modules.  This feature is tailored for those who are new to the plugin or new installation of Jetpack.

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How to Update

Visit the Plugins page in your Dashboard and update Jetpack from there. Alternatively update all your sites in bulk from wordpress.com/plugins/jetpack.

 

How to Install

You can install Jetpack by visiting our install page or by searching for it in your Plugins page on your dashboard.

 

Feedback

Please give us your feedback by leaving a comment and letting us know what you love or what you’d like to see in future updates. If you find any bugs or issues, please file a new issue on GitHub, create a new forum post, or simply contact our support team.

 

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See you at WordCamp London!

Jetpack is proud to sponsor WordCamps in 2015 and the team will be in attendance at this year’s WordCamp London! Come find us at our table to grab some swag or to talk about Jetpack’s latest features and upcoming releases. We’ll also be covering the Happiness Bar during much of the event to answer your WordPress or Jetpack-related questions.

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Jetpack 3.3: A Single Home for all your WordPress Sites

With the release of Jetpack 3.3 this week, we bring you a new centralized dashboard from which you can manage all your WordPress sites — both your WordPress.com and your Jetpack-connected sites, regardless of where they’re hosted.

 

All Your Sites. One Dashboard.

From day one, Jetpack’s mission has been to bring feature parity between WordPress sites hosted on WordPress.com and those hosted elsewhere. With this release, your Jetpack sites appear alongside those hosted on WordPress.com and enjoy the same user interface, management, and posting functionality.
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See all your sites on a single page and know at a glance if Jetpack or another plugin requires an update. Search through multiple sites to easily identify the one you’re after.

 

Initiate plugin updates

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Initiate plugin updates for a single site or for all your sites at once. When a plugin is out of date, you will see a notification right away. Turn plugins on or off with one click — per site or in bulk.

 

Automatic updates

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Ensure you’re always running the latest version of Jetpack — or any other plugin — turn on auto-updates. Again, you can do this on a per-site basis or in bulk.

 

Centralized posting and mobile UI

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Publish new posts to any WordPress.com or Jetpack site from the same editor available at WordPress.com/Post. We optimized everything from the ground up to work on all mobile and tablet devices. You can manage and post to your sites from anywhere, on any device, with a full-featured experience.

 

How to Update

Visit the Plugins page in your Dashboard and update Jetpack from there. Alternatively update all your sites in bulk from wordpress.com/plugins/jetpack.

 

How to Install

You can install Jetpack by visiting our install page or by searching for it in your Plugins page on your dashboard.

 

Feedback

Please give us your feedback by leaving a comment and letting us know what you love or what you’d like to see in future updates. If you find any bugs or issues, please file a new issue on GitHub, create a new forum post, or simply contact our support team.

 

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Jetpack 3.2: Speed Improvements and a Centralized Posting Experience

Last week we released Jetpack 3.2, bringing  you speed improvements and a centralized posting experience.

Speed Improvements

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We’ve improved the caching mechanism for Related Posts. Previously, you’d have to wait up to 12 hours for the cache to flush and related posts to appear on newly-published posts. Now, it happens in just a few minutes!

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We’ve also worked on speed improvements at the heart of Jetpack, including consolidating and streamlining CSS and reducing the number of resource requests Jetpack makes. Coupled with Photon, this makes your site load faster – just one of many planned performance enhancements in store for Jetpack.

A Centralized Posting Experience

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With Jetpack connected, you can now publish posts to your self-hosted WordPress site with the same editor available on WordPress.com giving you one centralized place from where to publish content, irrespective of where your WordPress site is hosted. Additionally, the new editor works great on mobile and tablets (and desktops!).

To try it out, head over to wordpress.com/post and pick your site from the site picker on the top left of the editing window (after connecting and updating Jetpack).

How To Update

To update Jetpack, login to your WordPress Dashboard and update directly from the Plugins tab or download the plugin files and install manually.

Bug Fixes, Enhancements, and Feedback

There are also many minor enhancements and bug fixes with Jetpack 3.2. For full details, please see the change log.

Please give us your feedback by leaving a comment and letting us know what you love or what you’d like to see in future updates. If you find any possible bugs or issues, please file a new issue on GitHub, create a new forum post, or simply contact our support team.

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How to boost your traffic with “Related Posts”

Jetpack’s Related Posts feature scans all of the posts on your site (or blog), analyzes them, and shows your visitors other posts with related content that they might be interested in reading once they’re done reading the one that brought them to your site.

Most sites who activate this see an increase in traffic. On this site, Jetpack.me, when we compare pages with and without the feature enabled we see around 79% more visitors clicking through to one other post on the site.

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This data is based on a 6-month traffic comparison between blog posts showing related posts and pages with the feature disabled. Turning on the feature for us in essence means that almost twice as many visitors read something else besides the original post that brought them here.

How does it work?

The related content is automatically generated based on the content of the post and any tags or categories if they exist. Unlike many other related post plugins, we do all the analysis, processing, and serving from our cloud, so there is no additional load on your server. (That’s why many plugins like YARPP or Similar Posts are often banned by web hosts, but Jetpack Related Posts are allowed.)

This is not unlike other Jetpack features like Photon and Stats that rely on our cloud infrastructure for the heavy lifting.

Once its enabled (and if you have more than 10 posts in total on your site) the related posts will show up in a “Related Posts” section just below your main post content, very much like what you can see at the bottom of this post :-)

How to enable it

First, you need to have Jetpack installed and connected to your WordPress.com account.

Once this is done, go to the Jetpack page in your blog’s dashboard and click the Activate button for Related Posts. You can also customize how the related posts section looks by going to your Settings → Reading page and scrolling down to the options next to “Related posts.”

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Automattic Acquires BruteProtect

I’m excited to announce that Automattic has acquired BruteProtect, a plugin and service that protects your sites from malicious logins, saves server resources so your site runs faster, and keeps all your sites on the latest and greatest versions of WordPress core, plugins, and themes.

The plugin and service are currently available, but over the coming months we’re going to build their functionality into Jetpack and retire BruteProtect as a standalone thing.

BruteProtect also has a premium service that starts at $5 a month per site — effective immediately, that will be free for every BruteProtect user and Jetpack-enabled site. If you’re already a BruteProtect subscriber we’ll be in touch soon to send you a surprise thank you for your early support. You can download and get started with Jetpack here.

The BruteProtect team is based in Bath, Maine and they’re long-time contributors to the WordPress community. We’re excited to see them join forces with the Jetpack team and up the level of security, protection, and peace of mind we’ll be able to bring to the millions of sites already using Jetpack.

Though Automattic is known for its consumer-facing services like WordPress.com and Jetpack, the infrastructure behind them is the bottom part of the iceberg. Taking services to web-scale is another one of Automattic’s specialties, whether it’s the 8 billion Gravatars we serve every day, the Simperium sync service, or the countless spam that Akismet has blocked (and time it has saved).

This is internet plumbing: when it works it’s completely invisible, and we love that. We’re now pushing 450 terabytes of data a day from 9 datacenters around the globe.

Welcome, BruteProtect! You can read more about the acquisition from Sam on their blog.

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“Hear it from us first”: Why every site should run Jetpack

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that helps you optimise your site on various fronts: traffic, development and user experience amongst others. There is one feature however which I feel is critical: Jetpack Monitor. Simply put, Jetpack Monitor keeps tabs on your site and alerts you the moment that downtime is detected.

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Like a lot of people who work in web, before I joined the Jetpack team I did quite a bit of client work: both freelance and at agencies. For me the absolute worst thing in this business is receiving a call from a client, most likely while you’re relaxing on a beach or just waking up, desperately asking you to fix her site because she’s losing money, clients or brand value while her site is down.

Jetpack Monitor might not do away with the frantic scrabbling you’ll need to do to fix the site but it will put you back in the driving seat. Because you get notified first you can turn the tables around and call your client yourself, calmly saying “Hey, as I’ve been keeping tabs on your site I noticed it just went down 10 seconds ago. Don’t panic, I’m on it.” At times the problem might even be a trivial one meaning that you can actually call your client and say that its already sorted!

Of course the same applies if you maintain your own site. You’ll get notified by us rather than by one of readers (or customers) making it more likely you can fix the problem before it affects too many of your users.

That’s it. With Jetpack Monitor, if your site goes down, you’ll hear it from us first.

Its entirely likely, indeed desirable, that you will turn this feature on when you install Jetpack and then never think about it again. But if, for whatever reason, your site or your client’s site does go down you will be thanking your lucky stars this feature is enabled.

Try Jetpack for yourself by connecting it to your site or by downloading the plugin files directly if you prefer that route. Oh, and do let us know in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions.

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