Jetpack 3.7 — Simpler UI, Support for Development Sites, and More!

Hang on to your hats! Jetpack 3.7 is now available for your self-hosted WordPress sites with some great updates to the user interface, support for development sites, and more!

Simpler User Interface

We heard you! Jetpack now provides a much simpler user interface that gives you quick and easy access for turning various features on and off with a single click. However, if you want to tinker with individual module settings or configurations like you’re used to, the old Jetpack → Settings page is still there!

New Jetpack UI

Support for Development Sites

If you use a development or staging environment for your Jetpack site or happen to be moving your site to a new URL, you may have previously run into trouble. You probably had to reach out to our wonderful team of Happiness Engineers for help with sorting out the Jetpack issue.

No more!

Now when you move your site (e.g. by cloning a staging site off of your production site or moving from staging to production), Jetpack detects the change and asks you what you’d like to do: Would you like to move to a new address? Is this a totally different site that needs a fresh connection? Or is this a staging site? Whatever your answer Jetpack will now automatically sort itself out under-the-hood for you.

Alongside this, if your site still has trouble and can’t verify the connection with, we attempt to detect that too and alert you so you can take action before, for example, publishing a new post. Now, there will be no more wondering why a new post wasn’t automatically published on Facebook or Twitter!

And More…

Jetpack 3.7 also introduces the new VideoPress player that works on all devices and allows you to paste a VideoPress link to automatically embed videos. Other key changes include:

  • Ability to enable per-post opt-out for Subscriptions by adding one of our new filters to a functionality plugin.
  • A new Widget Visibility rule that allows you to show or hide widgets based on a page’s parent. Need all of your pages in your “About” section to show a certain widget? Now you can!
  • Sharing buttons now display on bbPress forum posts and more.
  • Full changelog can be seen at

We worked hard to make Jetpack 3.7 a great release for you and your sites and we hope you enjoy it!

A special thank you to all who contributed to Jetpack during the 3.7 development cycle:
Adam Heckler, Alex Kirk, Allen Snook, Andrew Duthie, Ben Lowery, Bernhard Reiter, Bob Ralian, Brandon Hubbard, Brandon Kraft, Brandon Lavigne, Chris Mospaw, Chrissie Pollock, Daniel Homer, Daryl L. L. Houston, David (Lenny) Lenehan, Dennis Snell, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Donncha Caoimh, Enej Bajgoric, Eoin Gallagher, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Gregory Cornelius, Ian Dunn, Igor Zinovyev (Release Lead), jeiseman, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Golenski, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joey Kudish, John Godley, Justin Kropp, Justin Shreve, Kat Hagan, Maciej Gryniuk, Marcus Kazmierczak, Matas Ventura, Micah Ernst, Michael Adams, Michael Cain, Miguel Fonseca, Miguel Lezama, Mohammad (Mo) Jangda, Nancy Thanki, Nathaniel Taintor, Nick Momrik, Paul Schreiber, Richard Muscat, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Tim Moore, Tony Kovanen, Utkarsh, William Turrell, Yoav Farhi.


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Make Sure Your Functions Function: Unit Testing

Hopefully you’ve checked out our new contributor guide and you’re ready to submit your first patch — thanks! But before you send your .diff out into the world, run a unit test to make sure everything’s working as it should.


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