Jetpack

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 2.5: 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 2.3.4

Jetpack 2.3.4 is out! Included are a number of bug fixes and enhancements — from using the freshest Genericon assets to improving many of our translations, it’s the best Jetpack yet.

We’ve also lightened the load by dropping many of the “retina display” versions of WordPress Core assets that core has had come bundled with since 3.5. If you’re still running WordPress 3.4, it may be time to look at upgrading!

For a full changelog, check out http://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/changelog/

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Security & Maintenance Release: Jetpack 2.3.1

Howdy, Jetpack Community!

We’ve just released v2.3.1 to the plugins repository.  This is both a security release, and fixes a number of minor bugs that we’ve found in the past few weeks.

The security aspect related to a missing capability check that permitted a non-intuitive, but feasible method for authenticated users to activate modules, but not to view or change any configurations. We added in the proper checks to ensure that this never happens in the future, and are currently looking at retooling the administrative UI for the next release.

Other changes include:

  • Comments: We added in some additional classes to the comment form markup to mirror the upcoming changes in core.
  • Debug: We improved the test results output by making the error messages clearer and more succinct.
  • Likes: We fixed a static warning, and added some styling if you’ve got MP6 enabled.
  • Omnisearch: We fixed a couple strict warnings from newer versions of PHP, delayed the inclusion and declaration of providers until admin_init, and made it easier to search custom post types.
  • Sharing: We applied a couple of layout patches including: updating the Pinterest element width when necessary, adjusting length to better fit tweets, and migrating the LinkedIn button to their official sharing link.
  • Social Links: We refactored the class for a more consistent codebase.
  • Twitter Timeline Widget: We started applying some better data validation for the widget dimensions.
  • We added a MINUTE_IN_SECONDS and related constants for backward compatability with WordPress 3.4

As always, please let us know if you have any issues cropping up, so that we can quickly deal with them!

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Jetpack 2.2: Likes

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the web, it’s that people really like to like things. That’s why the latest version of Jetpack introduces a “Like” feature. The new feature enables a “Like” area at the bottom of your posts and pages. A button allows your readers to show appreciation for your posts as well as save your posts for later viewing on WordPress.com using the Reader.

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Once a user likes your post, their Gravatar will be displayed below your content, allowing you to engage with them further. You’ll also receive a notification in your toolbar if you have the notifications module enabled, and an email notifying you of the action.

Likes isn’t the only new feature in this release. We’ve also added a Readmill widget, a bulk spam feature to the contact form, improved our Pinterest share button integration, and a slew of bug fixes.

For a complete list of changes, see the changelog.

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Jetpack 2.1: Tiled Galleries

Posting photo galleries on your WordPress blog is a fun way to share your experiences with the world, but do plain old thumbnail grids truly express your artistic side? No, they don’t. That’s why we’ve added tiled galleries to Jetpack.

Tiled galleries allow you to create beautiful photo mosaics for your blog posts. Just activate the Tiled Gallery module (and optionally set the tiled layout as the default) to create gorgeous galleries in seconds. Your friends will envy you, and your enemies will fear you.

You might be thinking, “Are tiled galleries the only new feature in Jetpack 2.1? If they are, that’s certainly understandable, because it’s an amazing addition to an already feature-rich plugin.” No, tiled galleries are not the only new feature; we’ve also added a slideshow mode for galleries. Just choose Slideshow from the Type dropdown when creating your gallery, and you’ll instantly have a dynamic photo display. Slideshows and tiled galleries both look amazing on mobile devices, and they both integrate seamlessly with the Carousel module.

In addition to giving you new ways to show off your photographs, we’ve spent a lot of time fixing bugs, too.  Photon, Infinite Scroll, Publicize, Sharing, and the Contact Form modules have all been given some TLC, and the Custom CSS editor has been updated. For a complete list of changes, see the changelog.

Update: Jetpack 2.1.1 has been released to fix a bug that was preventing updates from Jetpack 1.9.2 and older.

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