Jetpack 3.9 — Sitemaps, a new Skype Sharing Button, and More

With the release of Jetpack 3.9, we’re introducing a brand new module, as well as a lot of improvements for several existing Jetpack modules.

Jetpack’s new Sitemaps Module

Jetpack already includes features like Subscriptions and Publicize, to let your readers know whenever you publish a new post on your site. You can now let Search Engines know, too!

What are sitemaps? Sitemaps are files that list each post and page that should be indexed by search engines like Google or Bing.

Once this new module is activated, two sitemaps will be created: a generic sitemap, available at yoursitename.com/sitemap.xml, as well as a News Sitemap, available at yoursitename.com/news-sitemap.xml. The News sitemap is useful if you want your posts to appear in Google News.

You can learn more about this new module here.

A new Skype Sharing Button

Skype Sharing Button

Now that Skype offers a Skype button, we’ve added it to Jetpack’s Sharing module. To add it to your site, head over to Settings > Sharing in your dashboard, and drag the new Skype button to your list of sharing buttons.

Social Menu

Social Menu is a new tool that is available for all theme developers. It allows site owners to create a new menu location which is used to display links to Social Media Profiles.

To learn how to add Social Menu support to your theme, you can follow the instructions on our support page.

And More…

This release also adds its fair share of improvements to existing modules, as well as bug fixes:

  • Added new options to allow management of users on your site directly from WordPress.com or from the WordPress.com Desktop app.
  • Made several changes to Photon to improve compatibility with WordPress 4.4. Custom image sizes are handled better now and all responsive image sizes will be properly displayed when using the Photon module.
  • Photon is now enabled by default on sites using HTTPS. You don’t need to use a filter to enjoy Photon on your HTTPS site anymore!
  • Added support for Wistia oEmbeds.
  • Fixed some issues with long album and track IDs in the BandCamp shortcode. Also added support for two new parameters: tracks and esig.
  • And a lot more! You can check the full changelog here.

Once again, a big thank you to all Jetpack Contributors:

Alex Shiels, Andrew Duthie, Andrew Ozz, Andy Peatling, Biser Perchinkov, Brandon Kraft, Dan Robert, Derek Smart, Dion Hulse, Miguel Polfliet, Eduardo Reveles, Elio Rivero, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Hiroshi Urabe, Igor Zinovyev, Jeff Golenski, Jennifer M. Dodd, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joen Asmussen, Joey Kudish, Jonathan Sadowski, Joseph Scott, Justin Shreve, Kat Hagan, Kelly Dwan, Lance Willett, Matt Wiebe, Michael Cain, Miguel Lezama, Rachel Baker, Richard Muscat, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Scott Grant, Steve Seear, Stéphane Boisvert, Takashi Irie, Thomas Guillot, and Xiao Yu.

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Jetpack 3.8.2 – Photon and YouTube Shortcode Fixes

Jetpack 3.8.2 is out! In this release, we focused on fixing a few specific and annoying bugs that popped up.

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Photon:

We fixed a regression created in version 3.8.1 where Photon did not respect some custom image sizes from other plugins or themes. Photon respects all image sizes again.

YouTube Shortcode:

WordPress 4.4 made some changes to the way Shortcodes are parsed, which broke our YouTube shortcode.  We’re now filtering this shortcode to output properly so you don’t need to go back update your shortcodes in your existing posts – we’ve taken care of that for you.

Wufoo Shortcode:

We’ve tightened up security in the Wufoo shortcode.  If you use this shortcode, you should upgrade to 3.8.2 as soon as possible.

Other minor fixes:

We’ve also cleared up a couple very minor bugs with Carousel, Publicize, Google+ widget, and Infinite Scroll.

Contributors for this release include Aaron Graham, Alex Mills, Alexander Concha, Brandon Kraft, Derek Smart, Eduardo Reveles, Elio Rivero, Eric Binnion, Igor Zinovyev, Jeremy Herve, Kat Hagan, Lance Willett, Miguel Lezama, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, and Takashi Irie.

Thank you for your contributions!

See full changelog.

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Jetpack 3.7.1 and 3.7.2: Security and Maintenance Releases

With the release of Jetpack 3.7.1 and 3.7.2 this week, we’ve added some important security updates and bug fixes. We strongly encourage that you update your sites to the latest version as soon as possible.

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In Jetpack 3.7.1 we made a lot of improvements to the plugin, including some important security fixes:

  • Jetpack versions 3.7.0 and earlier are vulnerable to a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the contact form due to improper input sanitization. Reported by Marc-Alexandre Montpas from Sucuri.
  • Jetpack version 3.7.0 is vulnerable to an information disclosure vulnerability in certain hosting configurations. Reported by Jaime Delgado Horna of Listae.

Other notable updates in this release include:

  • Updating the Google+ logo in our sharing buttons.
  • Adding custom capabilities for module management for multisite installs.
  • Fixing a bug that was sending the contact form response fields in the wrong order.

In Jetpack 3.7.2, we fixed an error with the REST API that created multiple drafts and multiple published posts when posting using the REST API.

Full changelog can be found on our plugin page.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to these two releases: Alexander Kirk, Andrew Duthie, Brandon Kraft, Dennis Snell, Derek Smart, Dion Hulse, Eduardo Reveles, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Gregory Cornelius, Igor Zinovyev, James Nylen, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joen Asmussen, Joey Kudish, Kat Hagan, Marcus Kazmierczak, Miguel Lezama, Sam Hotchkiss, and Timmy Crawford.

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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 WordPress.com, 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 WordPress.org.

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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Jetpack 3.6 – Updated Social Widgets, Jetpack CLI, and More!

Jetpack 3.6 has some great updates to the Extra Sidebar Widgets, improvements to Jetpack CLI, introducing a new Jetpack connection interface, and much more! Here’s a little taste of the great things we’ve added in Jetpack 3.6:

Extra Sidebar Widgets Updates

We’ve made some great improvements to a few existing widgets and added a new widget to the Extra Sidebar Widgets in Jetpack.

New: Social Media Icons Widget

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We’ve made it easy for you to add social media icons to your sidebar. Simply add the usernames of your respective social media accounts and we’ll take care of the rest. Once you save your additions, you can see the widget in action in your sidebar!

Currently supported social networks include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, GitHub, YouTube, and Vimeo.

Update: Facebook Like Box Widget
We’re excited to bring you a gorgeous new Facebook Like Box Widget! When you upgrade to Jetpack 3.6, you will have access to this new sidebar widget.

The Facebook Widget only works for Facebook Pages. In this widget, it will show your Page’s header image and now you will have the option to list your followers and recent posts to your Page’s Facebook wall as well:

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This new Facebook Like Box is only available in Jetpack 3.6, so upgrade today to use this great new widget.

We’ve also made some improvements to the Top Posts and Pages and the Display WordPress Posts widgets.

The Display WordPress Posts widget now gives you the option to have links open in a new browser window. The Top Posts and Pages widget now allows you to show/hide different page types from the widget. Only want to show post and page results in your widget? Simply check the boxes for “Posts” and “Pages” in the widget configuration area and save!

Jetpack CLI Improvements

Jetpack CLI is a command line interface for Jetpack, extending off of WP-CLI for WordPress. You can easily modify your Jetpack settings with a just a few simple commands.

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In Jetpack 3.6, we’ve greatly expanded the number of commands available for you to manage your Jetpack site using WP-CLI. You can read the full list of commands available here on our Jetpack CLI support document.

New Jetpack Connection Management

With this new version of Jetpack, we’ve added a new way for you to manage your Jetpack’s connection to WordPress.com. You’ll see a new button for “My Jetpack” in your menu bar under Jetpack -> Jetpack in your site’s Dashboard.

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Clicking this button will take you to a configuration page where you can manage your site’s Primary User, see any other connected users, and/or manage your connection to WordPress.com.

We have plans to add even more features to My Jetpack in future Jetpack releases.

Other Notable Updates

A couple more notable updates in Jetpack 3.6:

  • Jetpack Mobile Theme now supports adding a Featured Image to Gallery Post Format and Pages.
  • Jetpack Protect now offers a captcha in the login flow. If you accidentally trigger Protect by entering the wrong login information, you’ll be given the option to enter your correct username and password with a captcha to prevent being fully locked out.

The full list of updates in Jetpack 3.6 can be seen here on WordPress.org.

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New: Beta Testing Jetpack

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WordPress is an Open Source project built and maintained by members of the community. While Jetpack is built by the fine folks of Automattic to port features from WordPress.com to self-hosted sites, we embrace the same open source spirit by hosting its plugin source code and development publicly on GitHub. We’ve done a lot of great things so far, and we can do much more with your help!

How can you help? Join our newly relaunched Beta program!

As part of our Beta program, you help shape the future of the Jetpack plugin. The Beta program is 100% open to the public and we’re excited to get the WordPress and Jetpack user community involved.

As a Beta tester, you’ll get a sneak peek at new features and be one of the first to try them out. You’ll also help us track down any bugs and other issues, and even suggest tweaks or improvements to existing features. We have a few surprises up our sleeves for our testers as well! :)

You don’t need to be a developer, or even need to know how to code to participate – if you use WordPress and Jetpack, you can be a Beta tester.

Learn more about our awesome new Beta program by visiting the Jetpack Beta page. You can also help by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

Ready? Sign up now!

If you have questions about the Beta program or contributing to Jetpack in general, please comment or contact us. And if you’re unsure about joining us as Beta tester, there are lots of other ways to contribute to the Jetpack community.

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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.

Jetpack Menu Management

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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