Early Friday morning Eastern Time, WordPress.com’s software Jetpack received its second update within a week’s time following the release of Version 2.2.3. This new download focuses on addressing minor issues that revolved around last week’s major overhaul along with ensuring that the software is fully compatible with the upcoming WordPress 3.6; due out in just a few short days.
On April 26th, Automattic’s Tim Moore posted on the official website telling the plugin’s fans, “We’ve been hard at work on Jetpack over the last couple of weeks. Since releasing version 2.2.2 (which was mainly a bug fix release), we have focused our attention on making sure that Jetpack will play nicely with WordPress 3.6 when it is released.” To begin with, the Yahoo! Updates API will be going away entirely; meaning that Yahoo! has been removed from the Publicize plugin altogether. There is now a Bandcamp shortcode included within the module, plus the Audio flash player that had been tacked on to Version 2.2.2 and subsequently removed by the development team for security reasons has now been fixed and inserted into the latest version.
With Jetpack 2.2.3, the reply-title portion of the comment form can be styled by the theme. Those who would like a full list of altered functionality can visit the changelog and browse through all the work that has been performed to date.
WordPress.com premium subscribers already have all of Jetpack’s functionality available to them without downloading any additional software. However, many self-hosted website owners wish to make use of services such as WordPress.com Stats, Publicize and others – this is where Jetpack comes in. The plugin is 100% free to download and use on one’s WordPress website, and can go a long way toward giving beginning webmasters all the tools they need to successfully run their very first website without having to manually go into the code Editor and alter it.
Jetpack features Sharing, Spelling and Grammar, Comments, Subscriptions, a Contact Form, Gravatar Hovercards, Shortcode Embeds, Extra Sidebar Widgets, Custom CSS and much more (for a full list of all Jetpack has to offer, click on the following link to view the software’s About Page. Any site running WordPress 3.1 or later can make use of Jetpack, plus it is now compatible with WordPress 3.6 which is expected out early next week as Lead Developer Mark Jaquith and his team put the final touches on features.
Upgrading To Latest Version
When it comes to upgrading, the Jetpack staff writes, “As we upgrade each of our individual plugins to be a part of Jetpack, we’ll prompt you to switch over to the new, Jetpack-powered version. Don’t worry about upgrading, we’ll automatically take care of carefully switching over all of your settings and options so that it’s the smoothest experience possible. Once you’ve upgraded to Jetpack, you can remove the older versions of those plugins. Jetpack itself is, and always will be free. Some individual features that Jetpack provides will be free, but others in the future may require payment. Installing Jetpack is free and requires no payment information.”
If you would like to get the latest version directly and save it to your desktop, you can Download Jetpack 2.2.3 here. Otherwise, you will be automatically prompted to update as mentioned above.
In a nutshell, this software is ideal for self-hosted websites that use WordPress because it can combine a lot of the functionality that would normally take a webmaster several plugin downloads to accomplish along with coming at a premium cost. Jetpack places a lot of tools in a website owner’s hands and allows him/her to use the data to help determine which content generation strategies are best moving forward.