WPWeekly Episode 282 – Talking WooCommerce with Cody Landefield

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Cody Landefield, Senior web strategist and founder of Mode Effect. Landefield describes some of the challenges that shop owners face and provides insight into a couple of WooCommerce projects Mode Effect has recently built. We discussed the future of WooCommerce and the odds of it turning into a SaaS …

Jetpack 4.8 Introduces Settings Redesign, Adds Global WordPress.com Toolbar

Jetpack 4.8 was released this week with a settings redesign that is a continuation of the React.js-powered admin interface introduced last September. The new settings screen has been completely rearranged under a more simplified menu. “We went through every setting on WordPress.com and Jetpack to make sure it was necessary to keep around, and to find a good, logical home …

WordPress App for Android Adds Better Support for Jetpack-Enabled Sites

Automattic’s mobile engineers released a major update to WordPress for Android this week. Last year the app’s users saw a growing disparity between the features available to self-hosted sites and those available to WordPress.com users. Not having the WP REST API in core was holding the app back from providing the same site management features that WordPress.com site owners already …

Jetpack 4.2 Released with Performance and Security Updates

Jetpack 4.2 is a combination release with performance improvements and fixes for a couple of security vulnerabilities. These updates secure Contact Form submission exports from potential formula injections and fix a general XSS vulnerability in the misuse of the add_query_arg() function. The majority of enhancements in this release are centered on speeding up communication between WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled sites. Jetpack …

Jetpack 4.1 Adds Telegram and WhatsApp Sharing Buttons, Introduces Untappd Menu Shortcode

Jetpack 4.1 was released today with performance improvements that make calls to the database more efficient, reducing what Jetpack does on each page load. Slideshows should load faster now that the Carousel module has been tweaked to no longer load full-size images in the previous and next previews. Using Photon in dev mode has also been improved by cutting out …

Automattic Pushes the Advanced WordPress Facebook Group Giveaway to More Than $70K in Prizes

Last week, we mentioned that the Advanced WordPress Facebook Group is giving away more than $40K worth of WordPress related prizes away to celebrate crossing the 20,000th member milestone. This past weekend, the prize value jumped to more than $70K after Automattic contributed 100 one-year long Jetpack Pro licenses to the prize pool. Jetpack Professional costs $299 per year and …