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Weblog Tools Collection in 2012

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January 3rd, 2013
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WordPress had a great 2012, bbPress had a great 2012, and we had a great 2012 too! This handy report was generated for several WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered WordPress.org blogs with moderate to high traffic, and it really is quite nice. Here’s one of my favorite excerpts from our report. About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 950,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 17 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe! So, with visits from 217 countries world-wide, and the United States, India, and the United Kingdom rounding out the top, we had more visits than 17 years worth of tourists to a small European country. That’s not bad, but we could always do better. What would you kind folks love to see from us in 2013?

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Jetpack 2.0 has Landed

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November 8th, 2012
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Jetpack 2.0 has landed, bringing a new stack of WordPress.com features to self-hosted WordPress.org blogs. Jetpack 2.0 brings with it a small collection of bug fixes, as well as Publicize to automatically share your site’s posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linkedin, and Yahoo!, Post by Email to publish posts on your blog by email, Photon to dynamically serve your images from the global WordPress.com cloud (creating less server load and faster images), and Infinite Scroll to load new posts as users scroll down without a full-page refresh in supported themes. If you’re already a Jetpack user, these are definitely some powerful additions to an already great free plugin. If you aren’t already a Jetpack user, perhaps it’s time to give it a try.

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Less Spam Since Jetpack Comments

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October 15th, 2012
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A week ago, we made a few minor changes here, most notably a switch to Jetpack Comments. Since then, spam has dropped dramatically. Prior to the change, we received an average of 10,000 spam comments a day. After Jetpack Comments, we have received a grand total of 429 spam comments for the entire week. So, that’s a drop from an average of 10,000 per day to an average of 61 per day, 9,939 less spam comments per day. Jetpack Comments makes use of javascript and iframes, which are both a bit too complicated for most spam bots, and that does line up with the almost complete lack of obvious bot-generated spam in our spam queue. Besides the comforting bot-breaking ability of Jetpack Comments, I have a feeling that our change from a basic form element comment form to the comment_form tag finally enabled our other anti-spam plugins to work properly. […]

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Slight Under-the-Hood Improvements plus Jetpack Comments

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October 5th, 2012
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You may not notice offhand, but we made some rather significant under-the-hood changes over the weekend. Despite often drooling like fan boys over the latest and greatest WordPress features, much of this theme has been hard-coded. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what “hard-coded” is, it means that the sidebar was just HTML in the theme’s sidebar template, not widgets, and the navigation menu was just HTML in the theme’s header template, not a custom menu. Why did we do this? Because it was easy, fast, and we didn’t need to change anything. Well, as WordPress continues to mature, more features are implemented as widgets. As we began desiring some of these, it became clear that the sidebar needed to be widgetized, and the existing modules (or non-widgets) needed to be switched over to widgets. Are you stuck with a theme that isn’t widgetized? If so, don’t worry, […]

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Jetpack 1.2 has Landed

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November 20th, 2011
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Jetpack 1.2 has been released, bringing more core WordPress.com features to self-hosted WordPress blogs. This major update to the popular plugin brings super-easy email subscriptions (just add the widget and you’re done), Google+ has been added to the sharing buttons, new short codes for VideoPress and Google Maps, and a quick and easy Image widget. If you’re using Jetpack, upgrade now! If not, now is the perfect time to try it!

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Automattic Launched a Jetpack

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March 9th, 2011
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Automattic has just launched Jetpack, a new plugin which allows self-hosted WordPress users to enjoy several features previously available only to WordPress.com blogs. Simply put, Jetpack is a vehicle to bring some of the best WordPress.com features to your self-hosted WordPress blog, and it’s launching today with Gravatar Hovercards, WordPress.com Stats, the Twitter widget, a wealth of cool shortcodes, Shortlinks, LaTeX markup, Sharedaddy, and After the Deadline. Of course, these features are just the launch set. There are plenty more on the way, and all you need to do is watch for them to magically appear in your Jetpack panel. Have you tried Jetpack yet? What do you think of it so far? Disclaimer: I work for Automattic, Inc.

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