The newest version of Jetpack, Jetpack 5.4 was released yesterday with many small improvements to the existing modules and an expansion of features for paid plan users.
The previous version of Jetpack, Jetpack 5.3 was released in September and brought many improvements along with it. This time, the new version includes the addition of a new field to the Contact Form editor, display improvements to Comments and how they integrate with themes, and welcome screens for paid plan users. The Jetpack team has also added a new search feature, currently in beta, that Jetpack Professional customers can test.
Having said that, let’s have a closer look at the enhancements in the updated version.
Date picker added to Contact Form editor
Jetpack 5.4 has included a new field to the Contact Form editor that allows you to add a date picker to your forms. This will allow you to ask your visitors to submit delivery dates, their birthdays, the best way to contact them, or anything else you can think of.
Improvements to Comments and Theme Compatibility
The Jetpack team has made some improvements to how the Jetpack comment form is displayed in some themes. When the feature is enabled on your site, the Comments feature will display a form with a default height. There will not be any extra white space below it and the comments entered into the form will cause the height of the form to expand automatically.
Welcome Screens added to paid plan users
You will now see a welcome screen when purchasing a Jetpack Personal, Premium, or Professional plan. The welcome screen comes with some tips to help you make the most of the plan you just purchased.
Jetpack Search (Beta Version) available for testing for Professional plan customers
This new release will give you access to a new feature for those purchasing a Professional Plan that the Jetpack team is currently still testing: Jetpack Search, powered by Elasticsearch.
To enable the Search feature:
On WordPress.com, go to Settings > Traffic and select a site using Jetpack 5.4 and a Professional plan. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enable the search feature. Once you’ve done this, go to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard and enable the new Search widget.
The Search widget will give you results that are more relevant than the default WordPress search. It can also help content-rich sites deliver results to visitors much faster.
The Jetpack team has requested their users to test the new feature and give your feedback.
Jetpack 5.4 also brought some other enhancements along with it. Some of them are listed below:
- Fixed some UI issues within the Jetpack settings interface for the Internet Explorer 11 browser
- The Simple Payments button received some minor display improvements
- Facebook embeds have received display improvements
- RTL style fixes for some shortcodes
- Added a new “Time Unit” setting to available widgets
- Third party plugin and theme authors can add new menu items to the WordPress.com toolbar
You can check out the changelog to know about the full list of updates and changes in Jetpack 5.4. You can get in touch with the members of Jetpack if you have anything to ask about the new update or want to give feedback.