Jetpack 3.8 Adds Google+ Badges and Fixes Contact Form Response Emails

Jetpack 3.8 is available for download and includes, Google+ badges, Twitch.TV embed shortcode, improvements to the contact form module, and bug fixes.

Users can now display a Google+ Badge widget that shows your Google+ profile, page, or community.

Google Plus Badge Settings
Google Plus Badge Settings

You can configure the badge’s width, layout, and choose between a light or dark color scheme. A Google+ icon has also been added to the Social Media Icons widget bringing the total number of available icons to nine.

Those who use the Shortcode Embeds module can now easily embed videos from Twitch.tv using the [ twitchtv ] shortcode. The shortcode’s attributes allow you to modify the width, height, and whether or not the video autoplays.

In previous versions of Jetpack, the Contact Form module checkbox field type was limited to a single item. In Jetpack 3.8, check box field types can have multiple items.

Multiple Options Field
Multiple Options Field

One of my favorite enhancements in Jetpack 3.8 is the improved styling to contact form email responses. In previous versions of Jetpack, emails didn’t match the order of the fields within the contact form. Now, any responses to the contact form will show up in the order you set.

Other notable improvements in Jetpack 3.8 include:

  • Lots of new filters to allow further customization of Jetpack.
  • Better error messaging for Subscription Widget sign up forms.
  • Improvements and enhancements to accessibility.

In addition to features and bug fixes, this release contains contributions from Daisuke Takahashi and Eduardo Reveles. Takahashi lives in Japan and is responsible for the Google+ Badge Widget. Reveles not only filed a substantial amount of issue reports on Github but also submitted a lot of patches.

These two are among a group of more than 40 people who worked on Jetpack 3.8. Check out Jetpack’s contribute page if you’d like to get involved with the project. Also, be sure to read how you can join the Jetpack beta testing team to be among the first to test new features.

21 Comments


  1. Hmm, isn’t the G+ addition a little too little, too late? Why not officially “dead”, that horse has already bolted into many different fields now.

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    1. As long as Google isn’t going to change their business page vanity URL policy no company is going to continue to use Google+.

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      1. So many mistakes made by a company that should have learned from previous ones (Wave, Buzz, to name but two recent examples).

        Ah well.

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      2. True, but like WordPress, it’s still the best currently available.

        And, I do applaud Google for continuously trying these new features. And not being afraid to simply cancel them when not working out, even though they sometimes will be missed.

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      3. I’ll have to say, I’m actually enjoying Facebook more these days. I loved G+ in the beginning, and hoped for its potential to offer a more thoughtful and interactive option to Facebook, but didn’t quite pan out that way.

        It’s why I much prefer the conversations that continue to happen in the comments section of blogs. Despite the naysayers and those that would say blogging / blog commenting is “dead”, it continues to be the most effective at real community, when done right.

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      4. What went wrong with Waze? I’m of the opinion that they are doing well with it. There was just a big update with a pretty new interface, too. What’s the beef?

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      5. Bahhahaahh. Ahhhhhh. You are right. Wave. And you are right, I think I need glasses as well. Appointment is already made :)

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      6. TIL Waze is a traffic app with real-time help from other drivers. Kinda like the name!

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      7. I’m laughing because I just saw a clip of Alanis Morisette singing about Waze on the late late show…crazy, aired a few days ago.

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      8. it continues to be the most effective at real community, when done right.

        I totally agree.

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    2. Yet the jetpack developers get really upset when anyone says that jetpack is bloated…..

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      1. I can imagine. My core feature plugin opinion below aside, every WordPress (core) developer is currently struggling with the same issue.
        It’s WordPress’ backwards compatibility policy that’s causing the main issue here.
        It makes things almost impossible to make WordPress modular, to build upon, to update, to test, or to easily disable.

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      1. Given that Jetpack is still so divisive amongst the WordPress community, I don’t think that’s going to kickstart additional G+ usage from there… ;-)

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  2. I would like to see:
    1. Skype sharing button
    2. Sharing buttons available in a footer widget

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  3. Not meaning to sound too harsh, but above screenshots are a perfect example of why these days I’m always completely stripping the WordPress admin interface.
    Especially now core features are first developed as plugins there isn’t a meta box left alike.

    The contact form using the media element design would be a great place to start, instead of the 3.5 look it still has right now.

    Besides that, the widget width input field looks like to use yet another custom class.

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