Jetpack 4.9 gives self-hosted WordPress users access to some of the widgets that are available on WordPress.com. One of the most useful ones for European websites is the new EU Cookie Law Banner widget. The WordPress plugin directory has dozens of plugins related to cookie consent, but Jetpack users can now get this feature bundled with the popular plugin.
The widget launches a notice at the bottom of the screen where users can click to accept cookies. The widget banner text, color scheme, policy URL, and button text can be customized, and administrators can hide the banner based on different user behaviors.
Jetpack 4.9 also adds a new Flickr widget and one for the Internet Defense League, an organization dedicated to defending internet freedom. The widget lets users select from three different badges to show support. Note that this widget does not sign the website up to broadcast specific campaigns. That feature is available in the Internet Defense League Cat Signal plugin.
This release also includes several minor fixes and improvements under the hood. Check out the full changelog on WordPress.org to see everything included in version 4.9.