Jetpack 7.4 Adds Business Hours Block and Ability to Share Content Through WhatsApp

Jetpack 7.4 is now available and includes a new Business Hours block. This block contains a toggle that users can set to show whether they’re open or closed.

There’s also a way to add additional times so restaurants, for example, can display when they’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, I couldn’t figure out a way to add text to label what the hours mean. Also, depending on the theme, the alignment displays incorrectly. You can see the block in action below.

Sunday
Closed
Monday
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
Closed

The Slideshow, Carousel, and Tiled Galleries blocks have all received enhancements to improve their look and performance on mobile devices. The Carousel block also contains better theme compatibility.

WhatsApp is now included in the Jetpack Sharing module. Users can enable it by browsing to Jetpack > Settings > Sharing > Configure sharing buttons. The button supports sharing content through the stand-alone app and the web interface.

Jetpack 7.4 also makes a number of enhancements to the Recurring Payments block such as improving the display of the renewal frequency in the button list and improving the look of the payment modal on mobile devices. This version also requires users to be on the Premium or Professional plan on WordPress.com in order to access the button.

You can see a full list of changes in 7.4 by viewing the changelog.

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3 Comments


  1. Thanks for spreading the news!

    I’d have 2 quick remarks to clarify things a bit:

    The Business Hours Block isn’t new, it was added to Jetpack a few months ago, in version 7.1. The 7.4 release just polishes the design of it a bit.
    The WhatsApp button is also something that’s been in Jetpack for some time, since 2016. The button didn’t work perfectly in all browsers though. This release fixes that and makes sure the button can leverage WhatsApp’s web interface when necessary.

    I couldn’t figure out a way to add text to label what the hours mean.

    That’s a good idea for a future iteration. I’ve taken note of it, thank you!

    Also, depending on the theme, the alignment displays incorrectly.

    That’s indeed to be expected with some themes. The block comes with some basic styles that can be overwritten by themes so one can customize the look of the list of Business Hours on their site.

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  2. Wow! It seems as though Automattic is singularly focused on turning WordPress into an e-commerce platform. Most of the recent changes seems more useful to a business website than to a personal blogging platform.

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    1. More like expanding WordPress’s eCommerce opportunities. No one intends to pivot WordPress from a CMS to solely an eCommerce platform, Site/blog building isn’t going anywhere.

      If more people can do more things in WordPress, everyone wins. :)

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