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Automattic JetPack Plugin Updates to 1.1.2

We have mixed opinions about the new JetPack plugin released by Automattic. Automattic is the parent company that builds WordPress.org and WordPress.com so it’s obviously a good thing that you can now get all the same great functionality on your self-hosted installed version of WordPress as you can with their online WordPress.com version. However, it seems like JetPack is simply combining several other great plugins out there into 1 conglomerate of plugins. It gives us peace of mind knowing that the code base for the plugins will be consistently updated as they find bugs and maintain compliance with WordPress, but other individual plugins out there offer more functionality, layout, and design over the JetPack versions.

One piece of good news regarding JetPack arrived in my email inbox this morning in a post by Scott Berkun. He announced:

The future: the Jetpack mission is to continually bring features currently only available on WordPress.com to the rest of the WordPress community. Beyond the recent bug fix releases, we’re investigating WordPress.com’s most popular features and how to engineer them to work inside Jetpack. I can’t say more, but it’s fair to say version 1.2 is likely to contain something impressive – something  no ordinary plugin can currently do.

We’re excited to see what major advancements they make over all the other hundreds of plugins out there.

Jetpack 1.1.2 includes fixes for:

  • Fixes for all “timestamp is too old” errors (generated by difference between your server and wordpress.com servers)
  • Fixes for many “register_http_request_failed” errors caused by hosts making https requests, without verifying SSL certificates.
  • Smarter fallback behavior when WordPress.com is experiencing problems.
  • After The Deadline: fixed several settings storage issues.
  • Stats: Better handling of old statistics data.
  • Twitter Widget: improved time/date formatting, and timeout error handling.
  • Gravatar Hovercards: Improved visuals for Windows browsers.
  • Share This: improved localization for Facebook Like button.
  • Slightly improved experience for RTL languages. We plan on further improving the RTL experience in Jetpack 1.2.

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