Working in support can be fun. And sometimes, it can be a bit frustrating. Story time!
Jetpack’s Photon module is a free image CDN that doesn’t require any configuration; as soon you activate it, all the images in your posts and pages will be downloaded, optimized, cached, and served from WordPress.com’s CDN. Magic!
Photon is applied to all images on your site, including images that may hosted somewhere else; if you one day added an image to one of your posts without actually uploading it to your Media Library, that image will be served through Photon too.
However, sometimes you’d rather not serve external images through Photon. After all, these images may already be served via another CDN! Luckily, Jetpack includes a filter to allow you to control which images get served by Photon. In the example below, we’ll only use Photon for images belonging to our site, and make sure none of the images that are not hosted on our site get processed by Photon.
When sharing posts on Facebook, you may have realized that sometimes you can play a video right on Facebook, without having to click and go to another site.
This is possible thanks to Open Graph Meta Tags. When you share a post on Facebook, or when Jetpack Publicize publishes a post to your Facebook page, Facebook crawls the page and looks for Open Graph meta tags in the head to build a complete post preview. That post preview will often include an image, a title, a description, and sometimes a video like on the screenshot above.
Jetpack automatically creates these Open Graph Meta tags for you unless you already use another Open Graph plugin, in which case we let the other plugin handle things.
J’ai eu la chance de passer mon vendredi soir en bonne compagnie, avec d’autres fans de WordPress francophones : Alexandre Sadowski, Maxime Bernard-Jacquet, Thierry Pigot, Mathieu Viet, Grégoire Noyelle, et Maxime Culea. Que du beau monde, à l’occasion du podcast VeryFrenchTrip, et pour parler de l’API REST.
New week, new plugin! ?
This is once again a Jetpack add-on, and it’s also another good example of the things you can accomplish with the WordPress.com REST API: Post Views for Jetpack pulls data about your site’s stats, as well as stats for each one of your posts.
This is still a work in progress; I would love to know what you’d like in this plugin, and where you would like to display those post views. Open a new thread in the support forums to let me know!
If you follow WordPress news, you’ve probably heard about the REST API already. We’ve been talking about it for years, and it’s been presented as a revolution within WordPress. That’s all great, but what does it mean in practice?
I’ve talked about the WordPress.com REST API on this blog before. I even created a plugin allowing you to make use of it on your own site. This API powers WordPress.com, the desktop WordPress.com apps, and is used in more and more areas of the Jetpack plugin.
Did you know that API also allows you to manage your Custom Post Types via the WordPress.com interface?
I’ve used SyntaxHighlighter Evolved on that site for as long as I can remember. It was always my plugin of choice to display code on this site. I’ve played with other tools, like Prism.js or Pastacode, but I’ve added so many code snippets to this site, it wouldn’t be easy to switch to something else now. Let’s see how I customized that plugin to fit my needs.
When I set up my new machine, I decided to get rid of MAMP and Vagrant, my previous local development tools of choice. While they worked well for me, I needed something a bit different. I need to be able to spin up a fresh installation of WordPress, run a few tests, and burn it all down a few minutes later.
A few months ago, I discovered Laravel Valet. Valet is a tool relying on Caddy and Dnsmasq, allowing you to spin up PHP projects in a few seconds. You can learn more about it here. It seemed like the perfect tool for me, so I decided to combine it with WP-CLI to quickly launch WordPress sites on my laptop.