A week in Dublin

Working for Automattic is pretty great. I work from home, and also get to travel from time to time. After Hawaii, India, San Francisco, Spain, and a few other places, we decided to head to Dublin for a week to meet, and work on delivering better support for Jetpack, VaultPress, and Akismet users.

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Color Posts update for AMP

If you follow the news, you most likely heard about the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project in the past few weeks. This open source initiative, lead by Google and a few big publishing and technology companies, allows you to serve super fast pages to mobile readers, when they come from a Google Search result or from an app using AMP:

How AMP looks like when launching a Google search

Automattic joined the project and released the AMP plugin, so you can enable AMP on your own site with a few clicks.

It’s not super pretty, though. By default, AMP pages sport a standard blue title bar. That’s where Color Posts comes in! 😊  I just updated the plugin, and it will now change the look of the title bar to match the post’s main color.

All you have to do is install the AMP plugin, and update Color Posts!

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Developers: discover Jetpack’s little secrets

You probably already know the Jetpack plugin. But did you know it included developer features you can use when building sites for your clients?

In this article we’ll discover some of Jetpack’s little secrets, and learn how to use them in our projects.

Discover Jetpack’s secrets

Les secrets de Jetpack — WordCamp Paris

Pour ma première participation à WordCamp Paris, j’ai décidé de parler d’un sujet qui me tient à coeur : Jetpack !

Voici donc ma présentation : en attendant que la vidéo soit mise en ligne, vous pouvez parcourir mes notes ci-dessous, jeter un coup d’oeil à mon diaporama, tout en écoutant mes commentaires dans la vidéo au bas de cet article.

Découvrez les secrets de Jetpack pour gagner du temps dans vos projets

Jetpack: add UTM tracking to sharing buttons

After figuring out a nice little challenge in the Jetpack support forums last week, I wanted to share the results with you.

First of all, I need to thank Aquif Shaikh for his question in the original thread. This thread required a bit more digging than usual, and I love a good challenge.

The question was actually quite simple: how to add UTM tracking to the Jetpack sharing buttons. If you’re not familiar with UTM tracking, you’ll want to check this generator. UTM tracking allows you to track specific URLs in Google Analytics.

Let’s get started.

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New theme, new logo, new PHP!

Fresh coat of paint for my blog: new theme, new logo, new version of PHP, and HTTP/2!

Check our the new looks

Color Posts: an update for your Android readers

About a year ago I released a small plugin named Color Posts. It’s a fairly simple plugin, and it can be extended with filters. I use it on this site, and I’ve made extensive use of the filters to add some color to the sidebar as well as in other areas of the site.

Among all these customizations, there is one that I really like: if you use Chrome in Android, the browser’s background color matches the color picked by my plugin:

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Color Posts changes Chrome’s background color to match the post’s color.

I thought this little detail could be useful for everyone, so added it to the plugin itself! If you use Color Posts, go update now! 😊

Jetpack: redirect your subscribers to a Thank You page

Jetpack includes a Subscriptions module that makes it easy for your readers to subscribe to your site, and then receive email or Reader notifications for each one of the posts you publish on your site.

Your readers can use a Subscription widget to subscribe to your site. You can see how it looks on this very site (oh, and subscribe if you haven’t already 😊 ).

By default, when submitting your email address into the form, the page reloads and success message appears instead of the email form. However, starting with Jetpack 3.8, you can now redirect your subscribers to a specific page on your site instead. It could be a “Thank You” page, it could be a little explanation of what they need to do to confirm their subscription, … That’s up to you.

To create that redirection, you can use the new jetpack_subscriptions_form_submission action, like so:

/**
 * Redirect all successful subscription submissions to a 'thank-you' page
 */
function jeherve_custom_sub_redirect_page( $result ) {
	if ( 'success' === $result ) {
		$thanks_page = 'thank-you';
		wp_safe_redirect( $thanks_page );
		exit;
	}
}
add_action( 'jetpack_subscriptions_form_submission', 'jeherve_custom_sub_redirect_page' );

Place that code in a functionality plugin, and you’re all set!

An experiment with the WP REST API and Jetpack’s REST API

A few months ago, I set to learn more about the differences between Jetpack’s REST API and the WP REST API plugin. Both projects are very interesting for the future of WordPress, as they allow third-party apps and services to interact with WordPress.

I consequently developed a little plugin using both APIs: REST API Post Embeds.

Learn more about the plugin

Jetpack: how to deal with missing images in the Related Posts module

Jetpack Related Posts are great. You should use them!

They are also customizable; we added a lot of filters to allow you to customize the output of the Related Posts. You can find a lot of examples here: Customize Related Posts (Kudos to Xiao for all the great work he’s done with Jetpack Related Posts).

The module also includes an option to “use a large and visually striking layout”. When that option is active, Jetpack will look for a large image (at least 350*200px) in your posts, and use that image when displaying Related Posts. It looks great, and I use it on this site:

Related Posts

What doesn’t look that good, however, is when some of the Related Posts don’t have any image.

Missing Related Image

There are 2 ways to solve this small issue.

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