Jetpack 9.8: Engage your audience with WordPress Stories

At Jetpack, we are continuously working to develop a better product for you and your website. This month, we bring the popular Story Block to the web editor, a feature previously exclusive to mobile. We are also shipping several under the hood improvements for an enhanced Jetpack experience.

Publish WordPress Stories on the web

With Jetpack 9.8, we make it easier for you to engage with your audience via WordPress Stories by bringing the Story Block to the web block editor.

Stories have become a powerful way to engage audiences on social media. With WordPress Stories, you can combine photos, videos, and text to create an engaging, tappable, full-screen slideshow that your visitors will love. Previously only available on mobile, you can now compose and share beautiful stories within the web block editor.

Other notable improvements and fixes coming with Jetpack 9.8

  • We made some backend changes on the Carousel that will improve the page performance, and hardened comment fetching on Carousel view.
  • Continued preparations for the Full Site Editor coming with WP 5.8 in July.
  • Added support for Instagram Reel permalinks to be used as embedded content.

Miscellaneous

  • We will be ending support for the IE 11 web browser starting in two months with our August release.

Come Join us!

We continue to grow and have some exciting open positions available at our parent company Automattic, including in Engineering, Product, Marketing, Business Development, HR, Customer Support, and more.

Work for us, from anywhere: https://automattic.com/work-with-us/

Automattic is hiring!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release:

Adrian Moldovan, Allison Levine, Andrew Serong, Andy Peatling, Aurorum, Ben Dwyer, Biser Perchinkov, Bogdan Ungureanu, Brad Jorsch, Brandon Kraft, Brian Colinger, Camilla Krag Jensen, Caroline Moore, Chris R, Damián Suárez, Derek Smart, Donncha Ó Caoimh, Douglas Johnson, Enej Bajgoric, Glen Davies, Grant Kinney, Harris Papazolgou, Jason Moon, Jasper Kang, Jeremy Herve, John Caruso, Kim Brown, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Denton, Miguel Torres, Paul Bunkham, Pierre Gordon, Ramon, Samiff, Sergey Mitroshin, Sérgio Gomes, Steve D, Tom Cafferkey, Tugdual de Kerviler, Yaroslav Kukharuk, annemirasol, dlind1, leogermani, robertf4, stacimc

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