If you started on a free WordPress.com blog, you may know how cool and functional some of those plugins were. Well, Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has come up with the Jetpack plugin for self-hosted WordPress blogs, which will bring many of WordPress.com’s feature into our WordPress.org blogs.
Here is a statement from the WordPress team on the launch of the Jetpack WordPress plugin:
With Jetpack, a new plugin from Automattic, people not on WordPress.com can now access features that depend on WordPress.com. Jetpack also provides convenience features that don’t use the cloud, but are now easier to install, or were unavailable as plugins before.
Let’s take a look at some of the features of Jetpack
Jetpack WordPress Plugin Features:
Jetpack comes with many modules which you can enable and disable individually.
As the WordPress team mentioned, they are occasionally adding new features.
- WordPress.com Stats: A great way to view the analytics of your blog. Use this in conjunction with Google Analytics.
- Jetpack Comments: You can disable the WordPress default commenting system in favor of the Jetpack commenting system, which offers social media logins. I’m not really a big fan of this commenting system, but if you are using stock WordPress themes, having a social login feature on your comment forms is very useful.
- Subscriptions: This is one of the best things about the Jetpack plugin. The Subscriptions feature lets your commentator quickly subscribe to your blog’s updates via a checkbox in the comment. For now, there’s little control over newsletter sending in the plugin, but it’s still very useful. In fact, when I comment on other blogs, I use that checkmark to subscribe. It helps encourage readers to come back to your blog.
- VaultPress: VaultPress is one of the premium WordPress backup solutions offered by Automattic. I have used it in the past and was not really happy with their performance, but they have since made some major changes. With Jetpack, you can quickly configure VaultPress and keep a secure backup of your site.
- Google Authorship: The Jetpack plugin enables users to quickly integrate Google authorship for their WordPress blog. The best part about this module is that it works perfectly with multi-authored WordPress blogs.
- Mobile Theme: This module will make your blog mobile friendly by offering a responsive design. Here is a guide to activating the Jetpack mobile theme option.
- Auto-Publicize Feature: This module will let you automatically share your latest blog post on various social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many others. Here is a detailed guide on configuring the Jetpack Auto-Publicize feature.
- Widget Visibility: This is an amazing feature which will let you control your widget visibility. This is very useful to improve conversions on your blog.
- Website Uptime Monitor: In the 2.6 version of Jetpack, they have added a new feature which will check your website uptime after every 3 minutes.
- Carousel: This module of Jetpack will let you transform your standard image gallery into a great, full-screen experience.
There are many more features offered by this plugin like the ability to add a Twitter sidebar widget, or add quick social media sharing buttons. This plugin is one of the must-have plugins for your WordPress blog.
Now, you might not need all the modules, so here is a post which teaches you how to disable specific Jetpack modules.
Automattic will keep adding more features to Jetpack in the future. Also important to note is that some of the premium features may become free (and some of the free features may become premium).
You can download the Jetpack plugin from here.
Since you are getting so many great features in one plugin, there’s no reason you shouldn’t download and install it.
Note: WordPress has partnered with the following web hosting companies to auto-install Jetpack after 1-click installation: Bluehost, DreamHost, GoDaddy, HostGator, Media Temple, and Network Solutions.
Do let me know: What’s your favorite feature of the Jetpack plugin? Share your opinion in the comments below!
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