Jetpack – a treasure trove of functionality

Often as I am seeking a solution, I discover it right here in the Jetpack plugin.

I started my experience with WordPress on the hosted version at wordpress.com before upgrading to a full self-hosted website. It seemed like a dreadful either/or choice as I lost some of the fabulous features of the hosted version – most missed were:

  • Update your blog by email – ever been out somewhere and been inspired to write?
  • Mobile Theme – clean simple, one-click activate for a multi-device world
  • Statistics in a simple graphical format – not Google Analytics – but all most people need
  • Spam blocking

Jetpack is created at Automattic, makers of WordPress.com. Trust rating 5+

Jetpack requires a connection to WordPress.com to enable all features. This is a different account than the one you use to log into your self-hosted WordPress. If you can log into http://wordpress.com, then you already have a WordPress.com account. If you can’t, then you can easily create one as part of the installation of Jetpack.

Adding plugins by 3rd party developers is always a risk. One I admit I love. I am like a nerd on Thinkgeek.com when it comes to wanting it all.

As I explored Jetpack, I found that once I setup my favourites, there were other functions that quickly became my new favourites (in addition of course, not instead).

These days, I have to say I value the quick Askimet setup (no API setup required) most… Once installed, you can activate Askimet through your Jetpack connection and eliminate thousands of spam comments a month without ever seeing them. So sick of Spam Comments ( and hackers – who can tell me how to bullet-proof my site against hackers without locking out legitimate visits? Once installed a security plugin that locked ME out.)

I also love Custom CSS built in to Jetpack instead of having to find a theme that specifically allows this. Even if you do not know CSS you can google a snippet easy enough. Just tweaking the padding around the logo or hiding an element on the inside pages is powerful.

Even adding Twitter timeline or photo galleries as widgets – Jetpack has it. Oooh and I love the Widget visibility feature – easily choose what pages to show which widget on.

Social sharing is quick and easy -for me and for visitors – no Buffer share yet but I use the WordPress to Bufferapp for that.

Activate spelling and grammar check for in-line editing and suggestions.

Stop paying an external service to monitor whether your site goes down – this is a great feature. Just be aware that your site may go down and come back up and don’t let the notices scare you.

I could go on and on. Suffice to say, I love this plugin, you may too.

Visit the site at http://jetpack.me/ for a completed list of the modules available and consider how this suite can save you time, bugs, risk over non standard plugins or outdated plugins and the worry of incompatible plugins crashing your site.

 

Cher Cunningham

One Comment

  1. Cher
    November 21, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    Here is an interesting quirk with Jetpack… sometimes the functionality does not show up – eg Widget Visibility – the first time you try to use it. In this case I have found that disabling then re-enabling can activate the module correctly.

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