Why Install Jetpack on Your WordPress Site?

With a slogan like “Supercharge your WordPress site with powerful features only available to WordPress.com users” how can you really go wrong?  That is what the Jetpack plugin is all about and if you’ve ever seen it before its worth a second glance for no other reason than it’s promise.

A few things before you can get started with this plugin are the following…

  • You’ll need to install this plugin on your hosted WordPress site
  • You’ll need to create a WordPress.com account
  • You’ll need to be awesome (I’m sure you are!)

Let’s get ready to blast off with Jetpack (okay so I just wanted to use the phrase “blast off” during this article at least one time).  Once you’ll got your account setup with WordPress.com you’ll need to authorize Jetpack to connect from your hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com as you can see here below…

Jetpack pluginNow that the Jetpack plugin is installed and the connection has been made between your site and WordPress.com let’s have a look at why you would want to use Jetpack and what it gives you on your WordPress hosted site.  Also, for those of you not aware, when I say “WordPress hosted site” I am referring to the fact that you bought hosting and installed WordPress yourself.  WordPress.com is different in that you don’t install anything and the hosting for your blog or website is hosted exclusively on WordPress.com.

Jetpack interface in WordPress

Keep in mind that some of the functions that Jetpack offers need to be activated first and others you will need to configure depending on what you want to use.  Here is a list of the current functions that JetPack provides on your hosted WordPress site…

  • Notifications
  • Publicize
  • WordPress.com Stats
  • Jetpack comments
  • Subscriptions
  • Carousel
  • Post by Email
  • Sharing
  • Spelling and Grammar
  • VaultPress
  • Gravatar Hovercards
  • Contact Forms
  • Tiled Galleries
  • WP.me shortlinks
  • Custom CSS
  • Shortcode Embeds
  • Mobile Theme
  • Beautiful Math
  • Extra Sidebar Widgets
  • Infinite Scroll
  • Photon
  • Mobile Push Notifications
  • Enhanced Distribution
  • JSON API

Now personally I know that most people that use Jetpack won’t use everything that it has to offer but if you are looking for functionality that was previously only available in WordPress.com you can at least have it on your WordPress hosted site.

 

 

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