Overview of installing and using the Jetpack plugin.
The Jetpack plugin is a collection of plugins developed by Atomattic for the WordPress blog, but now it is available for blogs using the source code of WordPress.org. Jetpack includes many small plugins that can meet most of your needs. As of this writing, Jetpack has been around for 3 years and has grown from a few to 32 separate features, all free except VaultPress. Jetpack incorporates some of the best WordPress plugins ever used as separate plugins for Sharedaddy, Grunion Contact Forms, Wicket Twitter Widgets, After the Deadline and WP LaTeX.
The modules of the Jetpack plugin
- WordPress.com Stats – Site Stats Statistics.
- Publicize – Connect your website to popular social networks and automatically share new posts with your friends.
- Notifications – Track and manage site activity through notifications on the toolbar and on WordPress.com.
- Jetpack Comments – A new comment system that is optionally enabled to log in with a social network account.
- Subscriptions – Allows users to subscribe to posts and comments to receive email notifications.
- Post by Email – Post the blog post directly from your personal email account.
- Likes – Like is a way for people to express appreciation for what you have written. It is also a way for you to show how the world of your content has become so popular.
- Carousel – Convert your standard photo gallery into a full screen experience.
- Related Posts – Show links to relevant content under your posts.
- Sharing – The most super duper sharing tool on the interwebs. Share content with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
- Spelling and Grammar – Improve spelling, style and grammar with After the Deadline Proofreading.
- VaultPress – Real-time backup and privacy scan for your WordPress site.
- Omnisearch – A simple search box that allows you to search many different things.
- Gravatar Hovercards – Displays a pop-up photo of the user’s avatar in the comment.
- Contact Form – Easily insert a contact form anywhere on your website.
- Google+ Profile – Displays a link to your Google+ account in the article sharing area and adds your blog URL to your Google+ profile.
- Tiled Galleries – Create an elegant elegant magazine style mosaic for your photos without using a graphical editor from the outside.
- WP.me Shortlinks – Activate WP.me Shortlinks for all your posts and pages for easier sharing.
- Widget Visibility – Control the appearance of widgets on your blog.
- Shortcode Embeds – Easily embed videos and more from sites like YouTube, Vimeo and SlideShare.
- Custom CSS – Customize the look and feel of your website using CSS but not changing your theme.
- Mobile Theme – Automatically optimize your website for mobile devices.
- Markdown – Written in Markdown, published in HTML.
- Beautiful Math – Mark your articles with the LaTeX logo markup language, it is perfect for complex mathematical equations and other über-geekery.
- Extra Sidebar Widgets – Easily add photos, updates to Twitter, and RSS feeds of your site to your sidebar.
- Infinite Scroll – Automatically downloads the next message as the reader pulls to the bottom of the page.
- Photon – Accelerate Image Download from WordPress.com CDN.
- Jetpack Single Sign On – Allows users to log in with their WordPress.com Credentials.
- Monitor – Jetpack Monitor will check the tabs on your website and alert you when downtime is detected.
- VideoPress – Maybe this is the easiest way to upload beautiful videos to your blog.
- Enhanced Distribution – Share your public posts and comments on search engines and other services in real time.
- JSON API – Allows applications to securely access your content through the cloud.
Install and use the Jetpack plugin
You can install and use Jetpack just like any other WordPress plugin from your WordPress Dashboards by visiting Plugins => Add New. Next, enable the plugin.
Then, to use Jetpack, you will first need to click on the green button that says “Connect to WordPress.com” to connect to your Jetpack account at WordPress.com. If you do not have one you can create an account during the connection process.
After successful connection, you will see a screen with all 32 modules (as of 12/5/2014). Some of them need to be activated and configured. To activate the module, click on “Activate“, to configure, click “Configure“.
Above is a photo of some modules that aGuideBlog is using. If you decide you do not use a feature, it’s a good idea to turn it off. You can turn it off by clicking on the “Learn More” button. The “Configure” button will change to “Deactivate” or the “Deactivate” button will appear. Click on “Deactivate” and that module will no longer be activated.
It seems that Jetpack does not always automatically enable new modules, especially those modules that can cause problems for your blog, so check out the Jetpack console to enable any new features. When do you update it Jetpack is a value-added plugin that helps you add the features you need for your blog / website without having to install too many plugins. As far as I think, it is a great plugin.
Above is an overview on how to install and use the Jetpack plugin. If you have any questions, you can write in the comments box below for support and answers.
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