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WordPress Jetpack Plugin

Have you noticed something slightly different in your plugin installations if you’ve set up a new blog with WordPress lately? WordPress Jetpack plugin has made it to the default big screen!…

So, it’s a big deal, and why should you care, right? OK, point taken, so take the time to read this short article, and I guarantee you WILL consider activating and configuring the WordPress Jetpack plugin by the time you reach the end.

First, I must let you know that you must have a free WordPress account to use the Jetpack plugin on your self-hosted blogs. It’s all free; then, you can activate the plugin and authorize it as per screen prompts. When Jetpack is activated, you’ll notice that there are (at least) 15 module/function boxes you can configure. Each plays a vital role in how your blog performs, and the Jetpack developers are adding new functions frequently.

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Jetpack Plugin Benefits.

Like a 3-year-old toddler, I ask “why” when presented with a new way or means of doing something, and the same goes for WordPress plugins. They are notorious for slowing down websites; oddly, that takes me to the first benefit of installing Jetpack.

Speed Up Your Blog – I’ll start by saying that you will certainly avoid installing at least 3 of your regular plugin installs by installing the WordPress Jetpack plugin. You will be picking which ones by the end of reading the page. Also, the Jetpack WordPress plugin is a very light script, meaning your servers have less load.

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Simple Concise Stats – For most of us, it would be nice to see who visited the site and what drove them to it. With just the click of a few buttons, you can forget having to install a separate analytics plugin, as daily, weekly, and monthly stats are seen from the wp-admin area.

Comments Customisation – Small but significant changes can be made in how your WordPress blog displays words. Custom Gravatars are embedded, and you can pick the transparency of the comments box, too. Enable threaded (nested) statements, and an eye-catching graphic is enabled, which helps get more comments.

Subscriptions – Easily allow readers to subscribe to your new posts by email and receive blog comment follow-ups to comments they left on your blog. How easy? By just checking a box!

Carousel Embed – This is a nice touch for those who want to display multiple images in one blog post or page. Seamlessly, a carousel lightbox is added to your WordPress gallery, allowing your ideas to “pop,” Certainly a new and welcome upgrade to the WP picture gallery.

Cool Share – It’s not called “cool share,” I think it fits! The WordPress Jetpack plugin is as good as any other social plugin I’ve installed. Easy drag-and-drop interface with all the “usual suspects” to link to.

Spell Checker – I’m notorious for bad grammar and spelling, and this module has saved my bacon more than once. Checking spelling and grammar for all variables, from Cliches to Phrases, to Avoid. Priceless!

Security – Built right into Jetpack is VaultPress, which offers (as a paid extra) real-time backup and security scanning for your WordPress site. You may not consider it now, but I bet the first time you get hacked, you’ll be clicking to configure! There are free versions of WordPress backup through the plugin, and that’s my preferred option.

Contact Forms – Before the WordPress Jetpack plugin, when setting up a WordPress blog, I always installed Contact Form 7; that’s another redundant plugin on my list. Jetpack allows you to insert a contact form anywhere on your website. It’s a LOT easier to use than any other contact form plugin to customize fields.

URL Shorts – No, not URL beachwear, but a link-shortening script. You know, it comes in handy on sites like Twitter, where you only have a limited number of characters to use. It just makes life a little easier if you can shrink any URL into 9 or 10 characters.

Shortcode Embeds – Get the video to show in your blog posts much easier than any other method you’ve tried. It’s as simple as just adding the video URL to the blog post, and… that’s it. When your post or page is published, your video will be embedded and auto-resized with no other input needed.

CSS Style – CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a code that tells the browser how to render a web page. If you are one of those webmasters who prefer to tweak their WordPress set-up for a unique look, it’s now a name even easier with Jetpack. By default, your stylesheet will be loaded after your installed theme stylesheets.

Beautiful Math – Now, to be honest, I don’t see too many using this. But if the maths formula is your thing, integrated into the WordPress Jetpack plugin, you can mark up your posts or pages with the markup language, perfect for complex mathematical equations.

Extra Sidebar Widgets – I must say that the ease of adding images to the WordPress sidebar is pretty slick. You can resize the image and add a link URL from the widget area, but it’s fairly easy to add basic anyway, especially if you copy the HTML code from a dummy post.

That’s not all… At the time of writing, the WordPress Jetpack plugin has other modules I could mention, but I’ll let you find out what they are when you configure the WordPress Jetpack plugin on your website.

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