Turbocharge Your Blog With WordPress Jetpack Plugin [Review]

Jetpack for WordPress

I first came to know about Jetpack for WordPress from web hosting companies. The popular web hosting control panel vDeck (used by iPage, PowWeb, iPower, etc.) recommends Jetpack for WordPress plugin whenever we do an automatic installation of WordPress script using their control panel.

But I started using Jetpack since the past 2 years only and it’s a fantastic plugin. It’s comparable to WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin as these plugins offers multiple functionality. And both these plugins are featured in the 13 WordPress plugins I can’t live without.

Install the WordPress SEO by Yoast and you can deactivate several other plugins as it’s more powerful than what you can imagine. Likewise, enabling Jetpack on your self-hosted WordPress blog can also reduce the number of plugins used by your blog which ultimately improves the performance of your blog.

Read: Top 25 WordPress Plugins 2013 To Supercharge Your Blog

What’s Jetpack for WordPress?

Jetpack plugin brings the power of WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. It enables you to connect your self-hosted WordPress blog to your WordPress.com account so that you can enjoy almost all the power features normally available to WordPress.com users.

“Jetpack supercharges your self?hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.”

So why am I reviewing this plugin individually when I have already featured it in my WordPress Plugins 2012 and 2013 blog posts? Well, it’s only because of Jetpack’s image acceleration and editing service (or call it a content delivery network) called Photon.

I’m already using Google’s PageSpeed Service to turbocharge this blog so I didn’t want another CDN for this blog. But recently I enabled Photon on my friend’s blog and its PageSpeed Score increased to 80 from 63 instantly. Her blog is not using any performance plugins (like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache) or CDN service and hence this score improvement is awesome.

25 Reasons Why You Should Install Jetpack By WordPress.com Plugin

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1. Photon

“Give your site a boost by loading images from the WordPress.com content delivery network.”

Photon is a FREE Content Delivery Network (CDN) service by Automattic. It’s an image acceleration and editing service for your Jetpack enabled WordPress blog. It boosts your page speed by caching your images and then serving them from WordPress.com servers thereby reducing the server load on your web host. Learn more about Photon »

2. Publicize

Publicize

“Connect your site to popular social networks and automatically share new posts with your friends.”

Publicize allows you to connect your WordPress blog to popular social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Yahoo! so that all your new blog posts will be shared to your social networks automatically. Learn more about Publicize »

3. Notifications

Notifications

“Monitor and manage your site’s activity with Notifications in your Toolbar and on WordPress.com.”

Notifications on toolbar allow you to view, reply, unapprove, spam, and trash comments right from the toolbar, anywhere on your site (if toolbar is enabled) or across WordPress.com sites. Learn more about Notifications »

4. WordPress.com Stats

“Simple, concise site stats with no additional load on your server.”

WordPress.com Stats show simple yet comprehensive and easy to understand analytics about your blog. It shows the page views per day for the last 15 days, top posts and search queries of the day right within your WordPress dashboard.

You can get more detailed stats like weekly page views, monthly page views, and quick stats about top referrers, search engine queries, clicks, top posts, etc from Jetpack > Site Stats menu. And that’s not all! You can view all these stats (and much more) from your WordPress.com account too by going to WordPress.com > Stats. Learn more about WordPress.com Stats »

5. Jetpack Comments

Comments

“A new comment system that has integrated social media login options.”

Jetpack Comments allows your visitors to use their WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook accounts to comment on your blog. Learn more about Jetpack Comments »

6. Enhanced Distribution

“Share your public posts and comments to search engines and other services in real-time.”

Enable Enhanced Distribution and Jetpack will automatically share your content instantly with third party services like search engines to increase your reach and traffic. Learn more about Enhanced Distribution »

7. Subscriptions

Subscriptions

“Allow users to subscribe to your posts and comments to receive a notification via email.”

Allow your blog readers to subscribe to your blog posts and follow-up comments via e-mail. Users can subscribe via a sidebar widget or by enabling the right options when they leave a comment on a blog post. Learn more about Subscriptions »

8. Likes

Likes

“Likes are a way for people to show their appreciation for content you have written. It’s also a way for you to show the world how popular your content has become.”

Likes is a new feature on Jetpack that allows  your readers to appreciate your posts using their WordPress.com accounts. They’ll be able to review their ‘liked’ blog posts from their WordPress.com dashboard. Learn more about Likes »

9. Post By E-mail

Post By E-mail

“Publish posts to your blog directly from your personal email account.”

Post by Email is for those who want to publish a blog post by e-mail. You can use any e-mail client to send the mail as it uses a special e-mail address. Anyone who knows this secret e-mail can publish  blog post to your blog. Learn more about Post By E-mail »

10. Carousel

Carousel

“Transform your standard image galleries into an immersive full-screen experience.”

Enjoy fascinating full-screen browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata in your standard WordPress galleries with Carousel. Learn more about Carousel »

11. Sharing

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“The most super duper sharing tool on the interwebs. Share content with Facebook, Twitter, and many more.”

Sharing module in Jetpack is perhaps the simplest way to integrate social media to your blog posts. Just activate Sharing on Jetpack control panel and customize the same on Settings > Sharing menu. It supports all major social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Google +1, etc. Learn more about Sharing »

12. Spelling and Grammar

“Improve your spelling, style, and grammar with the After the Deadline Proofreading service.”

Spelling and Grammar feature improves your writing by using After the Deadline proofreading service. It uses artificial intelligence to find errors in your blog posts and then offers smart suggestions. Learn more about Spelling and Grammar »

13. Gravatar Hovercards

“Show a pop-up business card of your users’ gravatar profiles in comments.”

Hovercards enhance the Gravatar images to include more details about the commenter like  name, bio, pictures, their contact info, and other services. If the commenter has a Gravatar hovercard associated with his/her profile then it will be shown when we hover mouse over their image. Learn more about Gravatar Hovercards »

14. Contact Form

Contact Form

“Easily insert a contact form any where on your site.”

Contact Form by Jetpack is the simplest contact forms of all I guess, as it’s so easy to implement. You can customize the contact form the way you want with an easy-to-use interface. And all the use submitted information will be filtered by Akismet so that only legitimate messages will be e-mailed to you. You can review your messages in your WordPress Dashboard > Feedbacks. Learn more about Contact Form »

15. WP.me Shortlinks

WP.me Shortlinks

“Enable WP.me-powered shortlinks for all of your Posts and Pages for easier sharing.”

WP.me Shortlinks gives you short and unique URL hosted by the domain name wp.me so that you can use these plugin generated short URLs instead of typing the long URLs. You can click on “Get Shortlink” within your post’s editing page to generate a short URL. If this feature is disabled on Jetpack then you can still use the “Get Shortlink” feature to generate a http://www.minterest.org/?p=5796 like URL. Learn more about WP.me Shortlinks »

16. Tiled Galleries

Tiled Galleries

“Create elegant magazine-style mosaic layouts for your photos without using an external graphic editor.”

Tiled Galleries feature creates elegant magazine-style mosaic layouts for your photos without using an external graphic editor. Learn more about Tiled Galleries »

17. Mobile Theme

Mobile Theme

“Automatically optimize your site for mobile devices.”

Today, a good percentage of your visitors must be using a smartphone or a tablet to browse through your blog. So it’s important to give them a good reading experience by optimizing your design. Jetpack’s Mobile Theme feature optimizes your blog by using its header image, background, and widgets for a great look. Learn more about Mobile Theme »

18. Shortcode Embeds

“Easily embed videos and more from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and SlideShare.”

Shortcode Embeds allows you to easily embed content from YouTube, Flickr, SlideShare, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc. to your blog post by using short codes. Learn more about Shortcode Embeds »

19. Extra Sidebar Widgets

“Easily add images, Twitter updates, and your site’s RSS links to your theme’s sidebar.”

Extra Sidebar Widgets can be used to add widgets for RSS Links, Twitter, Facebook Like Box, and Images. You can activate this feature and customize the same on your WordPress Appearance > Widgets. Learn more about Extra Sidebar Widgets »

20. Infinite Scroll

“Automatically pull the next set of posts into view when the reader approaches the bottom of the page.”

If your current WordPress theme supports “Infinite Scrolling” then you’ll be able to activate this feature. Learn more about Infinite Scroll »

21. Custom CSS

“Customize the appearance of your site using CSS but without modifying your theme.”

Custom CSS allows you to edit your WordPress theme’s CSS supplying auto-indentation and validating your CSS codes. Learn more about Custom CSS »

22. JSON API

“Allow applications to securely access your content through the cloud.”

JSON API by Jetpack allows third-party applications to connect to your blog securely and enables them to use your content in different ways offering new functionalities. Learn more about JSON API »

23. Mobile Push Notifications

Mobile Push Notifications

“Receive notifications on your Apple device.”

If you’re using WordPress for iOS app then you can now enable push notifications and can get real-time notifications whenever you get a new comment on your blog. Learn more about Mobile Push Notifications »

24. Beautiful Math

“Mark up your posts with the LaTeX markup language, perfect for complex mathematical equations and other über-geekery.”

LaTeX a powerful markup language that’s really good for writing complex mathematical equations, formulas, etc. Learn more about Beautiful Math »

25. VaultPress (PREMIUM)

“Real-time backup and security scanning for your WordPress site.”

VaultPress is a premium feature on Jetpack and hence requires a monthly subscription. VaultPress plugin will backup your blog’s content, themes, and plugins in real-time and performs regular security scans to protect your blog from potential threats. Learn more about VaultPress »

  • Soha Naveed

    Good stuff there Mahesh. I agree that JetPack does help a lot in a blog for the looks and creativity. But tell me one thing, since blogs are just concerned with content, why should one focus a bit on display stuff?

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Hi,

      You need to focus on design (and some other things) as well to improve the user experience.

      – Mahesh

  • http://drdoubt.com DrDoubt

    Yoast does most of this as well, right? But that one focuses on SEO.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Hi,

      You’re right. Yoast is more or less an SEO plugin. And Jetpack focuses on almost all aspects of WordPress.

      – Mahesh

  • http://www.hostcook.com/ King

    I agree that JetPack is an awesome plugin but its comes with a price of slow load times especially when you activate WordPress Stats feature..

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Have you confirmed that? Couple of months back I was testing the page load time enabling and disabling various plugins but never tried Jetpack. WordPress Stats was nice but will definitely take a look at its impact on page load time.

      Thanks!