To get started with Jetpack, download and install the plugin. Once you’ve installed Jetpack you’ll activate all the delightful features below.
Install Jetpack either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server
- After activating Jetpack by WordPress.com, you will be asked to connect to WordPress.com to enable the Jetpack features.
- Click the connect button and log in to a WordPress.com account to authorize the Jetpack connection.
- If you don’t yet have a WordPress.com account, you can quickly create one after clicking the connect button.
- That’s it. You’re ready to go!
Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
Mullenweg explains his motivation behind the offering, “The dot.org users can get the best of WordPress.com without giving up control, which might be the future of open source in general.”
Jetpack will eventually replace over 20 plugins with just one and WordPress has already partnered with Bluehost, Dreamhost and Hostgator to make this bundle available immediately with the one-click WordPress.org installs upon launch.
Says Mullenweg, “If you’re on WordPress you’re part of the family, it shouldn’t matter if we host you or not.”
- Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by WordPress.com Stats.
- The WP.me URL shortener.
- Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
- Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
- For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
- A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget
- Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin.
- Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the Deadline WordPress plugin.
- Jetpack 1.5 Displays Your Gallery Images in a Carousel
- Subscriptions Deliver Daily or Weekly Email Updates Via WordPress.com
- Comments Integrates Social Media Login Options
- Custom Contact Form Filters Email Spam Using Akismet
- and many more to come!
I already have a WordPress account, but it’s not working, what’s going on?
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.
How do I view my stats?
Once you’ve installed Jetpack, your stats will be available via the “Site Stats” menu which appears in the new Jetpack menu (under your Dashboard menu within WordPress).
How do I embed media?
Use shortcodes to embed your media. Currently, Jetpack provides several shortcodes listed in the screen shot below.
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