Jetpack is perhaps the best-known WordPress plugin that is considered a “meta-plugin”. Instead of providing just one or two functionalities, Jetpack is renowned for its multi-faceted capabilities. Given the fact that it is developed and maintained by Automattic — the brain trust behind the WordPress platform — it is easy to see why the plugin has attained such popularity and widespread use. It now powers more than a million websites and offers extensive features such as user tracking, CDN support and a very efficient and appealing dashboard.
Features of Jetpack
Although, Jetpack is a freemium plugin most of its features and services are free. Before you learn how to integrate WordPress Jetpack plugin, here are some of the features you should be familiar with.
Traffic Insights & Growth
Jetpack keeps track of all the visitors on a website. This means that the webmaster could actually see which pages and sections of the website are not performing up to the mark. To remedy the lack of traffic, Jetpack offers several tools such as Related Posts, Publicize and Enhanced Distribution and Sharing.
Security is the overriding concern of all WordPress website owners. Jetpack offers several security measures that include protection from brute-force attacks and unauthorized login attempts. It also tracks the downtime of the website and ensures that all the plugins are updated to their latest version.
Jetpack takes advantage of the powerful and globally distributed WordPress content delivery network. This greatly reduces the image load time and effectively optimizes the website access time for the users. Another important benefit is the reduction in bandwidth usage that directly translates into great savings.
Given the hassles of managing a growing WordPress website, the centralized dashboard offered by Jetpack is a huge blessing for the admins. From a centralized location, the admin could manage publishing, plugins, and view website performance statistics.
Requirements of Jetpack
To integrate WordPress Jetpack plugin, you first need to fulfill the following requirements.
- A WordPress.com account (sign up)
- The latest version of WordPress
- Your site must be publicly available (no authentication required, maintenance mode off)
- XML-RPC enabled and publicly accessible
Note: Before you install WordPress Jetpack plugin on your website, you first need to deactivate all the caching plugins whatever you have used on your website. Because sometimes plugin conflict also makes the site slow.
Install and Integrate Jetpack Plugin in WordPress
Installation of Jetpack is surprisingly an easy process. Automattic has put in some very good effort to make sure that the installation process goes without a hitch. So let’s start the process!
Log in to your WordPress Dashboard by using admin credentials.
For the testing purpose, I have launched my WordPress application on Cloudways Platform. By default, I have got installed a free cache plugin name called Breeze. So first I am deactivating Breeze plugin for my WordPress website.
Next, click Plugin tab in the left panel and then click Add New.
Search “Jetpack” in the Search tab on the top right side, then Install and Activate the plugin.
Now comes the most important part of connecting Jetpack to the WordPress.com account. Click Connect Jetpack button at the center.
Next log in to your WordPress.com account, if you don’t have an account, create it before doing anything else.
After log in to your WordPress.com account, you will be asked to enter your website address. For further reference, please see the following image.
Congratulations! You have now successfully connected the Jetpack plugin with your WordPress website.
Jetpack offers several exciting features that help you customize WordPress appearance and greatly enhance the functionality of the various features of the WordPress platform. Several important options include Contact Forms, Tiled Photo Galleries, Custom CSS and Image Carousel, and much more.
Let’s “Activate Recommended Features”.
Configure Jetpack Settings
Navigate to Jetpack > Setting from the WordPress Dashboard. You will see several settings that you could configure as per your requirements.
In the section, you can set the writing settings like Composing, Media, Custom content types and much more.
In this section, you can enable automatically share your posts to social networks including the sharing buttons to your posts.
In this section, here you can set the comments and subscriptions settings.
In this section, you can set collecting valuable traffic stats and insights.
In this section, you can set the security settings: backups, security scanning, brute-force attack protection.
Now, I have successfully integrated Jetpack plugin on my WordPress site. Next I am going to activate Breeze cache plugin which I have deactivated earlier in this article.
Voila! That’s all for installation and configuration of Jetpack plugin. I hope this article streamlines the integration of Jetpack plugin to your WordPress website.
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