EP64 – Love it or hate it: what you need to know about Jetpack for WordPress – Dec 2 2013

Dec. 2, 2013, 4:35 p.m. (10 years ago)
Today's topic is our favorite plugin Jetpack.
What is Jetpack?
It’s a plugin that comes with WordPress, it’s not always automatically installed but it does require an API key in order to work.
Although in some server infrastructures it is automatically installed.
Boiled down, it’s basically a lot of plugins within one plugin.
Jetpack has 2 main focuses. The first is to offer a lot of cloud services that are hard to do on a small shared hosting environment. The second is to offer a closer feature parity to WordPress.com so if someone has their blog on wordpress.com and they want to spin it off into a self hosted site, there are some short codes they may be missing from their content or widgets they might not have. By offering those in Jetpack, they have the ability to let their content flow in either direction.
Some of the Jetpack modules:
Photon – Free image CDN (content delivery network)
Tiled Galleries: With Tiled Galleries you can display your image galleries in three new styles: a rectangular mosaic, a square mosaic, and a circular grid. The rectangular and square tiled layouts also have hover-over captions to save space while making captions accessible.
Stats – WordPress.com Stats lets you know how many visits your site gets, and what posts and pages are most popular.
Likes – is a way for people to show their appreciation for your posts. It's also a way for authors to show the world how popular their content has become.
Notifications – It allows you to view and moderate comments right from the toolbar, anywhere on your site or across WordPress.com.
Happy Face – it’s for non javascript users. It’s an image that’ll be loaded even if you have javascript disabled and triggers that hit.
Json API: Jetpack will allow you to authorize applications and services to securely connect to your blog and allow them to use your content in new ways and offer you new functionality. Developers can use WordPress.com’s OAuth2 authentication system and WordPress.com REST API to manage and access your site’s content.
Publicize: Publicize makes it easy to share your site's posts on several social media networks automatically when you publish a new post.
Contact Form: A contact form is a great way to offer your readers the ability to get in touch, without giving out your personal email address.
Monitor: Jetpack Monitor will keep tabs on your site, and alert you the moment that downtime is detected.
Custom CSS: The Custom CSS Editor allows you to customize the appearance of your theme without the need to create a child theme or worry about theme updates overwriting your customizations.
VideoPress: The VideoPress module allows you to upload videos from your computer for hosting and playback directly within your site.
Gravatar Hovercards: A gravatar is your profile on the web, and the Hovercard is one way your information is made visible to others. It’s an easy way to help people find your blog, or access your identity on other services like Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin.
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