In this post I will present to you one extremely popular solution for WordPress. It is called Jetpack and here you will find out several reasons why you should give it a try for your website.
What is Jetpack?
The short answer is a WordPress plugin. However it is not just any regular plugin – it is a complete booster for any self-hosted website (downloaded from WordPress.org).
It provides you with many modules that are absolutely free for use. You can activate all of them or just choose the ones that you really need. And there are some of them that are absolutely necessary for any WordPress website.
Jetpack is 100% free and all you have to do is just download it, install it, activate it and login with your WordPress.com account. And if the modules and their functionalities are not enough for you, you can always consider a premium upgrade that will provide you with even more power.
That’s great, but what is this WordPress.com account for Jetpack? I thought that it was a solution for the WordPress.org websites?
And that is correct! It is a solution for the self-hosted variant of our beloved WordPress, however it provides it with all the great features from the WordPress.com solution for free. That’s why you need an account for it. You can create one for free. It is not needed to create a blog there – just an account. Then after you have installed Jetpack you will be able to connect your website with that account and start using the powerful features of the plugin.
OK – which Jetpack modules do I really need?
I will answer this question with a question – How much power do you want for your website? If the answer is “as more as possible” then you should activate as much modules as possible.
However having too much power isn’t always the optimal solution. So my advice is to check out all modules and then select the ones that will provide you with the features that your website is lacking.
While you are considering what to choose, I will help you with a hint – there are 7 modules that are very needed so you might want to start with them.
Module 1 – WordPress Stats
This an absolute must-have. This is an analytics solution that will provide you with information on the activity of all non-logged-in users. All you have to do is to be logged in your administrator account and then view your stats. This solution will provide additional information so it is absolutely OK to have it running alongside with your Google Analytics account. The more data you have – the better.
Module 2 – Publicize
This module will automatically ping your social services (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and will post the new content on your behalf.
Module 3 – Sharing
This is an absolute must-have for your WordPress website. I have already reviewed it in details in this post, so go ahead and find out why you need it.
Module 4 – Contact forms
Every modern website needs contact forms. And here you have a complete functionality absolutely for free. So why don’t you give it a try?
Module 5 – Jetpack comments
This is another must-have. It improves the default WordPress comment system and allows your visitors to either comment with their accounts on your website, or to log in using social media and then comment. Of course you can allow them to write their e-mail and name and comment without registration or a social media profile as well.
In my opinion this module also helps reduce spam comments. However if you want even better protection the premium upgrades of Jetpack are there for you.
Module 6 – The Jetpack mobile theme
I used to love one non-responsive theme. It looks great, however Google did not liked it while it was not mobile-friendly. So I had to change it. But while struggling to choose a new theme and decide on its design I had to stay with the old non-responsive one. And what saved my ranks and provided my visitors with mobile visits was the Jetpack’s mobile theme. It is absolutely simple to activate and use. And if you like keeping things simple you may find the combination of any non-responsive theme and Jetpack’s module to be absolutely great and efficient. It basically transfers any mobile-unfriendly website to a mobile-friendly one.
Module 7 – Photon
Speed is another very important SEO factor. And to improve it you have to start by optimizing your images. Now, you will find some articles here that I have written about image optimization. But no matter what you do, you will find out that having a CDN is probably the most favorable solution. And Jetpack provides you with such option in the form of its free Photon module. It will make your website faster, so you can consider giving it a try.
And these are the 7 modules that you should start with. You may also consider the following ones as well:
- Infinite Scroll
- Tiled Layouts
- Extra Sidebar Widgets
- Enhanced Distribution
- Shortcode Embeds
So, dear friends, that is why you should use Jetpack for WordPress. What do you think? Please share any questions or feedback in the comments below.
See you soon!