Jetpack WordPress Plugin Review: Should You Use / Install It? (2020)

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WordPress.com Jetpack is a website security, performance and enhancement plugin developed by automatic (the company behind WordPress.com).

With more than 5 With millions of active installs, Jetpack is probably one of the most popular WordPress plugins on the market. And with so many great features, it's easy to understand why it is used by so many website owners.

  

In this article, I will show you the main features of Jetpack and explain why you should use it for your WordPress sites.

What is Jetpack and why should I use it?

Jetpack was launched by automatic in 2011

WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg he had first introduced the idea of ​​the jetpack during his lecture at WordCamp talks about the state of the word 2009 in San Francisco. His vision was that Jetpack would be a way to create functional parity between WordPress.com and WordPress.com WordPress.org for all

The first version of Jetpack contained eight popular features: floating cards, statistics, a “after the deadline” spell checker, a Twitter Widget, short codes, shortcut buttons, buttons for sharing on social networks and the mathematical tool LaTeX. Jetpack calls these function blocks.

The plugin has been continuously expanded and improved over the past eight years, and the number of modules has increased to 43. However, the Jetpack is much more than the modules offered.

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As Matt imagined, Jetpack has become a bridge between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Popular automatic WordPress.com services like WordPress.com themes, has been integrated into Jetpack, while its security service, Vault Pressit has been completely migrated to Jetpack. Today, the VaultPress site is nothing more than a landing page announced by Jetpack.

The actual integration with WordPress.com takes place behind the scenes. Jetpack's secret weapon is the opportunity to take advantage of WordPress.com's fast and secure hosting infrastructure. By outsourcing heavy lifting to your efficient servers, Jetpack can dramatically improve your site's performance by reducing the amount of intensive tasks your site performs.

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If you want to improve website performance and security, see how many visitors you have, or add useful blog features to your site's toolbox, there are many good reasons to install Jetpack.

It's especially interesting that every WordPress site owner uses Jetpack for a variety of reasons. In preparation for this article, I had a long email conversation with the founder of WinningWP Brin WilsonThat is why we discovered that the important functionality of Jetpack was not that important to me and vice versa.

This is the beauty of Jetpack: The plugin offers dozens of useful features, but you only need to enable the ones that apply to you.

Let's take a closer look at the Jetpack offering.

A secure WordPress site

Security is at the heart of Jetpack and offers many features that make your site more secure against attacks.

In the main navigation menu for Jetpack settings, security is shown first, as this is the most important category. The other categories are performance, text creation, approval, discussion, and traffic.

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The priorities for every website owner are to keep their site safe and ensure that it stays online. Jetpack offers a variety of security tools to protect your site from attackers and keep them running.

Jetpack's secure authentication feature allows you to change your login system at WordPress.com and force users to use strong passwords. There is also the option to use two-factor authentication. When this option is selected, users must enter a confirmation code for a text message sent to their phone.

Your login system can be further protected with Brute Force Attack Protection. If you enable this feature, malicious IP addresses are displayed try to access your site The use of common username and password combinations is automatically blocked. Valid IP addresses can be whitelisted so that administrators, editors, and other staff are not blacklisted.

The total number of attacks Jetpack has avoided appears in the main window.

Protection against brute force attacks and downtime monitoring

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The Jetpack Premium and Professional plans also offer security scans. Your site is automatically verified for malware, hackers, and other suspicious code every day, and many of the known threats are removed as soon as they are discovered. Emails are sent to you when a threat is detected.

In the event that your site is blocked due to site hosting problem, attack or whatever, Jetpack's downtime monitoring feature will notify you via email and / or mobile phone. The tool verifies that your site is online every five minutes to notify you when a problem occurs.

As mentioned above, Automattic's VaultPress backup service is built into Jetpack and is no longer available as a separate service. It is included in all Jetpack Premium plans.

Jetpack is automatically stored and activated One-click site restores and site migration, For Jetpack Premium and personal plans, a website is backed up daily and the backups are stored for 30 days. When you upgrade to the Jetpack Professional plan, the site is backed up every hour and all backups are stored whenever you use Jetpack.

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Another useful feature is that activity logThis provides an audit trail for all activities on your site. This is useful for troubleshooting, user management, and general monitoring.

The best thing about Jetpack's security features is that everything happens in the background and you are only notified if something goes wrong. This reduces the time spent managing your site.

Automatic plugin updates

One of the most important maintenance tasks that WordPress site owners should do is update the plugins.

Keeping your plugins up to date not only gives you the latest features, but also the latest bug fixes and security updates.

Automatic plugin updates

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WordPress plugins can be automatically updated by Jetpack. This feature appears in the "Security" tab. However, if you click on the link, you will be redirected to WordPress.com.

The plugins page shows you a list of all the WordPress plugins installed on your site. Each plugin can be disabled on this page and you can choose whether you want to update it automatically.

This feature is not compatible with WordPress plugins downloaded outside of the WordPress.org plugin repository. So if you have premium WordPress plugins installed on your site, please continue to update them through your WordPress admin area.

Anti spam

Spam is still one of the biggest problems for website owners.

Even if your site doesn't have a major spam problem, you should spend time each week removing spam comments from bots. If you don't remove spam, your site may appear unprofessional and may even cause it to be blacklisted or blocked by search engines. Some sites have chosen to completely remove comments from their site due to particularly serious problems with spam.

Automattic has been at the forefront of this fight for years with its popular antispam plugin AkismetThe plugin also contains all the WordPress downloads as well as useless Hello Dolly.

spam filtering

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Offer all Jetpack Premium offers spam filtering, It is an Akismet extension that Automattic describes as equivalent to a Akismet Plus plan (which only) 5 Costs in US dollars per Month).

The spam filter feature automatically filters known spam from comments, pingbacks, and contact form submissions. Comments marked as spam can be verified and you can see the latest spam activity on your site.

Advanced search

WordPress default search engine is believed to be really bad. It is slow, causes wait times for larger sites, and the generated search results are not relevant.

Those of you who upgrade to a professional jetpack plan can solve this problem by taking advantage of it. Jetpack searches WordPress.

Developed by Elastic searchJetpack Search quickly delivers relevant results and eliminates MySQL timeout errors.

Jetpack searches WordPress

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Jetpack's search engine greatly improves the search experience for website visitors by adding categories and tag filters and sorting results by relevance or date. However, you can still use the standard search part of WordPress if you prefer.

Developers can also Access the Elasticsearch API To customize the search query, the search model can be designed to match your WordPress theme.

Performance improvement

Jetpack not only improves the speed of search results, it can also help you reduce page load times on your site.

In the Performance Settings area, you will see a function called Site Accelerator. When you enable this, images are automatically resized to mobile devices, and static images and files are optimized and delivered through a fast content delivery network (CDN) that has distributed data centers worldwide.

This feature not only improves the speed of your website, but can also significantly reduce the cost of bandwidth hosting.

Jetpack performance and speed

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Slow charge can be used to delay loading image files into your content. As a result, your pages load faster because images do not need to be downloaded until the user scrolls down. This feature works with the Jetpack content delivery network.

Another feature that works with CDN is Video hostingIncluded in Jetpack's Premium and Professional plans, it can be used to quickly upload videos without ads.

One thing I love about Jetpack's features is that the amount of optimized images, videos, or files on your CDN is unlimited.

Statistics

Statistics It has been an integral part of Jetpack since its inception. Allows you to view statistics about your site in the WordPress admin area, at WordPress.com and about WordPress mobile app.

These statistics can help you better understand your readers and what content they show on your site.

Statistics include top recommendations, clicks, search engine terms, posts and websites, visitor rankings, subscriptions, social media followers, and more. Results can be displayed for days, weeks, months, and even years.

Jetpack site statistics

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I've always found website stats as a supplement Analytical Google It shows me a lot of information about my website in a simpler format.

It is convenient to check the statistics in your WordPress administration area. However, I recommend that you also view your stats on WordPress.com as there are many additional metrics there.

subscriptions

jetpack subscriptions It is a great way to connect with your readers and encourage them to return to your site.

You can automatically send emails to subscribers every time you send new posts. Comment updates can also be provided to those who select a check box on their comment form.

Jetpack registration form

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I used services like before MailChimp and Get an answer to send updates to my blog subscribers. Nevertheless I switched to Jetpack subscriptions in 2017

Many bloggers may think that the Jetpack subscription tool is too simple, but for me it is its greatest strength. I recommend trying it out if you are looking for an effective way to automatically inform your readers when you post new content.

Blog enhancements

As a content creator, I always look for ways to be more productive.

Subscriptions are one of my favorite Jetpack features. However, the plugin offers many additional tools that bloggers and other content creators will love.

his Built-in content The feature uses shortcodes to facilitate integration of video, audio, documents, social media, and more. You can also improve the display of images for readers by placing them on them. Galleries, carousels and slide shows..

reduction It can be used to speed up the content formatting process. For example, you can make the text bold by placing two stars before and after the text you want to highlight. The mathematical marking tool latex Also available

Publish by email It is a tool that several WordPress users should consider. It can be used to post new articles simply by sending an email to a Jetpack-generated email address. I assumed this would be restrictive, but you can define the post title, content, tags, and categories. You can also format text and attach images and photo galleries.

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Jetpack also offers Related Posts, With a single click, you can view the related blog posts you submitted with the relevant thumbnails. This is a great way to keep visitors on your site longer.

One of the biggest problems with WordPress-related publishing plugins is that they can be CPU intensive and slow down your pages. This is not a problem with Jetpack as related logs are processed on WordPress.com's fast servers.

Jetpack feedback form It replaces the standard WordPress comment form and is a significant improvement as users can sign in with a WordPress.com Google account. Twitter or Facebook.

Subscriptions are integrated into the comment form. This is an effective way to encourage people to subscribe to your site because they are already busy. Commenters can also receive updates on new comments by email.

Improved feedback form

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Jetpack has great support social networks.

Options include a like a system. Social media widget. Twitter and Facebook Widgets and Share buttons on social networks to your posts and pages.

The feature I use most often is editorEvery time you post a new blog post, you can post a review on your favorite social media. Facebook. Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr are supported.

Share social networks

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Unfortunately, jetpacks proofreading Function directed by After the deadlinewas quietly withdrawn I understand the reasons for this as there are many proofreading improvements on the market but I have always found them useful.

Overall, I think bloggers and writers appreciate the extra functionality Jetpack provides for content creators.

WordPress theme enhancements

Everyone who installs Jetpack can access more than one hundred WordPress themes through WordPress.com. An additional 200 are available for those upgrading to Jetpack Professional.

The info page for each theme is much better than on WordPress.org because it shows more sample samples and details on theme requirements. The standard of the designs is also very good. Nevertheless, WordPress.org theme catalog It's still the best place to find free WordPress themes as it shows thousands of designs.

Jetpack Free Themes

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The theme extension section is on the Writing Settings page and contains three useful theme options: Infinite Scroll, Custom CSS, and Mobile Theme.

Infinite offset It can be used in two ways. One way is to display a button that allows readers to upload multiple posts to view. However, a more convenient option is to automatically load posts as the reader scrolls down the page.

Custom CSS This option allows you to add your own style code. The best thing about this feature is that the last 25 CSS revisions it performs are preserved so you can compare and restore your code if needed.

Jetpack Mobile Theme

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If you want the content of your site to be more accessible, you can enable it Jetpack Mobile ThemeIt supports featured images and allows you to view snippets instead of full blog posts.

Those of you who use an old WordPress layout that is not responding should check it out.

jetpack widgets

More than that 20 WordPress players They are available through Jetpack.

You will need to enable widgets on the Write Settings page, as they are disabled by default.

Jetpack configuration widget

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A good selection of widgets is also offered Twitter. Facebook, Flickr, Google Translate, author profiles, upcoming events, top blog posts and more.

Settings are fairly limited in most of these widgets, but enabling Jetpack widgets can avoid having to install additional WordPress plugins.

jetpack widgets

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Jetpack also gives you the opportunity Define who sees your widgets, If you enable widget visibility controls, you can determine whether a particular widget is displayed for specific page types, categories, tags, dates, and authors.

All of this is done through a series of IF statements that you create. You can also configure it so that all conditions are met. This changes all IF statements to AND statements.

The visibility of the Jetpack widget

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Be sure to check Jetpack widget support page for a complete list of available widgets.

Other great features

Jetpack has so many features that it is impossible to cover them all in one article, but in this section I will briefly review other cool things Jetpack can do.

Portfolios and types of testimonial publications It can be enabled on the Jetpack write configuration page. Testimonials They are a great way to see key customer and industry offerings in your industry.

wallet They can be in different types of projects (categories) and have labels. Because you use a custom post type, you have more flexibility when viewing media than with a normal gallery.

Jetpack portfolio

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the Jetpack contact form It's easy enough, but I'm a huge fan because it's a great way to quickly create simple contact forms.

Allows multiple people to be notified when sending an email.

Jetpack email Contact form

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The form contains four fields: name, email, web page and message. You can define which fields are required and enter default values ​​for them.

Contact Jetpack form fields

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The Traffic Settings section shows options for enabling short links, sitemaps, and site review.

WP.me ​​short links It can be generated for your posts and pages. This can be useful if you share links on social media sites like Twitter.

Jetpack offers two types of XML sitemaps on the siteThe first sitemap was created for search engines like Google, Yahoo! Bing and Ask.com evolved. The second sitemap helps you list your latest articles Google News.

Its website can be consulted with Jetpack on the major search engines. Website Review ToolsGoogle, Bing Pinterest and Yandex are compatible. This saves you from having to review website ownership using an alternative verification method, such as: B. Uploading a file to your site.

Jetpack site review

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Those of you who are upgrading to the Jetpack Premium or Professional plan also add features for Google Analytics, SEO preview tools, PayPal integration, and eligibility for the WordPress.com ad network.

I'm not sure why Analytical Google The integration is reserved for premium plans as it is easy to add the tracking code to your site. Hopefully this will be available in all Jetpack versions in the future.

the Search Engine Optimization The module helps you add meta information to pages and change what titles, descriptions, and more are typed.

jetpacks WordPress ad program It can be used to increase the revenue of your site. Ads are optimized for the geographic and local locations of website visitors, and you can check their stats and earnings at WordPress.com.

As the name suggests Simple payment buttons help you insert PayPal buttons on your site. For each button, you can define a product image, product title, product description, product price, and the corresponding PayPal email address for which you want to receive payment.

Turn modules on and off

At the bottom of every page of the Jetpack there is a navigation menu. the Link modules This menu will take you to a page where you can view, enable and disable all Jetpack modules.

Jetpack-footer

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The module page lists all Jetpack modules in a list. In this way, you can easily determine which modules are active and which are not.

The modules can be arranged in alphabetical order or according to the latest or most popular. You can also filter modules by category.

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If you are not sure why the specific functionality is not available, see the Jetpack module list. You can quickly see which modules are active and enable and disable multiple modules.

Customize Jetpack modules

One of Jetpack's greatest strengths is its simplicity.

Most Jetpack features can be activated with a single click. Jetpack takes care of everything for you.

This is one of the reasons why I love Jetpack, but in some areas the lack of customization options can be a bit frustrating.

the Related Posts The module is a good example of this. It is one of the fastest related email solutions available to WordPress users. However, in the Jetpack settings area, you can only choose whether you want to display the "Family" title above the posts and whether you want to display a thumbnail.

A major concern is that the posts displayed are not limited by date ranges, making the module useless on blogs whose posts are more than a few years old.

On my personal blog, Jetpack published articles that I published five, eight, or even twelve years ago. All of these blog posts are now out of date.

For this reason, I have disabled the module on my blog.

Thumbnails of original related posts

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When I disabled related posts on my site, I didn't know that Jetpack really offers you a way to change modules.

All you have to do is add some code snippets to your site.

Jetpack has a special page that shows you how you can Customize related posts and approx. A dozen examples are provided. You can copy and paste the correct code on your site and make any necessary adjustments.

Code snippets can be inserted into your theme's features.php file. However, an easier solution is to use a WordPress code snippet plugin. I prefer this method because the code is not tied to a specific WordPress theme.

The plugin I recommend is called fragmentsFor each snippet, you can add your code, name it, add a description, add tags, set its priority, and determine if the snippet runs on the back or front of your site.

Since the code I added was in the related post module, I decided to run the code only on the front of my site.

The code snippet from my related posts

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Using the Jetpack samples, I was able to reduce the related contributions from those published last year. I have also increased the number of related items displayed from three to six.

Related Posts by Code Snippet

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I encourage you to look for them Jetpack support Code snippet area that can be applied to your favorite Jetpack modules. You can find code snippets to help you make changes subscriptions. Contact forms. Looking For and more

Using some code snippets on your site allows you to better understand how Jetpack can be customized to your needs.

I think the code module method makes sense in most situations. By reducing the number of settings in the Jetpack settings area, developers could ensure that the plugin is still easy to use and that site owners are not overwhelmed by the settings.

It is true that there are some Jetpack modules that I would like to see expanded, but Jetpack offers code snippets for most of the changes I need.

Jetpack plans

The vast majority of Jetpack features are available for free. The only requirement is that you sign in to a WordPress.com account to use the plugin.

However, there are plenty of good reasons to upgrade to one of the three premium jetpack plans available.

The cheapest plan is the personal plan. For just $ 3 a month or $ 39 a year they allow you to unlock daily backups of your site. In this way, you can restore all backups made in the last 30 days with a single click on the website.

Akismet's spam filter module is also included in this plan, along with 30 days of activity tracking and priority support.

If You Consider Jetpack Backup System Was Previously On VaultPress.com For 5 Monthly Dollars Sold And Spam Filter Function 5 Costs US Dollars Per Month If Purchased Directly From Akismet.comJetpack's personal plan is just excellent value for $ 3 a month.

Jetpack prices

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The Jetpack Premium plan costs 9 USD per Month or $ 99 per Year. Updating this plan improves the security of your site by adding malware scans and automatic security fixes. This plan also includes video hosting, Google Analytics integration, SEO tools, WordPress.com ad network support and PayPal buttons.

The Jetpack Professional is the most expensive plan, costing $ 29 a month or $ 299 a year. This program increases backups every day and all backups are kept as long as your membership is active.

Jetpack search compatible with Elasticsearch and 200 premium WordPress.com themes are also included in this plan. The Activity Log also tracks events for up to a year.

As you can see, Automattic is aggressive with its prices.

Jetpack's core functionality is still free, but only with its $ 3 a month premium offer, an update is very attractive.

Last thoughts

What started as a useful collection of tools in 2011 has grown into one of the most versatile plugins on the WordPress.org plugin market.

Do you need to use Jetpack on your own WordPress site?

For most WordPress users, I think the answer to this question is YES. However, this depends on the required functionality.

A good opportunity to rate Jetpack is to install the plugin on your website and test each of its modules. If you find Jetpack can replace multiple WordPress plugins or third-party services, it is significant to use it again.

I already installed Jetpack and my own WordPress websites, pillow on using third-party services for downtime monitoring, email and social resume sharing from new blog posts. Get started with WordPress add-on functionality, including PR and images of different things.

En resumen, Jetpack ha estado convirtiendo y complementando el imprescindible de WordPress para mis diversos problemas de recursos y problemas importantes con mi sistema de administración del sitio web de WordPress.