7 Features of JetPack for WordPress You Should Start Using

John Turner founder of SeedProd Posted by John Turner on January 13, 2015

Last updated on: July 5, 2017

In case you didn’t know JetPack for WordPress is a plugin created by Automattic that tries to bring a lot of features available on WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress sites. The plugin contains multiple modules and has lots of functionality built into it. Here are 7 features of the plugin you should start using today to improve your site.

Site Management

The site management module allows you to create posts for all your sites from a central spot on WordPress.com. In addition to that, and the feature I’m most excited about, is the Site Management module allows you to control plugins and autoupdate plugins on a per-site basis or in bulk. So no more having to log into all your sites when you favorite plugins are updated. Just turn on autoupdates and they get updated without you having to lift a finger. How cool is that?

Monitor

When your site is down you lose money. The Monitor module is crucial for anyone wanting to know when their site goes offline. The module will ping your site every five minutes and if it sees it as being down it will notify you so you can take action. If you need to check your site more than every five minutes check out Pingdom as a paid solution.

Photon

Are you running a CDN on your site? If you are not then you should be. CDN’s offload your site’s static content like images, css and javascript file to a server from various geographic locations closest to the visitor. This in turn dramatically speeds up your site because your site’s server is now doing less work. Photon is a one click CDN for images on your posts and pages for WordPress. If you do not have a CDN currently for your site this should be a no-brainer.

Related Post

There are many related post plugins for WordPress. The problem is that these plugin tend to be resource intensive. There are many calculations that have to be ran to determine if a post is related or not and on a shared host this can bog down the database. JetPack’s Related Post module offloads this process to WordPress.com’s servers so there is no resource issue on your server. Also it does a great job at accurately finding related post. So if you want to keep readers on your site longer use this module for an easy win.

Publicize

Want to broadcast your posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks automatically after you publish them? Then activate this module from JetPack. After activating the module you’ll want to connect the various social networks you’ll be broadcasting to. Then it’s just a matter cresting post and publishing. When you publish the post will automatically be shared to the social networks you have selected. Wow, that was easy!

Stats

Everybody wants to know how many people are coming to their site, where they came from and what they are looking at. The stats module does just that. While Google Analytics is free and contains all this information, it can become overwhelming because there is so much other information in Google Analytics as well. If you or your client just need basic stats then the JetPack stats module is perfect for that. Plus you get a nice summary of all your activity at the end of the year.

VaultPress

VaultPress is a backup solution for your site. If you are not backing up your site then get ready for a world of pain. Because it’s not if you will lose your site, it’s when. Imagine a hacker getting into your site and deleting all it’s contents, or an employee that made a mistake, or a server hardware failure, or a corrupt plugin and so on. All these things can cause your site to disappear in a blink of an eye and if you are not prepared your site will be gone. Start backing up your site today if you are not already. There are many plugins that do this but I think VaultPress is one of the most elegant. It a simple “install and forget” plugin. It’s also a paid plugin but it’s well worth it. I like the fact I don’t have to think about it, it just works and restores are just as easy too. One click to you get your site back.

These are just a few of my favorite modules in JetPack. There are many more like the auto embeds and markdown modules. I suggest you install the plugin today and start exploring all the features the plugin has to offer.

John Turner founder of SeedProd

By John Turner

John is the founder of SeedProd.com and a WordPress Developer with over 15 years of development experience.

6 thoughts on "7 Features of JetPack for WordPress You Should Start Using"

  1. Premier Web Services says:

    Great post, John! I’ve installed Jetpack, particularly for the Site Management plugin.

    Am I correct in saying that you can auto upgrade the wp site that jetpack is installed on, as well as any other wordpress.com websites you have?

    I don’t have any wordpress.com websites, only self hosted ones.

    Thought that I would be able to auto upgrade all self-hosted wp websites from this one login, but I think I misunderstood the description.

    Is that correct?

    1. John Turner says:

      Yep, you can manage self hosted site through WordPress.com with Jetpack

  2. d2graphix says:

    Add the site from the Jetpack side on your individual site. Once you log into Jetpack with your WordPress.com user and pw, the site will show up on WordPress.com. You just can’t do it the other way around.

    1. Premier Web Services says:

      Thanks dsgraphix!

  3. Roger Hallett says:

    I am trying to find a list of features that are included in the Jetpack product in the PERSONAL wordpress upgrade. I need some kind of basic photo gallery that was a freebie plug in to previous WordPress solutions, but it seems I now must have a paid upgrade. So, what is in Jetpack Essentials?

    1. John Turner says:

      There is a free Gallery in JetPack, see this: https://jetpack.com/support/tiled-galleries/

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