How to: Install and Activate Jetpack

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How to Install Jetpack

So you have a fancy, self-hosted blog, but you want some cool features to give your blog a lot more usability?  Your blog needs certain features theses days, such as email subscriptions, commenting login via Twitter and Facebook, and mobile functionality.  Thankful, there is a plugin for all that.  It’s called Jetpack, and it’ll give you all those feats and then some.

Here’s your easy 3-step-guide to power up your site with Jetpack.

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Step 1:  Sign up.

Jetpack really uses wordpress.com to provide all the cool features it has.  All the infrastructure is on wordpress.com, which is what makes all this neat stuff possible.

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So, the first step to getting the jetpack goodness is to get a wordpress.com account.  You might already have a wordpress.com account, if you have a blog, had one and migrated, or if you setup Akismet before.  If so, skip this step.

If you don’t, head over to http://wordpress.com and click on the signup widget.  For our purposes, you’ll want to creat just a username by clicking the ‘Signup for just a username’ link

Make note of your username and password.

Step 2:  Install and activate

Navigate to your WordPress Dashboard.

Go to Plugins

Click on Add New.

Search for ‘Jetpack’

Click Install now

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Once installed, click Activate.

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When you activate, you’ll see a banner on the page asking you to connect to wordpress.com.  Click ‘Connect to wordpress.com’ and sign in with your username and password you set up from Step 1.

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Once you sign in and link up, you’ll get redirected to the Jetpack settings page in your own site.

Step 3: Configure

The Settings page is full of little widgets, or mini-plugins called Modules.  It seems like a lot but they are all useful.

Each feature that Jetpack adds is contained inside a module.  Each pane represents one of those modules and you can activate them independently of one another.  You can pick and choose the features you want to use, or only the ones you need.  If you’re not sure what a module does, click ‘Learn More’ on the module pane to see what it does.

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To activate the module, click the blue Activate button on the pane.

Once you activate the module, you’ll have a configure option appear, where you can manage settings more specifically for each item.

Jetpack inserts itself seamlessly into your WordPress architecture, so many module settings are often added to the WordPress settings page.  For example, when you activate the Comments module, the comments settings can be accessed by going to Settings -> Discussions.

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There are a ton of modules to explore and use, and more are added all the time.  To read up on each, have a read over here

READ MORE:  All About JetPack Moduals

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