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.
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
Once installed, click Activate.
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.
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.