JetPack. Every blogger has heard of it, and most are using it. So what is and what does it exactly do?
Jetpack is a plugin for WordPress
When WordPress first got started, you could add neat little features you wanted by adding specific plugins: one for comments, one to add a favicon, one for a neat gallery feature for your posts. It was an intricate and complicated balancing act. Making your self-hosted blog they way you wanted with all the features you needed mean installing and upgrading dozens of plugins. or more.
Jetpack is a plugin. Well, it’s the mother of all plugins.
It’s like a plugin swiss army knife.
Created by the guys at Automattic, who actually made WordPress, Jetpack took the most popular features of the WordPress service and bundles them together, letting self-hosted WordPress sites use the features they really needed, all from one spot.
It’s a WordPress control centre.
What’s in it:
- wordpress.com Statistics
- Ability to publicize posts on publish to Social Media.
- Spelling and Grammar check
- Gravatar Hovercards
- WP.me Shortlinks.
and more (http://jetpack.me)
Who Can use Jetpack:
If you have a blog that uses WordPress, you can grab it (for free!) If you have a wordpress.com site, all this stuff is already at your fingertips.
Theres a list of the technical requirements you can read up on, here.
Jetpack is just a click away. It installs like any other plugin. Certain hosting providers actually auto-install Jetpack for you, to save you the trouble.
Since Jetpack uses WordPress’s power, once you install, you’ll be prompted to connect to wordpress.com. If you don’t have a wordpress.com account, you’ll have to make one during this point.
Its free. Installation is free, and they say it’ll ‘always’ be free.[Via Jetpack]