Jetpack Plugin for WordPress
I was browsing my blog stats via wordpress.com stats today when I saw this notice that future updates to wordpress.com stats plugin will no longer be done. It was advising me to upgrade to the JetPack Plugin instead. What is this plugin?
The Jetpack Plugin aims to bring to self-hosted WordPress users some of the features that used to be available to wordpress.com users only. One of them was the WordPress.com Stats (which they eventually turned into a standalone plugin).
Here are the other features (aside from stats) that are available for Jetpack.
Features include (from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/):
- Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by WordPress.com Stats.
- The WP.me URL shortener.
- Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
- Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
- For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
- A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget
- Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin.
- Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the Deadline WordPress plugin.
- and many more to come!
You can always turn off the features you don’t like after installing them. Just click on “Learn More” then a button called “deactivate” will show up so you can deactivate that feature.
I deactivated the twitter widget, the LaTeX (allows you to add mathematical equations) and possibly the ShareDaddy too. Actually I just wanted to use the stats widget but some features like Gravatar, easy embed and the spell-check looks good. I guess I don’t need to copy my post to word just to spell check anymore (which I don’t always do so my apologies for the typos).
The Jetpack Plugin is loaded with features that I hope it would continue to stay free.
Try it out here –> http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/
Till next time,