What will we be learning?
We will be learning about the WordPress Jetpack Plugin to get a better understanding of all its capabilities and why it is ranked as one of the best wordpress plugins ever made. I will show you exactly how to install the Jetpack WordPress plugin and how to effectively set it up.
Why is the Jetpack WordPress Plugin important? How can I benefit from this video?
Because of its capabilities, the Jetpack WordPress Plugin is quite robust. With the power of WordPress.com, Jetpack WordPress plugin provides some of the great capabilities. Additionally, the number of features packed into this one great plugin are amazing. However, because there are so many features within the Jetpack WordPress plugin, WordPress websites tend to slow down and reduce efficiency, therefore within this video, I hope to show you only the most important features and which you should add.
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Transcript: So if you are taking our wordpress course, this video right after, well what we just talked about was the top 8 plugins that I think that every new wordpress blog should install. And so it’s kind of a long video, so we went back and we are going to talk specifically about each one of them. This one, the first one I am going to be talking about is the jetpack. Jetpack by wordpress because there are a lot of options to it. And I am going to show you why it’s kind of valuable and why it’s important to have. Right. So what you do is simply you are going to install it just like any other plugin. You go into plugins and then you are going to go to add new. And you are just going to type in jetpack and then that should be enough. It should be the first option that will be called jetpack by wordpress. And I believe it’s made by. It should be made by automatic. Ya, automatic right there because those are the same makers of wordpress, right. So pretty much I talked it about before but very quickly, the jetpack I guess plugin. What it provides is, it provides you very similar service that the wordpress dot com websites have, right. They have a lot of added functionality to their websites. And there is many many different options for that, right. And so, I guess that, with your self-hosted wordpress blog. One of the issues is that you lose that functionality. Lose the lot of a functionality that the wordpress dot com blogs or websites do have. And so just to talk very briefly about some of these is. For example if you want to add custom CSS right. One of the things that you have to do is you probably, you are going to have to go in and change it actually in your styles dot CSS file within your themes. So you are going to have to actually edit the theme files, right. So one thing that’s good about jetpack or wordpress dot com website is that you are allowed to edit the CSS through kind of, you can think of it like a mini plugin. Single sign on lets users log in with their wordpress dot com account. So it just makes it a lot more simple. They already have a wordpress dot com account, they can log in or sign up and make comments and things like that onto your website. WordPress dot com stats, you know, this is good just because it allows you to kind of see the stats very quickly and easily. But in my opinion, you know, you have Google analytics for that. And I will show you how to actually set that up in the future. So, it’s good to have, but also not, not completely necessary. And so let’s just scroll through some of these. I don’t want to talk about all of them. Well actually ya, let’s just try to go as many as we can. So the beautiful math, what it does is. It uses this latek is a, it’s like software language that allows you to create math equations, graphs and things like that. Or just formatting math equations or text in a much nicer, more elegant way. So it has that integration in it. Carousel allows you to have actual carousel image gallery. That’s very cool. Contact form, you can imagine what that is. Custom CSS, we just mentioned that. Enhanced distribution. So one thing that this does is, it shares your public posts and comments to search engines. So that’s, that’s just beneficial overall for you simply because, you know, it allows you to, how do you say it, you know, just your name out there. A little bit better, a little bit easier wordpress, the jetpack functionality or the jetpack tool allows that to just be a little bit simpler. Extra sidebars, you can imagine what that is, it allows you to have additional sidebars that you may not have had already. So, it just has different extra sidebar widgets, different things that you may be able to, you can finds all of these, you know. For example, add a image, well you can do that simply with just a text widget, just makes it a little bit easier. Twitter streams, you also have widgets for that as well. So, it just makes life a little bit easier. Google+ profile, so it allows you to set up, you know the actual Google+ profile like Google authorship and things like that. In the past you would see actually your image of the Google author image next to the post. They, Google got rid of that, but you never know, they might bring it back. They experiment with a lot of different things. So that’s very nice. Because it just allows it to be much easier. Gravatar hover cards, so it allows kind of little pop up cards over the comments. So all these are, as you can see kind of just add on functionality. I am not going to talk about every single. Jetpack comments, this one that I do like is that, readers can comment with wordpress dot com. They can comment with twitter, Facebook or Google+ account. So the benefit of this that you can imagine users who, for example, we will look at our current comment system. So I am logged in right now. So that’s why it’s going to show up differently, but. What it normally has is your name, your email and an optional website and then a comment. So they have to fill out the name and the email if we specify that. And generally you would want them to specify that. And the benefit of having this jetpack, they can just login automatically. For example like right now, I am already logged in to the website, right. If you have users that are already pre logged in to the website, chances are they are going to be a lot more prone to adding a comment. Once you have to add in a website, your name, it can be quite tedious. It doesn’t take that much effort but it can still be tedious and distract from them actually adding comments. So having this jetpack comments is potentially very beneficial. As well as many of these. Ok so they have the likes one. I kind of like that one as well. It gives visitors a way to like a post and I believe it also shows up on the wordpress dot com profile if that’s what they are using. You know there is many other ones. Notifications, better search, publicise. So it shares your new posts on social media networks automatically. In order video I actually would talk about a plugin called nextscripts I believe and so it does the same functionality. So as you can see, a lot of these functions that are built in into this jetpack are all available through other plugins or other services. And so that’s why people have some, you know, they have some opinions on the jetpack service because, it, I will tell you this. It does slow down your website. It does slow down your website because, you can imagine if there is so much functionality, there is certain plugins that are quite heavy. And will definitely decrease the load time. So in my opinion, what I would say is that, that’s why we are going to go into the actual settings and we are going to pick and choose, right. We are going to pick and choose which ones we may want, which ones we don’t want to, you know, we should leave out. And it depends on the user, it depends on what you want. And all you are going to do, for example let’s say, you know, I personally kind of like that jetpack comments and let’s say I want to also just have the sharing functionality and the publicise functionality easier. Make them have a easier time to do that. And let’s say those are the only ones that I needed and that’s all I should add. Activate it and click apply. And that’s something to mention about any plugin in general is that if you can do without it, I guess you can say if you dint need it, don’t install it. Just because, you know the more that you have, the worst it will be. I guess you can say simply because not only will it make things more complex, but it will also slow down your website, right. You always have to think about performance of your website. Ultimately once you keep adding more and more plugins, it’s where you come to the question of do I really need it or can I live without it. And probably I could live without most of these. Because there are other plugins that can do the same job if the same, if not better than the jetpack plugin. But it’s simply the reason why I suggest the jetpack plugin is because especially for when you are just starting out. It provides so much functionality that you can just, as simple as that. If you wanted the jetpack comments, all you have to do is activate it and then configure it, right. If you wanted to add infinite scroll. If you wanted to add gravatar hovercards, google+ profile, it can do all of that, right. So that’s why in my opinion, you know the jetpack plugin is especially very beneficial if you are just starting off. Later down the line you will probably find that for example, me. I don’t actually use the jetpack plugin any more. But when I was first starting off, I found it so useful. I found it so beneficial for my website and for adding these functionalities that I couldn’t add in the beginning. So it’s kind of a, you got to weigh your options of what are you looking for in a plugin. And I think that when you are just starting off, the jetpack plugin is exactly what you are looking for. Because it has a lot of functionality built in into one little thing that has a very easy to use interface. And as you can see that, there are one or many options to change, to configure and that’s going to be the same for most of these other, you know, jetpack capabilities. It won’t have all that much options which is a good thing, right. It’s good and bad that you have options. When you have too much options, it makes things too confusing, when you have too few options, it’s much more simpler but, you know, sometimes you want an added flexibility. So there is definitely pros and cons to everything that we install, everything that I will show you. And let’s see if anything will show up. Most of those things were in the backend, right. The publicise and things like that. But we will see if anything actually did show up. And so ya, this leave a reply. This is a new system because I am already logged in, right now I can just leave a reply. And you can see how that could be much easier. If somebody was already logged in to wordpress dot com. This could be very beneficial for them. This could be very easy. I can just easily type a comment like oh! That was so easy right. Versus if you didn’t had this and had to log in, they probably wouldn’t even submit a comment, they’d probably just pass it by.