The Jetpack Plugins for WordPress

The other day John spoke about how much he loved the WordPress.com Stats. This great plugin was developed together by WordPress owners Automattic and developers Andy Skelton and mdawaffe.

Earlier this year in March the original WordPress.com Stats plugin developers teamed up with Andy Peatling, Beau Lebens, Hugo Baeta and Joen to release it’s natural successor Jetpack. Jetpack is not a plugin that just tracks stats, it is a collection of 8 different plugins though has been setup so that more can be added in future updates.

Each plugin can be activated or deactivated from the main Jetpack page in your admin area.

My two favourite plugins are WordPress.com stats and ShareDaddy. The stats option works the same way as the dedicated plugin John spoke about the other day, though the graph is presented slightly differently.

ShareDaddy is another plugin that has been incorporated under the Jetpack umbrella. The plugin allows you to easily add social media voting services to the bottom of your blog posts and pages. I love the simplicity of it and it’s clean design. My only criticism is that they have not included Google +1 with the plugin yet, though I emailed them a few weeks ago and they are taking it on board for the next update.

The 6 remains plugins in Jetpack are:

  • Twitter Widget – A simple Twitter widget that displays your latest tweets.
  • Gravatar Hovercards – Shows a pop up of a commenters Gravatar information when you hover over their name (The person needs to have a hovercard setup for pop up to appear).
  • WP.me Shortlinks – Allows you to use WP.me shortlinks within your posts and pages.
  • LaTeX – A markup language for mathematical equations.
  • After the Deadline – Allows you to check your spelling and grammar within your post editor.
  • Shortcode Embeds – Embed media from websites such as YouTube, Vimeo and Flikr using shortcodes.

Jetpack is one of the most useful free plugins available for WordPress. Even if you only plan on using WordPress.com Stats or ShareDaddy, I believe it’s worth installing as some of the other features such as shortcodes and Gravatar hovercards are incredibly useful.

More information can be found at the links below ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck,
Kevin

Links: Official Jetpack Website | Jetpack by WordPress.com (Download Link)

Kevin Muldoon is a webmaster and blogger who lives in Central Scotland. His current project is WordPress Mods; a blog which focuses on WordPress Themes, Plugins, Tutorials, News and Modifications.


44 thoughts on “The Jetpack Plugins for WordPress”

  1. Kevin Kimes says:

    Wow, this is fantastic. I’m installing this plugin tonight when I relaunch with a new visual theme. It has several things in one that I’ve wanted to incorporate. Excellent post Mr. Moldoon, and great timing for me personally.

    1. There are so may plugins for WordPress you could spend all your time messing with them and never write a post.

      1. Real Man says:

        Absolutely!

        This is a great plugin and I may get it…but like you say, I am getting a bit overwhelmed!

        I just want to keep it simple. I don’t mind paying for plugins, but I only way 20 or so to have to choose from.

      2. Tikyd says:

        Yes, there are a lot of plugins. One reason why I find this plugin interesting is because it allows to have stumble upon voting on page. I had tried to add the SU code as presented on SU site, but I did not get the result I wanted.

  2. Kirk Taylor says:

    Great, I’m glad you reviewed it. I noticed it the other day.

  3. Great plugin but then as someone said, wordpress has countless plugins, if you intend to install them all, you will spend all your time with plugins which will bloat your site and eventually make it slow without you having any time to write a single great post

    1. Well said dear and Jetpack is one of the most important useful free plugins for WordPress.

  4. fazal mayar says:

    this a nice pack as it contains basic plugins that are important for any wordpress user.

    1. Yes this one all those plugins which are important for any kind of blogs.

      Glad to see all under one roof.

  5. I installed a fresh copy of wordpress today and noticed the jet pack. Nice essentials for a start up blog.

    1. So you got it at right time.

  6. Glad you all liked the post.

  7. I also love the simplicity and i am completely prefer to your this the plugin allows to easily add social media voting services to the bottom of blogs posts and pages.

  8. Tom says:

    That’s a good set of options available for this plugin. I added the WordPress plugin John metioned the other day and it’s been working great.

  9. Rony says:

    I use Jetpack Plugins for my web default stats. Jetpack is the most important useful free plugin because its show details Stats. Thanks john

  10. Wow, that’s a cool set of plugins. Nice post. More for me to try later…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Yes, After install my wordpress i see that a plugin is awaiting for activate and that is jet pack.

  12. fas says:

    A good plugin but a pain at times when you dont want after the deadline to kick in!

  13. oh! Also there is some conflict with wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Later jet pack make me clear that.

  14. “A good plugin but a pain at times when you dont want after the deadline to kick in!”

    Yes you are right FAS.

  15. Abhik says:

    Okay.. Do I have to uninstall my existing plugins before I install this pack?

  16. Daniel Wiafe says:

    LOL, I’m glad you reviewed that Jetpack plug-in. It started appearing recently on the dashboards of the new wordpress sites that I would set up… and I would delete it, because I thought is some more useless crap WP was dishing out on me (like that Hello Dolly plug-in)

    1. Hah! I had the same thing recently. Uninstalled it thinking it was just junk, now I’m a bit upset that I did.

  17. Vivian Assis says:

    Thanks for post!!!

  18. Whitney says:

    This looks way more awesome than the one from your other post that is JUST stats or whatever. This looks like an amazing suite of tools for the serious internet marketer/blogger. I especially like the sharing plugin and the Twitter one…I do agree that the sharing one should have the Plus One added in there..Plus One is a great SEO “tool”, that everyone should use or get passed by! I wish I had WordPress so I could use these plugins ๐Ÿ™ I plan on switching someday though!

  19. PPC Ian says:

    Seems cool. A plugin of plugins! ๐Ÿ™‚ hadn’t heard of this before, thanks for sharing!

  20. Bil Smith says:

    Great looking plugins, I’ll definitely have to give them a try on my new blog. Thanks!

  21. Shobhit says:

    Great plugin! installed on most of my blogs….

  22. Aytac says:

    WordPress is a very successfull blog designer. But still not flexible to design.

  23. wordpress is the best cms the credit goes to the creator

  24. Ras Dewni says:

    i always see these jetpack thing on my WordPress blog…
    but it seem that it kind a same with other plug in..

    for now, i just stick wit my usual plugin

  25. this is excellent to see people talking about WP. I am the regular user of WP and it is simply the best. I am pretty much sure to say this as WP are fully capable of doing magics or miracles like the one jetpack plugin. The product development team of WP looks very cool as they always come up with something really good and useful for customers or bloggers.

  26. Yes, I install it and test it too, Great.

  27. Simple but effective.

  28. Not only effective but efficient as well in terms of manipulation and development. The WP people believes in constant research and development.

  29. Thank you so much for this awesome post. It was a good read. Life is so good!!!!

  30. jetpack is really nice tool

  31. Forex News says:

    Wow, thatโ€™s a cool set of plugins. Nice post. More for me to try later

  32. Erwin Miradi says:

    Nice set of plugins. But anyway there’s just too many plugins for WordPress, and I’m sticking with some of them that is not even compatible with the newest WordPress.. So Jetpack is something I must pass for now I think..

  33. Forex News says:

    LOL, Iโ€™m glad you reviewed that Jetpack plug-in. It started appearing recently on the dashboards of the new wordpress sites that I would set upโ€ฆ and I would delete it, because I thought is some more useless crap WP was dishing out on me (like that Hello Dolly plug-in)

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