What is WordPress Jetpack plugin?
Jetpack is one of those tools that help you keep your website updated and keep the quality of your website. A lot of hosting providers offer a Jetpack plugin with their plans. Unlike other WordPress plugins, you will have to create an account on WordPress.com to be able to install this plugin and use all of its features on your website.
Jetpack is able to fill the gap between WordPress.com and WordPress.org really well. This addon is designed and created by Automattic, one of the creative designers for WordPress.org and they offer online support for this plugin. Users can send their suggestions to this company to help them improve it inch by inch. This plugin can help you with optimizing your WordPress website.
Jetpack brands itself as “Hassle-free design, marketing, and security”, and that is indeed a pretty good description of the types of features that you get with Jetpack. These features come in both free and premium flavors, and the exact functionality that you get access to depends on whether or not you’re willing to pay.
Scan & Security
The basic Jetpack features are free. But more advanced features, like site backups, are part of the paid Jetpack plugin.
Let’s take a look at the advantages of using Jetpack.
1. Add Essential Features Conveniently
WordPress comes with all the essential publishing tools out of the box. But those built-in tools are not just enough to run a website successfully. As you grow, you’ll need to find and install more WordPress plugins to enhance the capabilities of your WordPress site.
If you want all the most important features in a single plugin, like contact form, stats, security, design, marketing, and so on, then Jetpack is the right solution for you.
The core Jetpack plugin is free. Premium features like daily backups, premium themes, and SEO tools are tied into 1 of 3 paid plans.
3. Frequent Updates
Jetpack is being maintained and updated frequently. They’re also constantly adding more and more features to the plugin.
A few downsides of Jetpack are:
The plugin is jam-packed with tons of features, so the interface looks bloated. In fact, the interface is filled with toggles and submenus, so, chances are, you’ll find it slightly difficult to locate the modules you want to enable or disable.
2. Slows Down Your Site
There’s a heated debate about the performance of Jetpack and whether it can cause your site to slow down.
While a majority of the users don’t have any issues with the plugin, some users have reported that it slowed their site down significantly. Since it’s a massive plugin, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll need every single feature that comes with Jetpack, it’s in your best interest to only enable the features you really need.
3. Risk Profile
Jetpack requires you to connect your site to your WordPress.com account. One of the benefits of this connection is that some of the features push work from your site back to their servers. However, the downside is it also passes a lot of information about your articles to WordPress.com. If you’re concerned about your privacy and don’t want to share your site information with any third parties, then Jetpack may not be the right solution for you.
This is one of the best plugins to cater to commonly required features and functions such as security, backups, CDNs and performance, list building, marketing, and many other essentials. It’s very easy to use and it’s backed by the mother company of WordPress.com (Automattic), and a fully professional support team. Setting it up is very straightforward and working with it is very intuitive and easy, particularly for those who do not manage WP daily.
This article was first published at Jetpack for Wordpress (exemplifi.io)