If you are a WordPress user, then you definitely must have heard of Jetpack plugin or seen it in the plugin list when trying to install a plugin from your WordPress dashboard.
A lot of WordPress users see this plugin and pass, not seeing the need to install or activate it on their site.
While on the other hand, others have installed it because they heard it is one of the basic plugins required in every WordPress website, but don’t truly know they can extend their site functionality with it.
When I moved from blogger.com to a self-hosted WordPress website, I had the Jetpack installed on my site too.
I didn’t know there were many things I could do with it. I only installed it just for viewing my site stats (this is one of the benefits of using Jetpack, as will be discussed later in this post).
However, when I got to find out, I was really amazed at how much ignorance robbed me of the benefits of using Jetpack.
So, believe me when I tell you this post will really open your eyes to all the benefits of installing Jetpack plugin on your WordPress website
Before we proceed further, the first thing you must know is that a plugin is a software installed as an add-on in a website that adds unique features or functions to the website; this is simply what the Jetpack plugin does.
However, Jetpack is not just any plugin. In a simple term, it is an ALL-IN-ONE plugin for WordPress; this is because it offers many unique features that can individually stand as autonomous plugins.
This plugin offers CSS customization enablement, web security protocol, automatic social posts sharing, and other great features that will help enhance your website.
Having said this much, let’s know the guys behind this great plugin.
Who is Behind Jetpack Plugin?
Who must have made this wonderful all-in-one WordPress plugin? Well, Jetpack was developed by Automatic, the brains behind WordPress.com.
Who Is Jetpack For
You may be wondering if Jetpack is actually for you, or if it for those pro-bloggers only who manage big websites.
Fortunately, Jetpack is for everyone including you, as long as your website is WordPress-powered; be it WordPress.org (self-hosted WordPress site) or hosted by WordPress.com.
If you yet don’t know the difference between a self-hosted WordPress and WordPress.com, then check out a detailed difference between these two by WPBeginner
It might interest you to know that WordPress holds about 60% of the content management system (CMS) market, with Joomla and others following.
Also, according to the release made by W3Techs, an organization that gives statistical information about the usage of various web technologies, WordPress powers 34% of all websites that exist globally.
From the above, it may not be surprising to say that there are over 5 million active installations of the Jetpack plugin. Now you believe when I said Jetpack is for you right?
Having established the fact that Jetpack is one of the most used WordPress plugins by the community of WordPress users, let’s take a dive into why you should use Jetpack plugin.
10 Reasons Why You Should Use JetPack Plugin
There are many reasons why you should use Jetpack on your WordPress powered website. Some of the benefits of installing Jetpack are:
- Monitors downtime
- display traffic stats
- display related posts
- boosts SEO
- simplifies CSS file customization
- automatically shares posts on social sites
- enhances website security
- simplifies multi-websites management
- Improves website design
- simplifies writing process.
Now we have seen a list of some of the amazing benefits of installing Jetpack on WordPress website. Let’s consider them in detail.
1. Monitors downtime
Jetpack helps you monitor your site downtime. When it comes to running a WordPress website, one of the things you want to be looking out for is your website downtime.
Downtime refers to the time your site goes offline or is not accessible by site visitors. It is not enough to write good content, do SEO and go and sleep.
You still have to monitor your site downtime as having a prolong and constant downtime can negatively impact on your site.
There are several things that cause website downtime. Some of the causes of site downtime are:
DNS issues: this is one of the main cause of website downtime. This issue usually occurs when you configured your site DNS wrongly, or you are waiting for it to propagate.
Poor Hosting: Poor hosting is usually another cause of website downtime. If your site is hosted by a poor hosting company, then you are likely to experience downtime very often.
One terrible thing about it is that if your site keeps having downtime as a result of your hosting, you may not know of it unless you are monitoring it.
Though the downtime maybe for a very short period of time, but you can’t control when a visitor wants to see what you’ve got on your site.
CMS Issues: Your site is likely to experience downtime if you installed a wrong plugin on your site, or if there is a database error.
DDoS Attack: This is known as Denial of Service Attack. This occurs when people deliberately sends many requests to a server, with the intention of crashing it.
Usually, this does not only affect the site the attack is directed to. If the site is on a shared hosting plan, it is likely to affect every other site sharing that same server.
Knowing when your server is under a DDoS or malicious attack, will help you quickly combat it.
These are just a few reasons that could lead to your website downtime. I hope you now understand why it is very important you monitor your site downtime?
Fortunately for you, Jetpack’s Uptime and Downtime module do this monitoring for you. If this module is activated on your site, you will receive emails each time your site is down and when it’s up.
2. Displays Site Traffic Stats
Like I said earlier, when I started out with a self-hosted WordPress website, the only reason I Installed Jetpack on my site then was to be able to view my website traffic stats.
Knowing your website stats is very necessary. Aside from the fact that you get to know if your traffic is increasing or decreasing, you will also know the source of your website traffic and the posts your site visitors are interacting with the most.
Though, when it comes to knowing your website stats, Google Analytics is more detailed than that of Jetpack. However, Jetpack gives a quick stats view from your dashboard.
3. Display Related Posts
Another reason why you should use JetPack plugin is to add Related posts to your site. keeping your audience more engaged on your site helps reduces bounce rate. The higher the bounce rate, the lower your blog is ranked.
Jetpack has a beautiful Related Post Display feature that is very easy to set-up. This is one feature you might want to set-up on your site if you do not have it already.
True, there are other plugins that can show related posts on your blog. You could also classify your posts through your categories,
However, I am sure you wouldn’t want to add much workload on your server, as this can negatively affect your site speed. If that is true, then Jetpack’s Related Post Module is a good thing to benefit from.
These posts are not only related based on their categories, but the Related Posts module does every calculation and analysis and brings posts that are truly related.
4. Boost SEO – Search Engine Optimization
If you are on a shared web hosting, your site could experience slowness in loading images that accompany your posts.
This does not only affect your servers bandwidth resources negatively, but it also decreases your Google ranking.
Slow sites also leave users with bad experiences and discourage them from returning to your site. I don’t think this is healthy for a blogger trying to maintain his site audience.
Speeding your site can easily be done with this unique feature of Jetpack called Photon content delivery network.
The photon loads your post’s images using WordPress.com CDN server, thereby reducing the workload on your server. When your site loads faster, it improves your SEO.
5. Simplifies CSS file Customization
With jetpack, you can seamlessly modify, edit and customize your WordPress Theme without tampering with the Theme’s core CSS files.
Editing your Theme core CSS files, especially if not properly done, could greatly impact your Theme negatively. Aside from that, every form of customization will be lost if you update the theme.
Jetpack gives you the ease to make corrections and quickly reverse the CSS customization to its default if need be. In case you do not know, CSS means Cascaded Style Sheet.
This is another reason why you should use Jetpack plugin. This exciting module is incorporated into jetpack to help you share your posts to social media.
This is automatically done; you do not have to do the sharing manually to any social platforms. However, for this to be done, you will need to connect your social media accounts to Jetpack.
Aside from automatically sharing your posts to social media, Jetpack also has a Sharing Button Module that allows you to add sharing buttons to your website.
When your site has a sharing button immediately after a post or above the post, it allows your visitors to easily share your content to social media platforms.
You can easily add Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social sites buttons through this module.
7. Enhances Website Security
Having a great site is one thing, protecting the site from attacks is another. WordPress is more prone to security attacks than any other CMS out there.
Fortunately, Jetpack has a module that can help you enhance your site security. This plugin helps identify and block malicious IP addresses and failed login attempts.
8. Simplifies Multi-Websites Management
Running multiple websites come with their own challenges. One of the major challenge is sites management. For instance, you will need to log into each site separately to install themes, plugins and also to update them.
Fortunately for you, Jetpack makes it easy for you to manage your multiple websites from one dashboard. This means that you get to enjoy the ease of installing themes and plugins on all your websites from one dashboard.
9. Improves website design
Jetpacks has over 100 professional themes that Jetpack users have free access to. The themes are beautiful and can be used to create a beautiful website on any niche.
10. Simplifies Content Writing
Jetpack has a module that enables users to easily write and post content to their blogs directly from their email. Also, with Jetpack, you enjoy embedding contents to your post with a shortcode.
That’s all for some of the benefits you get from installing and activating Jetpack on your website.
To begin to enjoy some of the benefits outlined in this article, you must first install and activate Jetpack. You can download Jetpack from WordPress and install it on your site.
You can also install it directly from your admin dashboard. See our detailed guide on how to install a WordPress plugin on your website.
After you have installed and activated the Jetpack plugin, the most useful modules will be activated automatically. However, you can choose to activate other modules. Jetpack currently has over 40 modules.
How to Activate Jetpack Modules
Jetpack, in a bid to simplifies things has made it easy for all the modules to be controlled from one page.
Hence, you can now activate and deactivate any of the Jetpack modules from a page, directly from your WordPress admin dashboard.
After you have installed and activated Jetpack, follow the steps below to activate or deactivate Jetpack modules.
1. Click on Jetpack tab on the top left of your dashboard.
2. On the Jetpack page in your site’s Dashboard, scroll down the bottom of the page and click Modules. This will take you to the Jetpack Module page on your site’s Dashboard.
Alternatively, you can get to the module page quickly by going yourdomain.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=jetpack_modules
Note: replace yourdomain.com with your own site name. You will be required to enter your administrator’s password if you are not already logged in.
3. On the Jetpack Module page, you will find the list of all activated and deactivate Jetpack Modules for your site. To activate any module, simply click on activate in front of the module.
To deactivate any module, click on deactivate in front of the activated module.
That is all guys. I hope this helps?
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