Of course nothing can replace Backup Buddy (plugin used to backup your website) as must have WordPress plugin however the range of functions Jetpack offers WordPress users it is a great starting people and eliminates the need for multiple plugins.
Jetpack is always updating and adding new features, as of today Jetpack offers 36 different functions!!
Below we will go through what each of the 36 different functions are and how they can help your blog / website.
Beautiful Maths function allows you to write complex mathematical equations, formulas into your posts and pages.
Great for the mathematicians or teacher bloggers.
If this function is activated, Carousel will make any normal WordPress Galleries that you have embedded into posts or pages will now launch a full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
Contact Form is an easy to use contact form that you can insert into pages and posts, to allow your users to contact you and provide feedback easily.
Custom CSS allows you to be able to add or replace your theme’s CSS without the need of installing an additional plugin.
Custom Content Types
Custom Content Types allows you to be able to organise and display different types of content on your site separate form posts and pages.
Enhanced Distribution means Jetpack will automatically share new content with third party services like search engines, increasing your reach and traffic.
Extra Sidebar Widgets
Twitter Widget – Allows people to see your latest tweets
Facebook Like Box Widget – Allows people to be able to like and share your Facebook page, you can also choose to share status updates and show profile photos of others who have likes your page.
Image Widget – allows you to easily add images to your sidebar (and hyperlink them).
Gravatar Widget – Will pull your Gravatar image and Gravatar profile information.
Gallery Widget – Easy to display photo gallery or slideshow in your sidebar.
Display WordPress Posts Widget – Allows you to display up to 10 recent posts from another WP blog.
Social Media Icon Widget – Easy to add social media icons to your sidebar.
When someone hovers over a Gravatar image it displays: name, bio, pictures, contact details and other information from the commenters or authors Gravatar.
Make sure the information on your Gravatar account is correct and updated regularly
Infinite Scroll is just that – your blog page will continue to scroll loading all your blog posts. No more having to click a button at the bottom of the page to get to the next lot of blog posts.
Developer speak…. Basically it allows you to authorise applications and services to securely connect to your blog.
Allows your audience to use their WordPress.com, Twitter or Facebook accounts when commenting on your posts.
Jetpack Single Sign On
Allows your users to log into your website using their WordPress.com credentials. Eliminates having to remember heaps of different usernames and passwords.
Allows your readers to show their love for your content using their WordPress.com account.
Allows you to manage and update self-hosted WordPress websites and any WordPress.com sites you have all from the same dashboard. You can also activate plugins to automatically update or do bulk updates (I don’t recommend this incase there is issues).
Markdown is great for the writers (who hate to code or just prefer to use their keyboard.
Markdown allows you to write your posts and comments with links, lists and other styles using normal characters and functions marks.
Will make your website mobile responsive and make it easy to read your website from a smaller device.
***If your theme is already mobile response ensure this is not activated – this can cause mobile responsive issues if the theme and jetpack are fighting to make the website mobile responsive ***
Monitors when your website is offline and sends you and email to let you know and will email you when it is back up and how long it was offline for.
I LOVE THIS FEATURE.
We were paying over $25 a month for website hosting for this website. We activated this feature and started receiving emails ALL DAY that our website was constantly down for a minimum 3 minutes per time and about 5 -10 times a day!!
We wouldn’t have know if we had not been trying to access the website that those exact times because the period was so short. We alerted our hosting company who found the issue and changed us onto another server.
Notifications functions keeps you updated with what is happening on your WordPress websites and interacts with other users.
Allows you to search everything – posts, pages, comments, media and plugins.
Photon gives your website assistance with loading images form WP.com. It cache’s the image and loads them from their network, reducing the load on your web host.
Post by Email
Allows you to email posts to be published straight into WordPress.
Protect helps keep your website safe by identifying and blocking malicious IPS. It tracks failed login attempts, and will block IPs from logging in if they have too many failed attempts in a short period of time.
Publicize allows you to connect your blog to your social media websites, and automatically share new content. Connects with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo! and Linkedin.
Related Posts shows relevant links to other blog posts on your blog posts.
Sharing function allows you to set up how your audience can share your content and to what platforms. Easy to use and set up.
Shortcodes allow you to easily embed media from another site (eg: YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr). Simple post the shortcode onto your page and post and the media will embed.
There is also a range of other shortcodes you can use to increase the functions in your blog.
Lets you add a Favicon / Site Icon. (this will be a feature of WordPress itself in the new update coming soon)
Site verification tools allow you to easily verify your website with Google, Bing and Pinterest.
Spelling and Grammar
A must have function. Assists with spelling and grammar checking of your page and posts.
Subscriptions allow your audience to subscribe to your posts and comments through email.
***Similar to RSS – I would recommend you build your mailing list then you can send correspondence other then just blog posts when published)
Tile Galleries allow you to create magazine style layouts. I love this function, no more boring photo galleries.
Below is some examples of the new galleries that you can do with Jetpack (I have used the same photos for all the demos so you can see the difference in the different options)
VideoPress allows you to easily upload videos and embedded them into posts and pages. You do need to have a VideoPress Subscription to use this aspect of Jetpack. You can get a Free plan that gets you 3GB of space and may show ads.
WP.me Shortlinks allows you to create a shorter URL for sharing or promoting instead of copying and pasting a long URL. It is easy to use.
Widget Visibility allows you to control which pages your widget appears on.
Show / Hide if: (category / author / user / role / tag / date / page) is (all ____ / select the individual ____)
WordPress.com States makes your website stats easy to understand and easy to check basic reports. Great quick reference or starting point for keep stats for those not ready to understand Google Analytics (I recommend having Google Analytics connected even if you are not looking at it as when you expand you will have had all your records and stats in the one place).
I love the new WP stats dashboard!! So much more information and easy to use.
Vaultpress (paid monthly subscription) will backup your site’s content, themes and plugins in real-time as well as perform regular security scans for common threats and attacks.