WordPress.com has some amazing features which we miss in self hosted WordPress installations. Did you know that you could get the best WordPress.com features in your self hosted WordPress blog just by adding one WordPress plug-in.
Jetpack WordPress plugin is the best way to incorporate all these amazing features in your WordPress blog.
JetPack WordPress Plugin
Jetpack is a collection of very powerful and useful features.
- Subscriptions – it enables your site visitors to subscribe to your posts and comments and get updates via e-mail.
- WordPress.com stats – Jet pack includes the latest version of this plug-in, and all future versions of the stats plug-in will now only be available through the Jet Pack. Of course now the data provided by the plug-in is much more detailed than before.
- Spelling and grammar – helps to improve your writing by contextual spell checking, advanced style checking and intelligent grammar checking of your articles. It is powered by After the Deadline open source technology.
- Social sharing – powered by ShareDaddy, this plug-in provides an array of custom social sharing buttons which are then placed beneath your articles and improve the social engagement of your visitors.
- VaultPress – this is a useful WordPress backup plug-in which we have been using for several years and is a useful tool in case your WordPress database crashes or you need to restore your site.
- Contact form – is a useful plug-in to insert a contact form on any page or post you like, and is a good replacement for any contact form WordPress plug-in you might be using.
- Gravatar Hovercards – if you support Gravatar profiles in your comments, then this plug-in will show pop-up business cards of these users from their gravatar profiles.
- WP.me short links – creates a short link for all your pages and posts which can be easily shared on social media sites like Twitter.
- Short code embeds – allows you to use short codes to embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo, slide share etc.
- Beautiful math – allows you to use specialised markup language to post complex maths equations.
- Sidebar widgets – some new widgets appear in your WordPress blog which allow you to add images, Twitter updates and RSS feed links in your sidebar.
- Enhanced distribution- allows better sharing of your post articles and comments in real-time by distributing them quickly to search engines. A good pinging tool.
After installation, by default all features will be activated but if you don’t not need all these features then click on “Learn more” button, to make the “Deactivate” button appear! You can then choose which features need to be active. That’s all folks.
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