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15 Reasons to Use Jetpack for WordPress in 2018

July 16, 2018
Do I Need JetPack for WordPress? 15 Reasons You Should Use Jetpack in 2018

What happens when the people behind WordPress.com, get together to make a WordPress plugin? You get Jetpack.

With over 5 million active installations, Jetpack is designed to be an all-rounder plugin for people using WordPress, regardless of their expertise. Think of it as an all-in-one plugin, with features ranging from performance enhancements, security protocols, theme customization and many more.

People who are new to WordPress can use Jetpack’s site stats, contact form and other useful modules – without having to install a separate plugin for each feature. On the flip side, power users can take advantage of features such as related posts, lazy loading, and CDN – all for free! Though upgrading to Jetpack premium adds even more useful features for Google analytics, advertising, priority support and more.

This article was originally published in 2013, entitled 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Jetpack for WordPress. Five years later, we’re updating this guide with 15 of the best features offered by Jetpack – and why you should be using them in your WordPress site.

Before getting started, it would be helpful to know some of the synonyms used for Jetpack’s “features”. They range from “modules”, to “settings”, to just “features”. We’ll restrict our synonyms to “modules” and “features” throughout the remainder of this article.

Let’s get on with it!

1. Free Content Delivery Network (CDN) for WordPress using Photon

photon free content delivery network by jetpack

The very first feature that comes to mind is the free content delivery network provided by Jetpack. Unlike other CDN providers, Jetpack’s Photon CDN does not require any signup, gives you unlimited CDN bandwidth, and is completely free – for life!

Who should use Photon?

In short, everybody. Whether you are a power user, or a novice user, or someone who is just starting out; using a CDN dramatically speeds up your site’s loading time. This gives you a three-fold advantage:

  1. Google rewards faster sites with better SEO scores. You rank faster for your target keywords.
  2. You save your server’s bandwidth resources; since the images are served from the Photon content delivery network.
  3. A faster website results in a pleasant visitor experience. This, in turn, increases the chances of a conversion – whether it is an email signup, ebook download, or something as simple as a social share!

How do I enable Jetpack Photon?

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Photon CDN and Lazy load images module from Jetpack

All you need to do is enable the Photon module from the Speed up your site settings, found under WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings > Writing tab.

2. Lazy Loading of Images in WordPress

lazy loading of images illustration using a pig

Lazy Loading is a feature that has found a mention in under every credible WordPress performance optimization post. You see, the idea behind lazy loading is simple. Load the image only when the visitor sees it.

This has a two-fold benefit.

  1. One, the site loads faster since the page size of the site is lowered. This, in turn, gives us better SEO, and lower bandwidth consumption from the server site.
  2. The second advantage directly benefits the end user by saving his or her bandwidth.

How can lazy loading save mobile bandwidth?

Let’s say Samantha is browsing an article on the “best fashion WordPress themes” on her phone. When Samantha opens the website, the page starts loading all 25 images at once.

However, with lazy loading enabled, only the images visible in the viewport is loaded. The other images are loaded only when Samantha scrolls down to view them. Thus Samantha ends up saving her precious mobile bandwidth while enjoying a super-snappy website.

Who should use lazy load?

Again, everyone!

How do I enable Jetpack lazy load?

This module is located just below the Photon module. Simply toggle to enable it!

3. Subscribe to New Posts via Email in WordPress

subscribe and follow wordpress blog jetpack

This is a personal favourite. Jetpack has a series of beautiful features when it comes to visitor engagement. We’ll cover them one by one starting with this one.

Jetpack’s email subscription feature enables visitors to subscribe to your blog posts via email. It’s displayed as a Follow Blog button. People who click on it are asked to share their email address in order to subscribe or “follow” your blog’s posts.

Additionally, you can use the Follow Comments feature to give your readers the option to subscribe to your blog’s comments via email.

Whenever a new post is published, or a new comment is posted, your followers get an email with a link to your post/comment.

What are the benefits of Jetpack subscriptions?

Well, for starters, you don’t need to use an email service provider (ESP) like MailChimp. Even when your email list grows, you don’t have to pay for emails. Remember that ESPs with a forever free plan usually put a limitation on the number of subscribers, or the number of emails sent per month – as they should! (They gotta eat, don’t they?)

However, on the flip side, you won’t be able to send individual emails (i.e. without publishing a post) to your subscribers, using this Jetpack module. That’s when you’d have to signup for an ESP.

Who should use subscriptions?

Depends, really. People who simply want to focus on their writing and not on growing their email list can opt for this module. However, if you are serious about your email list from day one (it’s great if you are!), then you start using a free ESP like MailChimp.

How do I enable Jetpack blog subscriptions?

Subscribe to blog and comments module from Jetpack

Subscribe to blog and comments module from Jetpack

Head over to the Subscriptions module under the WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings > Discussion tab.

4. WordPress Site Uptime & Downtime Monitoring

wordpress site uptime and downtime monitoring by jetpack

The downtime monitoring feature from Jetpack periodically monitors your site and notifies you via email whenever there is a downtime.

Not just that, it keeps on monitoring and sends you emails reminding you that your site is still down. Finally, once your site is back online – Jetpack sends yet another a confirmation email – informing you that your site is online again!

I absolutely love this feature – especially since it helped me win an argument and get a full refund from my shared hosting provider. All I had to do was share the screenshot of my inbox, and bam, they had to process my refund!

Who should use monitoring?

Everyone! Unless, of course, you are using a premium website uptime monitoring tool and don’t want to install an additional plugin.

How do I enable Jetpack downtime monitoring?

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Downtime Monitoring module from Jetpack

Simply toggle the Downtime monitoring option under WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings > Security tab.

5. Related Posts for WordPress

related posts in jetpack

The Related Posts feature automatically suggests related content after every post in your WordPress site. It’s a great way to keep your visitors engaged, improve time-on-site and decrease bounce rate (to an extent).

But wait, there’s a problem:

However, calculating these related posts is a resource-intensive task. The problem multiplies when there are multiple categories and tags, and multiple posts under each of them. Calculating related posts becomes increasingly CPU intensive. Couple all of this into a shared hosting environment and you’ve got yourself a “resource violation” email, or worse – getting your account suspended.

So what’s the fix? Jetpack of course!

Jetpack offloads all of this complex, CPU-intensive computation to the cloud, and returns the finished results – i.e. the related posts – to our WordPress site. All of this for free!. You can further customize the appearance of the related posts (with or without image, excerpt, etc.) using the WordPress Customizer.

Who should use related posts?

Blogs with neatly organized taxonomy, along with sufficient posts and pages under each tag and category. You should not use Related Posts when you only have a handful of posts in your site. In such a case, I would recommend manually linking to your content.

How do I enable Jetpack related posts?

Simple! Just toggle the Related Posts option under WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings > Traffic tab.

6. Infinite Scroll in WordPress

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Infinite Scroll is a feature that automatically loads new posts without refreshing the page, as the visitor scrolls down to the bottom of the current post. Similar to Related Posts, this feature is designed to increase visitor engagement and time on site.

Furthermore, Jetpack gives you the ability to configure how the next posts are loaded. For instance, you can configure them to load automatically – according to the theme/user behaviour. You can also present the visitors with a “read/load more” button, which upon clicking loads the next set of posts.

Who should use infinite scroll?

Anyone with a couple of posts published in their WordPress site can use this feature. This is highly recommended for news and media blogs.

How do I enable Jetpack infinite scroll?

Infinite scroll module from Jetpack

Infinite Scroll module from Jetpack

You can enable this setting form the Theme enhancements setting found under WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings > Writing tab.

7. Build a Contact Form in WordPress

contact form illustration by jetpack

This Jetpack module enables you to build contact forms with custom fields directly from the default WordPress editor. With a single click, you’re able to insert and customize contact forms directly from the WordPress editor.

Who should use a contact form?

Most website should have an easy to use contact form, especially if you deal with clients. So anyone not already using a contact form plugin on their WordPress site.

How can I enable Jetpack contact forms?

Jetpack Contact Form inserted directly from the WordPress editor

Good news – this module is enabled by default in Jetpack.

8. Publish Posts via Email in WordPress

publish wordpress posts via email in jetpack

Imagine you’re in a remote location and you have to publish an article in your WordPress site. Media-rich sites like the WordPress editor won’t load due to the slow Internet connectivity. There aren’t any WiFi cafes nearby. The only thing that does seem to work is email. You barely have enough Internet speed to send out an email.

This is where Jetpack’s posts via email feature comes in handy. It gives you a dedicated email address for you to publish in your WordPress blog. Once activated, you can email your post to this address, and it would be published in your blog.

How would it work? Simple. The subject line of your email would be the post title, and the email body would be the blog post content. You can also send additional information such as categories, tags and more using these predefined shortcodes.

Who should use Jetpack post via email?

Publishing posts in WordPress via email using Jetpack!

 

Anyone who needs quick coverage without investing too much time in formatting or working our of areas with limited Internet connectivity.

  • Travel bloggers looking to share their experiences from remote locations with limited Internet connectivity.
  • Reports looking to share quick coverage without going opening the WordPress app every time.

Sometimes, it’s just easier to publish a post via email.

9. Automated Social Sharing in WordPress using Publicize Module

social media automation by jetpack

The Publicize module from Jetpack enables you to automatically post your freshly published content to your social media sites. It saves you the hassle of having to manually post in each social media network.

Who should use Publicize?

Well, anyone who promotes their content on social media is welcome to try this module. However, it is important to select the right social media network depending on your site’s niche,  and then create content specific to each network.

How can I enable Jetpack social sharing?

Jetpack social media sharing settings

You would need to establish a one-time connection with your social media networks from the Publicize settings located under WordPress Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings > Sharing tab.

10. Secure Authentication and WordPress.com Login

jetpack security

Jetpack’s secure authentication module enables you (or your users) to login to your WordPress site using WordPress.com account.

You can also configure the module to only allow users to log in if their WordPress.com account email address match with the email ID used to create the user account in your WordPress.site. Additionally, you can require your site’s users to log in using two-factor authentication with WordPress.com.

Who should use login authentication?

Login using WordPress.com

Login using WordPress.com

If you are the sole person running your WordPress blog, then you can skip activating this module. However, if you have multiple contributors to your WordPress site, this could be a useful feature to have!

11. Media Embeds in WordPress

content embed in wordpress by jetpack

This is one of those features that are enabled by default in Jetpack. It essentially helps you paste media-rich content such as YouTube videos and SoundCloud audio files – in their native form – without writing a single line of code/shortcode.

All you have to do is copy-paste the link in your post in the WordPress editor, and Jetpack will take care of the rest.

Jetpack has evolved to support multiple websites with media-rich content including Instagram, Slideshare, Twitter, Google Docs, TED, DailyMotion, CodePen, Medium, Pinterest and more. For a detailed, up-to-date list, check out their official documentation on content embeds.

Who should use media-rich content?

Everyone! 🙂

12. Site Verification and Sitemaps in WordPress

site verification by jetpack

I’ll be straight up with you – Jetpack isn’t the best SEO plugin out there. For starters, the SEO module itself is a paid feature in Jetpack. WordPress SEO by Yoast is a far better, free plugin with a plethora of features and tutorials, trusted by over five million WordPress websites.

That being said, for users who aren’t ready to spend time with a dedicated SEO plugin can use Jetpack’s site verification modules to verify their site with multiple search engines including Google, Bing, Pinterest, and Yandex.

Sitemap and Site Verification Settings from Jetpack

Additionally Jetpack also creates a sitemap which makes it easier for search engines to crawl your site.

Who should use Jetpack sitemaps?

People who aren’t looking to invest time in a dedicated WordPress SEO plugin should use Jetpack’s sitemap. However, we highly recommend using a separate plugin. With just a few hours each week you can get the basics of Yoast SEO nailed down. This way, you’ll have implemented on-page SEO correctly right from day one. That’s a big boost for your long-term search rankings!

13. Widgets, Widgets and More WordPress Widgets

additional widget pack in jetpack

Widgets are one of the most popular features offered by the Jetpack plugin. It provides a plethora of uniquely useful widgets that can be used in multiple ways. They range from social media feeds, GDPR cookie notifications and more. Head over to your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Widgets to access these additional widgets.

Another exciting widget feature offered by Jetpack is conditional widgets. It essentially enables you to configure the visibility of the widgets based on the page, post, tag or category.

You can define a condition, and only if the condition holds true, the widget is displayed.

Jetpack Custom Widgets

For instance, you can configure a newsletter subscription widget to be visible only in posts under the Finance category. This way you can build super-targeted mailing lists.

Who should use Jetpack widgets?

This mostly depends on the user. If your WordPress theme comes with custom widgets – such as social shares or newsletter subscriptions – you should use those instead of Jetpack, since they have been styled and coded to work well with your theme.

However, you can always use Jetpack’s conditional widgets to create engaging content in your website site.

14. Multiple Sites from a Single Dashboard at WordPress.com

manage multiple wordpress site jetpack

Remember how we spoke of using WordPress.com to reap the full benefits of Jetpack? Well, you’re going to love this feature.

Once you connect your sites with Jetpack, you can manage all of them from your WordPress.com dashboard. This includes things like viewing site stats, publishing posts, responding to comments, updating plugins and much more.

Who should use this?

People managing a handful of WordPress sites could derive value out of this feature. For instance, you can manage your blog(s) and personal site under one roof – in WordPress.com.

However, I would not recommend using this feature if you are managing multiple WordPress sites for clients. Tools like ManageWP and InfiniteWP are built to manage multiple WordPress sites at scale, with a lot more of built-in features and premium support.

15. (Premium) WordPress Backup and Restore by Jetpack

wordpress cloud backup and restore by jetpack

WordPress backup and restoration is a serious matter. Over the years we’ve seen a lot of backup plugins and services that specialize in hourly backups, incremental backups, and more.

Backup and Restore from Jetpack is a premium module starting at $39/year. It takes automatic backups and supports one-click restoration. What’s interesting is how the backup is made.

Jetpack essentially takes a backup whenever an event occurs. An event can include page and post creation/modification, comment submission/modification, plugin and theme installations, modifications, or updates, and additions of or changes to user accounts.

Jetpack also maintains an Activity Log of all the events, listed in chronological order. Every entry in this Activity Log serves as a restore point. Just click on an event and choose between downloading the backup, or restoring your site to that point.

Who should use JetPack backups powered by VaultPress?

Backup is an essential component of maintaining a WordPress site. I would recommend opting for a paid backup plugin if you prefer security and peace of mind, over saving a few bucks every month. (Fun fact – the cost of a backup plugin is usually the cost of a cup of coffee). However, with a little bit of tinkering, you should be able to get the same features for free.

How do I get this?

This is a paid feature starting at $39 per year. You need to purchase a Jetpack plan, configure the plugin with your hosting server credentials, and relax. Jetpack will automatically start taking backups.

Is there a better backup alternative?

If you are willing to spend a little bit extra on your WordPress hosting, consider a managed hosting provider like WPEngine. Not only do you get blazing fast speeds, better reliability, and rapid customer support – you also get a dedicated staging environment and one-click backup and restore. Plans start at $35/month for up to 25,000 visits per month and come with 2 months free if you opt for the annual plan. Not to mention a 60-day risk-free trial!

Jetpack Pricing

Jetpack Pricing options as of July 2018

Jetpack Pricing options as of July 2018

While most of Jetpack’s features are offered free of charge, there are certain premium modules such as backup and restore, elasticsearch, advanced malware protection that are only available under the paid plan.

Prices start at $39/year for the Personal plan, and come with backup & restore (with a 30-day backup archive) along with priority support.

Get Jetpack Premium

Is getting a paid Jetpack plan worth it?

If you are an occasional blogger with a growing blog, opting for Jetpack’s personal plan could be worth the money. You won’t have to worry about backups and restore, and if things go wrong, you can always contact the priority customer success team.

However, if you are blogging full-time, Jetpack’s Professional plan is recommended. You get advanced malware protection and the ability to accept payments via PayPal with this plan.

A Note on Jetpack and WordPress.com

It is important to note that that Jetpack is a plugin that works in conjunction with WordPress.com even though you can install and use it with WordPress.org sites. This means that you’ll have to create a WordPress.com account in order to reap the full advantages of Jetpack (but don’t worry – you don’t have to host your website on WordPress.com). The advanced customization options for a couple of Jetpack modules can be configured only using WordPress.com.

For the folks just getting started with WordPress, it’s worthwhile to know the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. For starters, WordPress.com is the commercial alternative to WordPress.org – the open-source CMS platform. We’ve covered other important differences between the two solutions, in the aforementioned article.

Wrapping Up

jetpack in the future

I originally wrote this article in 2013 and I’m glad to see the new features and improvements in the Jetpack plugin. While they have introduced a paid plan, I absolutely love the fact that they’ve kept the best features like Photon and Downtime Monitoring free. Also, they haven’t deprecated any of the previous modules such as Beautiful Math, Spelling and Grammar, and WP.me Shortlinks.

As always – what are your favourite Jetpack modules? Do you use (or plan to use Jetpack)? Let us know in the comments below!

Love WordPress plugins? Check out our list of the most recommended WordPress plugins to see if you find something new!

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Article by Sourav WPExplorer Author
Published on: July 17, 2013
Last updated on: July 16, 2018
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55 Comments

  1. James G says:

    I am kind of tired, so when I saw the headline, I thought it said “10 reasons why you should start using A jetpack today.” And I thought, preach it, brother!

  2. Wayne says:

    I agree all these points, but the publicize portion seems to be broken with the current version. Even with a code fix I found on a WP forum, it’s still not working, so I’ll do some more research.

  3. ribena_wrath says:

    I find that Jetpack really slows my site down. I use it for analytics only, so deactivated everything else in it. But now days I just use Google Analytics. Much better speed, and as you say, more info. It’s hard to set up though. I find that using Cyfe.com helps a lot to give an awesome free overview of your website.

    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:

      I have never had issues with JetPack slowing my site down. I have run several tests before to test it. But also I have a very good server (WPEngine) 😉

  4. Anirudh Babbar says:

    Jetpack is a great plugin, and i have been using it for over 2 years. Social sharing is good, analytics are perfect, form builders is easiest to use, but its truth it makes sites heavy, when you enable Jetpack Comments, your site become heavy, i was using this on my site, but after a test on pingdom, i had to deactivate jetpack comments while still using other jetpack features.

    But still on every wordpress project, I always install this plugin.

  5. neilyamit432 says:

    I have most of these activated except for Photon. I might as well try. Thanks for the post. 🙂

  6. jupiterjimj says:

    Sourav,

    I appreciate your well written post. You cover all the good things about JetPack and there are many, as you have demonstrated here.

    I must respectfully disagree with you, however, on JetPack. I hope you don’t mind me putting a link in my comment, but I wrote a Whole Blog Post about “Why I don’t use Jetpack” and, never will.

    Here’s the link and I hope some of your visitors will find the opposing view helpful. I just stumbled across your site when searching in Google for something totally unrelated.

    Thanks so much for sharing your excellent review and hard work!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:

      Thanks for sharing your views.

      As a developer I personally am not too bothered by some of the “bad” things JetPack does, because I know how to “fix” it 😉 I do use Jetpack but I’ve optimized certain things to make it a bit lighter.

      That said, even right out of the box, on my server I don’t even notice any speed difference in site loading times. Then again I do have a very powerful server with WPEngine.

      The only thing that does bother me about JetPack is that sometimes when you update it, things seem to auto-enable themselves. Of course this is a minor nuisance though.

      • Tim Moore says:

        @Jupiter Jim and AJ Clarke:

        We’re always very open to talking about issues with Jetpack. You can contact me directly (tim@automattic.com) or our support channel (support@jetpack.me).

        If there are “bad” things going on, we want to talk about them. We try to hold ourselves to a high standard.

        Please get in touch with any comments or concerns.

        • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:

          Thanks Tim for stopping by! I really appreciate it 😉 I personally don’t have any real issues with JetPack, there a few nuisances to me, but nothing really major enough to make me not use the plugin. I still use it, as you can see here in the comments! Would be great though if @jupiter gets in touch though, seems like he is much more “against” the plugin. I know you guys have a lot of work to do over there, I really appreciate you stopping by and offering your assistance!

        • D Tisdale says:

          Hey Tim,

          I wanted to respond to your e-mail about Jetpack. I love Jetpack for its great features; post sharing, top 10 ten, etc., features, but this last time after we doubled our numbers last summer the plugin did a number on our database – so much, so we had to switch from Godaddy to Amazon.

          Is there anything we can do to continue using my favorite plugin?

          Danny

  7. Alasdair says:

    Hi there, I am considering installing Jetpack as I have only recently found and it seems to cover everything I need. My one concern is that it will have problems working with other plugins on my site. I use the suffusion theme which covers a lot of the features that Jetpack has so I am wondering, can I only enable certain features on Jetpack and leave others disabled. Currently I have Disqus for comments, responsive theme in suffusion and contact form plugin etc. I wouldn’t want to enable Jetpack and find half my site has conflicting problems.

  8. darkdesigngraphics says:

    Thank you for that, being someone who has a very limited knowledge of any coding or anything I totally rely on plugins but I think I will give it a go anyway, there are a couple I am using that I am not too happy with and with all the good reviews of Jetpack and the fact it was developed by the wordpress team will definitely give it a try.

    Thanks again for your help, would definitely like to see a post like that!

  9. Jenn Worden (@SJBlahBlahBlog) says:

    Thanks for sharing I found a few plugins I am going to be trying out.

  10. webbingbadatoliver says:

    Thanks Sourav K for writing this great articles.I am just starter at wordpress and this helps to point out everything about using Jetpack.

  11. groepnijhofh.grn says:

    I do like the most features of Jetpack. Havent notice any real problems with connections and speed.
    Only one thing i sreally annoying{ strange WP didnt think about that] It register your own visits in your stats.

    Yes you can exclude various types of users, but that only starts to count once you logged in. And it determines it by registration instead of IP. Furthermore, various solutions i found on the internet, use cookie solutions. This only half a solution. If your browser deletes cookies after closure[safety] that is pretty useless as well.

    so a very simple plugin script that allows me to fill out specific IP adresses to exclude. then the stats would be pretty perfect.

    • AJ Clarke says:

      That’s a good call. I personally use Google Analytics for all my tracking purposes, the jetPack as you say isn’t accurate enough.

  12. Joe Hanson says:

    Publicize is going to make my life a lot easier. Thanks.

  13. Brian Hazard (@colortheory) says:

    I know this is an old post, but it came in handy for me today! Just installed it. What I was really hoping for was the look of your comments section here, but I see Jetpack doesn’t really do that. In particular, I love the styling, large avatar images, and “Reply To This Message” links after every comment. Is that part of your theme?

  14. KnowAbutYou says:

    Seems to be a good news for WordPress users, The Pack combines the power of so many different WordPress plugin into one plugin and also uses the power of WordPress.com cloud servers. This is really awesome. Going to Jet Pack my blog now.

  15. hangup says:

    NIce Article , i think we should use jetpack for our wordpress website as it contains many features

  16. Chandra Bhushan says:

    I would never think of using another CMS for small business apart from WordPress. For large scale websites there are other options but for small biz you just can’t beat it.

  17. Faysal Shahi says:

    I just use jetpack for WordPress.com Stats 🙂

  18. Ulrich Eckardt - Coach says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this information of JetPack. I’ve read that it might cause problems with antispambee. Does anyone use these two plugins together?

    Thanks

    Ulrich

  19. Ahmad Fahrurroji says:

    Using jetpack plugin as well as one for all.

    Thanks Sourav, it’s a great post.

  20. BITSOD says:

    Seems to be a good news for WordPress users, The Pack combines the power of so many different WordPress plugin into one plugin and also uses the power of WordPress.com cloud servers. This is really awesome. Going to Jet Pack my blog now.

  21. Han Tuttel says:

    In respect of the comment part of jetpack/wordpress – it is a major shame that gravatar is only usable on a pc/laptop.

    When used on a tablet, or even worse, a mobile phone, the gravatar logo is blocking the content of the comment.

    So if you want your site-comments to look OK on tablet/phone, ditch gravatar logo’s !

    • AJ Clarke says:

      Han, JetPack doesn’t output the Gravatars, the Jetpack comments module only alters the comment submission form. If you are having design issues with the comments on mobile devices you should be able to fix that up really simply by tweaking the theme design via a child theme or custom CSS plugin (or hiring a freelancer). I use the JetPack comments on this site and I think I did a pretty good job designing the comments to look good across all devices 😉

    • Rafeek Ottapalam says:

      Photon is a nice option, 🙂

  22. Juergen | dare2go.com says:

    Sorry to say, but “PHOTON” completely messed up the look of my site! I deactivated it…
    Within blog posts it displayed images which were too small (narrow) on high resolution screens (my theme is wider than most), the auto-cropped thumbnails were plain ugly (I create my own for “featured” images), and somehow all thumbnails were 1.5 times the size they had to be (probably assuming Retina-readyness – but my theme caters to Retina displays already).

    • AJ Clarke says:

      Probably some sort of conflict with your theme. For Photon to work 100% it does require the theme to make use of the native thumbnails functions only. Thanks for sharing your experience though, hopefully it helps others!

  23. HelloWorldMagazine says:

    Thanks for sharing your views.

  24. Bugra Koc says:

    Nice review. Keep up the good work!

  25. estiven ramirez says:

    Hi, how disable comment from wordpress.com?

  26. Marsha Jones says:

    cool. thanks.

  27. meganlloyd says:

    WordPress blogs had several smart options that were out there just for the self-hosted sites through an advanced system of levers and pulleys.

  28. Yussuf says:

    Interesting to see that for someone that preaches jetpack stats, you don’t even use it yourself.

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla says:

      For us it didn’t make sense since we wouldn’t be using a majority of the modules (AJ is a rockstar developer and he just codes custom features into our theme), but for a new WordPress user it’s a great place to start since it is an all-in-one type of plugin 😉

  29. Sacha says:

    Sounds like a super helpful plugin! I’ll be using on the WordPress site I’m building! ?

  30. himanshu2997 says:

    Plugins are what makes WordPress so popular. Only thing to keep in mind is to use only well developed plugins even if they cost you money. Never go with free and bad coded plugins. It will save your blog from various harms.

  31. Jamil Ali Ahmed says:

    WordPress Jetpack plugin gives centralized management, security, image performance and much more.

  32. sawn says:

    Nothing to say ! Really your choice is very much effective . From much experience i would like to say that the plugin shared here will be very conducive for any blogger.

  33. Beverly says:

    Please I have a question that is not related to your blog post but to your blog. I would like to know how to get the floating social share icons to the left of your blog.Please I have been looking for this for ever.

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