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Jetpack is a fairly new plugin from Automattic that brings a number of features together which are available to WordPress.com users and supplies them to self-hosted WordPress users. It currently has 8 components with more to follow :

  • WordPress.com Stats – Simple, concise site stats with no additional load on your server.
  • Twitter Widget – Display the latest updates from a Twitter user inside your theme’s widgets.
  • Gravatar Hovercards – Show a pop-up business card of your users’ Gravatar profiles in comments.
  • WP.me Shortlinks – Enable WP.me-powered shortlinks for all of your Posts and Pages for easier sharing.
  • Sharedaddy – The most super duper sharing tool on the interwebs. Share content with Facebook, Twitter, and many more.
  • LaTeX – Mark up your posts with the LaTeX markup language, perfect for complex mathematical equations and other über-geekery.
  • After the Deadline – After the Deadline helps you write better by adding spell, style, and grammar checking to WordPress.
  • Shortcode Embeds – Easily embed videos and more from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and SlideShare.

Installation

To start with you will need a free account at WordPress.com, sign up and remember your username and password.

Now you can download the Jetpack Plugin, then upload it to your wp-content/plugins folder via ftp. You can download a free ftp client called Filezilla for this purpose.

You can also upload the plugin directly, via your wordpress admin panel by clicking Plugins > Add New > Upload > Install Now.

You will also need to enter your ftp settings there as well, your webhost will have provided these when you signed up.

Once the plugin is uploaded, visit your plugins page and click “activate” next to the plugin, then at the top of the page click “Connect to WordPress.com” and you will be taken to the jetpack website to enter your username and password you created before.

Once you have done that, you will be taken back to your admin area where you will see this screen :

Configuration

Several of the components have configuration options, if you click the WordPress.com Stats Configure button you will see some options such as who can see traffic reports and whether to record logged in users :

The After the deadline module config has options to allow  proofreading for different grammar and style rules and lets you choose a default language :

Finally the ShareDaddy config page allows you to set up which services you’d like to include in the sharing widget, its nice and easy to setup by dragging the services you want and arrange them how you like :


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Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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8 Comments

  1. Kyriakos Kukasis

    Hi Oli! Thanks for the info. Looks like good stuff to pick up! This plugin probably provides high workflow. However, I basically work in Photoshop with PSD, which I need to publish to WordPress. What way would be the best functional way to publish templates to wordpress?

    •  You need to code your designs into HTML / CSS first, then make them into wordpress theme files.

      There’s some resources to help you here :
      http://wpmu.org/how-to-create-a-wordpress-theme-15-essential-resources/

      Or you could use a 3rd party company to create it for you :
      http://codemyconcept.com

      • Bro

        hello! i publish psd templates to wordpress with Divine Elemente plugin (for photoshop). if there is no coding experience, it migh help (not everybody here is good at coding, right?)
        folow: http://elemente.divine-project(dot)com

        • Just had a quick look at that, I doubt the code produced is of a high enough quality – these tools which create code from PSDs never are – It might look ok in your browser but will be slow to load and hard for robots and other devices to read.

          • Hosemann David

            I have taken a look at the code recently, and have to admit everything’s done pretty well. They have some gaps, but apparently are still correcting the code. For professional developers the plugin can be used as a prototyping tool for quick template presentation to a client and then a bunch of  functionality added later.

  2. I am very thankful to the author to write this fruitful information.It is worth sharing for other users.Thanks once again

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