52 Reasons to use the Jetpack Toolkit

52 Reasons to use the Jetpack Toolkit

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Jetpack. If you have ever used WordPress.com for your blog, you will have used some of the below features without needing to worry about anything, features such as: emailing your posts, setting up a subscription email form, or creating a contact form. These features are provided to you on WordPress.com. However, if you are on a self-hosted site and using the WordPress.org CMS, then you owe it to yourself to take a look at Jetpack.

Many of Jetpack’s features are free, but if you want better security, spam protection, or the ability to drop in payment buttons, then you will want to consider the paid-for options in Jetpack. Tip: you could also get many of the paid-for options via other WordPress plugins that are not affiliated with Jetpack.

Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that Jetpack is accessible. For me, this means that I can use it with my screen reading technology.

I have listed all the features for Jetpack that I could find below. I have numbered them 1 through 52 and have also provided links to the appropriate information about each feature directly from Jetpack. When you activate one of these links you will be taken to Jetpack in a new browser tab. If you close that tab, you will return to this article. This should help make it easy for you to explore features without losing your place in the article. The below information has been taken directly from Jetpack; I’ve just consolidated it for easy access. If you would like me to take a deeper dive into any of these features, please let me know below the article in the comments. Now, hear are all the major features of the Jetpack!

Full List of Features

Jetpack is the ultimate toolkit for WordPress, giving you everything you need for a professional site. It includes the following features:

  1. Ads / Ad Block — Earn income by displaying high quality ads on your site.
  2. Beautiful Math — Use the LaTeX markup language for writing complex mathematical equations, formulas, and more.
  3. Business Hours Block — Allows you to display your business’s opening hours on your site.
  4. Carousel — Display a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
  5. Comments — Replace your default comment form with an improved system with integrated social media login options.
  6. Comment Likes — Allows readers to like other comments to show their agreement, approval, or appreciation.
  7. Contact Info Block — Lets you add your contact information (email address, physical address, phone number) to any post or page.
  8. Contact Form (Classic Editor) / Form block — Offer your readers the ability to get in touch, without giving out your personal email address.
  9. Custom CSS — Customize the appearance of your theme without creating a child theme or worrying about updates overwriting your customizations.
  10. Custom Content Types — Adds custom post types (CPTs) to your site.
  11. Enhanced Distribution — Allows your content to be included in the WordPress.com “firehose” of public blog content.
  12. Extra Sidebar Widgets — Extra widgets you can add to your blog, including RSS Links, Twitter Timelines, and Facebook Like Boxes.
  13. Gif Block — Allows you to easily search for and embed an animated GIF image from Giphy directly into a post or page on your WordPress site.
  14. Gravatar Hovercards — Make your Gravatar profile visible to those viewing your blog.
  15. Google Analytics — Track your WordPress site statistics thanks to Google Analytics.
  16. Infinite Scroll — Pulls the next posts automatically into view when the reader approaches the bottom of the page.
  17. JSON API — Authorizes applications and services to securely connect to your blog, and allows them to use your content or offer you new functionality.
  18. Lazy Images — Makes pages load faster by only loading images that are on the screen, and loads other images as the user scrolls
  19. Likes — Allows readers to show their appreciation for your posts with a single click.
  20. Map Block — Allows you to add a map to any post or page on your site.
  21. Markdown (Classic Editor) / Markdown Block — Allows you to compose posts and comments with links, lists, and other styles using regular characters and punctuation marks. Markdown is used by writers and bloggers who want a quick and easy way to write rich text without having to take their hands off the keyboard.
  22. Monitor — Alerts you via email if your site goes down.
  23. Notifications — Receive notifications for new comments and Likes in your admin bar and on your mobile device.
  24. Pinterest Block — Allows you to embed boards, profiles, and pins to your site.
  25. Plugin Management — Allows you to choose which plugins update automatically.
  26. Post by Email — Publish posts using any email client.
  27. Protect — Protect your site from traditional and distributed brute force attacks.
  28. Publicize — Share new posts on social media networks automatically, or schedule future shares with custom messages.
  29. Payments — Add a payment button specifically for recurring donations, using Stripe as the payment gateway.
  30. Related Posts (Classic Editor) / Related Posts Block — Show contextual posts your visitors might be interested in reading after they’re done with their current post.
  31. Repeat Visitor Block — Enables the author to control the visibility of its nested block(s) depending on how many times a visitor has previously visited the page.
  32. Security Scanning — Anti-virus, malware, and threat detection for your WordPress site with automated resolution.
  33. Search — A powerful replacement for WordPress’ built-in search, powered by Elasticsearch in the WordPress.com cloud
  34. SEO Tools — Optimize your site for search engines by taking advantage of our SEO tools.
  35. Sharing — Adds sharing buttons to your blog posts so readers can easily share your content.
  36. Shortcode Embeds — Embed videos from YouTube, tweets from Twitter, and other media across the web.
  37. Simple Payments Block — Lets you add a payment button to any post or page, and immediately start accepting PayPal payments for physical products, digital goods, or donations.
  38. Single Sign On — Use your WordPress.com credentials to register for and sign into self-hosted WordPress sites quickly and securely.
  39. Site Accelerator — Helps your pages load faster by allowing Jetpack to optimize your images and serve your images and static files (like CSS and JavaScript) from our global network of servers.
  40. Site Backups — Automatically backup your entire site.
  41. Site Stats — View site visits by date, as well as most popular Pages and Posts.
  42. Site Verification — Verify your site for use with Google, Bing, and Pinterest and their tools.
  43. Sitemaps — Generate a list of pages to be indexed by search engines like Google or Bing.
  44. Slideshow Block — Lets you insert an image slideshow into a post or page.
  45. Spam Filtering — Automatically filter out spam comments, product reviews, or contact form submissions.
  46. Star Rating Block — Allows any site author to add reviews to the site
  47. Subscriptions (Classic Editor) / Subscription Form Block — Allow visitors to receive notifications of your latest posts or comments.
  48. Tiled Galleries (Classic Editor) / Tiled Galleries Block — Display your image galleries in three different styles: a rectangular mosaic, a square mosaic, and a circular grid.
  49. Video Hosting (Classic Editor) / Video Block  — Upload videos for fast, reliable hosting on WordPress.com.
  50. WP.me Shortlinks — Generate short and simple links to your content using the wp.me domain.
  51. Widget Visibility — Configure widgets to appear only on specific pages.
  52. WordPress.com Toolbar — The WordPress.com Toolbar feature replaces the default admin bar and offers quick links to the Reader, all your sites, your WordPress.com profile, and notifications.

Check out my Classic editor article if you missed it.

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