Supercharge Your Site with Jetpack: The 5 Features You Should Be Using
The Jetpack plugin for your WordPress site is a must-have if you’re interested in getting the most out of your site. You can do anything from publish new posts on social media to optimizing your images by serving them from WordPress.com’s servers. Let’s take a look at five of the most popular features you should be using.
Photon is Jetpack’s image caching module. In essence, any images that are inserted into posts or pages on your site are automatically uploaded and served from WordPress.com’s servers instead of your own to take the load off of your server and allow it to focus on other requests.Photon is great for reducing server load on your site and freeing up server resources for other, potentially more important tasks. Due to the fact that WordPress.com servers are located all over the world, Photon also offers the added benefit of always serving the images from the datacenter closest to where your visitor is requesting them from, thus also minimizing load time.
2. Related Posts
It’s beneficial for many writers to show their readers other posts they may be interested in once they’ve finished reading a post. Jetpack’s Related Posts module allows you to do just that without any performance cost. The work of determining which posts are related is done by an algorithm that runs on WordPress.com’s servers so there’s no strain on your site, and the posts are just loaded in automatically at the end of each post on your site. There are also lots of customization options to have them fit your specific needs.Many other Related Posts plugins run the algorithm on your site, which is often slow and unreliable if you don’t have a dedicated server. Jetpack’s Related Posts module offloads that task to WordPress.com’s servers by syncing your post content up, then performing relational analysis on them, and finally simply syncing those results back down to your site to display on your posts.
3. WordPress.com Stats
Everyone is curious about the number of visitors their site gets, what those visitors look at, how long they stick around, etc… Jetpack has built-in WordPress.com Stats to make it incredibly easy for you to find all of that information and more. The stats are tracked and synced with WordPress.com, so you can view them in your Dashboard, as well as at WordPress.com.
There are obviously a large number of stats plugins and services available, with one of the most popular being Google Analytics. Running WordPress.com Stats alongside Google Analytics can give you a great average as to your visitor’s behavior and other important metrics. If Google Analytics is more power than you need, WordPress.com Stats are also a great, simple alternative for those who don’t need the power and customizations Google Analytics offers.
Managing one site can be a pain at times, much less more than one. This is where Jetpack’s Manage features come in. They allow you to manage things like Plugins, Themes, Settings, Updates, and more all from one central place on WordPress.com. You can have your plugins update automatically, or adjust the timezone on your site, all from this single location.
Manage is a powerful tool for people who are running multiple WordPress sites, or even freelancers who develop many sites for different clients. It’s possible to authorize your WordPress.com account on as many WordPress sites as you wish using Jetpack and then manage many aspects of those sites, all from one convenient location at WordPress.com.
Jetpack Protect is the newest member to the Jetpack family. Currently it blocks unwanted login attempts to your site by automatically blacklisting IP addresses that attempt unsuccessful logins. Lock yourself out by trying one too many incorrect passwords? Don’t worry, you can whitelist your IP address via Jetpack Manage at WordPress.com and regain access quickly and easily.
Brute force login attempts are a common attack vector against WordPress sites, with bots or other malicious individuals trying to gain access to your site by trying many different username and password combinations until they possibly find the right pair and gain access to do harm. Jetpack Protect automatically blocks an IP address from attempting new logins after a few failed attempts, thus mitigating the brute force login attack vulnerability of your site.
These are just five of the many features Jetpack includes, I encourage you to check them all out and see how they can help you supercharge your website! For more reading on Jetpack, check out WP Tavern’s WordPress articles on the topic. Post Status also has some great WordPress posts on Jetpack as well.
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