What is Jetpack?
Back in the day, WordPress.com blogs had lots of nifty features that were only available to self-hosted sites through a complicated system of pulleys and levers. Tricking out your self-hosted site with all the features of WordPress.com meant installing and maintaining dozens of individual plugins.
Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.
With Jetpack, you can:
- Install over two dozen popular plugins with one click (and update them all the same way).
- Interact with millions of WordPress.com users, allowing them to engage with your site.
- Boost your site’s performance by taking the load of these features off your servers.
- Count on regular updates, enhancements, and troubleshooting from the same folks who build WordPress.com.
Ready to reach for the clouds? Download the latest version of Jetpack.
Who’s behind Jetpack?
Who should install Jetpack?
Anyone who’s hosting their own WordPress-powered site and wants to take advantage of the awesome features that Jetpack provides.
(Do you blog on WordPress.com? Then you don’t need Jetpack! All this great stuff is already bundled into your site.)
What do I need to install Jetpack?
The requirements for installing and running Jetpack are listed here.
Jetpack installs just like any other plugin. Some hosting providers even auto-install Jetpack with WordPress, saving you the trouble.
Once you install Jetpack, you’ll be prompted to connect it to WordPress.com — since Jetpack’s features harness the power of the WordPress.com cloud, you need a way to link up with those resources. If you don’t have an existing WordPress.com account, you’ll create one during the connection process. Setup is an easy, short process.
For more detail on Jetpack’s system requirements, check out the Getting started with Jetpack page.
Is Jetpack free?
Jetpack is and always will be free. Installation is free and doesn’t require you to enter any payment information. (Some individual Jetpack features may require payment in the future, but they’ll be the minority, and we’ll let you know about them well in advance.)
I already use a plugin that is now part of Jetpack, like WordPress.com Stats. Should I keep using it?
As we upgrade each of our individual plugins to be a part of Jetpack, we’ll prompt you to switch over to the new, Jetpack-powered version. Don’t worry about upgrading — we’ll automatically take care of switching over all of your settings and options so that it’s the smoothest experience possible. Once you’ve installed Jetpack, you can remove the older versions of those plugins.
Is this related to Mozilla’s Jetpack project?