Do you know the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?
There is often some confusion surrounding these two sites, the version of WordPress they offer, and what makes them different. It can become even more confusing if you’re installing Jetpack on a self-hosted WordPress site, and are then prompted to create a WordPress.com account to use it.
You may wonder why you need to make this account if you’re already using WordPress on a self-hosted website. So today, we’re going to dive in and answer that question, and explain how Jetpack uses WordPress.com to offer some of its best features to self-hosted WordPress sites.
Let’s start by taking a look at what separates WordPress.com and .org, and how Jetpack comes into play.
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One of the best parts of WordPress is its massive ecosystem of plugins. In fact, as of right now, there are more than 50,000 free add-ons available on the WordPress.org plugin repository.
Given how user-friendly plugins are, it’s not uncommon to end up with dozens of them. Each one might be specifically chosen and configured for your needs.But with all the positive aspects of using plugins, there can be some pain points as well. The biggest pain point is probably keeping up with all the updates that become available.
This might lead you to ask questions like: “do I need to run plugin updates?” “How often should my plugins be updated?” Or: “are there any tools that help make plugin updates easier or more efficient?” In short, the answers are: yes, it depends, and you bet!
Read on to learn about the importance of plugin updates, how to update your plugins, and when (and how) to use automatic updates to help manage your site.
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Imagine that you’re preparing to take your first, well-deserved vacation since launching your website. Running an online business or blog is hard work, and recently your work-life balance hasn’t been, well, balanced.
The problem is that you don’t feel entirely comfortable pulling away. After all, your website has to stay up and running, and you’re not sure how to manage a website without logging in every day. You don’t want site visitors to feel forgotten about if there’s suddenly no new content for them to check out.
Fortunately, Jetpack has the features you need to help you manage your site while you’re out of the office. Read on to learn about preparing your site for an out of office period and how to keep your site running smoothly while you’re off enjoying your vacation.
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Backing up your site can feel daunting. Backups are undoubtedly important: one study found that 60% of small businesses that experience data loss go out of business within six months of the occurrence. But the question is how to minimize costs while keeping your website safe.
Looking for advice online yields plenty of opinions from endless viewpoints. It won’t be long before you begin reading about partial backups, full backups, rotating schedules, and other technical jargon that leaves you feeling confused. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and put off your research for another day.
The good news? You can use online services that were developed specifically to streamline the backup process. Jetpack, for example, offers full backups beginning with the Personal plan, complete with one-click restores and a 30-day archive. But even after you find a service that works for you, you still have to figure out how often your site needs backed up.
Let’s look at how you can find the right frequency for your site backups, including three major items you should consider when making your decision.
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Jetpack offers three paid plans that help you improve your WordPress site’s security, appearance, marketing, and performance. These plans are designed for every type of user or business, whether you’re running your own site or working with a team of developers.
Here are a few things you should consider when choosing your Jetpack plan, and how you can pick the right option for your specific needs.
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It was 2012 and the holiday season was upon us. I was nestled in my cubicle and settling in for a long winter project. As the director of the web development team for an agency in Rhode Island, I was tasked with the development of a WordPress multisite that would power tens of thousands of websites. Jetpack had just been installed on our new network, and I was looking into all the tools we could use for these business websites.
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