The first thing we need to do is check and see if Jetpack is installed.
To see if Jetpack is installed log into your site and head to your “Dashboard”, click on the “Plugins” tab in the left panel.
There look to see if Jetpack is already installed. If it is you can move on to the Connecting to WordPress.com section.
At the top of the screen press the “Add New” button.
If you search for “Jetpack”, you’ll find the latest version and be able to install it by clicking the “Install Now” link.
Don’t see a Plugins menu in your dashboard? Then your site is probably on WordPress.com and you don’t need Jetpack–its features are already bundled into your site!
Connecting to WordPress.com
One of the main reasons why Jetpack works so well is it uses WordPress.com powerful infrastructure. In order to use WordPress.com’s infrastructure you need to connect your Jetpack powered site to WordPress.com. This requires a free WordPress.com account.
Once you press the “Connect to WordPress.com” button you’ll be taken to a log in screen.
If you have a WordPress.com account already you can just sign in. Otherwise, you’ll need to sign up for one by pressing “Need an account” link.
Here you will be taken to a sign up form where you will be able to sign up for a free WordPress.com account.
NOTE: WordPress.com accounts are different from the account you use to log into your site. WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress.org sites are different entities. Visit the following links to learn the differences: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
Once you have your WordPress.com account you just need to log in and approve the connection.
Jump Starting Your Jetpack
Jetpack has so many amazing features that it can sometimes be overwhelming. It make it easier for you we’ve developed a jump start feature. It allows you to activate our most popular modules with one click. You can still activate/deactivate other modules but you have a great starting point with Jump Start.
Jump Start includes:
- Carousel: Transform standard image galleries into full-screen slideshows.
- Photon: Accelerate your site by loading images from the WordPress.com CDN.
- Related Posts: Display links to your related content under posts and pages.
- Single Sign On: Allow your users to log in using their WordPress.com accounts.
- Contact Form: Insert a contact form anywhere on your site.
- Protect: Secure your WordPress sites from malicious and unwanted login attempts.
- Stats: Monitor your stats with clear, concise reports and no additional load on your server.
- Subscriptions: Allow users to subscribe to your posts and comments and receive notifications via email.
- Sharing: Add sharing buttons to popular social media networks quickly and easily.
- Publicize: Publicize makes it easy to share your site’s posts on several social media networks automatically when you publish a new post.