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I invite you to spend a little time watching my interview with Jeff Golenski, who is part of the Jetpack team at Automattic, the creators of WordPress. I know what you are going to say, I don’t use JetPack because of the bloat.  Or I heard it conflicts with everything. Or it slows your site down.  Jeff addresses this in our chat.  From my point of view, calm down.  You probably don’t need ALL of the features that Jetpack has available, but doesn’t mean you need to eliminate the whole bundle of services they provide.  Be objective and see, perhaps it (or parts of it) is the best solution for a website.  And I betcha there are features you don’t even know exist which are available with Jetpack.
Many of you in this community are developers as well as designers.  Developing for one theme is challenging enough – can you really imagine dealing with EVERY theme in EVERY country around the WORLD, including all the languages? Not to mention hosting and internet infrastructure limitations?  Personally I am in awe of what they offer.
Jeff gives us a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a Jetpack team and the bigger picture of Automattic.  We also discuss our favorite features, what is most used and then a variety of options that I really knew nothing about.  We even began poking around and there were a few things that I think Jeff also uncovered, it was fun to learn together.
What some of you may not be aware of, are a few of the newer features, and a few of the premium features which are quite robust.  If you are new(er) to WordPress you may find the convenience of Jetpack and it’s many, many features, to be a one stop solution for you.
Examples:
  • You are just getting started and you don’t really want to integrate MailChimp or MailerLite and manage another platform, use the Jetpack blog subscription feature.
  • You don’t want to manually share each post on social media, use their automated social media promotion feature (I use this for one client and he LOVES it).
  • You are a blogger and trying to get people to stay on your site longer and read more content – use the related posts feature. (I use this and so do most of my clients who have a blog).
  • You like stats at a glance – use their stat tracker. 9Everyone loves this, it’s my favorite feature).
  • You haven’t a clue where to begin with security – the’ve got you covered.
  • You have a lot of images and your hosting isn’t lightening fast OR you are charged based on the bandwidth you consume  – check out their CDN (content delivery network) called Photon, which automatically starts serving all your images from their servers (which are located around the world, so delivery speed can be pretty fast!) and automatically resizes images for mobile devices further improving speeds.
  • You want to sell just a few things from your website but don’t want to get into all of the elaborate features of WooCommerce – they’ve got a one click solution to this!
The list goes on.
Then there are premium features, which are incredibly affordable:
  • Their starter plan, which is only $3.50 a month provides daily backups, preferred email support (I love support and it’s value should never ever be underestimated), and spam filtering.
  • For $9 a month you can be a part of their Ad Network delivery system (we discuss this in the interview) and they offer a concierge set up service (along with other features of course).
  • And their Professional plan, for $29 a month you have access to even more features, this is perfect if you have a lot of clients.

A few things Jeff and I explored:

Here are some relevant links to help:

  • For getting a quick overview of Jetpack read this
  • For seeing which features come with which plan read this
  • To compare features read this
  • For a deeper dive into each feature read this
  • To stay uptown date with feature releases and how-tos on their features read their blog
  • Join their Facebook Group

Enjoy the video.  I thank Jeff for his time, he was so gracious, and there is a LOT here, so be sure to enjoy the whole thing.

 

 

I actually have had the good fortune of meeting Jeff in real life!  We are part of the same WordPress MeetUp group.  I would love for you to check out his website Design Tactician, his photography is beautiful!  If you look at his Unsplash page I bet you even recognize some of his photos, they stand out as some of the most amazing (among that sea of incredible photos).  I will share my favorite below – okay, took me a while to settle on a favorite – I need to revise that to, one I love.  And if you are into eye candy follow Jeff Golenski on Instagram

jeff-golenski-280617 Unsplash

https://unsplash.com/@jeffgolenski

I share my favorite feature of Jetpack during the interview, which one is yours?  Feel free to share the sites you have built where Jetpack is running, and highlight the feature you are utilizing.

EIleen Lonergan
Eileen Lonergan was an integral part of this company. Unfortunately, Eileen Passed away on the 31st of October 2018 after a short battle with Cancer. She leaves behind the legacy of the Divi Theme Users Group and hundreds of people that she helped through coaching, building outstanding websites and just being - accessible. We miss her every day!
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