Installing & Using the WordPress Jetpack Plugin

June 19, 2019 gtutt44 2,187 comments

welcome back everyone here back with another WordPress tutorial and today we’re gonna look at connecting the jetpack plugin so in our last video in this series we took a brief overview of the WordPress administrator we went through some of the different sections but we didn’t dive too deep into anything we just kind of gave an overview of everything that makes up the WordPress administrator so now what I want to start doing with individual videos is kind of going into the different features of the administrator and the first thing that we’re gonna look at is the jetpack plugin so if you don’t know what the jetpack plugin is it’s basically one plug-in that just gives you tons of WordPress coms features out of the box so I’ll give you this link below but back in the day wordpress.com blogs had a lot of nifty features that were only available to people who self hosted sites and it was really complicated to get like all these features set up and running well now you know we spent just a few minutes installing WordPress and now with just a couple seconds of set up here with jetpack we’re gonna get all of those great features right out of the box so let’s take a look at that so I’m logged in here to my administrator you can connect the jetpack through the dashboard or for whatever reason this isn’t here you can’t see it just go over to the navigation on the left and we’re gonna go to the connect jetpack so let’s go ahead and click that alright so what we need to do now is connect jetpack to our wordpress.com account if you already have a wordpress.com account enter in the username and password here and click approve if you do not you can click on this need an account I’m gonna actually open this in an incognito window just because if I open it in the other one I already have that so what I’m gonna do here is go ahead and fill this information out and create my account okay so at this point I have created my wordpress.com account I’m gonna go ahead and close this and now I’m going to login using that myself all right once uh you enter in your login information and approve it you will be taken back to your WordPress administrator and the jetpack screen okay so right here in the jetpack screen it basically says jumpstart your site so to quickly boost performance security and engagement we recommend activating manage carousel related posts in single sign-on so this is just gonna turn on some recommendations for you right away you can always deactivate them later or you could skip this entirely and just activate what you want to activate but I’m gonna go ahead and jump start this because I think those are a good idea to get started alright so success you’ve jump-started your site now here’s all the different this is basically the landing page for the jetpack jetpack plug-in and right off the bat from performance and security you could see what plugins are turned on or what features are turned on what as far as traffic growth what’s turned on and WordPress comm tools so now if we want to though we can basically go in and look at individual features so let’s come back there in a second we’re gonna go to settings and from settings now I can see all the different jetpack features that we can turn on or off if you see there’s like a little tint of blue these are the ones that are turned on and we can always deactivate them by just clicking on deactivate or if they need further configuration like this one we can click on configure now we’re probably getting started don’t know what a lot of these features actually do if we turn them on so what we can do is we can click on this title here and it’ll actually open up some information about this so in this case this beautiful math feature allows us to write in some cool syntax and actually have the math show up as we would wanted you know if we wrote if we were to write it on a piece of paper so that’s pretty cool so we’re not gonna look at all of these but I do want to turn out you know a couple of them are on already I do want to look at some of these and how we can use them okay so let’s just go through a couple here so the first one I want to look at is contact form so let’s click on that link and just see what it is about it’s all about so a contact form is a great way to offer your readers the ability to get in touch without giving you your part without giving your personal email address you don’t want to just slap your email address on a page because those can be picked up by the bots and spammers and it’s just never a good idea so if you want to give your either your readers or visitors to your site a way to contact you a contact form is a great way to do so and so with this turn on which it already is because it was turned on when we kick-started our site in the both the posts and the page body we can insert a contact form so I know we haven’t gone over pages and posts yet but let’s just go into posts and we’ll go into the post that was already created for us and just look at this so in the body here when we go ahead and click in here there’ll be a new button up here for add contact form and so if we click on add contact form you can see there’s a name email website and comment so we can either remove some of these maybe we don’t want a website or we can add new ones and once you do this you can add this form to your post so anybody who doesn’t know programming this is great because we don’t have to know how to style a form we don’t we don’t have to know like what programming goes into you know capturing that information and sending it off we can build our form and then set up our email and notifications and whenever somebody fills this out against get sent to us so I’ve even I’m going to go back to my website too I’ve actually done this so you can see on my website this is done if we go into contact I’m actually using this on my contact page so I have a way for you to fill out this information submit it and I don’t have to worry even though I know what I build the form I don’t have to worry about doing that you know building a simple contact form is not something I want to do this plugin does it for me so that’s one of them let’s get this out of here for a second let’s go back to the plugin and we’ll leave this page and let’s look at some other ones so that was one of them what else do I want to look at here so post by email we’re actually not gonna dive into this one but post by email is a nice way of publishing posts on your blog by email so if you just have a text body email just a simple post that you want to get out there and you have your email in front of you you can go ahead and fire that up and and send an email to a specific address and that email get created with a post so the subject will be your title of your blog post and the body will be the entries so that’s pretty cool what else do I want to look at okay so publicize this is really cool so publicize allows you to connect your blog to a popular social networking sites and automatically share new posts with your friends so again we I know we haven’t looked at creating new posts yet but let’s say when you create a new post you want to tell Facebook about it you want you want to tell Twitter about it maybe you want to post somewhere else you know Google+ for instance you wouldn’t want to have to create a post copy that link and then write up a summary on each individual social network that would just be too time-consuming and you wouldn’t wanna have to do that so again I’m going to go back over to my blog just because I have this turned on already and let’s add a new one okay so when we’re in a new post here we would just type up our posts like we normally would but on the right you can see there’s this publicize so I have this connected to a bunch of different accounts and by default this is going to post to my Facebook page my Twitter account my LinkedIn and my Google+ and I will you probably it just uses the title by default but you can customize this message and so by default I’m post into all these different networks but let’s say that I have something that I don’t want maybe LinkedIn really to see maybe it’s something a little more personal and not business-related then I can uncheck LinkedIn just for this particular post so that’s publicize which is a really cool one related posts is a nice way to show posts that are related to this single post so let’s say that you had a series of blog posts you know one through five and you wanted to be able to show related blog posts underneath this one so that users can quickly find those posts that they that you talked about within this post so this is a great way to just include related posts in a post sharing is another cool thing again we always you know once in a while we want users to be able to share our content so if we write a cool blog post and users come across it and they’re reading it and they go wow maybe maybe the audience that I’m speaking to would really like to see this as well so those sharing buttons kind of look like this you can customize them like crazy the look and feel don’t don’t get stuck on that but as you can see at the bottom of this I have a share this so you can share this to your Twitter page your Facebook page and again these buttons are totally customizable so that’s sharing what’s another good one so site stats again just a nice little plugin to show you at a glance what is going on in Blagh so if we go back to mine and go back to the dashboard we’re gonna see our site stats over here and we can just see by day what’s kind of going on you can come in and configure it and do a whole bunch of different things so those are site stats and I think one more I’m gonna look at I’m actually two so spelling and grammar’ I am probably one of the worst spellers ever so this is a great feature to turn on when I’m typing out a post or I’m writing up a page it’ll keep me in check and make sure that everything is spelled and that grammar is correct so that’s a nice one and then finally this WP dot means short links is pretty cool so instead of typing or copying pasting long URLs so when we get into the way that our links get created out if you watched my last if you watch the last video in this series we have like a title of our domain name then we have like a year a month a day and then it could be like a long slug or an alias for this particular entry well sometimes we just want a short code and this is great to use on things like Twitter and Facebook so the way that this works is when is you know especially when I’m using publicise it posts out that short link on to Twitter which is great so if we go to my posts here actually let’s just take a look at this one and if we look at the post you could see this is the long link but if you get a short link here we get this nice little WordPress that me short link which is really really helpful so again there’s a lot more features in here I would encourage you to look through all the different features that you could turn on in jetpack and you can even do some searching around and and just kind of see what others are using jetpack for but there’s one plug-in we got all these really great features right out of the box so as far as plugin goes this is where you start and this is why I wanted to show you jetpack first we should turn that on right away and again if you don’t want to use particular features like this beautiful map I can simply deactivate it and once I deactivate it we won’t be using it anymore so that’s all there is in this particular series or in this lecture I think we’re gonna end that there and we will move on into some other sections of the administrator and keep on working on our deep dives here so I hope that helped if it did please let me know below subscribe like this video give me a thumbs up and I will see you in the next one
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