Speed Up Your WordPress Site With a Few Clicks of the Mouse!

For years, I was very skeptical about Jetpack WordPress plugin.

But…today I’m a Jetpack convert.

If you don’t already know, Jetpack is one of the most popular WordPress plugins.

It is owned by and pushed heavily by Automattic, the for-profit corporation that more-or-less runs the WordPress project.

They’ve got a lot to gain, financially, by its success and its footprint in the WordPress eco-system.

I am wary…very wary of letting a corporate interest like that gain a large footprint on my and my customers’ WordPress sites.

But here’s why I have finally come around and granted Jetpack/Automattic access to my own WordPress sites and why I recommend Jetpack to customers.

Why Jetpack WordPress Plugin Is Awesome

Jetpack takes care of a number of critical, value-add website features out-of-the-box, for free, with a few clicks of the mouse!

Here are the Jetpack features I always enable:

Trust: Jetpack is supported by Automattic, a company with a vested financial interest in the WordPress eco-system and WordPress community and, generally-speaking, in WordPress’ continued success.

Many of the features above will save you money and headaches.

There’s also some nice widgets included in Jetpack, specifically the Mailchimp Subscriber Popup Widget and Upcoming Events List Widget, which syncs to your Google calendar!

Why Not Use Jetpack WordPress Plugin

The criticism of Jetpack, which I empathize with for the most part, is that we are relying on a for-profit company for some nice-to-have website features.

You can also do all of the above stuff with other free WordPress plugins that aren’t tied to a for-profit corporation.

For me, given most of the functionality Jetpack provides is non-critical, the pros outweigh the cons.

Jetpack Issues

Like every WordPress plugin, you will run into bugs and other issues unexpectedly.

I’ve had websites where Jetpack was causing a white screen of death unexpectedly.  Not good.

But honestly, in my line of work, I see this sort of thing all the time, and so long as the Jetpack dev team is on top of things and actively-fixing bugs, I’m okay with the occasional issue.

Conclusion

Y’all know I’m someone who appreciates fewer dependencies, especially when it comes to depending on for-profit corporations.

But in the case of Jetpack, for now, the benefits outweigh the risks.

You’ll eliminate some headaches, better-secure your WordPress investment, and add some nice-to-have website features in the process!


p.s. If you’d like help installing Jetpack or any other plugins, or if you are an existing customer and would like a free WordPress speed audit, I’m here for ya! Just let me know.

Toby Cryns

RSS From Toby’s Blog

  • “Now THAT was a good meeting!”
    A single effective meeting can change the course of history for a company. Imagine if you could lead effective meetings EVERY DAY! You can, but it takes curiosity & practice. This article is a good place to start your journey to a more effective you.
  • Never Respond to RFPs & Custom Proposal Requests
    Y'all who work at normal 9-5 jobs don't need to deal with the B.S. that is an RFP process (or rather you get paid to deal with it). But us freelancers gotta deal with a whole big bag of schtuff when it comes to custom proposals. Here's my quick-and-dirty RFP filtering process that I use […]
  • What content should I put on my homepage?
    I see websites as one stop of many on the sales journey, useful to help get customers from Point A to Point B in the sales process (or maybe from Point D to Point E).  If you are wondering about what to put on your homepage, start with these basic sales-related questions: Who, specifically, will…

More posts from themightymo.com

body_class() in WordPress 2.8: Custom CSS for EVERY Page

By | June 14, 2009

I worked on a project about 6 months ago that needed a custom CSS id for each page of the website. Basically, each page needed the main drop-down menu styled specifically for that page. WordPress 2.8 supports that feature out of the box! *and there was much rejoicing*

WordPress 2.8 Custom Taxonomies

By | June 13, 2009

Okay. The custom taxonomy feature has existed for over a year now, where it has pretty much lingered like a stinky sweatsock in my high school gym locker. I haven’t touched it, and I’ll be damned if it isn’t moldy. BUT in comes WordPress 2.8 like a giant locker-cleaning-machine to freshen this taxonomy thing up…

To BBPress or Not to BBPress – That is the question.

By | June 12, 2009

I am intrigued by BBPress.  I want to use it so bad that it hurts.  No offense to PhpBB, Vanilla, [insert open source forum tool here], but I want something that integrates with WordPress easily and seamlessly. When BBPress started releasing alpha releases of Version 1.0 back in August ’08, my spirits rose!  But here…

RSS From Toby’s Blog

  • “Now THAT was a good meeting!”
    A single effective meeting can change the course of history for a company. Imagine if you could lead effective meetings EVERY DAY! You can, but it takes curiosity & practice. This article is a good place to start your journey to a more effective you.
  • Never Respond to RFPs & Custom Proposal Requests
    Y'all who work at normal 9-5 jobs don't need to deal with the B.S. that is an RFP process (or rather you get paid to deal with it). But us freelancers gotta deal with a whole big bag of schtuff when it comes to custom proposals. Here's my quick-and-dirty RFP filtering process that I use […]
  • What content should I put on my homepage?
    I see websites as one stop of many on the sales journey, useful to help get customers from Point A to Point B in the sales process (or maybe from Point D to Point E).  If you are wondering about what to put on your homepage, start with these basic sales-related questions: Who, specifically, will…