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

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