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Cannot be used on multisite, due to criminal nagging. Here's why. (2 posts)

1 star
  1. websta
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    The plugin works, hence the one star. WordPress is open source, so improvements have to be shared, and however reluctantly, WordPress.com decided to eventually share. One shiny star for you!

    However the connections to WordPress.com for modules that don't need WordPress.com are unacceptable -- requiring all your non-Wordpress.com multisite users to register first at WordPress.com.

    See what I did there? I'm copying their WordPress.com writing style at WordPress.com from WordPress.com sponsored by WordPress.com which appears in headers, overlays, plugin descriptions, and elsewhere, bragging about WordPress.com on your non-Wordpress.com site while saying you are getting WordPress.com functionality without using WordPress.com.

    WordPress.com! Wee. Fun.

    It's even called "Jetpack by WordPress.com." Thanks, guys, I nearly missed that connection.

    So, if you have your own multisite, in many situations, you are going to be offering your time/services which may be in competition with -- you guessed it -- WordPress.com.

    Typically, they wouldn't be in direct competition, and your multisite is a niche thing with specific benefits that ugh WordPress.com cannot, will not, and does not offer. However, do you think your less-web-savvy users will understand that? Maybe not.

    And, yet, your users have to go sign up on... that other site... in order to use your multisite.

    This is all so completely, totally, and utterly obvious that clearly someone in the WordPress corporate offices decided, "Screw 'em. Because money." So: One star! Enjoy it!

    And shame on the dot org folks for letting this slide. No stars for you.

  2. Richard Archambault
    Happiness Engineer
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 months ago #

    Hi websta,

    However the connections to WordPress.com for modules that don't need WordPress.com are unacceptable -- requiring all your non-Wordpress.com multisite users to register first at WordPress.com.

    I see you've tried Slim Jetpack, but that as you've noticed, many modules aren't included in it, since they require a connection to WordPress.com. Publicize, Comments, Post By Email, Subscriptions and others, run off the WordPress.com server infrastructure. If you don't intend to use those modules, may I suggest using our Dev mode? That way, you can use some of the other modules (like the Carousel, or the Contact Form, or the Extra Sidebar Widgets) without seeing the banner that asks you to connect to WordPress.com. It would be like using Slim Jetpack, but you'd benefit from any new modules and updates and bug fixes to other modules right away.

    I also wanted to mention that we've been working on improvements for managing Jetpack connections for Multisite Networks; have a look at the beta, and let us know what you think.

    I'm copying their WordPress.com writing style at WordPress.com

    You're correct in that we mention WordPress.com in the plugin name and connection banner; that is because for the majority of the modules, a connection to WordPress.com is required since they use WordPress.com resources. However, if you don't want to connect to WordPress.com, dismissing the banner will deactivate the plugin and remove the banner, unless you've network-activated the plugin.

    And, yet, your users have to go sign up on... that other site... in order to use your multisite.

    Are there any modules that you'd like to use in your multisite that you feel shouldn't require a connection to WordPress.com but currently do? Let us know, and I can either explain to you why the connection is necessary, or suggest an alternative for you.

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