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There are a lot of things about Jetpack I love. The sharing options, the Facebook like box, the different commenting options, these are great. But the Twitter widget needs a fix, and badly.
When I first installed Jetpack yesterday and saw the Twitter widget wasn't responding, I hit the web for some answers. I found other Jetpack users saying they had the exact same problem, and some of these comments were well over a year old. After all this time and still no fix? That's ridiculous.
Jetpack has come a long way, and I include it in my Must Have Plugins list because it lowers the bar for so many features that bloggers need and would require many plugins and hours of work to set up with Jetpack, including:
1 - Contact forms that don't require captcha
2 - Social Sharing icons on posts and/or pages
3 - Automatic publishing of posts to your social networking sites
4 - Subscribe to RSS by email
5 - Publish to your blog by email
6 - Very very cool WordPress galler display options and lightbox
7 - Custom CSS so you can style your theme without messing with the themes files
8 - Lots of extra widgets
Things I would use with reservation:
1 - Photon - it caches your images to the cloud thus speeding up your site. However, depending on what other image plugins you are using and how you have inserted your images, you can have weird things happen to your images. Simply de-activate Photon if there's a problem.
2 - WP Stats - I prefer Google Analytics, but I would use this for simpler sites.
In terms of the complaints by other users, I would respond that you only have to use the parts of Jetpack you want to use. Not all features are turned on automatically.
For more complex sites, I don't use Jetpack, because I need more control over styling of the various features above and don't want redundant plugins. But for basic sites, I think it's quite wonderful!
Too many things in one plugin. Stats are the best
I noticed that a lot of WP sites I visit use now the Jetpack "subscribe to comments" module. As you need to confirm EACH TIME your subscription with clicking on a link sent by mail, it's just boring. Imagine this feature in Facebook...
The plugin work greats and provides loads of features that most novice users would enjoy having on their blog (although there are plenty of plugins that will accomplish the same things). In addition, the stats feature is quite amazing.
My one (huge) problem with Jetpack? It requires a connection to WordPress.com. While this does not really bother me with things like Stats, it renders other things (like subscriptions) useless for those that want to keep users on the main blog.
Once Jetpack implements the option to use not WordPress.com for other things, I will give it a better rating.
This plugin alone is responsible for more +28% of my page loading time = slowing down pagespeed considerably!
(And I even use very few of the functions available.)
The idea for the extensions are nice, but the actual use is terrible!
The ideas for some of the stuff is nice, it's implementation is terrible though. I mean, really, it should not automatically expect us to want some of the shit features, and the things that SHOULD be automatically set, aren't.
I've seen people claim you can't disable unwanted features. It is possible to deactivate unwanted modules. For those of you who don't know how to do this, just click on the Learn More button on each module card and the Configure button next to it will become a Deactivate button.
As always there's room for improvement (mainly minor stuff) but I'll list the biggest improvements I feel could be made:
1. When I first activate the plugin, several modules are enabled by default. I've just spent a couple of minutes disabling modules that I didn't need. It would be better if all modules were disabled by default. But the features offered easily outweigh the small amount of time spent configuring.
2. Another thing I'd like to see is two sections. One for active modules and the other for inactive modules. Or, allow the modules to be draggable so I can arrange them to my liking.
3. Please add Buffer to the list of social platforms in the Sharing/Publicize modules.
Another thing, Jetpack Comments will not work with Genesis themes (e.g. Prose) out of the box.
It contents all what I need
They more or less force you to adopt Jetpack and then it breaks down on up-dating, that seems to be a REALLY LOUSY way to go!
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