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[resolved] Jetpack and the Great Firewall of China (4 posts)

  1. jgamboa
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So I'm in mainland China and I've been developing a site that's currently hosted on servers and a domain that's not blocked in China.

    However, WordPress.com is blocked. If I decide to enable JetPack, should I expect to see all sorts of functions on the site stop working on the end-user side?

    Most of my development is done using a VPN, so I never have issues with connections breaking. However, should I worry about it with my visitors?

    I would hope that something happens akin to when I visit a site that has a "Find us on Facebook" button. In China, usually that element of the page simply doesn't load, but the rest of the content does.


  2. Jeremy Herve
    Jetpack Mechanic
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Once you have made the initial connection in the Jetpack menu, your site should work properly.

    However, you'll want to avoid the following jetpack modules:

    • Photon: it allows you to serve your images from the WordPress.com cloud. Your Chinese readers would not be able to via your images if you enable this module.
    • Tiled Galleries: depends on Photon, so you won't be able to use it.
    • Jetpack Comments: it replaces your Comment form by a custom form hosted at WordPress.com. if you want your readers to leave comments on your site, you'll want to keep that module deactivated.
    • Jetpack Subscriptions: while the Subscription widget would work, your readers will need to click on the confirmation link leading to a WordPress.com page to confirm their subscription.
    • Gravatar Hovercards: it shows a pop-up business card of your users’ gravatar profiles in comments. I am not sure if Gravatar is blocked in China, you might want to check it.

    You should be able to use the other modules. Some of them interact with WordPress.com in your dashboard, but if you are able to use a VPN to administrate your site, you shouldn't have any issues.

    I hope this helps!

  3. jgamboa
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for the info!

  4. Ramon Thomas
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This is very good information. I too was surprised to find WordPress.com blocked and therefore half the functionality from Jetpack plugin. For now I'm moving back to Disqus commenting system.

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