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I have intuitively always had a bad feeling about WordPress JetPack, but I just didn’t have the level of expertise necessary to articulate that sentiment with an authoritative voice.   So I started a discussion about the WordPress JetPack on Nile Flores‘  Facebook group – All About WordPress.

I quickly confirmed my suspicion that –

“Friends don’t let friends use WordPress JetPack.”

So with the permission of Kimberly Castleberry, Syed Balkhi, and Cathryn Swan, I have copied and pasted their comments (originally posted on Facebook) here for your own edification.

Keep in mind that JetPack contains a stats package which is why the subject of site stats and Google Analytics is discussed.

Feel free to make up your own mind and do what you will.

 Kimberly Castleberry Speaks!

Thus saith Kimberly Castleberry of  Just-Ask-Kim.com
(Alexa rank 20,167 Worldwide!) —

There’s 2 problems with JetPack… it’s full of bloat weight that one would not load normally yet get saddled with if you use the whole thing and the other is that they have a bad habit of implementing live code that changes site functionality on a “activated by default” status with a new plugin update. This causes site changes you may not be expecting, did not approve, and would be better if you had enabled rather than having to disable.

JetPack Lite is an alternative for those that need a few of the services. That being said, I STILL caution most about using the stats plugin aspect because it contributes to WordPress database bloat. But then again, half the bloggers that start will be gone by this time next year,  so maybe most don’t need to think long term. I dunno.

Anything that brings stats into your local system is going to feed database bloat, which leads to a number of potential issues that don’t show up immediately. I don’t recommend stats living in the WordPress database, it’s not the place for them. Use Google Analytics and if you want more, also use GetClicky.com

 

 Syed Balkhi Speaks!

Thus saith Syed Balkhi of WPbeginner.com
(Alexa rank 3,465 Worldwide!) —

I put it like this: JetPack is created for users who don’t know any better. The practices that JetPack follows are not something that I respect.

1. Putting itself above all plugins.

2. Automatically activating new add-ons as they come in. (bloat)

3. Loading scripts unconditionally (bloat)

4. Requiring you to connect with WordPress.com when you really don’t need to in most cases (marketing)

and the list goes on.

 

My recommendation would be to stay away from JetPack.

 

For stats, I use and recommend Google Analytics. If you need a plugin to install it on your site, then use Yoast’s analytics plugin.

Lee Hodson Speaks!

Thus saith Lee Hodson of JournalXtra
(Alexa rank 116,465 Worldwide!) —

Hi Jim, nice write-up of the dangers of Jetpack.

When Jetpack first arrived I only needed it for WP Stats. I thought, wonderful, a new payload of scripts I will never need but gave it a chance and quickly replaced it with Jetpack Lite because Jetpack had authentication bugs that kept preventing it from connecting with wordpress.com (after numerous successful fixes) and because one or more of the scripts within Jetpack conflicted with plugins I used at the time.

Jetpack is a wonderful idea because it provides a few features that newcomers to WP might find useful while getting to grips with what WP has to offer but too many of Jetpack’s scripts are enabled by default so some page load time bloating occurs and with new features sometimes come new plugin conflicts (maybe that should be ‘often come new plugin conflicts).

The CSS editor in Jetpack is useful for people who don’t want to edit core theme files.

The WP Stats feature is useful because it doesn’t store stats data in the database and the stats can be viewed from the WordPress admin backend.

Photon is the image CDN Jetpack provides. It is a handy feature but prevents some sliders loading properly.

The feature that helps publicise posts is handy. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to encourage page views?

But, despite some good points, Jetpack provides a lot of features most of us will never use and the conflicts that arise from updates and new feature releases make it an unreliable bet for business users who need consistent uptime and smooth running.

Plus, I guess the developers of Jetpack didn’t properly poll WordPress users to find out what they need Jetpack to provide. It doesn’t even look as though the developer’s considered plugin downloads from the WP plugin repo as an aide to determining the features WordPress users most frequently add to WordPress.

Overall, the features added by Jetpack are better served by individual plugins that you have more control over.

I’m not saying I don’t use Jetpack, I do. Despite replacing it with Jetpack Lite, I eventually reinstalled full Jetpack on my personal blog but I only use it for the modules WP Stats and Publicise.

Jetpack isn’t always the best option but it can be useful in some settings.

 

And Blogger Cathryn Swan Says!

Thus sayeth Cathryn Swan of  Cathryn’s World —

I was just coming here [Facebook All About WordPress group] to write about JetPack and this discussion was here!  Thank you! I agree with you Shan Garcia about not leaving the dashboard,  plus I find Google Analytics a bit depressing sometimes. I’d rather just have the bare facts – but that’s all I ‘need.’ I’ll look into the others tho’ – Yoast, SC, etc. My main issue is the way the new posts are sent to people who subscribe by email via JetPack- is so clunky. The ‘from’ window says WordPress.com and then the subject line just says ‘new post’ and then the title of the post so if someone subscribes to a bunch (or not), they have no idea which blog it is coming from. (And may not open it.) That being said, now that people have subscribed, can I move them? I actually have feedburner also which I like but some people subscribe via the JetPack function. Good to know re: database bloat, etc. Thanks.

10 Reasons Why You Should Use Jetpack

Article update on September 29, 2013 –>> Ok, for the sake of being fair and balanced, I am including this article on why you should use the Jetpack plugin.  I am still NOT sold on it.  I would still never use it.  But, the article is well written and lists all the ‘cool’ things about JetPack, so at least you will know what people are talking about when it comes to Jetpack.

Here’s the link:

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Using The WordPress Jetpack Plugin Today

 


Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”

 

 

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82 comments… add one

  • Yorinda

    Hi Jim,
    thank you so much for sharing this discussion.

    It is always good to have the review of other experienced bloggers when it comes to plugins.

    For some reason I was also not feeling drawn to using this one and it is good to have this feeling confirmed.

    I appreciate that you are creating awareness about this.
    Cheers,
    Yorinda
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    • jupiterjim

      Yorinda,

      Thanks for commenting. Glad to know I was not the only blogger having a funny feeling about that convoluted plugin!
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  • Mary

    Thanks Jupiter Jim,
    This was great article. I am new and wasn’t sure about using it or not. I appreciate your time on this!
    best regards, Mary

  • I gave Jetpack a try during various periods since it’s launch and then finally decided to give up on it.

    I noticed that our site was running a bit slower each time that I activated Jetpack.

    Today I am on a mission to wean our site off of plugins.

    If I do not completely understand how a plugin works and the risk/reward involved, I don’t want to install it. If there is a coding alternative, then that is what I prefer.

    I install a few plugins only as needed and then immediately remove after use such as WP-Optimize, Smushit, P3 profiler, etc.

    Maybe it is time for me to dump WP Stats and rely solely on Google Analytics. Hopefully I will pick up more speed.
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    • jupiterjim

      Earl,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I am pretty much like you in that I don’t like to use plugins if there is a coding alternative. If you check the ratings on the Yoast Google Analytics plugin, you will see that it is rock solid and fine for your site.

      Drop by and share your experiences here anytime!
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  • I think to really get the most from the comments you’ve shared one first needs to actually know what the Jetpack plugin is all about – what exactly is it suppose to do. I get the point that there are issues, so unless I come across another article where they are raving about what a terrific plugin it is, I will be unlikely to search for it – even if I’m not actually sure why …
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    • jupiterjim

      Marty,

      You make some good points. The post was already long so I did not want to add to it by explaining what JetPack does. Since it is already automatically installed (but not activated) when you install WordPress I didn’t think it was important to explain it. In my opinion, people don’t really need to know what the plugin does. They just need to know not to use it!

      Thanks for commenting!
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. I too had a feeling about this plug in, besides the fact that I don’t need it. I was worried about what it would do to my site. Sometimes you must go with your gut. I feel completely validated!
    RICK
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  • I agree! Being able to trust a plugin is so important. It is easy to be lulled into false senses of security, especially with plugins in the WP repository. But it’s vital to make sure the plugin has been used widely (to help eliminate bugs) and is still actively being maintained. Plugins from big boys like WP and Genesis are about as safe as they come.
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  • I’ll be getting rid of it as soon as I have time to fix all my videos and find some kind of in-dash stats that give me the same info as JetPack does.

    What can I say? I like the stats part. LOL
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    • jupiterjim

      Shan,

      Google Analyticator is a very respectable stats package that allows you to see the stats in your dashboard. Problem solved. Thanks for commenting!
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  • Thank you, Jim. Great advice!
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  • I had always wondered about this plugin and in a similar way had never had a good feeling about installing it on my site. I don’t particularly like adding in things that I don’t understand what they do. I don’t mean about the way the coding works, i don’t know much about that area, but i don’t understand what the functionalities are, so I never added it to my site.

    Thank you for providing this explanation and supporting viewpoints from these experts.
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    • jupiterjim

      Michael,

      Glad you found this article helpful. I love all the inspirational positive things you put on your blog as well!

  • HI Jim, I have no idea what Jet Pack Is?? I do use analytics on my WP. I hope this isn’t a dumb question But You would have to put this Jetpack plug in on your WP in order to have it?? RIGHT? Hum You guys sure do know your stuff that’s for sure!! Chery :)
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    • jupiterjim

      Chery,

      That’s a perfectly good question. The latest versions of WordPress seem to have JetPack installed but NOT activated. Only a fool would activate it after reading my post (LOL).

      I hope that answers your question.

      Thanks for commenting!
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  • Thanks for enlightening us Jim. I saw Jetpak in my dashboard but it was not activated. I am glad you had told me to get rid of it when you helped me with my blog. At that time I had only read info on it from the creator which you know gave it the “must have” declaration. My question is should I get the Yoast analytic plugin I have been tearing my hair out about Google analyics and how to place on my blog. Coding for me is more miss than hit.

  • Jim,
    I had left a comment on this post saying that after reading your comments about the negatives, I would not use JetPack.
    Not sure why the comment did not appear.
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  • Lee

    Hi Jim, nice write-up of the dangers of Jetpack.

    When Jetpack first arrived I only needed it for WP Stats. I thought, wonderful, a new payload of scripts I will never need but gave it a chance and quickly replaced it with Jetpack Lite because Jetpack had authentication bugs that kept preventing it from connecting with wordpress.com (after numerous successful fixes) and because one or more of the scripts within Jetpack conflicted with plugins I used at the time.

    Jetpack is a wonderful idea because it provides a few features that newcomers to WP might find useful while getting to grips with what WP has to offer but too many of Jetpack’s scripts are enabled by default so some page load time bloating occurs and with new features sometimes come new plugin conflicts (maybe that should be ‘often come new plugin conflicts).

    The CSS editor in Jetpack is useful for people who don’t want to edit core theme files.

    The WP Stats feature is useful because it doesn’t store stats data in the database and the stats can be viewed from the WordPress admin backend.

    Photon is the image CDN Jetpack provides. It is a handy feature but prevents some sliders loading properly.

    The feature that helps publicise posts is handy. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to encourage page views?

    But, despite some good points, Jetpack provides a lot of features most of us will never use and the conflicts that arise from updates and new feature releases make it an unreliable bet for business users who need consistent uptime and smooth running.

    Plus, I guess the developers of Jetpack didn’t properly poll WordPress users to find out what they need Jetpack to provide. It doesn’t even look as though the developer’s considered plugin downloads from the WP plugin repo as an aide to determining the features WordPress users most frequently add to WordPress.

    Overall, the features added by Jetpack are better served by individual plugins that you have more control over.

    I’m not saying I don’t use Jetpack, I do. Despite replacing it with Jetpack Lite, I eventually reinstalled full Jetpack on my personal blog but I only use it for the modules WP Stats and Publicise.

    Jetpack isn’t always the best option but it can be useful in some settings.
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  • thank you so much. I have been suspecting something has been making my site run slowly. I have been using this and other stats plugins but they have been failing me. I am a relatively new blogger and this post is going to be very helpful to make my site faster. Thanks so much!
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  • There’s a lot of fuss lately about JetPack – But in my personal opinion, it’s far too integrated with WordPress.com – you have to have a separate account on that site to run the plugin. I appreciate what they are trying to do – add a lot of the functionality available on WordPress.com to regular WordPress users. But this integration comes at a cost. Thanks for sharing your opinion!
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  • Seems as if all the heavy weights of WordPress are saying to keep away from WordPress JetPack Plugin. I had this plugin but removed it as it very cumbersome to use and also quite complicated at times. Mind you, the stat function is great and if you do wanted it then you can always use the light version which I used for a while but then removed that too. Currently not using it.
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    • jupiterjim

      Shalu,

      Thanks for your comment. There are other good stats package plugins, so no need to bother with JetPack Lite or Heavy. LOL

  • You know I had issues with JetPack when it first came out, but I kept it because I actually liked having the stats, but I could probably get rid of it and only use Google analytics. I just like having a backup plan besides just always using Google for everything.
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  • Hi Jim,
    thanks for you valued discussion as always. I appreciate you as an authority on Wordpress and Thesis and as my webmaster, I am glad that you handle the pros & cons of plug-ins for me. If I had to worry about all this, I would be even less focused on my business than I am with all the distractions. I would recommend that every person online needs someone in their team who can fulfil this role.
    Thanks again Jim,
    Clare
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  • Hi Jim,

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic analysis of JetPack by a few of the best! I enjoyed the format. I did something similar on my blog using Skype and I think it creates an informative, entertaining post.

    When I was new to blogging, I installed Jetpack on my WordPress blog because I didn’t know any better. Although I was clueless at the time, it didn’t take long to figure out that it added “bloat” and “clunkyness” to my blog. I uninstalled it soon after. I would not recommend using Jetpack to anyone.

    Again, thank you for a great post!

    Raena Lynn
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  • Sorry, I can’t support the Jetpack hate. I have found it invaluable…if done correctly. I only installed Contact Form, Stats, Spelling & Enhanced Distribution. I am still testing benefits of Photon which theoretically could make site faster. It’s best feature is that the code is well written compared to some of individuals developing plugins which are poorly coded and then unsupported over time. The only surprise to me was that it was free. Also, the one big issue I do have with Jetpack is auto activation of modules but you can easily get around that with ‘Manual Control for Jetpack’ plugin.
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  • Hi Jim, I’ve never installed JetPack, for some reason the name of it put me off, it seemed to be “hyped up” and I don’t like plug-ins that have to be marketed like that. I do know that a number of people have experienced problems because of it, so I decided to never try it.

    So, I was really interested to read yours and others reviews, all in one place. Now, I’m even more pleased I never tried it!
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  • What a fascinating read, I never knew any of this, and no I don’t use Jetpack on my own site or clients, mainly as clients get all confused with their own site and WordPress.com as they are starting out.
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  • Nice analysis of the whole JetPack issue, Jim.
    I like hearing a cross-section of opinions, so thanks for the curation!
    As for JetPack itself, I’ve never used it but everytime I create a WP site, there it is. I’ve always been afraid to delete it, in case that messes something up, but i just leave it inactive, never really knowing if that might cause even more problems.
    So… like it, love it, hate it… it’s something that has to be dealt with one way or another. Ignoring it is dealing with it by allowing it to remain on your site, either active or inactive.
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  • I was using the Jetpack, it’s a Good tool to monitor blogs, but I was getting Duplicate titles in Google Plus only because of Jetpack, that’s why I am not using it now.
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  • I use Jetpack, but only have a very few of the modules enabled (stats, photon, and the sharing modules). I experience no negative impact on speeds (webpagetest gave it a 1.6s first view on default browser settings, and yslow gives it a grade of A).

    Of course, I use a small handful of plugins for optimization and security, but overall, Jetpack has done nothing horrible to my site, its loading time, or its page speed.

    Maybe I’m in the minority.
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  • I found that Jetpack’s Publicize feature helped me remove a few other plugins that didn\’t always work so well. Now I just hit Publish and Jetpack seamlessly posts a link (or tweet or update) to my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts. Boom, done. For those zillion other little add-ons, I wish they were installed Deactivated. That would be nice.

  • Hi Jim,

    I just deleted my Jetpack. First off, I only used it for “sharing” buttons. But even these gets out of control. I only want the sharing buttons on the BOTTOM of my posts but it looks like it creates its own link to my sidebar as well. Plus, it created the “i like” page which I didn’t approve. And so I deleted them all and just installed “Social Media with Defered Javascript” instead. At least these plugin does what I want where it should be.

    Angela
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    • jupiterjim

      Angela,

      very cool. that’s exactly the right thing to do. Just install the plugins that you need and that you can have complete control over! Thanks for commenting!
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  • After two years of using Jetpack, I came to the conclusion that it was time to delete it, since I mainly used Jetpack for the stats. Until I discovered that Jetpack broke my Theme by adding an ugly smiley face, for the purpose of tracking visits to the bottom of each page. Yes, there are faq out there that tell how to remove the smiley, but I didn\’t want to dig into a css, which would be overwritten as soon as Jetpack is being updated.To cut a long story short: I disabled and removed Jetpack this morning and one of my biggest suspicions was confirmed: Jetpack slowed down my site (hosted on an Amazon E2 medium size instance). Almost immediately, the Pingdom statistics showed a drop from 1.9 ms (average) to 1.3 ms (average) response time. There may be scenarios where a blogger finds Jetpack useful (all the social meh! seems interesting for those in need), but for a purely private blog as mine, the bloat in the \”ware\” is just too big.
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  • JupiterJim,
    Thanks so much for saving me time and frustration. As most, I felt weary of it and came here before installing just to “double check”- always trust your instincts.

    Thanks for breaking it down, and adding the comments!

    Grazie,
    Astrid

  • Can you tell me whether Jetpack Lite is good or not?
    By the way, great article. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Hey Jim,

    I am not a fan of Jetpack because it seems to bog my sites down. Really, don’t need the tracking because it doesn’t take long to login to GWT and check my sites stats. However, it’s funny when I talk to people and they tell me they check their stats everyday. Me I check every couple weeks or so. Don’t want to waste my time viewing my stats daily.

    Yeah, Yoast is a great plugin and will teach you basics of SEO, as well. Once you do it so much it’s second nature :)

    • jupiterjim

      Garen,

      You are so right. You don’t make any more money or get any more traffic by checking stats every day! That time is better spent promoting the blog potst!

      Thanks for commenting!
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  • Jetpack is best plugin with ultimate feature. It is help to improve site performance. I use Jetpack from last 3 years on my website. I always go with jetpack plugin, and i suggest this plugin to all wordpress user.
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    • jupiterjim

      Chetan,

      I totally disagree, but if it works for you great!

      I can see your site is using Thesis, so if you ever need any help, let me know!
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  • Thank you for a wonderful article.

    Jetpack is a great idea and it has amazing features in it but we stopped using it due to high running processes on our site and problems with our server going down due to the load.

  • Hi there Jupiter Jim,
    first, thank you so much for dropping by and checking out my site. Second, thank you for producing an informative article on Jetpack WordPress plugin that fuelled my research.

    It is a pleasure chatting to you. I will be back!
    cheers,
    Helena
    p/s I might not have a gravatar but am on the road to remedy that this very morning!
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  • Hi JJ,
    yeah! yes yes! I have an avatar! :D And another goodie .. I have now liked you on Facebook as well so hopefully we can stay in touch, one way or another! cheerio for now, Helena
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  • Thanks for the bravery, Jim! I had the same feeling since I first saw the big talking about JetPack being released long time ago and exactly like you, I couldn’t back it up with real knowledge and experience. I never installed it even for a try. I am happy I followed my inner feeling on this one.

    For our websites we use Google analytics to track the visitors and then Google Analytics Dashboard for WP to display at least some visual statistics for our illiterate clients in the WP Dashboard. Anybody knows anything better? Any comparisons between WP Stats and Google Analytics Dashboard for WP plugins regarding how much load they put on the website? Will be appreciated.
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  • I love this piece.. I never tried to install the jetpack plugin, When I wanted to download it, it was a massive 4MB and the entire WP file is a little above 5MB..

    After reading lots of review, I decided I was not going to test it.. but I came across Jetpack Lite and it works like a charm. It is basically WordPress.com Stats plugin redefined in 2013.

    I think it’s an excellent alternative for people who are not comfortable with the official jetpack plugin.
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  • Todd Nagel

    Howdy..figure I will give it a shot..

    We are using Jetpack, because it is the only way I can get our admin post editor to act the way we want and to utilize a spellchecker, on a mac. After many, many attempts, Jetpack provided the only solution that worked, and it also includes ‘grammar’ checking to boot..

    Our problem is, that even though I disabled the Jetpack comments, our normal comment form is now being spammed.

    We were using the ‘Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin’ which just adds a checkbox user has to check, and it has worked fine for quite some time..suddenly the day we install Jetpack were now getting spammed.

    Any clues on how Jetpack is allowing this to happen, or is it even Jetpack? Very strange timing for a coincidence.

    I am getting our ‘dev’ back in place to test out the Jetpack comments itself to see if maybe it might work for us..thanks for your input..

    And of course, this site is using the G.A.S.P. spam plugin as well, right now, in this comment form.

    Todd

  • I’ve been using WordPress and JetPack for years and the last time I adopted it, it just got so big and turned on so much stuff automatically. I disabled as much as I could, but just like the official Facebook plugin I think the functionality I gain above and beyond what is available in any other plugin doesn’t offset all the features I don’t want.
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  • I agree with you. Jetpacks make your blog load slow. Recently, I used a plugin called ‘p3 plugin checker’ to find out the ‘laziest’ plugin that made my blog slow. Jetpack was the culprit. Gonna deactivate it soon.
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  • Hi Jim et al,

    Thanks for your thoughts on Jetpack. I’m always open to talking about what’s going on. Please feel free to get in touch with me personally (tim@automattic.com).

    I would, though, like to point out some inaccuracies in this post:

    – “the other is that they have a bad habit of implementing live code that changes site functionality” – we strive with every release to determine what features will “just work” and what will break site functionality. If we determine that a feature will break site functionality, we do not auto-activate it.

    – “I STILL caution most about using the stats plugin aspect because it contributes to WordPress database bloat.” – If this comment is in regards to WordPress.com Stats, which is part of Jetpack, then I need to point out that it will not lead to database bloat. All the Stats data is collected and stored on WordPress.com servers, specifically to prevent this kind of bloat from happening on your local WP site. (In fact, that is the primary reason many of our features require a connection to WordPress.com. We leverage our data centers and storage capacity to reduce the amount of stuff/cruft you need to store in your WP database.)

    – “Requiring you to connect with WordPress.com when you really don’t need to in most cases (marketing)” – this is untrue; as stated above, the purpose of the connection to WordPress.com has nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with making your site faster by using our data centers.

    That said and, despite being the Jetpack lead developer, I’m not here to say Jetpack is perfect. There are things we can do better, and things we plan on doing better. For example:

    – we are working on splitting out CSS and Javascript necessary for only admin pages so that they only load on admin pages. Vice versa for front end CSS and JS.

    – we’re always working on reducing the footprint of Jetpack. The fact of the matter is that Jetpack does a lot, so it will take up a lot of space. We’re aware of this and try to keep things as tight as possible.

    – our goal is to bring feature parity from WordPress.com to the WordPress.org world. So, as was pointed out in your article, it may not always make sense as to how we arrived at the decision to add certain features. We do listen to our community; we also have an internal feature list that we strive towards. We do not typically look at the WordPress.org Plugins repository for features; that’s why the repository exists.

    – we aren’t a closed ship. Jetpack is open source. We welcome feedback, patches, ideas, and any other communication at any time about Jetpack and what’s going on with it.

    Again, thanks for your post. Please get in touch with me, I’d love to chat more.

    Tim
    Jetpack Engineer Lead
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    • jupiterjim

      Tim,

      I have not had time to read your comment. However, it is obviously lengthy and well-thought out and I really appreciate that! I will comment on it later when I have time for a thoughtful reply!

      I really do appreciate your feedback on Jetpack — you would be in a position to know!

      I might even add your comment to the blog post itself.

      ~ Jupiter Jim
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  • I also dont like Wordpress Jetpack. Using Wordpress Jetpack makes me feel like it is imposed on us to use it compulsary as it is owned by Wordpress. I used Yoast and i like it.
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  • I recently started running site speed tests on my blog and realized that a single pixel associated with Jetpack Site Stats was causing very laggy load times. That’s what got me thinking of removing it, but I don’t know if it matters (i.e if it causes the other aspects of my page to lag). I haven’t deactivated to test yet because I AM addicted to those very helpful stats and am not sure I want to lose them yet! Thanks for the interesting post!
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  • I think that Jetpack adds a lot of funcionality to the blogs, but it brings a lot of sections that are useless in some cases and it isn’t very intuitive to disable.
    Also some plugins conflict to the features of Jetpack.

  • Seems to be a good news for Wordpress users, The Pack combines the power of so many different Wordpress plugin into one plugin and also uses the power of Wordpress.com cloud servers. This is really awesome. Going to Jet Pack my blog now.

  • Hey Jim.Can you suggest me any alternative to Jetpack subscriptions module?
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  • I was thinking about shifting to wordpress.org and was wondering how to keep wordpress features so I thought about Jetpack. When I read there page it looked really dubious.The reason I want to leave wordpress.com is that there stats go totally wrong. I compared it with statcounter and flag counter stats and was surprised to see the difference, the stats in wordpress was almost half. I raised it in multiple forum threads but they had two types of answers –
    1.We have our own way of evaluating
    2.If you don’t like it then shift to self-hosted site

    So, I would probably never use the jetpack in my self hosted site.

  • Bertrand

    Great article here! (pity your posts and comments don’t have dates though…)

    I posted related thoughts at WP Tavern under the post titled: 15+ Plugins To Get Jetpack Functionality Without Using Jetpack

    In summary: The BASIC needs for any site or blog are to allow visitors to post comments, follow-up with them and subscribe to new posts/news. Those needs should be grouped together in core configuration and closely tied to the setting “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”.But this isn’t the case, and certainly not planned, so that WP can take this out of your site and manage at their own servers by providing “cool” plugins that let you think you can do “cool” things with them – while they take care of your subscribers and you lose control over them.This deals with a more global question: who has full control of your site’s content? You or third party companies?The more we give access to those “cool” third party gadgets the more we lose control.

  • Thanks for the insightful article. Wish I read it before installing jet pack for a week and losing I donno how much audience because of poor website speed.

  • Thanks for the informative article. After reading this I think I should uninstall Jetpack. I literally didn’t like it from starting and your post cleared all doubts. Thank You. :)

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