I have been using the free Jetpack plug-in for a few months on this blog to add more features like a contact form, website traffic statistics to my dashboard for WordPress, related posts, social sharing, subscriptions to comments or posts, Photon CDN/Content Delivery Network, and other features.
I recommend Jetpack for users of WordPress which are new to WordPress, and plug-ins. JetPack is created by WordPress.com, so it should be updated, and supported for a long time unlike other plug-ins made by smaller plug-in makers which sometimes no longer support their plug-ins because they don’t want to, or they don’t have the time to work on their plug-in.
What I like about Jetpack is that it is fast, and easy to use at adding most of the features I use like a contact form, related posts, and post subscriptions to my blog. I also only need to install one plug-in instead of many plug-ins from different plug-in makers. By just installing one Jetpack plug-in, I don’t need to spend as much time looking for many other plug-ins to customize my blog, and reading reviews to see if plug-ins I am looking for are good, and don’t contain security problems like viruses and backdoors for hackers.
Jetpack does not seem to affect the loading times and performance of my blog, and can make my blog load faster when I enabled the Photon CDN feature which host images on Photon which uses WordPress CDN. Jetpack also has a mobile template for WordPress. The mobile template loads faster than desktop templates, and runs better on mobile smartphones and tablets.
JetPack may also decrease the RAM, and CPU usage of your website’s server if you have Photon, and other features turned on, and deactivated and uninstalled plug-ins like Related Posts and themes like Mobile Themes which you replaced with JetPack’s Related Post, and mobile theme module.
You may end up saving a few dollars by using Jetpack because you won’t need to buy a mobile theme, and paid plug-ins for WordPress, and subscribe to a CDN for hosting images which can all be costly. By using a Jetpack’s CDN feature, you also save Bandwidth, so you can use a cheaper shared web hosting plan to host your website instead of subscribing to a more expensive high bandwidth web hosting plan. The mobile theme in Jetpack could save you some bandwidth as well since mobile themes typically use less bandwidth than regular desktop themes for WordPress.
The Jetpack plug-in lets you customize the look of your blog by making it simpler for you to add a Favicon to your blog. A Favicon is the icon you see on the top left of a tab or bookmark. There is also Tiled Gallery, Carousel image gallery, Infinite Scroll where it automatically load pages on the blog homepage, custom css, custom widgets, and Jetpack adds support for different media types to your posts.
The Social networking features like social sharing buttons, Jetpack comments, and short links make it easy for users to share posts on different social networking websites like Google Plus, Twitter, and Reddit.
Jetpack also comes with a lot of website administrative features like Akismet Antispam, website stats, website monitoring, Backup, and security scans with Vaultpress, and site Verification with Google Webmaster tools, Pinterest, and more.
There are features in Jetpack like spelling and grammar, media embedding shortcode, and Post by E-mail which would make your blog posts better, and more interesting to read.
Jetpack is one of the best plug-ins for WordPress blog because it contains many useful features to get you started on your new blog, or improve your older blog by adding new features to it by just installing Jetpack.
Jetpack can be downloaded from https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/