Automattic, the company that essentially owns and is the driving force behind WordPress, has released a great new plugin called Jetpack. Basically it combines several previous plugins that Automattic had ported from its WordPress.com service.
As a quick sidenote: WordPress.com is where Automattic makes some of it’s money through hosting blogs for other people who don’t want to setup their own WordPress-based site or blog, like we teach you to do here at Start WordPress.
While Jetpack combines these previously available features, it also adds new ones, with promises of more to come. Here’s a list of what Jetpack can do for your site (from the WordPress.org plugin repository):
- Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. (previously WordPress.com stats)
- The WP.me URL shortener.
- Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
- Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
- A simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
- A widget for displaying recent tweets. (previously Wickett Twitter Widget)
- Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. (previously ShareDaddy)
- An artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. (previously After the Deadline)
You can get it for your self-hosted website or blog from the WordPress.org repository, or just search “Jetpack” from the Plugins>Add New are in the WordPress admin.