Section 001, Instructor: Laurel Miller

Jetpack

Jetpack is a collection of widgets created by the people who run WordPress.com. It includes widgets for:

  • Social sharing (so you can have the LinkedIn and Facebook like buttons on your site)
  • Subscriptions (so that students get an automatic email each time you post on your site)
  • Simple site statistics (that tell you which pages are being used the most)
  • Media integration (so you can easily embed YouTube videos)
  • Twitter integration (so you can display a twitter feed)
  • Contact form (so you can easily create a special form for students to fill in)
  • and many more

To use Jetpack, do the following:

  1. Go to your Dashboard and click on Plugins, find “Jetpack by WordPress.com” in the list, and click “Activate”
  2. You will then see a message on the top of your screen, that says “Jetpack is almost ready…”. You need an account on WordPress.com to use Jetpack (click here to create one). Link your account.
  3. You are now ready to use Jetpack. Click on Jetpack on the top left of your dashboard, to configure all the options/widgets. Many of the widgets don’t need any further setup. They will be available in your list of widgets (including the “Subscribe” widget). 
Subscribe

Replace this widget with the "Blog subscriptions (Jetpack)" widget to allow students to get automatic email updates whenever you add a new post. 


See the post titled "Jetpack"  for more information