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How to Connect Your Site to WordPress.com with Jetpack

Jetpack is one of the most useful and popular plugins for WordPress. Its goal is to extend the services of WordPress.com onto self-hosted “WordPress.org” sites. It has tons of features. Among others, it offers an image CDN, related posts feature, free stat tracking, social sharing buttons and more.

Getting it set up is a little more complex than most other plugins though. You have to do that normal install and activate procedure, but then you must authenticate with WordPress.com. If you’ve ever used something like Facebook to log in on a different site, this is pretty similar. If not, watch the video which explains:

Authenticating Jetpack with WordPress.com to Unlock Its Features

  1. 1. Go to “Plugins > Add New”.
  2. Search for “Jetpack by WordPress.com”. “Install” and “Activate” the plugin.
  3. You should immediately see a “Connect Jetpack to WordPress.com” screen. If you don’t, click to “Jetpack” near the top of your left sidebar.
  4. On that screen, click the “Connect Jetpack to WordPress.com” button.
  5. You will then be taken over to WordPress.com. If you’re not logged in to WordPress.com, you’ll be prompted for a username and password. Enter them. (If you are already logged in—I was in the video—you’ll skip this step.)
  6. Click the “Approve” button after it appears.
  7. You’ll probably be offered an “Upgrade” screen to pick your pricing tier. All the classic Jetpack features are still in the “Free” tier. But if you want Jetpack to do things like backups and more for you you can select a paid tier. (If you select one of those, you’ll be prompted for payment.)
  8. Now you’ll configure Jetpack. You can either take the recommended setup, or turn individual features on one-by-one (the course I took in the video).

Further Reading on Jetpack

https://wpshout.com/quick-guides/enable-photon-free-jetpack-image-cdn/

https://wpshout.com/links/write-wordpress-posts-google-docs-jetpack-chrome-extension/

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David Hayes

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shamir
April 12, 2021 12:55 am

Hi, I’m not able to connect jetpack. I logged into WordPress after I installed and activated jetpack on my blog. What are the next steps?

Som Karmakar
November 2, 2020 10:56 am

Is it necessary to buy premium version if I want to show my post on wordpress reader section?

Precious Idehen
May 4, 2020 6:37 pm

Thank you so much. Please after this process will my article show up on WordPress readers?

Alex
August 28, 2018 6:53 am

Whilst Jetpack is stated to work with WordPress.com it appears it will only do so with the Personal, Premium or Business plans not with the free WordPress.com. Is this correct?

Raj
September 15, 2018 4:53 am
Reply to  Alex

You are correct, if you are using your jetpack, your post won’t show up in the reader (under followed sites), your posts also don’t show up in the tag search. Basically, you won’t be discoverable. Only by going paid you are gonna get it. Unfortunately, they don’t have any documentation on that. I found out the hard way. Even on their forum, they give conflicting answers.

Ellayararwhy Aych
October 24, 2017 1:39 pm

Can the JetpackWordpress.com registry operation be initiated somehow on the command line of a self-hosted system? We are trying to Chef-automate this on AWS. IOW, run an extract of what the Jetpack plugin does when it connects to WordPress.com (which means the authn step must be automated, too).

Thanks,

Ell

Yunax Technologies
October 3, 2017 1:34 am

Hello There,

When I install Jetpack to my wordpress website, after installing wordpress admin not working.

Can you help us ?

Thanks

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