Jetpack is a special plugin with lots of important features for your DS site. Among other things, Jetpack is how we login, so it’s already activated on your site. On this page you’ll learn how to set it up on your site and how to use the modules that are important for site admins.
- Make sure you are connected to WordPress.com: go to Jetpack > Settings, and look at Connection Settings. If you’re not yet connected, make sure to do so. (And if yours is a new site, please disconnect and reconnect so that it’s connected to your account!)
- When you finish the connection process, you’ll be asked to select a Jetpack plan; feel free to ignore and return to your DS site.
- Sometimes you may need to disconnect and reconnect; if you’re connected but have been having problems accessing Jetpack or logging into your site, try doing so.
- If you receive the error “Invalid request, please go back and try again,” please contact our friendly DS support staff, who will disconnect Jetpack from their network admin window, then you can connect it okay.
- Note: If you haven’t yet created a WP.com account, see the login help page!
- (Warning: Jetpack frequently shuffles their modules and settings tabs…the below may not be up to date.) Many Jetpack modules are helpful! Here, by each Jetpack > Settings panel, are a few modules we recommend you activate, with a * next to required modules.
- General: Notifications
- Engagement: Site Stats (see Share and Engage help menu items for additional Jetpack engagement modules)
- Security: *Protect; Monitor; Single Sign On (enable Match By Email)—note that SSO Login is now optional as of fall 2017, as we now login via LC credentials
- Appearance: Photon; Custom CSS
- Writing: Shortcode Embeds; Spelling and Grammar
Connecting via Jetpack to WordPress.com offers one interesting perk: if you wish, you can choose for your DS site to be part of what’s affectionately called the WordPress firehose—a huge community of readers and contributors using the biggest web platform today. How’s that for an audience? See the below diagram for a visual analogy of joining this firehose.