I have to say – my first impression’s of WordPress Jetpack are very positive. If nothing more than to give a very nice update to “WordPress.com Stats” and use of “After the Deadline” it is worth the install.
Here is what the plugin includes:
- WordPress.com Stats – Simple, concise site stats with no additional load on your server.
Impressions: This is just way cool. Nice UI (as always) and super usefull stats for the casual fan. You can still run Google Analytics – but this gives you the quick run down in a crazy good way.
- Twitter Widget – Display the latest updates from a Twitter user inside your theme’s widgets.
Impressions: I’ve used a few Twitter widgets on my blog…they all seem to stink. You never get tweets – they are very unreliable. This has been solid so far.
- Gravatar Hovercards – Show a pop-up business card of your users’ Gravatar profiles in comments.
Impressions: I put this in the “fit and finish” category. It just gives a level of awesome to your blog/website. When people comment, that is good – but when users can hover over and check a commentor out – that is slick. Awesome plugin.
- WP.me Shortlinks – Enable WP.me-powered shortlinks for all of your Posts and Pages for easier sharing.
Impressions: Short links are just plain handy.
- Sharedaddy – The most super duper sharing tool on the interwebs. Share content with Facebook, Twitter, and many more.
Impressions: I’ve used add this, share this and even hard coded my own at times. This is so nice from the backend side. I would say it is all the features of sharethis – with the simplicity of WordPress baked in.
- LaTeX – Mark up your posts with the LaTeX markup language, perfect for complex mathematical equations and other Ã¼ber-geekery.
Impressions: I’m not a math geek…but I can see this being useful for my kids to blog about thier math homework. Hey – anything to get them blogging is cool with me.
- After the Deadline – After the Deadline helps you write better by adding spell, style, and grammar checking to WordPress.
Impressions: After spending time in the media industry – this one is a life savers. Even the best of the best can make mistakes and this helps to limit those issues.
- Shortcode Embeds – Easily embed videos and more from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and SlideShare.
Impressions: Again, has it been done before. Yes. But I just always like the simplicity of the WordPress team. They have also added archives and audio support – plus all the bigs and some other very handy ones…my favorite – Flickr. (archives, audio, blip.tv, dailymotion, digg, flickr, googlevideo, scribd, slide, slideshare, soundcloud, vimeo, youtube, and polldaddy)
So, overall – after 48-ish hours of use. I love WordPress Jetpack. If anyone else has installed it – please let me know what you think too.