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Introduction to Jetpack for WordPress Hamilton

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This presentation was given to the WordPress Hamilton Meetup on April 16, 2015. The purpose was to scratch the surface of that which is Jetpack. The assumption was that the viewers knew nothing about Jetpack and had a beginner level of knowledge as it relates to WordPress. This covers some of the favourites that many people use, as well as some of the new functions that have been incorporated into WordPress's JetPack.

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Introduction to Jetpack for WordPress Hamilton

  1. 1. Intro to Jetpack Shanta R. Nathwani
  2. 2. About Me • Instructor, Sheridan College • Joint program with University of Toronto at Mississauga: Institute of Culture, Communication, Information and Technology • Web Design and Capstone Project • Independent IT and Social Media Consultant • Clients include NPOs, Real Estate, Software Development, Financial and Political Sectors • Bachelor of Commerce in Info Tech Mgmt., Ryerson University Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  3. 3. JetPack • A set of plugins installed by default with WordPress.org • Turned off (Inactive) by default • Typically tested on WordPress.com and then deployed • Meant to be a simple set of the best of the best to operate a WordPress site. • Current version: 3.4.1 Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 3
  4. 4. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 4
  5. 5. Favourites Yours and Mine Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 5
  6. 6. Contact Forms • Sends an email to the address specified, by default • Easy to set up • Can change what happens on “Submit” Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 6
  7. 7. Contact Form Alternatives MailChimp • Can maintain a list of users, outside of WordPress • Easy to create a form • Easy to create a widget Contact Form 7 • 19 Million+ downloads • Multiple forms • Supports Akismet and CAPTCHA Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 7
  8. 8. Tiled Galleries Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 8
  9. 9. Gallery Alternatives Flickr • Upload once, multiple platforms • Can organize the photos by set, album, filter and more Next GEN Gallery • Paid upgrades to include email support, lightboxes and social sharing • Easy to use and light on your website Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 9
  10. 10. WordPress Statistics • Installed and active by default • Connected using WordPress.com • Gives highlights of Top Posts and Searches • Further stats can show number of unique visitors and pages/posts Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 10
  11. 11. Google Analytics (an alternative) • Shows more detailed information, such as the specific source, not just the website • Shows the path that someone took to enter the site, as well as exit • Gives more statistical information, such as average page view Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 11
  12. 12. Publicize Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 12
  13. 13. Sharing Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 13
  14. 14. Publicize vs. Sharing Publicize • Done at the time of Posting by the website owner/administrator • Can be done en masse • Sometimes, doesn’t give the best reach vs. manual input (i.e., Facebook) Sharing • Done by the visitors of the site, one by one • After posting Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 14
  15. 15. What’s New? New Additions to Jetpack Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 15
  16. 16. Site Management • Manages all of your WordPress sites (both .com and .org) through a single Dashboard, WordPress.com/sites • Update plugins, write your post from WordPress.com and view statistics from a single site Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 16
  17. 17. Monitor • Notifies you when your site(s) is not reachable via email Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 17 [Jetpack Monitor] Bad news — your site http://jetpack.me is down! [Jetpack Monitor] Bad news — your site http://jetpack.me is still down! [Jetpack Monitor] Good news — your site http://jetpack.me is back up!
  18. 18. Single Sign On • Allows users to login to your website using their WordPress.com credentials. • Saves users from having to remember different credentials. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 18
  19. 19. What Does It All Mean? • It Depends • On how much management you want to deal with • Speed of the website • What you want these specific things to do Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 19
  20. 20. Questions? Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  21. 21. References 1. Jetpack – Main Website 2. Michele Butcher’s Talk on Jetpack – WordCamp Chicago 2014 (Slides) 3. Auto-Responder to Contact Form – WPTavern Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 21

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