Setting up Jetpack



The WordPress Jetpack is a set of very useful utilities to enhance any WordPress installation. These include:

  • Stats, a very useful statistics package built into your WordPress Dashboard
  • ShareDaddy, which adds a share button to the bottom of posts, which allows visitors to print the post or send the post details to a number of social media sites
  • After the Deadline, which dramatically improves the WordPress spell checker and adds a grammar checker
  • Shortcode embeds, which sets up and configures video and media sources, such as YouTube, when you just add the video’s single line short code.

To configure Jetpack

Click on the Jetpack button   found at the top of  the left hand menu, just under the Dashboard section.

Jetpack configuration

Jetpack configuration

Click on the     Jetpack link

The main Jetpack configuration screen is displayed

Jetpack configuration

Jetpack configuration

You can then configure the various sections:

The WordPress Stats You can control which roles can have access to the statistics and you can select to display a bar chart showing the number of visitors.

ShareDaddy allows you to select which services you want to use including email, print and a selection of social media.

You can also change the look of the Share button and whether the share options are displayed on the current window or when clicked will it be displayed in a new window.

You can also add new social media options.

After the Deadline configuration takes you to the user profile where the plugin adds quite a few grammar actions, which the user can use when they press the proofread button on the Add Post or Add Page writing option.

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  1. Nshoregal says

    Can the Stats section be set up so that it does NOT count visits by any logged in users, ie. Admin, Authors, Editors, etc.?

  2. says

    Sadly Nshoregal I don’t think it can. It would obviously ignore the visits to the administration side, but the moment you check a post it will be recorded.

    This would also be the same with Google Analytics.

    Anyone out there go a solution to this problem?

  3. Nshoregal says

    I see that Google Analytics for WordPress has Custom Variables settings that address this. It “allows you to easily remove logged in users from your reports”. Also, under Advanced Settings, you can select Ignore Users. “Users of the role you select and higher will be ignored, so if you select Editor, all Editors and Administrators will be ignored.”

    So I would imagine the same thing could be written for the JetPack Stats.

    Right now every time an Author or Editor works on their Draft post, it counts as a visit to the site, which is incredibly misleading.

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