Today we wanted to quickly go over how to install Jetpack on WordPress.org and by install we mean connect Jetpack to your WordPress.org so that you can start using all of Jetpacks features! If you are not familiar with Jetpack, Jetpack is an awesome plugin that can be used on the WordPress platform and it offers so many great features such as built in comment forms on posts and pages with just the click of a button you can add a contact form, rss subscriptions- let your readers subscribe to posts and/or comments, site stats, auto post to your favorite social sites, show social share buttons under each post, and much more!
So lets get started! The 1st thing you want to do in order to install Jetpack on WordPress.org is make sure you have the plug-in to use. If you see “jetpack” in your list of plug-ins, or if you see it as an option in your dashboard than you are all set to get it up and running go ahead and skip down to step 1 below. If you do not see Jetpack under your plugins, you will need to install it – here’s how:
Now that you have Jetpack available for use, lets get it connected. Be sure you click “activate” under the plugin on your Plugins page then follow the steps below to connect Jetpack and WordPress. (If you prefer to directly download it and then upload it you can download Jetpack from the plug in site.)
Step 1: From your Plugins page or Jetpack page you will see a notice banner floating at the top of the page. Click the connect to WordPress.com button to get started. (if you do not see this banner go to your plugins page and under Jetpack click “activate”.
Step 2: If you don’t already have an account on WordPress.com you will need to create one so just click on the “need an account” link. Please note: WordPress.com (free) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) are different you can not use your account info for one on the other you will need to set up an account, it’s free.
Step 3: Enter your info and create a username and password. be sure your email address is correct as this is how you will activate your WordPress.com account. After this step you must check your email and activate your account before moving on!
Step 4: An email should of been sent to you to activate your WordPress.com account. You must activate your WordPress.com account before moving on. Once you activate then head back over to your plugins page or Jetpack page (either can be accessed in your dashboard) and again click on “Connect to WordPress.com”
Step 5: Now enter the username and password you just created and click “Authorize Jetpack”
You should now see a screen similar to the one below! This is where you can access and activate all the Jetpack features. There are quite a few so I suggest trying out the ones you think you will like. If you find that you don’t like one after all simply deactivate it.