Jetpack is a plugin which many find essential. It is a good plugin and is by Automattic (the company which owns WordPress.com)
This plugin is updated regularly and has over a million active users.
1- Install and Activate Jetpack
Before we proceed you should know that there is a difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
Using Jetpack requires you to have a WordPress.COM account. (If you followed our website building guide then you have built your website on WordPress.ORG)
2- Click ‘SET UP JETPACK’
3- Follow the steps. Make an account or continue with Google.
After successful account creation / signup / login, you might see a different interface. (This is WordPress.com) (According to me I do not think you need to enable the WordPress.com Toolbar. So if asked to use this new interface or use old one you should use the old WordPress.org interface.)
Now, You have to be in your WordPress.org Admin Dashboard. If there are buttons to do so go back to it. Else simply open a new tab and go to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin
6- After scrolling down you will see ‘SPEED UP YOUR SITE’
You may check the options accordingly. Read the description of each and decide do you need to enable these.
* If you have lots of images and your site is not optimized / your server is not fast you may select these options.
* There is Theme enhancements.
If you check ‘Enable the Jetpack Mobile theme’ mobile visitors will see a mobile theme. Activate it. Clear Cache if you have cache plugins. Open your website on a mobile phone. If you like the look keep it enabled. Else deactivate it.
7- Next Go to top and click on ‘Sharing’
Everything is self explanatory here.
Note- If you already have plugin like Sassy Social Share then you do not need to enable ‘Sharing Buttons’ in Jetpack else there will be two sharing options.
8- Next in Discussions, you can allow people to login via their social accounts to post comments to your posts.
9- Next under Traffic, you can see/enable Site Stats (How many people visit your site etc. Do not expect much or even any people on your website if your website is new.)
* Further down there is ‘Related Posts’
It is good if you turn this on. This enables related posts at the end of your posts. You may also turn on ‘Use a large and visually striking layout’ if your posts have featured pictures.
This will have related posts in a beautiful big layout with pictures.
* You do not need ‘SITEMAPS’ and ‘SITE VERIFICATION’ if you already have YOAST SEO configured.
If not you may read how to configure SITEMAP and SITE VERIFICATION here (on this page we have explained for Yoast SEO. Steps are similar.) (link will open in new tab)
10- Next under Security it is advisable to turn on ‘Downtime Monitoring’ and ‘Brute force attack protection’
Additionally, you may now download WordPress App from Play Store or App Store and manage posts, read posts from other people etc from the app.
(‘Site stats’ require Jetpack Plugin)