Getting Started with Jetpack


There are many useful plugins available to you on ODU WordPress but finding which ones suite you can be quite the hunt. Jetpack is easy to use and generally has very useful plugins to have.

Quick Start
Features

Quick Start

Jackpack contains several plugins that it has identified as good start up plugins for users who don’t yet know what they want on their site or would benefit from having a few additional, yet easy to use, options. To get started go to your dashboard and select the “Jetpack” tab from the list.

 

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Click the big green button that reads”Connect to WordPress.com”. If you already have an account simply type in your credentials and hit “Approve” (Please note this is NOT the same as your midas login and is completely separate from ODU WordPress), otherwise create an account by clicking the “Need an account” link.

 

A WordPress account gives you access to WordPress outside of the ODU environment as well as their reader section. The reader section allows you to view and subscribe to accounts from all over (a much larger number of blogs than the local ODU community) they have blogs on most topics you can think of….and then some more! However using your ODU WordPress account gives you access to a lot more plugins and features for your own site.

Once you are taken back to your ODU WordPress Dashboard, click the “Jump Start” button.

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You should now have access to several features including: Carousel picture galleries and extra widgets, as well improved site performance. You also have access to many other plugins which you can now access by clicking “Settings” in the top left corner of the Jetpack page. From there simply click “activate on any plugin you would like to activate. For example, many people have use for the Contact Form plugin so you can scroll down to “Contact Form”, hover over it, and click “Activate”. You may also activate many in bulk by clicking their check boxes and they applying activate to them. If you have a question about the nature of a plugin simply click on the name to get a brief description.

Features(this portion is currently being updated)

Description: Allows you to display mathematical equations and formulas neatly.

beautiful math

How to use:  In the text editor of a post or page type $latex  $. What ever you place between those two will be created into an equation. This can be very tricky to learn how to use so you will need to gain an understanding of the coding style. If you get the following phrase, “Formula does not parse” than there is an error in your code.

Description: Displays your galleries in a full screen view (with comments) and allows you to easily scroll to the next. Please note the size of the image does factor into how large it will appear.

carousel

How to use: no further actions needed, simply click an image from a gallery to see the new display mode

Description: Allows users to use their WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook account to comment

comments

How to use: No further configuration required, but there are a few options available under the Discussion section of the Settings tab.

Description: Allows you to easily add a customizable contact form onto any page or post.

contact form

How to use: When editing a post or page simply click the Add Contact Form button directly above the toolbar. You can then build a contact form by adding field types.

Description: Allows you to replace your theme’s CSS

How to use: No further configuration required. simply go to the Edit CSS section of the Appearance tab.

Description: Create different content types (beyond posts and pages) to display your content in a more customized way.

How to use: You need to go to the Writing section of the Settings tab to turn on Testimonials or Portfolios. Once they are active you can then navigate them as you would a post or page.

Description: Your content is shared on search engines thus increasing traffic flow to your site.

How to use:No further configuration required.

Description: Provides the following extra widgets: Twitter, Facebook Like Box, Image, Gravatar, Display WordPress Posts, Social Media Icons

How to use: No further configuration required. Simply add your new widgets into widget area as needed.

Description: Replaces your Gravatar image with a small profile when it is hovered on

hovercards

How to use: You can edit your avatar and turn hovercards on and off in the Discussion section of the Settings tab

Description:  Allows readers to scroll through posts from start to finish (posts load as they scroll)

How to use: Some themes are not compatible with this feature (it will say if you click this plugin for more information)

Description: Allows applications to connect to your site and use its content.

How to use: No further configuration is needed

Description: Allows readers to like posted contents

likes

How to use: Go to the Sharing section of the Settings tab to select whether it is active for all or select posts

Description: Allows you to update your self-hosted WordPress sites and any WordPress.com sites from one dashboard

How to use: No further configuration required. This plugin has limited use for ODU Students. You may follow the link in the plugin’s description to activate/deactivate plugins on any of your sites.

Description: Allows you to use creative text by using regular characters

How to use: Go to the Discussion section of the Settings tab and look for the option to turn Markdown on for comments. Users can now use markup code to customize their comments. There are online tutorials available for markdown.

Description: Enhances the layout of the site for mobile devices to optimize the reader’s experience

How to use: No further configuration is required but there are a few options available via the configure button of the plugin’s description.

Description: Notifies you if your site goes down

How to use: No further configuration is required but you can change the email address associated with this plugin via the configure button in the plugin’s description

Description: Displays a notification if there is an update on your sites (comments, like, etc.)

notifications

How to use: No further configuration is required

Description: Allows you to search all posts, pages, media, and plugins for something

How to use: No further configuration is required

Description: Speeds up image loading time

How to use: No further configuration is required

Description: Allows you to post to your site via email

How to use: You must enable posting by email and pick an email address to use. You may do this in the Your Profile section of the Users tab.

Description: Tracks failed login attempts (can block out users)

How to use: This plugin is currently experiencing difficulties and is being investigated

Description: Allows you to connect to your social media accounts and easily share new posts

How to use: This plugin is currently experiencing difficulties and is being investigated

Description: Shows related posts (from your site) under your posts

related posts

How to use: There are a few settings available to edit in the Reading section of the Settings tab.

Description: Allows you and your readers the ability to share your posts on social media

sharing

How to use: Choose which methods of sharing you would like to use, and how they are displayed in the Sharing section of the Settings tab.

Description: Allows you to easily embed media from sites such as Youtube, Flickr, and other sites

shortcode embed

How to use: Simply paste in the shortcode followed by the matching url followed by closing the shortcode into the visual editor of a page or post. Example [youtube http://www.youtube.com/………..]

Description: Users can login or register for your site with the same login as WordPress.com

How to use: This plugin is currently being investigated

Description: Displays your site’s stats in an easy to understand fashion

site stats

How to use: You can find the settings to complete configuration by clicking the configure button in the plugin description. You can then see the stats on the dashboard page.

Description: Shows search engines you own the site, allows them to index your site thus increasing traffic flow

How to use: You can enter in the required key in the Available Tools section of the Tools tab. You can follow these instructions if you need help getting the key.

Description: Checks your spelling and grammar as you type

How to use: You can edit the rules the proofreader follows in the Your Profile section of the Users tab.

Description: Allow readers to easily subscribe to your site via email. This notifies them each time you post something

subscriptions

How to use: Simply add the widget to a widget are in the widgets section of the Appearance tab. You may also edit some settings in the Dicussion section or the Reading section of the Settings tab

Description: Allows you to arrange your images in a special galleries:mosaic, circular, rectangular, or in a square

tile mosaic

How to use: Simply pick some photos to be added to a gallery and change the gallery type to the style you would like

Description: Allows you to upload and embed videos

How to use: This plugin is currently experiencing difficulties and is being investigated

Description: Allows you to use a more compact link which you can paste anywhere (even outside of your site)

shortlink shortlink2

How to use: This plugin does not require any additional configuration.  Simply use the Get shortlink button from above the toolbar while editing any post or page.

Description: Allows you to choose which pages a widget is displayed on

How to use: This plugin does not require any additional configuration. Simply use the visibility button in the individual widget

Recommended Plugins featured in Jetpack

Carousel-lets you arrange your pictures so they cycle

Contact Form- the simplest contact form to use

Extra Sidebar Widgets- who doesn’t love having more widgets to play with?

Sharing-places shares buttons (for Social Media services) at the bottom of your posts

Tiled Galleries-lets you arrange your pictures in a few additional ways that look much more creative

Widget Visibility-allows you to change which widgets are available to a user based on the page they are on

Beautiful Math-This plugin is a little difficult to learn at first but can be extremely useful try pasting the following phrase into the visual editor and play with it to get the feel, or see their own documentation. You can also use WP QuickLaTeX from the list of ODU Plugins

$latex y=\frac{(x^2+\theta)^4}{\frac{x}{y}-60}$

Photon-Speeds up image loading times

Subscriptions-allow your users to easy subscribe to your blog and receive email updates on when you post something new

 

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