How to Install Jetpack in 2 Minutes and 18 Seconds

July 22, 2016
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how to install jetpack

Millions like me <3 WordPress.org

Why? Because a self-hosted WordPress blog provides you with freedom.

Freedom to design and create your website however you want. Versatility is what you get thanks to a variety of plugins.

All you have to do is install them and occasionally update the individual plugins you choose to use.

This is pretty easy because there is a popular plugin called Jetpack that consolidates all of your separate plugin features into one single plugin that is user-friendly and is installed and maintained as easily as any other plugin.

Using the Jetpack plugin is like giving your blog a turbo boost–your WordPress blog will run stronger and smoother by adding many invaluable features–critical features like a sidebar widget, statistics and analytics, email subscriptions, social media sharing and more.

You can install Jetpack at any time. All you need is a self-hosted WordPress website running version 3.8 or later along with a WordPress.com free account. This is separate from your self hosted blog account. You need a WordPress.com account because the Jetpack plugin runs from the WordPress.com cloud.

In this post you will learn how to install Jetpack. Future posts will cover how to set up the features.

Let’s do this!

How to Install Jetpack

WordPress plugins can be installed through your administrator dashboard using the plugin directory, or manually by extracting your files and uploading them to your FTP server. If you are not a web developer, I recommend using the first method. It is so incredibly easy that way.

Here’s how to install Jetpack in a few minutes…

1. Log in your WordPress dashboard, then click “Plugins” from the left side menu bar.

2. Click “Add New,” then type “Jetpack” in the search box. You should find “Jetpack by WordPress.com” in your first search result.

3. Click “Install Now” below the plugin title and then click “OK” to confirm. In just a few moments the plugin should download, unpack and install.

4. Click “Activate Plugin” link. Once the plugin is activated, you will get sent back to the Plugins page.

how to install jetpack

For Jetpack to work you must connect it with your WordPress.com account so it can access its integrated cloud features.

Remember, a WordPress.com account is different and not connected to your self hosted blog account. If you don’t already have a WordPress.com account, just take a minute and >start one here. After you do that you are ready to start the connection process with Jetpack:

1. Go back inside your dashboard to the Plugins page, click “Connect to WordPress.com” in the green bar near the top of the page.

2. Enter your WordPres.com username and password on the next page, then click “Authorize Jetpack.” Done! Jetpack should be fully functional now.

You’re done! Awesomesauce!

Jetpack can now be configured and used. Don’t forget this going forward: Keep Jetpack updated as new versions are released. This is a regular habit that should be maintained. Any time a new plugin update is available, you will see an orange dot displayed on the “Plugins” button in the administrator dashboard. The little number you see is how many updates are needed at that moment.

Updating Jetpack (or any other plugin) only takes a moment of your time. Here’s how in two steps.

1. Click the Plugins page in the dashboard and scroll down to find the “Jetpack by WordPress.com” plugin.

2. See any updates? You will find an alert appearing beneath the plugin. Click “update now” link and the latest version will download and install automatically.

That’s how to install Jetpack. Let me know if you need any help.

Cheers to your success!

Installing Jetpack on my WordPress blog was so easy!

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter

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  1. Melanie Billingsley says:    •   3 years

    I guess I don’t understand. Forgive the ignorance. I got a wordpress.com website some years ago, then recently got a wordpress.org. Two totally different usernames? Can I interconnect them?

    Please forgive the site, it is totally under construction, I do not understand yet what I am actually doing. Thank you!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Melanie,

      There is a proper way to move your wordpress dot come blog to WordPress dot org….I’m proud of you for getting started, which is the hardest step. You can keep going now at your own pace.

      Keep me posted on your progress.

      Matthew