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Jetpack – The Easiest Way To Get Started Creating A Self-Hosted WordPress Site

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Jetpack is the easiest way to get started creating a self-hosted WordPress site. Rather than install and pay for multiple plugins and themes to add functionality most users simply install Jetpack as the ideal starting platform. All Jetpack’s services that require storage or processing are handled by their data centers so there’s no additional strain or cost on a user’s site or host. Below is our interview with Richard Muscat, Growth Lead at Automattic:


Q: Can you give us more insights into your features?

A: Jetpack’s main features center around site design, marketing automation, and security.

The free version helps users kick off their WordPress with several starter themes and design tools that make it easy to customize a site with zero coding.

It also provides automated protection against brute force attacks, downtime monitoring, unlimited image hosting, site stats, as well as services to start attracting traffic like sharing tools, related posts, Google sitemaps, and automated promotion to social media sites.

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Q: Could you tell us more about your pricing plans?

A: Sure. We have three plans designed for different needs: Personal, Premium, and Professional.

Jetpack Personal is our security essentials package including daily backups, unlimited storage, spam filtering, and priority support from our team. This is perfect for site owners who want to make sure their site never suffers any downtime or loss of traffic.

Jetpack Premium is our marketing essentials package. This gives users the ability to schedule multiple Tweets, Facebook posts, and other social media promotions in advance, 13Gb of high-speed, ad-free video hosting, and participation in our WordPress-optimized ad program. Additionally we provide more robust security with daily scans for malware in the site’s code.

Jetpack Professional includes all the above and more. The most exciting features are unlimited use of more than 200 Premium WordPress themes, unlimited video hosting, and SEO preview tools. Security is also improved with real-time backups and automated threat resolution and we provide priority theme support as well as a concierge setup service.

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Q: What is unique about Jetpack and how does it stand out?

A: What’s really unique about Jetpack is, as I mentioned, the fact that it bundles multiple features into one place. By doing this we save WordPress users and small business owners a lot of time and money because they don’t have to seek out or pay for another tool.

Q: What are your plans for keeping Jetpack on the forefront of technology innovation?

A: We’ve recently upgraded our entire user interface to use a much faster and cleaner Javascript-based engine and we’re constantly improving our performance, test coverage, code footprint, and API integrations.

More excitingly, we’re working closely with leading web-hosting companies to make the Jetpack toolkit available to more WordPress users as well as sharing our learnings of onboarding new site creators with our partners. At the moment, for example, users can get Jetpack Premium for free when they sign up for DreamPress and we plan to expand our program to many more hosts.

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