This week a new version of the Jetpack plugin was released. The new release features contact forms, a nice new addition to an already feature-packed plugin. If you’ve used WordPress.com’s Contact Forms or Grunion Contact Form, Jetpack’s new feature should look familiar.
If you haven’t yet heard of this plugin, Jetpack supercharges your self‑hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
Here are some of the features Jetpack already has:
- Subscriptions. Your readers can choose to get every new post automatically sent to their email inbox.
- LinkedIn and Google+ buttons for your Sharing UI. Let your visitors spread word of your work to even more social networks.
- Image & RSS Links Widgets. Easily add images or RSS feeds to your sidebar.
- Gravatar Hovercards: Find out who’s commenting on your posts with enhanced information for Gravatars (includes full name, bio, other web profiles).
- WordPress.com Stats: Keep on top of your traffic with powerful and simple to understand statistics for your site.
- Twitter Widget: Keep your readers more up to date by syncing your tweets to your site via a simple widget.
- Shortcodes: Quickly add movies, images, and more to your posts and pages with a single line of code.
- Shortlinks: Automatically creates an easy to copy/paste mini-url for any post on your site.
- : Use the famous markup language to quickly create beautiful mathematical expressions and equations.
- Sharedaddy: Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks.
- After the Deadline: Your writing will improve thanks to this artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker.
The announcement on the Jetpack site also includes the roadmap for the coming months, with the following planned additions:
- The commenting features currently available on WordPress.com,
- Increased customizability of the Subscription feature’s emails, and
- A better Jetpack management interface.
I recommend you install this plugin on your WordPress blog if you have never tried it, it’s one of the essential plugins I use on all the sites I develop.
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