You’ve probably heard a lot about the freedom that comes along with self-hosting your own WordPress site. You have the freedom to install any theme you like. You have the freedom to install any plugin you might need. You have the freedom to do anything you want with your website. Meanwhile, WordPress.com users are stuck with a limited number of themes and no plugins.
But that’s only part of the story. What you may not realize is that WordPress.com users have access to a bunch of standard features that aren’t part of the WordPress.org software that you installed when you setup your site. Features like email notification on new posts and comments, sharing buttons for social sites like Twitter and Facebook, and some very nice site statistics that integrate neatly with the WordPress dashboard.
The good news is, there’s an easy way for self-hosted WordPress users to gain access to all of these amazing features. A plugin called Jetpack brings the best of the WordPress.com features to self-hosted WordPress sites. This video introduces you to Jetpack and shows you how to get up and running quickly.