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Why You Need Jetpack for WordPress

Written by Alfred Bassetti on
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Picking plugins for your WordPress site can be overwhelming, but there’s one plugin every site needs… Jetpack for WordPress makes your site more secure while offering many other features.

Jetpack is one of the most popular and versatile WordPress plugins. By the time you finish this post, you’ll understand why it’s so popular. But before you install it, keep reading to learn how to get the premium version of Jetpack Security for free.

What is Jetpack for WordPress?

Jetpack is the jack of all trades plugin for WordPress. Jetpack was developed by Automattic, the same company behind WordPress.com, WordPress VIP, WooCommerce, and yours truly, Pressable. The common theme across our family of brands is a passion for making WordPress work best for users with sites of all sizes and types.

Jetpack includes tools for improving your site’s security, performance, and growth. Let’s look at how it helps with each of those areas.

Jetpack Security Features

Security is one of the biggest concerns of WordPress site owners, but with Jetpack Security, you can sleep soundly knowing your site is protected with:

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  • Backups. Jetpack offers real-time backups, so every edit or change you make gets safely backed up. 
  • One-Click Restores. Something go wrong? Don’t worry. With one click you can restore your site from a backup. 
  • Activity Log. Have a complete record of everything that happens on your site.
  • Malware Scanning. Jetpack automatically scans your site for malware, alerts you, and includes one-click fixes.
  • Spam Protection. You get enough spam in your inbox. Jetpack keeps it off your site by automatically clearing spam from comments and forms.
  • Brute Force Attack Protection. Jetpack recognizes and deflects login attempts from known malicious attackers.
  • Downtime Monitoring. If your site goes down, Jetpack notifies you so you can fix it quickly.
  • Firewall (beta). Examines incoming traffic to your WordPress site and protects your site from malicious requests.

Security Pricing

The security features come in two plans:

  • 10GB Backup Plan. This plan is $24.95 per month and includes 10GB of backup storage and one-click restores from the last 30 days of backups.
  • 1TB Backup Plan. This plan costs $29.95 per month and includes access to a year’s worth of backups and 1TB of storage.

There’s also a version that just includes backups starting at $4.95 per month, but you’ll miss out on the extra security offered by the malware scanning and burst force attack prevention.

How to Get Jetpack Security for Free

Pressable clients get free access to the 10 GB plan. That’s $299 in value just for being a Pressable client.

Do I Need Jetpack Security if My Host Backs Up My Site?

Many web hosts, including Pressable, offer backup services, so why use Jetpack? At Pressable, we recommend you use both. Jetpack is a real-time backup, which is essential if you process a lot of transactions or forms in a day. Most host backups are done nightly, so an e-commerce store could lose a day’s worth of orders without real-time backups.

Performance Features

Jetpack’s performance options improve site speed, SEO, and user experience.

Feature Price Benefits
Jetpack Search $5 to $199.95 per month, depending on how much content is on your site Faster search results and more control and customization over how search works allow you to present the most relevant content or products to your customers. 
Jetpack Boost Free to $19.95 per month Boost is an optimization plugin for WordPress for improving site speed. The free version includes optimized CSS loading, deferring non-essential JavaScript, lazy image loading, and site performance scores. The paid version adds automating critical CSS. 
Jetpack CDN Free Content Delivery Networks cache static web elements at data centers across the globe to make your websites work faster. 
VideoPress $9.95 per month Video hosting and player made specifically for WordPress. Host videos without ads instead of hosting them on a site like YouTube. The plan includes up to 1 TB of storage. 

Growth Features

Jetpack also helps you grow your site and business with social and CRM features.

Social

Jetpack Social allows you to share your site content on your social media feeds automatically. You can even schedule your posts to publish on social media when they receive the most engagement. The social features are a free part of Jetpack.

CRM

Jetpack CRM starts at $11 per month and is an alternative to more pricey customer relationship management software. Consolidate billing, email campaign, and customer profiles into one system powered by WordPress.

All plans include:

  • Contacts management
  • Sales funnel management
  • Company or account management
  • Payments and invoicing
  • Integrations and API access

Making the Most of Jetpack for WordPress

One of the most frequent questions we get about Jetpack is, “Do I really need all of this?” The answer depends on your site and business. We think everyone can and should use the security features. They’re best-in-class and take the hassle out of keeping your site safe. The other features can be toggled on and off or purchased separately.

Jetpack also recently launched individual plugins for their most used features: Backup, Boost, CRM, Protect, Search, and Social, so you can build your own Jetpack experience.

Jetpack Boost is a free site speed and performance optimization plugin. It’s simple to use with configuration in as little as three clicks. You can use it instead of another optimization plugin.

Jetpack contains some of the best tools for helping grow your website. Implementing search engine optimization best practices and regularly publishing content on your social channels will increase your inbound traffic.

Your site needs to be secure and fast to rank well on Google. Jetpack takes care of that with a couple of clicks instead of spending hours and hours trying to optimize your site for speed.

The social scheduling features also save time over manually sharing your site content on social media. Jetpack frees you from mundane tasks so you can focus on creating better content or products and growing your business.

Jetpack and Pressable: The Perfect Pair

Jetpack makes running a WordPress site easier and faster. Pair Jetpack with Pressable’s state-of-the-art hosting for even more convenience and speed. Our managed WordPress hosting plans ensure your site is always up-to-date with the latest version of WordPress and any Automattic plugin, including Jetpack and WooCommerce. Sign up for a Pressable account today and start saving with free access to Jetpack Security.

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Alfred Bassetti

Alfred Bassetti is a Sales Representative and Sales Operations Analyst at Pressable. He focuses in helping people get the best possible experience with hosting by bringing customers closer to their needs!