Jetpack in your dashboard

wordpress-jetpackSo what’s the deal with having “Jetpack” in your dashboard other than knowing that is where you go to find your blog stats now?

Well, there is a lot of functionality there that you can take advantage of.  An extra tool box of goodies, if you will.  I will be taking a look at a few of its features in upcoming posts because the list of features is pretty long. Taken from the plug-in summary page, here is a list of those features:

  • Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided Stats.
  • Email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and your post’s comments.
  • Social networking enabled comment system.
  • Simple, Akismet-backed contact forms.
  • The URL shortener.
  • Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar.
  • Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo.
  • For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.
  • A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget
  • Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin.
  • Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the DeadlineWordPress plugin.
  • With Carousel active, any standard WordPress galleries you have embedded in posts or pages will launch a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
  • A CSS editor that lets you customize your site design without modifying your theme.
  • A mobile theme that automatically streamlines your site for visitors on mobile devices.
  • Mobile push notifications for new comments via WordPress mobile apps.
  • and many more to come!

I would love to hear how you are using any of these features and please feel free to comment on what you think about this new functionality.  Is it too much?  Not enough? Too Confusing or overwhelming?