Integrate social media login options for your blog’s comments:
If you haven’t had the chance to review all of the recent changes in the Jetpack menu, I wanted to make you aware of an option called “Jetpack Comments.” By default all FIT blogs are enabled to use a spam filter requiring all commenters to fill out their name and email address before a comment can be submitted for approval. And in most cases, an administrator must always approve the comment before it goes live.
Jetpack Comments allows the commenter to use their Twitter, Facebook, or WordPress account if they have one to automatically log in. Once you activate Jetpack Comments through the Jetpack menu additional options will appear under Settings > Discussion at the bottom of the page allowing you to choose a greeting text and a color scheme.
So 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 byWordPress.com Stats.
- Email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and your post’s comments.
- Social networking enabled comment system.
- Simple, Akismet-backed contact forms.
- The WP.me 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?
Hi there, Rachel Ellner brought to my attention that the site stats were giving an error message. The Jetpack plug-in that enables the stats had a bug, and hopefully the upgrade that I just implemented will solve any problems. Please let me know if you are still getting an error code.
Thanks Rachel for letting me know!!!