Anas H. Sulaiman is a WordPress plugin developer who has created several extensions that extract modules from Jetpack so that they can be used independently. He recently renamed his WordPress.org profile to “JP Bot” and is gradually adding to his collection of Jetpack-extractions:
One of his most popular plugins is JP Markdown, which essentially duplicates Jetpack’s Markdown module. It allows you to compose WordPress content in Markdown and have it published as HTML. I gave the plugin a test run and found that it works as advertised:
JP Markdown even includes the “Use Markdown for Comments” feature that you can enable under Settings > Discussion. This plugin is a solid option if you like the Markdown module in Jetpack but don’t want everything else that comes with it.
The JP Bot family of plugins extracted from Jetpack currently includes:
- JP Sharing – Share content with Facebook, Twitter, et al.
- JP Widget Visibility – Control what pages your widgets appear on.
- JP Markdown – Write in Markdown, publish in HTML.
- JP Custom CSS – Customize your site’s CSS without modifying your theme.
- JP Gravatar Hovercards – Show a pop-up business card of your users’ gravatar profiles in comments.
- JP Omnisearch – A single search box, that lets you search many different things.
Using Jetpack requires being connected to WordPress.com. While some users appreciate the convenience and professional support they receive from the Jetpack team, there are many who have reservations about hooking their site up to another third-party service. JP Bot’s collection of Jetpack-extraction plugins offer you an alternative to many of Jetpack’s most popular modules. For more alternatives to Jetpack, check out 15+ Plugins To Get Jetpack Functionality Without Using Jetpack.
It was a real pleasure to discover his Markdown plugin as the one I used was incorporated in Jetpack and I don’t need such a big plugin.