How To Take Control Of Jetpack

Jetpack LogoA few days ago, we published a list of plugins and services that can be used as alternatives to the modules shipped with Jetpack. While creating that post, it became obvious how much trouble it would be to avoid the convenience that Jetpack offers.

Automattic employee Jeremy Herve, who works on the Jetpack team, took notice of the post and created his own version of Jetpack alternatives. In the post, Jeremy outlines how to:

  • Use Jetpack without connecting it to your account
  • Choose which modules are activated by default
  • Do not activate and do not even display a module in the Jetpack menu

I like Jeremy’s list of alternatives better than mine. Using his methods, Jetpack can remain activated and installed while being able to receive updates. There is no guarantee that plugins that mimic Jetpack modules will receive updates in parallel with Jetpack. For developers, Jeremy provided the following invitation:

If you think of a filter that would help you with your work, do not hesitate to contact us, post in the forums, or submit a patch. We’ll be there to see if such a filter already exists, or if we can add it to Jetpack for you.

Nice to see the team on stand by ready to make Jetpack easier to manipulate for developers.


10 responses to “How To Take Control Of Jetpack”

  1. If only “users” can use related functions without connecting to Jetpack and without writing code.

    Now that would be neat :)

  2. Now that´s a great example of a good post title, Jeffro.
    It really caught my eye, everyone wants to take at least a little control of Jetpack!
    Thank you (and thanks, Jeremy)

  3. Great!
    I was under the impression that while WordPress is very open, with Jetpack they were very closed and wanted people to install all-or-nothing. I’m very happy they are opening it!

  4. I still stand by my original reply to your first post on the subject. I’d much rather use a one-off plugin than to rely on a large plugin like Jetpack while having to deactivate nearly all of its features. It just makes more sense for me to use a plugin that does one job and does it well.

    Automattic has done a great job though. Jetpack is marketing gold. I need to bundle all my plugins and release them as Tadlockpack.


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