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How to get Features on Self-Hosted WordPress Blogs

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How to get Features on Self-Hosted WordPress Blogs

Often WordPress users start out with using before they make the switch to self-hosted WordPress platform. Like many others, we too started out using before we decided to make a switch. There are many deciding factors that can sway users to switch from to self-hosted WordPress or vice-versa (Full comparison of Self Hosted WordPress vs. Free One of the most asked questions we get from our users who switch is how do they get the same features as Often users get used to of the widgets, stats, and bunch of built-in features that doesn’t come bundled with the self-hosted WordPress platform. Well just because you switched doesn’t mean you cannot have those features. In this article, we will show you how to get features on self-hosted WordPress blogs by using a plugin called Jetpack.

First thing you need to do is install and activate Jetpack. When you activate it, you will see a big notice on your dashboard saying connect to

Jetpack Connect with

Yes this does mean that you have to have a account. When you click on the button, it will take you to the authorize screen where you need to enter your login credentials.

Jetpack Authorization Screen

Once you connect, then you will be all set to use Jetpack on your site. When you click on the Jetpack menu, you will see a list of all the available features.

Jetpack widgets

Jetpack includes: Stats – Simple, concise site stats with no additional server load to your server. We use and recommend using Google Analytics. Stats

After the Deadline – An artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker.

After the Deadline

Sharing – allows your users to share your content anywhere on the web.

Jetpack Sharing

Subscriptions – allows your users to subscribe to your posts and comments to receive a notification via email. There are other alternatives available for this option. You can use Feedburner or you can setup an email newsletter.

Gravatar Hovercards – show a pop-up business card of your users gravatar profiles in comments.

Jetpack Gravatar Shortlinks – When using, you have the luxury to use shortlinks for your articles. On self-hosted WordPress blogs, shortlinks look like: However, there are options that lets you have your own custom branded short urls in WordPress like ours:

Shortcode Embeds – Allows you to easily embed videos, and more from sites like Youtube, Vimeo, and Slideshare.

Beautiful Math – Use the famous markup language to quickly create beautiful mathematical expressions and equations.

Extra Sidebar Widgets – Easily add images, twitter updates, and your site’s RSS links to your sidebar.

Jetpack is great for users who want the freedom of while keeping some of the features of If you are looking to switch, don’t forget that we are always available to help you switch from to self-hosted as part of our Free WordPress Setup.

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  1. Denise says:

    Please help! So I signed up for Bluehost for WordPress yesterday and when I logged into Bluehost, it indicated that WordPress is already installed.

    So how do I know if Bluehost installed or .com?

    On my dashboard on WordPress, the bottom says “created by WordPress” and when I click on that, comes up

    But my confusion is I am reading this about installing the jetpack and I would need a .com address. Does it mean I already have one and not .org?

    Maybe I am better off not doing my own website – I am brand new to this and really need the basics..any help is most appreciated!

    • David Coleman says:

      If your going through a host, then you have can’t be installed, it isn’t self hosted, whereas .org is self hosted.
      You’ll need to create an account on and use it with Jetpack.
      You can create a account without creating a blog on it.

  2. Clare says:

    So glad I found this as it explains how a self hosted site I’m about to help someone with has email blog subscription. It had been puzzling me as I haven’t got into the back-end yet!
    Thanks for writing another really helpful article

  3. Graeme Taylor says:

    Is it possible to add nofollow to the link URL on the image widget?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      If you are talking about jetpack’s extra sidebar widgets feature which has an image widget, then no you can not add a nofollow. Perhaps you should add a text widget and manually add your image with a nofollow link.

  4. Michael Andrzejewski says:

    Is there a way to get the “Like This” button that I see on hosted blogs on a self hosted blog? Is this included in JetPack? If so, where? Thanks.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      From our understanding, No because that feature is integrated with eco-system (i.e is only available for users).

  5. Rob Smelik says:

    Has anyone figured out a way of embedding the shortlinks in your template file so they show up on the front end (for example below the post content). I have created a custom share bar and would like to have auto generated shortlinks of each post show up in this bar for visitors to use whenever they choose to do so. And yes I also have the usual suspects in the bar (twitter, facebook, etc.) but still want to provide the shortlinks. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

  6. mrahmadawais says:

    Is it good to use email subscription from WP jetpack?
    What are the pros and cons?
    What are the options we have to deal with our subscribers?
    Is it better than feedburner?

    • wpbeginner says:

       @mrahmadawais The best option is to use MailChimp or Aweber, so you have all of your email list at one spot.

  7. Brusimm says:

    One tiny bit of advice (if this is even related)…  if you ever change your mind and try to unassociate your .com account from your self hosted blog, BEWARE and maybe coordinate with the .com folk.  I had some issues and had deleted my .com blog and in the process, due to the API connectivity/permissions between the .com and self hosted blog, my self hosted blog appeared to become deleted!  (nice heart stopper, but once the .com folks helped me out, my self-hosted blog came back.  creepy!)

    • wpbeginner says:

      This does not make any sense. Are you suggesting that having Jetpack installed and then deleting your .com blog deleted your self-hosted blog? 

  8. AMANP says:

    One very important feature which I want to get is the FOLLOW Button
    Can you please advise me How can I get the Follow Button on my Jetpack running WordPress (self hosted) site

    • wpbeginner says:

       @AMANP I heard rumors that it will be added in Jetpack in the future.

      • AMANP says:

        Just got a follow plugin for jetpack
        when i activated a Follow Button appeared on my blog & it uses the inbuilt  email subscription module from jetpack 
        but again i dont have control over subscription managment system of jetpack

        • wpbeginner says:

           @AMANP This is why we always use MailChimp (a third-party system, where we have full control).

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