In order to utilize WordPress.com’s wonderful Jetpack features that we briefly discussed in the “Intro to Jetpack” post, you need to connect your WordPress.org blog with WordPress.com. This doesn’t mean that you have to start a blog there; just create an account. To do so, click the Jetpack tab on the left within your Dashboard; you’ll see the above box. Click the green connect button, which will take you on over to creating an account. If you already have a WordPress.com account for some reason, you can use that login information; otherwise hit the “need an account?” link. Since this will now link WordPress.com to your self-hosted blog, I’d recommend sticking with a username that makes sense for your site.
Jetpack (and several of it’s features) will now be activated and ready for you to configure to your site…which will be discussed in the next post in this series.
*If you have the time after activating Jetpack, head back over to WordPress.com and login to your new account. Since WP.com is now linked to your site, you’ll want to beef up your new profile with pertinent information for you and your site–having your profile and website on WordPress.com will make it all the easier for bloggers over there to come across your site.
Have you read my “Intro to Jetpack” post? Do you have any questions or thoughts on Jetpack so far?
Be sure to read up on using Jetpack’s many features by checking out the comprehensive overview of the WordPress Jetpack plugin and a summary of ALL of the available features.
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