Installed JetPack on 24 May, 2016 at around 0700, and spent the next 4 hours activating some parts, deactivating others, and configuring the parts that are active.
I am assuming that the daughter sites can activate parts of the JetPack that the mothership is not using. If this is wrong, then I will activate just about everything but I’m hoping I can keep maintenance of the mothership more simple than that.
- Contact Form– Going to want this as the primary means for strangers to contact me in the role of web master.
- JSON API– this is active by default. It allows other websites to use JSON to read stuff on my site. I think it is probably okay.
- Manage– Activating this as it looks like it may make updating wordpress.com stuff easier, and might offer some other benefits.
- Markdown– From the description, this allows a wikitext-like markdown language to be used. Definitely worth my while to check it out.
- Monitor– Will send me an email whenever the website goes down.
- Notifications– Is on by default. Not sure quite what it notifies me about, or whether I will be alerted when there is a notification.
- Omnisearch– also on by default. Searches entire site.
- Shortcode Embeds– on by default. Worthwhile, but maybe won’t be used on the mothership. Embeds media from other sites (Youtube, etc)
- Single Sign On– allows users to use WordPress.com credentials to sign on to the site. Default is active.
- Site Stats– Recommended by a web designer. Provides usage stats.
- Site Verification– I don’t understand how to configure this one. It is on by default and I assume an appropriate configuration has been used. I’ll leave it on.
- Site Maps– on by default.
- Spelling and Grammar– on by default.
- Subscriptions– on by default.
- WP.me Short Links– on by default, looks useful. Provides a mechanism for automagically creating shortened URLs for off-site use (on Twitter, etc)
- Widget Visibility– on by default.
- Beautiful Math– this would never be needed.
- Carousel– I will want this on some of the sites, but not on the mothership. (image manager)
- Comments– Needed on some of the sites. And comments are probably needed on the mothership although I have them turned off at the moment. But I don’t know what this plugin offers that is beyond what is basically available so it is turned off until I get around to researching it.
- Custom CSS– I gave this one a try, then turned it off. It looks like a slick product, but it duplicates a core piece of the child theme mechanism and the duplication could be the cause of some real maintenance headaches down the line. I would advise anyone who is doing child themes to turn this off.
- Custom Content Types: In addition to the standard Posts and Pages, this adds Portfolio Projects and Testimonials. Perhaps the Portfolio might be useful in the future, but I cannot think of a use for Testimonials. Neither are needed now.
- Enhanced Distribution– not sure I’ll ever need this, since most of what the network is about is not intended for a mass market.
- Gravatar Hovercards– These display contact data, etc, from Gravatar on persons when hovering on their avatars. A web designer advises to turn this off as the results are a distraction.
- Infinite Scroll– is not supported by the twentysixteen theme. No clue as to what it is supposed to do.
- Likes– Maybe on other sites, but not on the mothership
- Mobile Theme– On the advice of a web designer, I’ll not use this. If I choose responsive themes, this will only replace a tailored presentation with a generic approach that is not likely to be as good.
- Photon– caches images on WP data centers, removing the load from my server and bandwidth. I will use it, but I don’t need it yet.
- Post by Email– Will activate later. I am postponing doing the setup, which looks like it could be tricky, involving a dedicated mailbox, etc
- Protect– This is a whitelist feature. It was on by default but I want to know more about shared ISPs, etc, before using WP’s white and black lists
- Publicise– Maybe later.
- Related Posts– Maybe later.
- Sharing– Maybe later.
- Tiled Galleries– Maybe later.
- Video Press– Maybe later.
- Vault Press– is a commercial backup service. But I believe that Bluehost’s included backup service will work just fine.