If you’re a blogger who has an eye for your blog’s stats, then you must be using Jetpack by WordPress.com to get those stats. Of course, if you were using the WordPress Stats plugin before it was discontinued then you may have switched to Jetpack when it was introduced.
Personally, I’ve been using the Jetpack plugin by WordPress.com for months now. this is because Jetpack is powerful in that it brings the power of WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress blog. It enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account so that you can use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
Throughout the period I used the plugin the only problem I had with it was its size. It is one wordpress plugin that has incorporated various other plugins (9 in all until the recent update which added another 3 making it 11 altogether!) into one and all of them are automatically activated once you activate the plugin. I must say I never really worried about that since I restricted myself to using just the free stats and the social sharing modules in the plugin.
However, just yesterday I upgraded to the new version which contained the 3 new modules without really knowing this! Minutes after that, I came across a blog post on LinkedIn by Vernessa on how JetPack Stats Plugin from WordPress.com was hijacking the commenting system of blogs without permission. I hopped over to read the post on her blog and was surprised with all the graphical proofs she had to show.
I quickly jumped back here to check if this was true and was shocked that the same was happening right here. Right below the comment form, Jetpack had added options for commenters to subscribe to a mailing list without my permission! Frankly without Vernessa’s post I wouldn’t have noticed this.
Well, I understand that Automattic, the provider of the plugin, is giving it away for free. But does that mean they should take advantage of bloggers using the plugin? Whatever their reasons may be, I’ve decided to go the way of many other bloggers who have discovered this uncanny behaviour. I’ve dished Jetpack Stats Plugin from WordPress.com!
I’m not leaving my blog without a stats facility, and so…
I’ve installed Jetpack Lite!
Yes, Jetpack Lite is a non- official fork of Jetpack by WordPress.com containing only just two modules, Stats and WP.me Shortlinks modules. All the other modules (9) are removed.
The good news is that the stats from Jetpack Lite are not different from what Jetpack by WordPress.com will give you! You really do not miss anything.
The point here is, if you’re a blogger using the Jetpack plugin by WordPress.com you will want to take a look at it again and decide if you want Automattic to have that liberty with your blog. Of course, you could leave Jetpack by WordPress.com and simply deactivate the modules you don’t want to use, but what’s the need of leaving 9 modules on your blog when you’re not using it? So, whatever you decision may be, Jetpack Lite is there as an alternative for you.