WordPress Stats Plugin: I Dished JetPack; Long Live JetPack!

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!

But…

I’m not leaving my blog without a stats facility, and so…

I’ve installed Jetpack Lite!

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.

So what?

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.

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Chadrack is a freelance web content writer who helps clients drive growth through customer acquisition. He specializes in writing marketing content that delivers tangible marketing results for SMBs and enterprise bloggers. He is the author of "The Wordsmith's Guest Blogging Manifesto" - a special report on how to boost your brand awareness, drive more traffic and grow your business fast leveraging the audiences of a-list bloggers. Click here to download FREE!

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27 Responses to “WordPress Stats Plugin: I Dished JetPack; Long Live JetPack!”

  1. Ravit

    Nov 23. 2011

    Wow, this is unbelievable! I’m glad I came across YOUR blog getting this info… Thanks Chadrack!

    • Chadrack

      Nov 23. 2011

      You’re welcome Ravit. I’m glad to be of help.

  2. ella

    Nov 23. 2011

    Thanks so much for this post, the Lite version is much better, i can’t stand it when applications “go wild” on blogs and do things that the owner is not even notified of.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 23. 2011

      @ella, Most of these plugin developers have some ways of getting back what they expended in creating the plugins. But I think the right thing to do is to ask the users to make a donation if they want some compesation. Thanks for the comment

  3. BuySellWordpress

    Nov 23. 2011

    I think that it can be very useful to use WordPress statistics. Actually everything that deals with WordPress is always very helpful, easy in use and of high quality

  4. keite

    Nov 24. 2011

    I must say I don’t really know WordPress statistics. but I will use it in my blog now that I read this post.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @keite,

      If you’re using wordpress as your blogging platform, the wordpress Jetpack stats plugin is one of the free tools you must have. I wish you the best in using it. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Bodhost UK web hosting

    Nov 26. 2011

    I think that it can be very useful to use WordPress statistics. WordPress works really well with everything.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @Bodhost,

      WordPress works really well with everything? Don’t really know what you mean by this. You may want to throw some light.

      However, I agree with you. Having a way of understanding your blog’s stats is a must if you want to have a great blog.

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    Nov 27. 2011

    This wonderful writing helped a lot. Nice Post, I appreciate your wonderful effort.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @slate tile,

      Thank you.

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    Nov 27. 2011

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    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @hardwood floor refinishing toronto, Glad that you find this interesting. Will be glad to see you around again!

  8. Cun

    Nov 27. 2011

    This is interesting to me, while it has added something to your blog without asking and I do think that is wrong, what I dont get it what they gain by doing that? It looks like additional free functionality that they are providing but I think I am missing something.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @Cun,

      From what others have said about this, it shows that they are trying to use the two additional links to build subscribers for themselves and also for your blog. Now if you already have a system for your readers to subscribe to your blog adding another link for that is not the right thing to do. And putting another link for themselves without your approval is unethical or don’t you think so?

  9. Sophia

    Nov 27. 2011

    Thank you so much for your tips. I did not know this plugin Jetpack Lite. I would like to try it, it will be a another great experience. I would send the result to you, friend. :D

    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @Sophia,

      Will be glad to know of your experience. Thanks for the comment.

  10. Sophia

    Nov 27. 2011

    Thank you for your sharing, and it is so useful information. This plugin could benefit us users and become more convenient.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @Sophia,

      That’s actually why this post was written. I’m glad that you got it loud and clear!

  11. Hi Chadrack! I am new to wordpress plugins and its works but still, i consider this as a helpful one. Thanks and more power.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 28. 2011

      @Divine,

      First, I want to say, welcome to the wordpress family! Trust me, very soon you’ll begin to rave about the good in wordpress :) I’ll quickly advise that if you’ve not installed the Jetpack lite plugin, do so without any delay. It will help you understand the traffic sources of your blog. Thanks for the comment.

      • @Chadrack, Thank you for the reply and for welcoming me in the world of wordpress. I appreciate your help and i will treasure someone like you who advise me on how to deal with this kind of field. Happy Holidays!

  12. Are you sure the additional links are to create a list for JetPack, rather than trying to get people to subscribe to your RSS feed?

    Seems bad that they don’t give you the option to turn them off, though it would probably be easy enough to also hide them using a small amount of CSS.

    • Chadrack

      Nov 30. 2011

      @Richard,

      From the graphics posted by Vernessa, it does show that there is a subscription for the plugin’s creator because the confirmation link comes from that end.

      The main issue is why they should include this without the permission of the blog owner!

  13. Gym Equipment

    Dec 02. 2011

    Great resource. I too love this plugin.

  14. Saikrishna

    Feb 20. 2012

    From the starting only I am using jetpack & really this is the best plugin for stats.

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