How To Deactivate Jetpack Modules in WordPress

Thousands of WordPress websites use Jetpack, but the plugin is not very intuitive when it comes to turning off its modules. The dashboard settings page makes it super easy to activate items with their shiny blue buttons.

However, the button to deactivate a module is actually hidden as a sub-menu item of the “Learn More” button and will pop into view once clicked.

Click “Learn More” to deactivate a module

You may think this is obvious, but believe it or not, I had to google this the other day. The deactivate button seems to be intentionally more difficult to find than the activation button. Why not simply replace the blue activate button with a deactivate button when a module is activated?

This minor annoyance is certainly not a huge deterrent in deciding whether or not to use Jetpack, but a clear deactivation button would make it easier for users to navigate the plugin. This is especially important, given Jetpack’s policy to activate new modules on your site without your permission. If you’re looking to avoid that “feature”, check out Mark Jaquith’s Manual Control For Jetpack plugin.