Jetpack Hater? The Alternatives for Jetpack-Style Functionality
So you’ve got yourself a self-hosted WordPress site. You’re finally in full control and can use plugins at your free will. Ever thought of replacing Jetpack with plugins you will actually use?
Whether you have a .com or .org site, you’re probably not using all of the functionality Jetpack has to offer. Jetpack is great, but it has a lot of features loaded into one meta-plugin. Maybe a ‘mini-Jetpack’ would be the next big thing. But until that happens, why not look at some alternatives for Jetpack-style functionality?
For those who only need one or two Jetpack features, or simply don’t want to install the all-inclusive plugin stack, you’ve come to the right place. In this Weekend WordPress Project, I will tell you what Jetpack is, the pros and cons of using it and share 10 standalone plugins with you that can replace Jetpack-style functionality.
Jetpack: The Pros and Cons
Chris was definitely on to something in his post Will Jetpack Supercharge Or Superbloat Your WordPress Site?
Let’s go through the main pros and cons he covered in brief:
- Automatic posts to major social media sites through Publicize
- Notification alerts on response failure through Monitor
- Gives you a content delivery network (CDN) through Photon
- Auto-activates over 20 plugins (yikes)
- Includes lots of obscure modules
- Bigger than the WordPress core!
I’m not here to convince you one way or the other, but if you’ve got this far, I’m guessing that you’re interested in seeing what’s on an offer outside of Jetpack. So without further ado, let’s get cracking!
As a developer, you’re probably familiar with Jetpack’s Custom CSS feature; after all, it’s there to make your life easier. But what if you want a standalone plugin that offers the same functionality? Our suggestion: Simple Custom CSS.
The features I like best about this plugin are the useful code syntax highlighter, simple database queries and the fact that it doesn’t unduly impact site performance.
With Simple Custom CSS you get to add custom CSS to your site that will override Plugin and Theme default styles without any trouble. Super.
Backups are important to any WordPress site owner and it’s a relief to cross it off your checklist (and keep it off). While Jetpack’s VaultPress offers real-time backup and security services, it’s got heavy competition in the plugins bazaar – our very own Snapshot Pro being one of them.
- Manage memory usage
- Scheduled backups and set backup interval
- Backup entire site (multisite compatible)
- Simple one-click restore
- Dropbox, S3, FTP/SFTP, Google Drive and GreenQloud integration
Plus, as a premium plugin, you’ll get access to all of WPMU DEVs other award-winning plugins, 24/7 support, and The Hub — your all-in-one CRM.
For a great alternative to Jetpack’s feedback form, there’s nothing better than our very own Forminator.
Forminator is entirely free to use and comes with an impressive 5-star rating. He can create a new feedback form in just a few clicks.
The easy to use drag-and-drop fields allow you to add any information required for feedback from your users. Plus, you can do a ton of customization with colors, style, and text.
And there’s a lot more than feedback forms with Forminator. He can take payments, create quizzes, make polls, and create about any type of form imaginable.
You get a built-in stats module with Jetpack, but it’s not quite as powerful as Google Analytics. In order to get Google Analytics, you’ll have to upgrade.
With MonsterInsights, you can get Google Analytics with their free version. It has more than 2 million active installs, making it the top Google Analytics plugin for WordPress.
This plugin lets you simply install Google Analytics to your WordPress site. Along with that, you get detailed reporting.
Jetpack’s SEO is very limited. Luckily, SmartCrawl can be a perfect free alternative.
She’s our all-things SEO plugin that comes with a one-click setup wizard, SEO checkups & reports, custom titles & meta descriptions, and more.
Plus, she’ll analyze content in both the post and page editor. Then she’ll deliver feedback for improving your content in real-time.
Jetpack’s publicize feature can automatically schedule your WordPress posts to share on social media profiles. The WordPress to Buffer plugin will do this as well. From Buffer, you can set up scheduled postings to other social platforms.
The Envira Gallery is a great substitute for Jetpack’s responsive galleries.
It’s highly optimized for web and server performance, which helps with SEO. Plus, it has a drag & drop gallery builder, is mobile-friendly, and has easy to share and sell photos settings.
Jetpack-style functionality without using Jetpack is entirely possible. So, if Jetpack just isn’t your thing or you’re looking for a way to replace the entire package with one or two features that you need, then you can go for the alternatives we suggested above. Although you will have to install them separately, it’ll pay off in the end when your site isn’t overloaded with features you don’t use.
Our list of Top ten Alternatives for Jetpack-Style Functionality is purely subjective and does not cover all 30+ features that Jetpack has to offer. That said, the alternatives we’ve covered above are, in my humble opinion, some of the best ones out there.