JetPack plugin for WordPress Review: THUMBS DOWN as it causes significant site speed performance issues and slows down your site.
I have been meaning to post this for quite some time and apologize for the delay, but I wanted to make sure that none of my readers were using the JetPack plugin for WordPress. I know, I know, I used to use it myself, too. When it first came out it seemed like such a great thing – one tool to rule them all, offering so much functionality in a single plugin – which is great. BUT, what’s not so great is the affect that JetPack has on WordPress site’s performance. And I’m not talking about a tiny performance hit, either.
One of the reasons this is so important is because Site Speed is a major factor in SEO now
That’s right – google uses the time that your page takes to load as a factor in your search engine rankings. The slower your site is, the worse your rankings will be. So having a fast loading site is critical for Search Engine Optimization. And JetPack makes your pages load slower. A lot slower. There are numerous free tools out there which you can use to measure your site speed. If you’re currently using JetPack, I recommend that you test your site’s speed using either Pingdom, GTMetrix, Google’s PageSpeed Insights, or with Yahoo’s YSlow browser extension
Page Load Time is also critical for User Experience and bounce rates
If your page is taking a long time to load, you may just lose that visitor. It’s 2014 and people using the internet expect things to be fast. If someone comes to your site and it just doesn’t load quickly enough, it’s quite common for them to hit the back button and try a different site. People are very impatient when it comes to pages load times. And those who do wait around for your page to load are likely to be annoyed. You don’t want to lose readers or have those who do come be annoyed, do you? This is why friends don’t let friends use JetPack.
Given that the makers of WordPress are the makers of JetPack, I don’t know why this plugin is so inefficient.
WordPress is, in my opinion, the absolute best blogging and CMS platform out there. I can’t recommend it highly enough. So why would the developers of WordPress release a plugin that significantly slows down WP sites? Your guess is as good as mine.
Having an “All-in-one” plugin like JetPack causes Bloat
JetPack has so many features that chances are you’ll never need to use all of them. That’s one of the reasons why it doesn’t make sense to use the plugin – in addition to the fact that the plugin is flat out inefficient, you are adding unnecessary bloat to your site by having a plugin with features you’ll likely never use. You are much better off selecting individual plugins that do the jobs you want and do them well (and fast). Luckily, there are loads of other plugins out there that you can use to accomplish what JetPack did for you without taking such a hit on page speed load times. Look for my upcoming guide to Plugins to Use instead of Jetpack in a future post.