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40+ Best Alternatives to the WordPress Jetpack Plugin (2021)

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40+ Best Alternatives to the WordPress Jetpack Plugin (2021)


One look at the list of Jetpack plugin features, and you’ll soon realize that you’re dealing with a plugin that packs in a lot. After all, when you install Jetpack, you automatically activate more than 20 different functions and modules.

From website security, backups, social media management, image compression, analytics, post scheduling, SEO, SPAM control, and more, Jetpack is indeed a mega plugin.

It is convenient to have one plugin work its magic on your website. But, how would your website perform when you load functionality that isn’t required but comes with the native Jetpack plugin?

If all you needed were a few key functions, the remaining modules that come with Jetpack might be redundant. This may also impact site performance, slow down the website and use up a lot of server resources.

So, what are the alternatives? And by alternatives, we mean which are those individual plugins that perform a specific function offered by Jetpack?

In this article, we’ve covered all the alternative WordPress plugins to help you do without Jetpack.

Let’s start with the absolute basics.

What Is the Jetpack WordPress Plugin?

Jetpack is a plugin suite that combines many features bundled into one. Many popular WordPress themes, website hosting service providers, and WordPress themselves push Jetpack.

For newbie bloggers and website owners, it’s a great suite to help you get started.

Jetpack WordPress plugin

Jetpack comes from Automattic, the company behind the popular WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Simplenote, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, and Tumblr.

Jetpack cuts out the need to install multiple plugins by including well over 20 features. It’s a great all-in-one plugin, and the reason behind it having well over 5 million active installations.

Once installed, Jetpack provides a comprehensive dashboard that allows you to manage different aspects of your website, such as analytics, security, site statistics, backup, and much more.

Jetpack plugin dashboard

Considering all the excellent features, why have an alternative to Jetpack? After all, wouldn’t we be better off with fewer plugins?

Why Consider an Alternative to WordPress Jetpack Plugin?

Jetpack has dozens of features all packed into one plugin, some of which you are hardly ever going to use.

For instance, let’s consider a feature in Jetpack called LaTeX.

Ever wanted to write a complex mathematical expression or a formula? No, neither have we.

Similarly, there may be features in the Jetpack plugin that are redundant as far as your website is concerned. In addition to loading unnecessary features, installing plugins you don’t use can slow down your website and nobody wants that!

Another key reason to consider an alternative to Jetpack is that many features require you to enter into a paid subscription model. This is a huge drawback, considering you have several free plugins that perform the same functionality.

If you don’t use many of the features bundled with Jetpack, it makes sense to install a plugin that provides a particular feature rather than loading up your website with features you’re not going to use.

Pros and Cons of the Jetpack Plugin

Now, let’s quickly cover the pros and cons of using the Jetpack plugin.

Pros of Jetpack

  • You need to install only one plugin for all features
  • It’s easy to set up
  • Has a simple interface with an informative dashboard
  • Jetpack belongs to Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com

Cons of Jetpack

Now that we’ve covered the pros and cons of the Jetpack plugin, let’s look at some of the best alternatives.

What Are the Best Alternatives to the Jetpack WordPress Plugin?

From carrying out website backups, image compression to website security, you can replace just about any of Jetpack’s features with alternative plugins.

We’ve listed some of the best alternative plugins based on features.

1. Backups

As a business owner, your website is one of your most important assets. It is how the world sees your business. You have not only invested time and money into your website, but it may also store your customer data. Ensuring that your data is protected is imperative.

Backups do just that!

Consider backups like an insurance policy for your website. Any time your website goes down or something is not working, simply revert to a backed-up version.

Jetpack gives you the option to backup your files. However, it doesn’t back up some of the core WordPress files, the additional WordPress installs and files outside the main directories, such as plugins, mu-plugins, themes, and uploads.

Also, Jetpack stores the backup on their secure server. While this is fine, you may feel it’s better to have complete control over your data, especially if you have confidential customer data stored on your website.

The biggest drawback is that backups in Jetpack will cost you based on the pricing plan and frequency you opt for.

Fortunately, there are several WordPress backup plugins to help you out.

One such backup plugin that we highly recommend is UpdraftPlus. It’s got well over 3 million active installations.

UpdraftPlus homepage

You can backup all your files straight into the cloud and quickly restore them with a single click. You even get to select where your backup is stored from options such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), email, and more.

While the native plugin should more than suffice, if you’d like to store the backup in Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Storage, you should consider the paid version.

Other popular options include All-in-One WP Migration and Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin.

2. Beautiful Math Markup

Recall us mentioning adding mathematical formulas and equations to your WordPress site using LaTeX?

If you’re one of the few who would ever need to express mathematical formulas in WordPress, LaTeX can be enabled using individual plugins. You can choose either the MathJax-LaTeX or even the lighter KaTex WordPress plugins.

KaTex WordPress plugin

KaTeX is much lighter compared to LaTeX. It doesn’t have the extra add-ons and features that LaTeX comes with but KaTeX is much lighter and more than serves the purpose.

The KaTeX WordPress plugin allows you to use the TeX math typesetting engine on your website. By using TeX inside the [katex]…[/katex] shortcode, you can render mathematical formulas and equations anywhere.

3. CDN

No one likes a slow website. Visitors will leave if your web page doesn’t load fast enough. This results in your bounce rate increasing and Google ranking your site lower.

Your media content such as images and videos are the reason a website runs slowly.

Fortunately, we have CDN, also referred to as a content delivery network.

Content delivery networks are computers located across the globe that store your website content.

When a visitor accesses your site, the network closest to your visitor serves the website content. Thereby drastically reducing your page load time.

So, how do you set up such a CDN if you don’t want to use Jetpack’s free CDN service?

Fortunately, there’s more than one way to go about setting up a CDN for your website.

To begin with, most hosting service providers offer free CDN. So, that’s one of the easiest ways to set it up.

The other way is to use a plugin.

Plugins such as W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, WP Fastest Cache provide CDN support and are also very popular caching plugins.

Another top-rated service is Cloudflare.

Cloudflare homepage

While Cloudflare does offer a free CDN, you may have to upgrade to their paid plans to make the best use of their features.

4. Contact Forms

Most websites have a contact form. It’s how your visitors send an inquiry or get in touch with you. Jetpack gives you the option to add a simple contact form to your website.

Once Jetpack is activated, you can include a contact form while creating a page or a post.

Jetpack contact form

If you’ve deactivated Jetpack and are looking at more attractive options to create a form, you could consider various free alternatives such as WP Form, Ninja Forms, and others.

WPForms WordPress plugin

WP Forms is a very popular WordPress plugin with more than 4 million active installations. It boasts many features, such as a drag and drop form builder, several form templates to choose from, multi-page forms, file uploads, third-party integrations, and a lot more.

Other popular form plugins include Ninja Forms and Contact Form 7.

5. Custom CSS Manager

If you’ve tried making changes to the appearance of your website, you’ve probably done so by editing the theme CSS.

Most WordPress themes have a CSS stylesheet that gives a theme its look. There are a few ways you could go about adding custom CSS to your site.

You can use Jetpack’s Custom CSS feature to include your custom code.

To edit CSS in Jetpack, activate the Custom CSS under Jetpack > Settings in your dashboard.

Comfortable working with a little code? If so, you can add the custom CSS and functions by creating a child theme.

If working on code and creating a child theme is not your cup of tea, then you could visit the customizer in your theme.

You can edit your site CSS using the built-in customizer functionality in WordPress.

A common alternative for adding CSS is the Simple Custom CSS and JS.

Custom CSS and JS plugin

Once activated, you can add CSS code or edit the existing code from your WordPress dashboard.

6. Email

Are you relying solely on new traffic to engage with your customers and promote your products and services? If so, it’s time you considered email marketing. By collecting your visitors’ information, you can email them regularly and stay in touch.

Email marketing, by far, is one of the most cost-effective ways to market your business. In fact, for every $1 spent on email marketing, $44 is made in return, which is a 4400% ROI. (Source: Optinmonster)

Did you know that email is far more effective (40x) at acquiring customers than both Facebook and Twitter put together? (Source: Optinmonster)

The native Jetpack plugin offers limited email functionality but is enough to get you started.

Constant Contact’s email marketing WordPress plugin, Creative Mail, is a great option that works seamlessly from within your WordPress Dashboard.

Creative mail WordPress plugin

The email editor pulls your latest WordPress blog posts and images directly into your email content, making them almost ready to send. The leads from your website are automatically captured and synced with your email marketing lists.

Combined, these two tasks take care of the majority of the work required for email marketing

Another popular alternative that you could consider is Mailchimp for WordPress.

7. Google Analytics

Jetpack includes basic reporting tools that assist website owners. From offering a quick glance at your website traffic to an overview of the new posts, likes, and comments, the Jetpack dashboard displays various metrics that help you understand how your website is performing.

If you are looking for more options and deeper analytics, consider integrating Google Analytics.

Jetpack offers integration with Google Analytics. However, this option is available with the premium Security Daily and Complete plans.

An alternative to Jetpack’s analytics and statistics feature is MonsterInsights.

MonsterInsights plugin for WordPress

MonsterInsights is a very popular WordPress plugin for Google Analytics that has well over 3 million active installations. Using MonsterInsights, you can easily connect your WordPress site with Google Analytics to help you make informed and data-driven decisions to grow your website.

8. Image Compression and Lazy Load

While including images on your page makes a huge difference, too many can cause your pages to load slowly.

As the page load time increases from one second to three seconds, there is a probability of the bounce rate increasing by anything up to 32%. (Source: Think with Google)

Once set up, Jetpack’s image CDN helps deliver the images faster without frequently loading them. The CDN service will store (cache) images at a location closer to the visitor.

Do you really require the Jetpack’s CDN feature?

You can try compressing the images using services such as TinyPNG or TinyJPG. These services allow you to compress the images without compromising the quality.

Another option is also to use Jetpack’s Lazy Loading feature.

Why load an image at the bottom of your page when you’re still viewing the content above the fold? It simply eats into your page load speed. That’s where the lazy load feature helps.

A popular WordPress plugin that automatically optimizes all the images uploaded to your WordPress site is Smush.

Smush Image optimization plugin

With Smush, you can optimize images, enable the lazy load feature, resize and compress your images on the fly.

Other popular alternatives include Lazy Load and WP Optimize.

9. Infinite Scroll

Infinite scroll is to text what lazy load is to images. Well, almost!

Ever noticed those pages that load more content as you approach the bottom of the page? Or the ones with a ‘Load more’ button?

Instead of clicking on links to view additional content, you can automatically display the content as the bottom of the page approaches using infinite scrolling.

Jetpack’s infinite scroll feature works on themes that support it. Some themes also come with this feature built-in.

An alternative to this Jetpack feature is the WordPress Infinite Scroll – Ajax Load More plugin.

WordPress infinite scroll plugin

Using this plugin and Ajax-powered queries, you can lazy load posts, pages, comments, and more.

Catch Infinite Scroll is another popular plugin alternative.

10. Photo Galleries

Images and photos are a great way to add life to content. While the default WordPress gallery is limited in its options, it does allow you to embed images and create galleries.

Jetpack upgrades these native features by allowing users to create tiled galleries, image carousels, and more.

One of the best alternatives to Jetpack’s galleries is Envira Gallery.

Envira Gallery free plugin

Envira Gallery is a very popular WordPress gallery plugin with more than 100,000 active installations.

Its drag-and-drop photo gallery plugin allows you to create attractive and responsive image galleries quickly and easily.

11. Social Media Post Scheduling

Do you manually post on social media using WordPress, or do you use a social media scheduler?

If you’re using a content strategy, it makes sense to use a social media scheduler. Not only does this help you post content consistently, but it also saves you a truckload of time.

As a premium Jetpack user, you get to make use of a feature called Publicize, which you can use to schedule your social media posts in advance.

An alternative to the Jetpack scheduling feature is the WP to Buffer plugin.

Auto Post to social media by WP Zinc

Using this plugin, you can schedule your post (or page) and auto-post it to your Buffer account.

12. Runnings Ads

Want to earn money by displaying ads on your website?

If you are on the Jetpack Security Daily or Complete paid plans, you can include ads automatically within your content using Jetpack’s advertising program.

An alternative to this is the Ad Inserter – Ad Manager & AdSense Ads WordPress plugin.

Ad Inserter WordPress plugin

Using this plugin, you can insert ads such as Google AdSense, Native Shopping Ads, Media.net, and more at various locations within your content and navigation bars.

13. Related Posts

It’s one thing putting in all the hard work into getting traffic to your site. It’s another to engage your visitors and have them spend more time navigating through your content.

A visitor lands on your site in search of a solution for their problems. If your content solves their problem, they stay. If it doesn’t they leave, which affects your site rankings.

The longer the dwell time, the lower is the bounce rate. With lower bounce rates, your search ranking improves.

While it’s natural for visitors to leave your site at some point, the key is to have them engaged for an extended period and navigate throughout your site.

Related posts feature helps you with that!

The related posts feature scans through all your blog posts and content and displays related content towards the end of the current article. This helps you keep visitors on your site much longer.

To use this feature in Jetpack, simply head over to Jetpack > Settings > Traffic page and activate the ‘Show related content after posts’ option.

Related Posts WordPress plugin

If you are using our Astra theme, our latest 3.4 release has the Related Post for Single Post feature included. You can enable this option and customize the way your related posts appear, all from the theme customizer.

Other popular alternatives to include related posts in your blog are Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP), Contextual Related Posts, Related Posts Thumbnails Plugin for WordPress, and Inline Related Posts.

14. SEO and XML Sitemaps

Search engines rely on several signals to rank a website. One such signal is your website’s sitemap.

A sitemap contains all the links and pages of your website and helps search engines understand your site much better.

Jetpack automatically generates two sitemaps once installed. One is the standard XML sitemap, and the other is built specifically for Google News. But you’ll need to pay to use these.

Jetpack sitemap

Fortunately, you have some excellent SEO WordPress plugins that you can use for free. Plugins such as Yoast SEO, Rank Math, AIOSEO, help you with all the required features such as setting up sitemaps, including rich snippets, SEO preview, and more to optimize your site.

15. Search

Do you provide users with the option of searching for content on your website?

In addition to providing an option to search content, you also get insights into what the users are searching for.

Based on the size of your website, Jetpack provides a premium search feature that allow users to find content on your site, starting at $5 per month.

A popular alternative to this feature is the free SearchWP Live Ajax Search plugin.

Search WP WordPress plugin

The plugin offers complete control both in terms of customization and access to the search data.

16. Shortcode Embeds

Want to embed a video or a plugin on your website? Use a shortcode!

A shortcode is a simple piece of code that lets you embed objects into your website with minimal effort. Consider shortcodes like a shortcut.

Shortcodes are displayed inside a square bracket similar to this,

[shortcode]

The best alternative to including shortcodes in WordPress is by using the default tool.

Gutenberg Shortcode block

Simply add the Shortcode widget from the available options within your block editor.

17. Short Links

Prefer using short and simple links for your posts instead of full URLs?

Jetpack has a feature that allows you to create a shorter version of your post links. This works particularly well when you are limited to characters.

For instance, considering Twitter has a limitation on the number of characters within a tweet, you’ll be best suited to shorten the post URL.

So, a URL such as https://wpastra.com/woocommerce-dynamic-pricing/ can be shortened to https://bit.ly/3blCDN5. When you have a limit on the number of characters you can use, this is surely a lot saved.

To get the short link for a post, click on the Jetpack icon at the top right corner of your edit screen and copy the URL from the Shortlink tab.

Shortlink WordPress

An alternative to this Jetpack feature is by using Bitly’s WordPress Plugin.

Once installed, you can shorten a link and view the number of clicks right from your WordPress dashboard.

However, to use this plugin, you’ll need a Bitly account. In your account dashboard, you’ll be able to edit and view all metrics for your links. You can register for a free account at bitly.com.

18. Social Media

Want more followers? Want to increase your brand awareness? Want more sales? If that’s the case, you’ll need to work on your social media presence.

Businesses of all sizes use social media to reach their potential customers. After all, 3.96 billion people worldwide use social media. And, out of 7.82 billion people globally, nearly 51% of the population use social networks.

So, be it a post, an image, a video, or a contest, it helps to post content regularly to engage with your target audience.

Jetpack offers various tools to reach out to people across your social networks. From social share buttons to social media widgets, Jetpack allows you to insert these features into your headers or sidebars easily.

Do you really want to load up all the redundant functions that Jetpack has just for the social media share button?

An alternative to this feature is the Social Media Share Buttons WordPress plugin.

Social Media share buttons WordPress

Using the plugin, you can add share icons for over 200 social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, RSS, email, and more. You can also upload a custom share icon of your choice.

In addition to social share icons, Jetpack also has a feature to integrate social media functionality within your site.

Again, if you are not a fan of loading unwanted functions on your site, it’s best to consider some standalone plugins that cater to your particular requirements.

The best alternative for this feature is the Smash Balloon WordPress plugin.

Smash Balloon homepage

Want to integrate your Instagram posts within your website? Use the Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed plugin.

Want to integrate your Facebook feed within your website? Use the Smash Balloon Social Post Feed plugin.

Want more options? Check out Smash Balloon to integrate social media feeds from other platforms, such as Twitter and YouTube, into your WordPress website.

19. Spam Control

Have you been a victim of those random and constant comments being posted on your blog? Looking for a way to stop it?

One way is to disable the blog commenting function. The other way is to enable the anti-spam feature.

The premium plans in Jetpack offer you the anti-spam feature.

The best free alternative is the Akismet plugin. It’s so good, it comes bundled with WordPress.

Akismet Spam Protection plugin

It’s the most popular anti-spam plugin available in the market. The plugin automatically filters comments to catch spam. Thereby leaving you with far fewer comments to moderate.

20. Updates

A notification you’ll frequently notice on your WordPress dashboard is that of the updates.

Updates are common, be it your WordPress themes, plugins, or even WordPress itself. When developers release new and improved versions, they recommend updates to be carried out.

Jetpack provides you an option to update your plugins automatically.

Fortunately, you can enable the auto-update feature from your WordPress dashboard without the Jetpack plugin.

WordPress auto update

Against the plugins you install, simply click on ‘Enable auto-updates’ to automatically update the plugins. This way, you get to decide which plugins you want to enable the automatic updates for.

An alternative option is the Easy Updates Manager.

Easy Update manager WordPress plugin

This plugin allows you to easily manage the WordPress core, plugin, and theme updates.

21. Website Security

Another key aspect that’s a top priority for all website owners is security. Owing to its popularity, WordPress is a target for hackers and brute force attacks. Ensuring your website is safe is vital.

Jetpack provides malware and security scanning with its premium plans.

The most popular alternative is the Sucuri Security WordPress plugin.

Sucuri WordPress plugin

Sucuri is an industry leader and one of the best WordPress security plugins. The plugin is free for all WordPress users and offers some of the best security features such as activity auditing,

remote malware scanning, blocklist monitoring, security notifications, and much more.

Another very popular WordPress plugin with more than 4 million active installations is the Wordfence Security plugin.

22. WordPress Notifications

After putting in all the hard work, you’ve just published an awesome blog post. Now it’s for the world to read and benefit from it.

How are we going to get traffic on to the blog post?

Among the various options such as promoting the post, sending a mail to your list, posting on groups, and so on, one way to notify your users is by setting up a push notification.

Jetpack has a paid feature that notifies users whenever a new post is published.

PushEngage Web Push Notifications is a free alternative to Jetpack’s notification feature.

PushEngage Web push notifications WordPress plugin

PushEngage offers a free and easy-to-use notification service for your WordPress site. It supports all popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and more, both on desktop and mobile devices.

Once a visitor subscribes to your notification, you can automatically notify your visitors about the latest post.

Summary

Jetpack is a very popular plugin that has more than 5 million active installations. It is a feature-rich plugin that packs in many features and functionality and saves you from the hassle of installing multiple plugins.

From features such as monitoring security, performance, analytics, social media, post scheduling, marketing, design tools, Jetpack is a plugin that genuinely packs in a lot.

That being said, do you really want to load up your website with functions and features that you’d probably never make use of?

If you’re only looking for a specific feature or functionality, the rest of the features that come with the Jetpack plugin will be redundant. Not to mention, it also takes up a lot of resources and slows down your website.

We’ve covered several alternatives to the individual Jetpack features in this article and hope this helps you make an informed decision.

So, are you considering deactivating the Jetpack plugin? Which particular feature and plugin would you consider going in for? Let us know in the comments below.





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