I’ve spent some time testing today’s new desktop app from Automattic: https://desktop.wordpress.com.
The app is pretty good, especially for a 1.0 release.
What struck me more than the power of Calypso, was the power of Jetpack.
You can use Calypso with WordPress.org sites if you have Jetpack installed.
Here are the services that Jetpack can now replace, for free:
- Desk / Blog, for desktop blogging
- Pingdom / Uptime Robot, for site monitoring
- Sucuri / CloudFlare, for website security
- MaxCDN / AmazonS3, for image CDNs
- ManageWP / WPRemote, for multi-site management and updates
- Google Analytics, / Clicky for stats
- Numerous extra plugins for slideshows, sharing, widget improvements and more
Each of those services provides a more powerful service in their niche, and they’ll still retain the business of power users, including me.
But Jetpack is going to be a statisfactory alternative for 80% of users.
Automattic are trying *really* hard to make JetPack an invaluable service for 80% of WordPress.org users. And they’re doing it the right way: by creating so much value that it becomes hard to resist.