Jetpack is a free replacement for many of your favorite services

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.

Comments (6)

  • Jetpack has really grown well. It got over the hump where I didn’t hate it and refuse to use it anymore quite a while ago.

    And it’s great that there are so many ways to do all these things with or without JetPack, for free or for a fee. For now.

    That may no longer be the case in the future if JetPack becomes the über-dominant solution for multisite management and all these other services.

    It seems almost inevitable that ecosystem diversity diminishes over time; hopefully it is never reduced absolutely to single solutions.

    I’ve never personally seen the point of paying for most of the services Jetpack/WP.com is making redundant for WordPress users, so the success of companies like ManageWP baffles me a bit. I do however value their existence and success. I appreciate the positive impact they’ve had in the WP community in so many ways, so I feel a tinge of concern for how they’re going to fare in the future.

  • Thanks Gerald. No doubt a lot of these services will need to compete hard and increase their value-add. As a “power user”, I do still pay for several of them, despite using Jetpack heavily.

  • Hey Gerald, as someone from ManageWP, I’d be happy to share inside information 🙂

    The chief difference between ManageWP and Calypso is in the value it delivers. Steve’s argument that Calypso covers 80% of WordPress users is spot on, as Jetpack caters mostly to the casual WordPress user, with focus on content creation. But what about WordPress professionals who rely on a different set of tools to keep their business running smoothly?

    Imagine if a car manufacturer started handing out cars for free – I’d get one in an instant, and so would you. But if you run a moving company, you’d still keep buying trucks for your business, because the most valuable resource you have is time. If you can move a customer twice as fast with a truck, you’ll easily offset the cost.

    This is why Calypso is great news for everyone, including us: it has a positive impact on the community: it helps WordPress grow and improve. This, in turn, increases the number of people in each niche, which translates into growth for us.

    So yeah, everyone wins 🙂

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