How to Configure Jetpack for Layers

How To  Last Updated: Layers ver. WordPress 4.7.2 Time to Read: 2 minutes

JetPack is an amazing plugin from Automattic, the creators of WordPress.com and members of the WordPress core team. It packs a ton of WordPress-essential added functionality into one plugin that is beneficial to most sites. Not all of this functionality is necessary for your site though, and some of it can conflict with or override functionality already present in your theme. This doc aims to help you configure JetPack for a Layers site to get the best out of performance and avoid ambiguous problems.

JetPack will enable a handful of settings by default when you activate it, most of which are safe.  Once you connect to your WordPress.com account, it will also prompt you to activate additional features. If you have yet to activate these enhanced options, click Skip this Step link located below the button.

Go to JETPACK → SETTINGS to check enabled features.

Each group of settings is located under the tabbed navigation along the top of the page.

Activate

Activated features will have a blue toggle. To activate a grayed out toggle, left-click it.

Deactivated features have a gray toggle. To deactivate a blue (active) toggle, left-click it.

 

We recommend the following be deactivated:

WORDPRESS.COM TOOLBAR

This is not needed in most cases and can cause visual anomalies when viewing your site while logged in.

MEDIA

Speed up Images and Photos (also known as Photon)

Only activate if you specifically need this service and are not running an SSL protected website. Photon can also cause image sizing issues in widgets due to offsite hosted images not being processed by the theme’s sizing functions.

Display images and galleries in a gorgeous, full-screen browsing experience

We recommend leaving this off unless your theme does not provide a lightbox for displaying gallery images.

CUSTOM CONTENT TYPES

Only activate these if you are importing content from WordPress.com or previously used them and need to access the content. Your theme likely already provides these two content types otherwise.

THEME ENHANCEMENTS

Do not activate these unless instructed by your theme documentation.

PUBLICIZE

Only activate this option if you are able to connect the needed social networking services and only after your site is ready to launch.

RELATED POSTS

 In most cases, using a Related Posts plugin instead of this option in JetPack will provide more control over the look and placement.

You have the option of subscribing to VaultPress for security and backups. We recommend this as a safe, sound and stable option for getting extra security for your site, but it is totally optional.

WORDPRESS.COM LOGINS

We request you leave this option disabled for security reasons unless the two-factor authentication option is also enabled.