I have had a problem with one of my sites today. It wouldn't load and when it did it was very slow. Asked the helpdesk to help and they fixed it by removing plugins including Jetpack. Apparently it's been Blacklisted!
Anyone else heard about this?

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@RICH. Premium
I know a lot of Members love it for "stat-watching" but it's bug-riddled 14-in-1 bloatware that puts an enormous load on a site by making a huge amount of unnecessary calls out to WordPress .COM I know it's incompatible with a large number of other plugins and also a great many themes. I've also seen it trash siterubix sites as there's no FTP to delete it if it plays up. If you want to see what a "resource hog" it is, install GoDaddy's P3 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/p3-profiler/ I personally would never use it, especially as Google uses site-loading speed as one of its metrics. Sorry! Rich.
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PierWalkerSOS Premium
I had assumed that as it was written by the people behind Wordpress.com it would be safe to install it on Wordpress.org blogs.
Seems I was mistaken!
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tommo1968 Premium
I use it and with no problems. If I have to take it down that means my social shares will be zeroed. My site stats i.e. how many times links are clicked will no longer be available to me along with other cool easy plugins that work out of the box.
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tommo1968 Premium
OK deleted jetpack :( now who knows a decent social plugin with the main four G+ FB TW PIN. Plus can you set up analytics to show links clicked on your pages.
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Shawn Martin Premium
I use Social Sharing Toolkit. It is totally editable for follow, and you can also keep track of clicks.
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Annick Premium
I have Jetpack and I have 0 issues with it. I did not activate each available item within Jetpack. If some are having issues, it may be because of the theme. I have a paid theme and really, I have no issues at all.
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webables Premium
Remember it is very important to make sure that you do not enable your Wordpress site to self update. It is very tricky and when you add any plugins to your Wordpress site, that's why you should also check reviews before installing. It is a real pain when you activate a plugin and your whole site goes down.
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PierWalkerSOS Premium
But, until today, I've heard nothing but praise for Jetpack, in particular, so how would I have known not to install it?
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MarionBlack Premium
YUK! I'll have to change them all now. ~Marion
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vision1 Premium
This is exactly what I have asked support today. I installed Jetpack because when I asked as advised to get feedback on my site someone said it had a better comments system thatn wordpress. so i installed it and ever since then I have had problems signing in to my site to the extent that i cannot get i at all and support have had to uninstall jetpack for me. Why arent we just told upfront in an early on lesson what we should and shouldnt use. How can i be paying a subscription to find out some things by happen chance? I am a Premium member and i have just spotted a comment by Carson below that this level of membership gets protected against such a plugin - but that obviously is not my experience. And i note that this conversation I am in was started 2 yrs ago!
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MarionBlack Premium
All you have to do is type Jetpack into the question box to find other people's experiences. If you want to do something that's outside the lessons you need to do your own due dilegence. ~Marion
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Carson Premium
There are 1000's of plugins out there that are great, and many that are really harmful to your website. If you attempt to install a plugin that is not allowed it won't work and we'll disable it for you.

Keeping a list of "blacklisted" plugins would be a tough job and the list would be really long. Instead, all Premium members at WA get protected against plugins like this automatically. We'll keep your site free of things that can hurt your rankings, and harm your hard work!
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PierWalkerSOS Premium
Carson, thanks for your help with this.
As all the plugins I installed on the blog in question have been disabled.should I re-enable them one at a time to try to pin down the bad one?
They can't all be bad, surely.
In fact Jetpack was recommended by Jay in a recent Wabinar and most of the others are, I thought, also recommended as part of a standard Wordpress set-up.
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Carson Premium
Which plugins are you actually wanting to use out of the Jetpack? Jay only uses the Stats and Contact Form.

The problem with the Jetpack is that it connects out to WordPress on every single visit. That's how the stats work. This not only can slow your site down, it requires WordPress servers to be running optimally. If WordPress servers had trouble connecting with your site, then your site would come to a screeching halt.

One "rule of thumb" that we like to work by is that any plugin that connects to another website is potentially harmful. Your site now relies on that external website to function.

Google Analytics is what we suggest for tracking, and there are many different contact forms that you can use out there.

There is a bunch of stuff that is included within the Jetpack that are not going to do much for you at all.

The fact that Jetpack requires you to have a WordPress account means that your site is connecting out to WordPress every single hit, and that can really be a problem.

Carson
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PierWalkerSOS Premium
I think most of the Jetpack modules are loaded by the default. As far as I know there isn't an option to disable them, but I might be wrong.
Jay mentioned about the Mobile module as being one he uses along with Stats and Contact form.
So from what you are saying. I assume that plugins like WPZonBuilder will also cause problems as they draw data from Amazon.
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ATzortzis Premium
I am new member but I found this old post very useful because I was checking for Jetpack reviews after I read that WordPress was asking for a separate account with them in order to use that plugin.

Thanks to PierWalkerSOS for starting the thread
..and of course thanks to Carson I can now understand how important is to not rely on "external" plugins like this one.
And I can clearly understand what WA offers within the hosting.
That is so much more than that. ..!!
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jghwebbrand Premium
Dave,

Thanks for sharing this post with WA community. I was using Jetpack with all my sites and I received a message from Google that they cannot crawl my site. I will see if by deleting Jetpack if this will not restore Google to successfully crawling my site.
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techhound Premium
Hey George, definitely do that. But also, did you install Google XML sitemaps on your WordPress and then register it with your Webmaster tools? If you are still having trouble you may want to take a look at that.

Best Regards,
Jim
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