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Renard’s Thoughts On The Jetpack Website Builder App

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I have been using the Jetpack Website Builder App since August 2022 on my Android smartphone. It looks and works almost like the WordPress Mobile App; the only differences are:

  • It has the Jetpack logo instead of the WordPress logo.
  • The Stats are more detailed.
  • There is a daily prompt that shows up on the Home section of the Jetpack Website Builder App from someone who refers to themselves as, “DayOne”.

The Jetpack Website Builder App, in my opinion, works fairly okay (I am a proud beta tester for that mobile application).

Why Did I Choose To Dabble With The Jetpack Website Builder App?

For starters, I was curious to see if it would make an ideal replacement for the WordPress Mobile App.

After months of testing, I can say to you, “Yes, the Jetpack Website Builder App is an ideal replacement for the WordPress Mobile App.”

However, there is one catch; it is most suited, in my opinion, for those who are on WordPress.com.

For the record, a person who blogs on WordPress.org (the self-hosted version of WordPress) can also use the Jetpack Website Builder App if they want to (Provided that they have Jetpack enabled).

WordPress.com has Jetpack enabled by default (I am sure that you have seen the words, “Powered by Jetpack” in your WordPress dashboard and in your WordPress Mobile App).

Jetpack, provides WordPress.com users with the following things:

  • Notifications
  • Stats
  • Sharing (Jetpack Social)
  • Activity Log
  • Reader
  • Backup
  • Jetpack Blocks (Gutenberg Editor)

Those are the things that make WordPress.com fun, user-friendly and functional.

Automattic Has Plans Of Removing Jetpack From The WordPress Mobile App

On Tuesday the 16th of August, 2022, I informed my fellow bloggers of Automattic’s decision to remove Jetpack from the WordPress Mobile App (That was done via my blog post, I Dreamt Of WordPress).

Also, Paul Von Schrottky, an engineer and core contributor to the WordPress Mobile App, mentioned to everyone via his article, Refocusing the WordPress App on Core Features, Automattic’s reason for the gradual removal of Jetpack from the WordPress Mobile App.

Have no fear; those of us who use the web version of WordPress.com will not be affected (After all, Jetpack is heavily integrated into WordPress.com).

Jetpack will only be removed from the WordPress Mobile App (Which will be done later this year [no exact time frame was given] and I am speculating that they might drag their feet on that decision until January of 2023).

Anyone who wishes to use the Jetpack features with their WordPress.com blog via a mobile application will have to move over to the Jetpack Website Builder App.

I Have Already Deleted The WordPress Mobile App From My Smartphone

I have been beta testing both the WordPress Mobile App and the Jetpack Website Builder App for quite some time; and, since they do the same thing (well, at least until Jetpack is removed totally from the WordPress Mobile App), I thought that it would be wise to delete the WordPress Mobile App from my Android smartphone.

After all, the Jetpack Website Builder App is currently mirroring the WordPress Mobile App.

Also, having both of them installed on my Android smartphone does not make much sense to me.

Since Jetpack has not been removed as yet from the WordPress Mobile App, I would end up receiving two sets of WordPress notifications if I am logged into the WordPress Mobile App and The Jetpack Website Builder App (To avoid that from ever happening, I would need to log out of either the WordPress Mobile App or the Jetpack Website Builder App).

And, since Automattic has plans to remove Jetpack from the WordPress Mobile App, I thought that it would be prudent to delete the WordPress Mobile App from my Android smartphone and keep the Jetpack Website Builder App.

Am I Missing The WordPress Mobile App?

No, I am not missing the WordPress Mobile App.

The Jetpack Website Builder App is all I need to blog on my Android smartphone.

As I have mentioned earlier, I am a beta tester for the Jetpack Website Builder App; therefore, I will need to use it every so often in order to find bugs and report them to the developer.

Many of you (especially those of you who have been following Renard’s World for quite some time) would know that I prefer to create and publish blog posts via my laptop computer ― one that has Arch Linux on it.

Also, if you are one of those people who blog solely on their smartphones, it would not hurt to try out the Jetpack Website Builder App; it is available for both Android and iOS (In other words, you can find it on both Google Play and the App Store).

Final Thoughts

Automattic has made its decision to remove Jetpack from the WordPress Mobile App; that way it would be like using a fresh install of WordPress for those who use WordPress.org.

Those of us who use WordPress.com via mobile would have to eventually migrate over to the Jetpack Website Builder App (sometime shortly) to keep using the Jetpack features.

If you are one of the many people who access their WordPress.com accounts via the web, you have nothing to worry about because Jetpack is integrated into WordPress.com.

In the meantime, enjoy the Jetpack features on your WordPress Mobile App while it lasts.

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24 thoughts on “Renard’s Thoughts On The Jetpack Website Builder App

  1. The list of functions you listed that the Jetpack provides — Notifications, Stats, Sharing (Jetpack Social), Activity Log, Reader, Backup,Jetpack Blocks (Gutenberg Editor) — If the WordPress mobile app (which I use on my iPhone) drops Jetpack and all of those functions, what will Automattic replace them with in the WordPress mobile app? Those are, as you noted, the key functions of blogging on WordPress. Won’t they have to have similar functionality on the WordPress mobile app that Jetpack is currently providing? Should I, as you have done, install the Jetpack mobile app on my iPhone and uninstall the WordPress mobile app?

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    1. 🙂 When Automattic removes Jetpack from the WordPress Mobile App, they are not going to replace it with anything. Their purpose for stripping the WordPress Mobile App of the Jetpack functionality is to make it in such a way that it is like a plain, fresh install of WordPress for those who use WordPress.org.

      Do keep in mind that bloggers over on WordPress.org have the option of using WordPress without Jetpack (And, adding Jetpack to the WordPress Mobile App actually forces those over on WordPress.org to use it).

      Some people over on WordPress.org are known to use the following Jetpack alternatives:

      • All in One SEO

      • OptinMonster

      • MonsterInsights

      • SpeedProd

      • Succuri

      • UpdraftPlus

      • Smash Balloon

      • WPForms

      On WordPress.org, bloggers have the freedom to choose which plugins they want to use with their blogs.

      Whereas, Jetpack is fully integrated into WordPress.com.

      Do keep in mind, that what makes WordPress.com so user-friendly and functional for us is actually Jetpack.

      Therefore, mobile users who blog on WordPress.com will have to move over to the Jetpack Website Builder App whenever Automattic removes Jetpack from the WordPress Mobile App.

      At the moment, Jetpack is still integrated into the WordPress Mobile App; which means you can continue using your WordPress Mobile App (The WordPress Mobile App Team has plans for changing the WordPress Mobile App as we know it, some time at the end of this year).

      Whether you choose to uninstall the WordPress Mobile App and install the Jetpack Website Builder App is entirely up to you,

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      1. Thanks, Renard. You say that right now, the WordPress mobile app and the Jetpack Website Builder App are close to identical, but when Automattic drops Jetpack, they won’t be. The experience on the “new” WordPress mobile app (sans Jetpack) will be different, somehow. Currently, I pay WordPress for the Personal Plan. If I stop using the WordPress mobile app and start using the Jetpack Website Builder app, say in the next month or two, when it comes time to renew my personal plan early next year, will that renewal be with WordPress or with Jetpack, assuming I want to keep the same features and functionality that I have with today’s WordPress mobile app?

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        1. 🙂 When you choose to renew your plan next year, it would be with WordPress, of course.

          And, since you are on WordPress.com, you will have the same experience as you did before using the Jetpack Website Builder App.

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  2. Wow…this is a lot to digest. Like you, Renard,I don’t want to install Jetpack now and end up with double notifications, but I hope we get a heads up before functionality is removed from the WordPress mobile app. The “when” seems murky. Hmmm….

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    1. 🤔 I believe that many of the people that use the WordPress Mobile App would love to know the exact date that Automattic intends on removing the Jetpack functionality from it.

      Now, you could install the Jetpack Website Builder App. However, you will need to log yourself out of the WordPress Mobile App in order to prevent receiving double notifications.

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      1. Oh okay! I read your article 2 times. Sometimes I do have a very hard time understanding especially within this information. It’s so easy for me to get confused. I noticed the jetpack at the bottom of my screen. This is why lol my mistake I thought changes did happen. Sorry this kinda stuff isn’t what I’m used to. I enjoy the learning part of it.

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  3. Thanks for the tip. I’ve just downloaded Jetpack for WordPress and first impression is it looks very similar to the WordPress mobile app – so no problem having to learn how to use it then.

    Change for change’s sake? (if IT was a nation, that would be written above its constitution) 😆

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    1. 😄 That is a good one, Ian.

      Just remember to log out of the WordPress Mobile App; it still has Jetpack integrated into it; you will get double notifications; one set from the WordPress Mobile App and another from the Jetpack Website Builder App.

      If you wish, you can delete the WordPress Mobile App and keep the Jetpack Website Builder App.

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  4. Thanks for this information. I had no idea of any of this. I started using WP mobile app but moved over to Jetpack some time ago wondering if I should have. Maybe I should have stuck with WP as I didn’t want any tracking on my site but didn’t know how to get back to WP mobile because by that stage, for some weird reason it stopped working for me so back to Jetpack I went.

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  5. I have the mobile app on my android phone, and recently I have noticed that whenever I schedule a post for a later date or time…it doesn’t show up on the WordPress reader list. Happened again this morning.

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      1. Yes, if you go to my actual page then you will see the post from this morning..but the reader says my last post was yesterday or day before. It’s the 2nd time this has happened this week.

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