Automattic Launches Jetpack, Gives Users Perks

Next Story

Has HP Lost Its Soul? and have a little more in common this morning, as Automattic has announced Jetpack, a bridge between the two WordPress related offerings. For those that still don’t know the difference, it’s as follows: is the blog hosting platform and is the open source and fully customizable CMS.

Apparently people on had been clamoring for more of the premium features of, and today founder Matt Mullenweg has decided to give them the “best of both worlds,” with Jetpack, a plugin that gives the self-hosted users all of the “goodies” of with the freedom (and GPL) that being a user affords.

Mullenweg explains his motivation behind the offering, “The users can get the best of without giving up control, which might be the future of open source in general.”

Jetpack will eventually replace 20/30 plugins with just one and WordPress has partnered up with Bluehost, Dreamhost, Go Daddy, Hostgator, Media Temple and Network Solutions to make this bundle available immediately with the one-click installs upon launch.

While premium features like Blackbird Pie still remain in the realm of users only, WordPress had combined eight of its most requested features into JetPack: Hovercards, Stats, After the Deadlines, Twitter widget, shortcodes, shortlinks, easy Facebook/Twitter/Wordpress sharing buttons and Latex.

Says Mullenweg, “If you’re on WordPress you’re part of the family, it shouldn’t matter if we host you or not.”