Jetpack 2.1 for

After we announced media changes on, some of you asked when these new features would be available for self-hosted WordPress sites.

Well, wait no more! The latest features brought to — such as tiled galleries and slideshows — are now available for users with self-hosted sites through the Jetpack 2.1 release. You can now show off your images in gorgeous photo mosaics and slideshows that integrate seamlessly with the Carousel module.

In addition to these media features, users who have installed the latest Jetpack release will notice updates to the Photon, Infinite Scroll, Publicize, Sharing, and Contact Form modules, while the Custom CSS editor has also been updated. For a complete list of changes, see the Jetpack changelog.

What is Jetpack?

Jetpack logoJetpack is a free plugin that connects to and allows users with self-hosted WordPress sites to enable the awesome features available to users, like Stats, Comments, Contact FormsSharing tools, and more. In the past, features weren’t available on self-hosted WordPress installs.

Jetpack brings the best of to users of self-hosted WordPress sites in one super plugin; it’s quite convenient, as you don’t have to bother with several separate plugin installations.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Jetpack site. vs.

What’s the difference between a self-hosted ( site and a site hosted on

WordPress is a free open source blogging software that powers many blogs and sites; over 60 million users have chosen WordPress to create and run their homes on the web. These users have self-hosted sites — in other words, users download and install the software on a web server, and pay a fee (generally $7-12 a month) to a web host, such as Bluehost or Go Daddy, to keep it up and running. users with self-hosted sites can upload themes, upload plugins (such as Jetpack), run advertisements, edit the database, and even modify the PHP code that powers their sites. While a self-hosted site requires more technical knowledge to set up and run, you have complete control over it.

Brought to you by the same folks who work on WordPress, is a free hosting platform that makes it very easy for anyone — including you! — to publish online. If you have a blog hosted on, all of the technical stuff is taken care of (setting up and backing up your site, updating the software when we release new versions, blocking spam, keeping it secure). Because your site is on our servers, you don’t have to worry about your site “going down.”

Also, as you’ve probably noticed, users are automatically part of a larger community: in the Reader, you can discover new content on various topics, read handpicked editorial selections, and find and follow like-minded bloggers.

Here at, we focus on announcing new features and highlighting the best from this community. If you’re interested in learning more about self-hosting your blog or site, go to, visit the blog, and read about the differences between and on our Support site.

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  1. Tess

    Thanks! Just in time as I start my site!

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  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    This all sounds brilliant!

    I was just preparing to ask you ‘what’s a self hosting site’ because I thought I was hosting my site by putting posts up etc – and then you provided all those links. Thank you. It really sounds great 🙂

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  3. Matt George

    It’s great to see more jetpack functions transferring to the sites. Great work!

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  4. Peter S

    Thanks! WordPress does a great job of keeping people involved and active in their blogging, and as a self hosting blogger I also appreciate being included in this kind of update.

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  5. Anna

    That’s great news for .org users that you’re rolling some of the .com features out- I personally don’t know where I’d be without my stats page! D:

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  6. ckennard3

    Reblogged this on Life: A Not so Continuous Continuum and commented:
    Looks cool!!!

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