edit: hopefully you recognize this, but this post is an April Fools’ joke.
WordPress just can’t do it on its own. Jetpack makes WordPress great, and without it WordPress is just boring. Jetpack makes WordPress more secure, offers great stats, and everybody recognizes Jetpack when they see all that stuff at the bottom of blog posts.
WordPress will be the 37th Jetpack module added to date. Matt said in a private email to me, “I think this will be our best module since Beautiful Math.”
The inclusion of WordPress as a Jetpack module was inevitable, looking back. I mean, it is larger than WordPress already. Jetpack weights in at 8.4 megabytes, zipped; whereas WordPress is only 6.4 megabytes.
Also, the move allows the transition to Github based development to be more seamless. WordPress has notoriously been developed with SVN and using Trac, whereas Jetpack has been on Github for a while now. With the move to being a WordPress module, it’ll fit right in with the rest of Jetpack’s Github repo.
WordPress.com versus WordPress.org has long been debated as well, and the move to make WordPress.org part of Jetpack finally settles the issue. Now self-hosted installs will be known as Jetpack, and WordPress will represent the awesome cloud power that Automattic brings to the table.
While there was some controversy over the decision to make WordPress a Jetpack module, in the end the leaders of the respective organizations prevailed to make it happen. The CEO of Automattic worked with the co-founder of WordPress directly, mediated by the head of the WordPress Foundation. Matt Mullenweg said the meetings were very productive.
As Matt said at PressNomics, Jetpack is really the only way WordPress can move forward to capture 50% marketshare of the web. This move was the right one, and everybody came together to make it happen.
One remaining issue is that much of the commercial industry around Jetpack will have the legacy WP prefix in their names and domains. But Matt has registered .jetpack has a new TLD, and pending approval, they will be able to rename their companies to fit the new brand for the popular CMS.