WordPress comes in two flavors: the fully hosted WordPress.com, and the self-hosted version available at WordPress.org. For a long winded review of the differences see my blog post on Reader or No Reader. One of the key benefits of a WordPress.com hosted (free or paid subscription) is Reader and now available to Self Hosted sites through the WordPress toolbar.
The WordPress.com toolbar replaces the default admin bar and offers quick links to the Reader, all your sites, your WordPress.com profile, and notifications. Centralize your WordPress experience with a single global toolbar.
What is Reader?
Reader is best described as the Community Hub for WordPress.com username. Reader is an easy-to-access toolbar that appears at the top of WordPress.com (Hosted) pages when logged into your WordPress.com account with a few shortcuts to some central dashboard pages. It combines all of your blogs, posts and pages under on source no matter where they are hosted. However, where Reader really shines is the equivalent of the WordPress yellow pages – find what people have written or blogged about on any topic that interests you. What better way to generate an audience, socialize, and connect?
The key tabs you will find in the WordPress.com toolbar are as follows:
|On the left-had side of your WordPress.com toolbar are My Sites and Reader
|On the right-hand side of your Admin Bar are the New Post, Profile and Notification buttons.
How to Enable Reader in a Self Hosted WordPress Site
To enable Reader in your self-hosted WordPress blog follow these steps.
- Install the WordPress Jetpack plugin from the Plugins Tab on the Left side of your Admin Screen. Jetpack is a suite of tools designed from the creators of WordPress and described as Jetpack is the ultimate toolkit for WordPress. It gives you everything you need to design, secure, and grow your site in one bundle. All the core features of JetPack are free (secure logins and protection from brute force attacks, Increase your traffic through automatic social sharing, related content, and faster load times, and Fully customize your site with free themes, image tools, and rich content.)
- Once Installed – Navigate to Jetpack -> Writing ->click on Enable the WordPress.com Toolbar (see picture below)
- Enjoy the Features of the Reader Toolbar