Although I use Jetpack on many sites, to be quite honest it still leaves something to be desired in some areas. Fortunately the Jetpack developers are very responsive and make great efforts to improve the plugin with every release.

The latest improvement (at least in the current development version) is the ability to add a definition to the wp-config.php file allowing developers to work with Jetpack in their local test/development environments.

To develop with Jetpack in a local environment is now easy to do.

  1. Add define('JETPACK_DEV_DEBUG', true); to wp-config.php (I like to add it right underneath the define('WP_DEBUG', true); definition for consistency.
  2. Download the Jetpack Development Version from WordPress Extend Plugins and install via the Plugins > Add New > Upload method.
  3. Activate the module(s) you want to work with.
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