#TechTipTuesday: What is a (WordPress) Plugin?

By admin.dsm | Aug 11, 2015

When we tell our clients that some of the website functionalities that they request can be added by the simple installation of a plugin, almost 80% of them have a question mark on their faces. Today we’ve decided to create this post so that after you read it, you’ll be able to know what a plugin is and hopefully know why it plays a vital role in building a website. wordpress

First, let’s define what a WordPress Plugin is. Basically, they are bits of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site. They offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

There are a lot, and I mean A LOT, of plugins available. You can find both free WordPress plugins (which can be easily downloaded from the WordPress.org Plugin Directory ) and premium or paid WordPress plugins.

Although you might be eager to try the many free plugins that are available, here are some reasons why investing in premium plugins is worth it:

  • Premium plugins usually offer full time support staff and developers who work on maintaining the security and compatibility of plugins with the latest version of WordPress, as well as with other themes and plugins.
  • Most of the time, plugins play nicely with the core of WordPress and with other plugins, but sometimes a plugin’s code will get in the way of another plugin, causing compatibility issues. With a paid plugin, it’s nice to know you have support staff that can help you out if anything goes wrong.

You might be wondering what types of things plugins can do. The sky’s the limit! All you need to do is take a stroll through the WordPress plugin directory to see all of the possible ways plugins can extend or enhance your WordPress site.

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