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WordPress Plugins Explained

One of the most unique advantages of building a website using the WordPress web site management platform is that you can easily increase your WP web site’s functionality using inexpensive (even 100% free) applications called ’plugins’.

About Plugins

Like most people, you most likely use a device like a smart phone. What do you do when you would like access to something new on your device like a new application, software or productivity tool?

Why, simple … you download and install an app!

An app is a little software that is very simple and easy to install and immediately integrates new functionality into a mobile device.

(Just like there are social sharing apps …)

A WP plugin is very much like an app. You install and activate a little piece of software that provides new functionality to your WP web site …

(… there are also social sharing plugins for WP users!)

Almost always, expanding the functionality of an already-built site involves additional cost. Depending on how complex the feature or enhancement is, things can get fairly expensive, especially if it requires modifying code.

This also applies to developing a new website. Businesses often fork out money up-front for added components they may never need.

To reduce expenses, we suggest a cost-effective strategy to developing your website and WordPress plugins are ideal for doing this.

Imagine being able to:

1) Start simply and with minimal cost involved. Get a professional web site up and running fast, then …

2) As you need more features, install new applications with just a couple of clicks of the mouse that integrate with your current web site, giving your website a whole new range of useful features, and also …

3) Cost not one cent extra to add to your website?

Well, that’s just what WP plugins allow you to do!

Benefits And Advantages Of WordPress Plugins

Earlier, we compared plugins with smartphone apps. Just like many apps are free to download and some may cost a little bit of money, the same applies with WP plugins.

In fact, thousands of useful plugins are freely available for users.

WP plugins that cost money are called ’Premium’ plugins. The good news, is that when you compare the cost of a Premium plugin to the cost of hiring a professional web developer to get the same functionality on your site, most Premium plugins are priced quite cheaply.

Also, since WordPress distributes its software as an Open Source application, anybody can create, edit and customize any portion of the WP code. This has allowed thousands of professional web developers to create more new tools that “plug into” WordPress than you can probably imagine.

Plugins – Powerful, Flexible … And (Often) 100% FREE!

Just like WordPress themes, loads of plugins are currently available for WP users … for FREE!

You can view and download thousands of plugins from the Free WP Plugin Repository

As previously mentioned, you will find WP plugins that can do almost anything you want done.

There are WordPress plugins for:

For example, you can expand your website with plugins like:

As you can clearly see, plugins give you endless possibilities. If you are planning to build a website for your business, or your existing site was not built with WordPress, then consider getting a WordPress site or blog in the future, or you will be missing out on some serious functionality.

If you’re still wondering about the power and flexibility of using WP plugins, let’s take a look at some practical advantages of installing a plugin on your web site.

For example, if you want to publish private content, you can install plugins to make a section of your post or page inaccessible, or transform your WordPress site into a professional membership site with personal login details for users …

As mentioned previously, you can use free plugins to enhance your site in so many ways. From adding functionality that improve your business, your site’s user experience and your understanding of what is happening on your site …

To extending your site’s reach and visibility across social networks and search engines …

You can also add complex functionality to your site using inexpensive premium plugins. For example, you can buy plugins that automate functions on your website such as customer feedback and event bookings management …

And also run a complete bookings and reservations system online … all for a tiny fraction of the cost of paying web developers to design the same applications for you …

Additionally, you can take advantage of built-in WordPress commenting features and plugins that will make your site even more interactive …

For example, your web visitors can:

Finally you, can even integrate sophisticated “back end” solutions with a WordPress “front end”. This allows you to control your business sales and marketing, while the 3rd-party application handles the technological side of things …

WordPress Plugins – Some Useful Information

As you can see, WP plugins are an integral part of WordPress and contribute to making WordPress the most powerful, flexible and scalable content management system available. Plugins also provide WordPress users with easy, simple and inexpensive ways to expand without spending thousands of dollars on web development costs.

One last thing regarding plugins:

If there is any functionality you want for your website, you can guarantee that a someone has probably already created one that will do just what you need it to do, and that it can either be accessed for FREE, or if it’s a premium plugin, that it will be surprisingly inexpensive.

(Whatever you need done, there’s a WordPress plugin for that!)

And, if by any chance such a WordPress plugin is not available, then one can certainly be written for your business for a very reasonable price.

Hopefully, this article has given you a better understanding of plugins – what plugins are and how they can significantly improve your WP website. See our published posts to learn about more popular plugins that we recommend using.

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