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WordPress Plugins Explained

One of the main features of the WordPress platform is the ability to easily enhance your WordPress site’s functionality using plugins.

About Plugins

No doubt, you probably have a device like a smart phone. What do you do when you want to access something new on your device like a new software or a tool?

Why, simple … you download and install an app!

An app is a software that is very easy to install and integrates new features into any mobile phone.

(Just like there are social sharing apps for mobile phones …)

A plugin is like an app. You simply install and activate a software that provides new functionality to your site …

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

Generally, if you plan to add a new feature to an existing site, additional cost is involved. Depending on how complex the features or enhancements are, things could get quite expensive, especially if web developers have to add new code or edit programs or install programs to integrate with your current site.

This is also applicable when developing a web site. Companies sometimes invest money in advance in extra features they may simply not need.

For sound, strategic business planning reasons, we recommend a sustainable strategy when developing your website and WP plugins are ideal for doing this.

Imagine if you could:

1) Start simply with minimal expense involved. Get your web presence up and running quickly, then …

2) As you need new features, simply install new applications with just a couple of mouse clicks directly from your WordPress dashboard area, giving your web site an entirely new range of practical capabilities, and …

3) Cost not a single cent extra to add to your site?

Well, this is exactly what WordPress plugins let you do!

Plugins – Benefits

We started this blog post by comparing plugins with mobile apps. Just like many apps are free to download and some cost a little money, the same is true of WP plugins.

In fact, many plugins can be downloaded and installed on your websites.

WP plugins that you have to buy are referred to as Premium plugins. The good news, is that when you compare the cost of a Premium WP plugin to the price of hiring a professional web developer to get the same functionality on your site, most Premium plugins are generally very inexpensive.

Also, since WordPress makes its code available to everyone, anyone can create, rewrite and customize any portion of the WordPress code. This has enabled thousands of third-party software development professionals to enhance and contribute to the WordPresssoftware.

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

Just like WP themes, thousands of great plugins are made available to WP users … for FREE!

You can download thousands of plugins from the Free WordPress Plugin Repository

As mentioned earlier, you will find plugins that will do almost everything you can possibly need your web site to do.

WordPress plugin categories cover:

You can enhance your WP site with plugins like the following:

As you can clearly see, WP plugins give you limitless possibilities. If you plan to build a web site for your business, or your existing site isn’t powered by WordPress, then consider getting a WP site or blog added to your domain, or you will be missing out on some serious functionality.

If you’re still wondering about the power and flexibility of using WordPress plugins, let me show you how you can benefit by adding an inexpensive plugin to your site.

For example, if you want to publish private content, you can use plugins to make a section of your page inaccessible, or transform your WordPress site into a full paid membership site with customized login details for all users …

As mentioned previously, free plugins can be used to improve your website in so many different ways. From adding new features that will improve your business, your web users’ experience and your understanding of what is happening on your site …

To increasing your business visibility across a number of social sites and search engines …

You can also add complex functionality to your website using relatively inexpensive paid WordPress plugins. For example, you can purchase plugins that automate features on your pages like customer feedback and event bookings management …

And also set up a custom-branded bookings and reservations system online … all for a tiny fraction of the cost of paying programmers to code these functionality for you …

Additionally, you can take advantage of native WordPress commenting features and plugins that will enhance your site’s interactivity …

For example, your visitors can:

Finally you, can even integrate complex enterprise-level solutions within a WordPress “front end”. This lets you manage the content that your visitors see on your web site, while the third-party application handles the technological functions …

Plugins – Additional Tips

As you can see, plugins are an integral part of WordPress and contribute to making WordPress the most preferred website management application in the world. Plugins also provide WordPress users with an easy, simple and inexpensive way to expand without spending thousands of dollars on web development.

One last thing about plugins:

If there is any functionality you want for your web presence, you can be sure that a WordPress plugin probably exists that will do exactly 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 fairly affordable.

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

And, if by chance such a WP plugin does not exist, then one can probably be written for you at a reasonable cost.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of WordPress plugins – what plugins are and how they can help improve your business blog. See our related posts to learn about more great plugins that we recommend using.


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