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WordPress Plugins Explained

One of the most powerful features of WordPress is that you can easily expand your WordPress web site’s functionality using inexpensive (and often completely free) software called plugins.

What Are WP Plugins?

No doubt, you most likely use a cell phone. What do you do when you would like access to something new on your phone like a new software or productivity tool?

Why, simple … you download and install an app!

An app is a software that is very easy to install and adds new features to any smart device.

(Just as you can find social sharing apps …)

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

(… you can also find social sharing plugins for WP users!)

Typically, if you decide to expand the functionality of a site, additional cost is involved. Depending on how complex the feature or enhancement is, the cost can be significant, especially if it requires modifying code.

This also applies when creating a website or business blog. Companies tend to invest money in advance in components they probably will never need.

For sound, strategic business planning reasons, we suggest considering a sustainable approach when setting up your web presence and WP plugins are ideal for helping you achieve this.

Imagine being able to:

1) Start simply and inexpensively. Get a professional-looking web presence up and running fast, then …

2) As new features or functionality become necessary, install new applications with just a couple of clicks of the mouse that integrate seamlessly with your current site, giving your web site a completely new and expanded range of useful features, and also …

3) Cost not a single dollar more to install on your web site?

Well, this is just what WP plugins allow you to do!

Benefits & Advantages Of WordPress Plugins

I began this blog post by comparing plugins with mobile apps. In the same way that some apps are free to download and some apps cost a little money, so do plugins.

In fact, thousands of plugins can be downloaded to your site for free.

Plugins that you buy are referred to as “Premium” plugins. The good news, is that when you compare it to the cost of paying for professional web development services to add similar features and functionality on your site, most Premium plugins are priced quite low.

Also, because WordPress makes its code publicly available, anyone can create, modify and customize any portion of the code. This has allowed many professional web developers to create more plugins that “plug into” the WordPress software than you can imagine.

WP Plugins – Powerful, Flexible … And (Often) Completely FREE!

Like WP themes, tens of thousands of WordPress plugins are currently available to WordPress users … and many of these great plugins are 100% FREE!

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

As mentioned earlier, you will find WordPress plugins that can do just about everything you need done.

There are plugins for:

You can enhance a website with plugins like the following:

As you can clearly see, WordPress plugins give you practically endless business scalability. If you are currently planning to build a website or blog for your business, or your existing website wasn’t built with WordPress, then consider using it in the future.

In case you’re still wondering just how powerful and flexible plugins are, let’s take a look at some practical uses of installing a plugin on your website.

For example, if you need to protect your content, you can install plugins to make just a couple of paragraphs on your page or post inaccessible, or create a full paid membership site with separate login details for users …

As mentioned before, you can use free plugins to enhance your site in so many ways. From adding new features that enhance your business, your visitors’ experience and your ability to review visitor data …

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

You can also add advanced functionality to your site using inexpensive premium plugins. For example, you can download plugins that integrate and automate functions on your pages such as managing customer testimonials and booking events …

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

Additionally, you can take advantage of built-in WP commenting features and plugins that can allow you to engage better with your web visitors, customers and registered site members …

For example, your visitors can:

Finally you, can also integrate complex enterprise-level solutions with a WP “front end”. This lets you manage your business marketing, while your third-party application handles the technical areas …

Plugins – Additional Things You Should Know

As you can see, WordPress plugins are an integral part of WordPress and contribute to making it the most downloaded website open source tool available. Plugins also provide WordPress users with easy, simple and inexpensive ways to expand without spending thousands of dollars on outsourced web developers.

One last thing about WP plugins:

Whatever functionality you want for your web site, you can be sure that a plugin already exists that will do just what you want, and that it can either be downloaded at no cost, or if it’s a paid plugin, that it will be fairly affordable.

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

And, if by chance such a plugin has not been created yet, then one can certainly be developed for you at a reasonable cost.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of WordPress plugins – what plugins are and how they can significantly enhance the functionality of your business blog. See our related posts section to learn more about usingplugins.

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"I have used the tutorials to teach all of my clients and it has probably never been so easy for everyone to learn WordPress ... Now I don't need to buy all these very expensive video courses that often don't deliver what they promise." - Stefan Wendt, Internet Marketing Success Group

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