What are plugins and what are WordPress plugins for? – New WordPress users will definitely be wondering what is a plugin and what functions do plugins do for WordPress, to get rid of your curiosity, in this article I will explain in full about what plugins are, how plugins work and what WordPress plugins do. .
The plugin you will need if you are a WordPress user hosting Self-hosting or self-hosting, for free WordPress users who register on WordPress.com, they don’t need a plugin because there is no feature to add or install plugins. WordPress.com is automatically adjusted to work properly behind the scenes, so free WordPress users only need to register and do a few setups.
What is a WordPress Plugin?
Plugins are pieces of software that contain various functions that can be added to a WordPress website. Plugins can extend functionality and usability or add new features to a WordPress site so that WordPress can be used for various site purposes. WordPress plugins are written in programming language PHP and very seamlessly integrated with WordPress.
Plugins play a very important role for WordPress, in fact, it is arguably an inseparable part of WordPress. Plugins have many different functions and uses depending on the needs of your site. For example: when you want to build online shop website on WordPress then you have to install a plugin like WooCommerce or WP eCommerce which has functions and features for an online store.
How Do WordPress Plugins Work?
WordPress is written in a way that other developers can add their own code to it. The WordPress plugin API offers a series of hooks and filters that allow developers to modify existing WordPress functionality or add new functionality.
WordPress also allows developers to store data in the WordPress database. Plugins can use WordPress content types, taxonomies, and custom fields that allow users to store different types of content not just posts and pages.
Every WordPress plugin installed or installed on your site is registered in your WordPress database. You can turn it on and off whenever you want.
On each visit, WordPress connects to the database, loads the core software, and then loads your active plugins. All this code is processed on your server and then sent to the user’s browser.
Where to Get a WordPress Plugin?
To get a WordPress plugin, you can go to the Plugins »Add New menu, on your site you will see a huge list of WordPress plugins available to you or you can directly visit the WordPress.org site and enter the WordPress plugins directory, more precisely on the” Plugins “menu. or it can be via the following link ⇒ WordPress plugin.
As I write this article, the plugins in the official WordPress directory or library already contain 53,602 more plugins available for free that you can download. On the main page of the plugins directory you will see three sections consisting of “Featured Plugin”, “Popular Plugin” and “Beta Plugin”, you can click on the link that says “See All” to see a list of all plugins or perform a search by typing keywords plugin that you want to search in the search feature.
In addition to free plugins that you can get from the WordPress.org plugin directory, you can use third-party plugins from various well-known WordPress developers or through marketplaces like Codecanyon. There are many amazing commercial or pro plugins available from third party companies and developers. The advantages of using this premium version of the plugin are much more features and the support provided when you have difficulty using the plugin.
Why would you want to pay for a plugin? Well, there are several reasons below that you need to consider.
- While there are tens of thousands of plugins available for free from the Plugins directory, paid plugins usually offer a full support staff and the developer will always keep the plugin safe and compatible with the latest version of WordPress as well as with other themes and plugins.
- Most of the time, plugins work well with core files from WordPress and with other plugins, but sometimes the plugin code doesn’t work with other plugins smoothly or doesn’t even run at all which will cause compatibility issues. With paid or pro plugins, you can easily ask the support staff to help you solve the problem.
What are plugins useful for?
If you ask what plugins are useful for then the answer is that they are useful plugins to add features to your WordPress site according to your wishes. With so many WordPress plugins as I explained above, of course plugins have lots of different uses to meet the needs of WordPress users so that the WordPress platform can be used to create various kinds of websites.
WordPress by default when you first install it only has minimal features and maybe you can only use it to create a site like a blog or a site with minimal capabilities and runs less optimally. But when you add plugins to SEO optimization then WordPress will be very powerful and ready to compete in search engines. Or when you need WordPress to build an online store site then you need to install an eCommerce plugin. Here’s a little example for you:
- When you want to create an online store then you need the WooCommerce plugin.
- When you want WordPress to be search engine friendly you need an SEO plugin like All in One SEO or SEO by Yoast.
- When you want to increase WordPress security you need a Security plugin like iThemes Security.
- When you want to add a contact feature you can use a plugin Contact Form 7.
- And much more…
The verandalounge blog has written a lot about the best kinds of WordPress plugins that you can use to build your WordPress site so that it works well. I’ve even shared a list of recommended plugins for you to use along with a tutorial for each one.
How to use a WordPress plugin?
To use a WordPress plugin is very easy, you can add, install / uninstall plugins from your WordPress admin dashboard. You can also download and install manually using FTP client software. And one of the main advantages of using the self-hosted version of WordPress is the ability to upload, install and use plugins on your WordPress site. For this section I will not discuss in depth because I have made an article that fully reviews how to install a WordPress plugin, which you can read the article link below.
The plugin settings will not be the same. There are plugins that when installed and activated immediately work, there are plugins that require configuration but only require simple settings and there are also plugins with settings that you must configure with great care and detail. Therefore you have to study or read some guidelines for using the plugin that you will use. You may be able to find a guide to using a particular plugin through this blog verandalounge so you can use the plugin to work properly.
Since most plugins are free (free), it’s important to note that plugins don’t usually come with technical support. For this reason, it’s important to be careful when choosing which plugins you should want to install on your site. While there are plugins that can perform almost any function, there are still some that are much higher quality than that. In order to choose the right one, you have to ask yourself a few questions.
- Does the plugin get continuous updates?
- Is the plugin compatible with the latest version of WordPress?
- Do users of the plugin get answers to their support questions?
- What is the rating of the plugin?
- and much more.
You can see which plugins I recommend you use on your WordPress site by looking at the list of plugins I have selected for you at List of Recommended Plugins. or you can also read my article about: 10+ Best WordPress Plugins That You Must Install.