Introduction to WordPress Plugins
In simple, WordPress Plugins are a small software specifically developed for WordPress, which can be used or installed to enhance the better functionality of the site. Oftentimes people quote, “there’s already a plugin for that“. For instance, if you want to use a contact form for your website, you can easily find a chunk of Contact Form plugins on the WordPress repository for your website.
The beauty of self-hosted WordPress is that you can effortlessly download and install an infinite number of plugins for your site. That’s why WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. Plugins are written in PHP language and with the standard coding, they can be integrated into WordPress. So, therefore, if you are a non-developer, you can install the plugin without having a knowledge to lines of codes. You can search and download WordPress plugins from WordPress repository or from your Dashboard. Don’t worry, we’ll cover that section in our next tutorial.
Free vs Premium WordPress Plugins
Ever wonder why there are chunks, literally chunks, of free plugins available on the WordPress repository? Well, if you haven’t noticed it yet, 90% of the popular plugins come with the premium version. For example, if you happen to install a free SEO by Yoast plugin for your site, there’s a pro version available for a sell as well. The premium plugins always come in handy when you need extra features and support.
Moreover, free plugins are Free and most of the times come with a lot of advertisements, whereas, you need to pay a certain price for the Premium Plugins and they have fewer ads. They are more unique as well.
You might be wondering which plugin suits your website. If you are thinking of installing one, there’s probably a plugin available to download for that. Just hunt through the WordPress Plugin repository site and search your keywords there. Otherwise, you can always hire experts to build for you one.