If you’re new to the website world, let me introduce you to a magical thing called WordPress plugins.
These bits of software can be uploaded onto yourself-hosted WordPresssite from WordPress.org to extend and expand its functionality.
Free vs Premium
As with anything in life, free and premium options are available for WordPress plugins.
While there are thousands of free options in the official Plugin Directory, sometimes it’s worth investing a few bucks for a premium option.
But why pay for something that has a free alternative?
Sometimes paid plugins have full-time support staff who maintain security and compatibility with the latest version ofWordPressand themes and other plugins.
When using multiple plugins on your website, one plugin’s code could potentially cause issues with another plugin – this is where having reliable support comes in handy.
The Possibilities Are Endless
You might wonder what these magical little programs can do for your website. Well, let me tell you – if you can imagine it, chances are there is already a plugin out there for it!
With so many options available through the Plugin Directory alone (never mind third-party sources), browsing through them all might feel like an endless stroll down an infinite aisle.
The Bottom Line: Plugins Can Do Anything
Seriously though, whether you need help managing spam comments or want to add social media sharing buttons directly on each post, you’d like every visitor to be notified instantly anytime someone leaves a comment on their own comment thread.
Or perhaps even the ability to sell downloadable products directly from your website.
Whatever feature or function you’re looking for, there’s probably at least 4-5 great options out there regarding software!
Making Sense of It All: Tips & Tricks
With so many choices readily available right at our fingertips via the internet these days, “plugin overload” is definitely not uncommon.
Nowadays, it can understandably feel overwhelming. But don’t worry – there are ways to make this process much simpler!
For example, if you’re looking for something specific, such as a photo gallery plugin, start by narrowing down potential candidates.
Base your choices on what comes highly recommended by other users in reviews or via word of mouth (or text message).
Then, test out different options until you find one that works best with your website’s design and overall “workflow”.
Additionally, always update your plugins regularly especially when upgrading to new versions so that compatibility issues do not arise between individual features.
And just like those who navigate traffic and find their way around town without maps or GPS, relying on landmarks as reference points and familiarities to travelers along the road, bloggers should prioritize only whatever functions seem most useful right now.
Because even minor tweaks made consistently over time will ultimately add up and improve their online experience gradually but surely!