One of the main advantages of building a website using WordPress is the ability to quickly and easily enhance your WordPress website or blog’s functionality using plugins.
No doubt, you probably own a device like a smart phone. What do you do when you want to access something new on your device like a new application, game or a new business tool?
You download and install an app!
An app is a little piece of software that is very simple and easy to install and immediately integrates new features into a mobile phone.
(Just as you can find social sharing apps …)
A WP plugin is like an app. You simply install a little piece of software that adds new functionality to your WordPress site …
(… there are also social sharing plugins for WP users!)
Generally, adding a new feature to an already-built web site involves additional cost. Depending on how complex the new feature or enhancement is, things can become quite expensive, particularly if it involves modifying code.
This is also applicable when developing a website or business blog. Companies will often invest up front for added features they may never need.
As part of sound strategic business planning, we suggest considering a cost-effective strategy to developing your web site and WP plugins are ideal for doing this.
Imagine if you could:
1) Start simply with minimal expense involved. Get a professional web presence up and running fast, then …
2) As the need for new features arises, add new software modules with just a couple of mouse clicks that integrate seamlessly with your site, giving your web site an entirely new and expanded range of features and functionality, and …
3) Cost not a single dollar extra to install on your site?
Well, that’s exactly what WP plugins let you do!
We started this blog post by comparing plugins with apps. In a similar way that some apps are free to download and some may cost a little bit of money, the same applies to WordPress plugins.
In fact, thousands of plugins can be downloaded to your site at no cost.
Plugins that you have to buy are referred to as “Premium” plugins. The good news, is that when you compare it to the price of investing in professional web development services to add the same functionality on your site, most Premium plugins are typically quite inexpensive.
Also, because WordPress makes its source code publicly available, anyone can create, edit and customize any portion of the code. This has enabled many professional software development professionals to enhance the core software application.
Just like WordPress themes, loads of plugins are currently available for WP users … often at $0 cost!
You can access thousands of WordPress plugins from the Free WP Plugin Repository …
As mentioned earlier, you can find plugins that will do almost everything you need a web site to do.
Plugin categories cover:
You can expand a website with plugins like the following:
As you can clearly see, WP plugins give you practically limitless possibilities. If you plan to build a web site for your business, or your existing web site was not built with WordPress, then consider getting a WordPress site or blog added to your domain, or you will be missing out on some serious functionality.
In case you’re still wondering just how powerful and flexible plugins are, let’s take a look at how you can benefit instantly by adding a plugin to your website.
For example, if you want to publish content which is only accessible to some users, you can install plugins to make just a couple of paragraphs on a page or post inaccessible, or create a complete paid membership site with separate login details for each user â€¦
As mentioned previously, you can use free plugins to enhance your web site in lots of different ways. From adding new features that enhance your business, your web users’ experience and your ability to analyze visitor data …
To increasing your business reach and visibility across many social networks and search engines …
You can also add complex features to your website using relatively inexpensive paid WordPress plugins. For example, you can install plugins that integrate and automate functionality on your pages like customer testimonial and event bookings management …
And also set up a custom bookings and reservations system on your site … all for a small fraction of the cost of hiring programmers to build similar functionality for you …
Additionally, you can take advantage of built-in WordPress commenting features and plugins that will increase user engagement â€¦
For example, your visitors can easily:
You can also integrate sophisticated enterprise-level applications with a WP “front end”. This allows you to control the content that your visitors will see on your web site, while your 3rd-party application handles the technical functions â€¦
As you can see, WP plugins are an integral part of WordPress and contribute to making it the most preferred content management system available. Plugins also provide WordPress users with an easy, simple and inexpensive way to expand quickly without spending thousands of dollars on web development.
One last thing on the subject of WP plugins:
Whatever functionality you want for your website, you can guarantee that a someone has probably already developed one that will do exactly what you need it to do, and that this plugin will either be available at no cost, or if it’s a paid plugin, that it will be surprisingly inexpensive.
And, if by any chance such a WordPress plugin does not exist, then a custom plugin that does exactly what you would like it to do can probably be developed for your business at a reasonable cost.
Hopefully this information has given you a better understanding of WP plugins – what plugins are and how they can expand your business blog. See our published posts to learn more about usingplugins.
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