WordPress is a fantastic platform that is used all over the world. It is incredibly user-friendly and has various features that anybody can use. One of the things that makes WordPress so strong is the fact that it has a variety of plugins, some of them developed by WordPress while others were developed by third parties. Indeed, you can even build your own code, which would allow you to extend the various WordPress features. A plugin is basically a piece of code that allows you to improve the functionality of the standard WordPress platform. There are different types of plugins out there, but the best ones tend to be simple drag and drop. This means you don’t have to make any changes to the actual WordPress core code. The platform uses a modular design, which means that a plugin makes it possible for you to completely change the site so that it looks exactly the way you want it to look. Plugins were made available after the 1.2 version of WordPress. Since there are now so many different ones available, they can be categorized to make it easier to find the ones you need. They offer a range of different features, so think about what you actually need before you start installing them.
The first feature is administration. Some of the things this allows you to customize include anti-spam, admin tools, meta, comments, statistics, restriction, syndication, syntax highlighting, tweaking and more. Then, there are plugins that focus on design, layout and style. This means you can really change how your site looks. You can change things such as calendars, archives, navigation, events, styles and randomness. Then, there are the graphics, sounds and video plugins. These allow you to add media to your blog. There are also post plugins. These allow you to edit, format and do other things with your posts. Link plugins also exist, which are designed to allow you to decide how a link behaves. Finally, there are miscellaneous plugins. Most of these focus on how external information and links are displayed on your site.
It is also very easy to install your plugins. Indeed, it tends to only take five steps to complete. Although these are the standard steps, it is recommended to look into the instructions of the plugins you have chosen, just in case additional actions are required. First, you need to upload the plugin you have chosen to the relevant folder on your dashboard. Next, use your browser to go to WordPress and log in. At the top in your main menu, there is a Plugins link, which you need to click on. You will then see the full list of plugins that are available to you, including the one you have just uploaded. Simply click on “activate” and your plugin will get to work.