What do WordPress plugins really do for your site?
The function of WordPress has opened up endless possibilities over the last few years, taking it to a new level that isn’t just intended as a blog. The huge range of WordPress plugins coming out everyday allows you to design a custom site with custom functions in a very short amount of time and with little help needed.
WordPress plugins are scripts developed by programmers to give users more options for their blog pages. For example, a WordPress plugin can be used to display recent comments, or as a spam prevention tool. WordPress templates are proving to be extremely popular for externally hosted websites, so having the ability to add more features makes the WordPress plugins a very handy source of free programming!
While many people set up WordPress blog pages to share personal and social stories, blogging has become an essential part of the marketing and promotion of our business, especially those who can understand how to share their “personal” story in connection with their business. With a self hosted website, WordPress users can include advertising links, sell their own products, and promote affiliate products.
WordPress plugins provide excellent tools for customizing these types of sites, with add-ons in a range of categories including:
- Search engine optimization
- User restrictions and password options
- Visitor and click statistics
- Search boxes
- Tracking tools
- Social bookmark tags (e.g. Technorati, Del.icio.us, Digg)
- Adsense management
- Advertisement rotator
WordPress plugins come in all shapes and sizes
That means a variety of user levels too. Some need more experience or specific knowledge to use than others do. You may need to know how to use FTP and zip files. Some website owners even design and develop their own plugins! That’s probably a little beyond most users, though you could hire someone to create a plugin for you.
A note about WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Although these two sites sound the same, the services offered by each one are different and this often causes confusion for people. The difference lies mainly in the hosting side of things. While a free WordPress blog will be hosted on WordPress.com, the themes and templates are limited and users are not allowed to include advertising or affiliate links. WordPress.org on the other hand requires you to have your own domain and hosting in place, but is a better option for advertising and marketing purposes, and this is where the WordPress plugins come into the equation!
Self-hosting website owners can make light work of designing their sites with WordPress plugins, creating unique personalized pages to attract their visitors!
What are some of your WordPress plugins? What kind of plugin would you like to find for your own site?