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Getting the Most out of Your WordPress Plugins

Cara Zebrowski

4 min read

WordPress launched in 2003 as a simple way for people to start blogs. Since then, WordPress has grown into the top content management system (CMS), and application framework in the world. The vast library of plugins has helped fuel WordPress’ evolution.

Newer WordPress users may not understand the purpose and power of plugins. Even experienced users may have a hard time evaluating plugins and how to choose the best ones. Getting the facts about plugins can help you make smart decisions to enhance your website.

What is a WordPress Plugin?

Simply put, plugins are apps that let you add new features to your WordPress site. With plugins, you can evolve your web presence from a basic blog-centric site to create any type of website.

You can create everything from an online store to a job board to a business directory through plugins. Also, plugins can help you boost performance and manage essential components of your site–like search engine optimization (SEO) and contact forms.

Today, WordPress has more than 57,000 plugins in its directory–and that number is always growing. You can also purchase premium plugins and source plugins from third-party sellers.

How do You Choose a Quality WordPress Plugin for Your Site?

Yes, the number of WordPress plugins is impressive. But some plugins offer more value than others. Some WordPress plugins are free, while others require payment. You can also find “freemium” plugins that provide limited functionality for free, but you’ll need to pay for more robust capabilities.

How do you know which plugins are best for your website? Here are five factors to consider:

What Are the Best Practices for Using WordPress Plugins?

It’s critical to know how to select plugins–but just as important to understand how to use them on your site. Keep these three best practices in mind:

Customize Your Site with WordPress Plugins

Using plugins is an excellent way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site. Even if you have limited technical know-how, you can install some simple plugins.

However, you should always turn to experts if you need guidance on selecting and implementing plugins, and for maintenance support. Plugins can introduce security vulnerabilities, so keeping them updated is a must. You may also need help monitoring and optimizing site performance. With the right plugins and superior support, you can create an exceptional web presence that draws in business.

Do you need help installing or updating WordPress plugins? We offer risk-free service packages to keep your plugins and site operating effectively. Contact us to discuss your needs and learn more about support options.

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