We Love WordPress
WordPress is a tremendous website publishing platform for our customers. For customers who are only moderately computer literate, managing content such as pages, blog posts and images is straightforward and can be handled without a web programmer, a big cost savings for many customers. On top of being an easy to use content management system, WordPress offers thousands of third-party plug-ins that extend and enhance the capabilities of WordPress.
Another reason why WordPress is a great website publishing tool are the thousands of plug-ins available. Plug-Ins are additional blocks of code that have typically been built by programmers to solve a specific problem that website developers face. The plug-ins range from simple image gallery display systems to extremely complex e-commerce systems. Many plug-ins are free, some offer a paid premium option for even more functionality. Some plug-ins are only available as a paid option.
If you are loading up a plug-in, and it has a free option and a paid premium option, I recommend that in most circumstance, choose the paid premium options. Most premium options are $50 or less and the price will be well worth it. Often plug-ins are distributed free, and users are simply asked to donate to the author. You are not required to donate to use the plug-in, but please consider sending them $15 to $20. It's a small price to pay for a block of code that would likely take weeks or months to develop.
Plug-Ins Add Functionality
WordPress themes can offer a wide range of designs, layouts and functionality. Where the theme code leaves off, plug-ins add that enhanced functionality that may not be built into the theme. For example, I have often found a nice, simple theme that has the layout and look I want, but is short on features such as a built-in slideshow or user registration system. Load up the right plug-in and now both are taken care of.
Stay on top of your WordPress plug-ins but updating them when you are notified of new versions. When you log in to your WordPress dashboard, if updates are available, you will see a red number next to the Plugins menu item.
Plugin updates are often to repair minor bugs, add new features, or enhance your website's security.