Use WordPress Plugins to Improve Your WordPress Website
Edited by Robbi, Eng, Lynn, Inukshuk
One of the most positive things about WordPress is the proliferation of add-ons and plugins which are available for your use. The WordPress community is comprised of hundreds of thousands of users.
Many of these users devise a code to address a requirement that they have for WordPress. They make their own plugins, and when they have perfected it, they offer it to the community for their own use.
Many of these plugins are offered free of charge and will give you nearly amazing functionality in your WordPress installation.
Find out more about plugins
You can find a plugin that will do literally anything in the world. In a community as large and as active as that of WordPress, a lot of work takes place. Many of the extensions and plugins that you will find can be helpful to you in hundreds of ways.
Plugins can allow you to create a forum, to cache your images, to fix the security on your site and to create entire profiles of added users. You can also find plugins which will afford you the means to firewall your site as well as to scan it for malware on a nightly basis.
Need to have your WordPress take orders or make payments directly to PayPal? There are plugins for those functions as well. Each is well updated and the community as a whole supports them, which means that you get solid, quality software and in many cases, good support free of charge inside the WordPress community.
Steps to finding the plugins that you need
- 1Determine what it is that you want your website to do. Knowing that will help you to find the available plugins and which ones you need a great deal easier.Advertisement
- 2One of the best places that you're going to explore as a new website owner is the open source community called the WordPress Plugin Database. It is found at wp-plugins.net and has about 2,500 WordPress plugins and counting.Advertisement
- 3The top 10 most important plugins for any WordPress site include those that secure it, speed it up, lower the spam, check it for malware and allow you to take payments. These are the best of the batch.
The most useful plugins for WordPress
- 1Security is job one for any website these days. By default, WordPress allows your website to take as many attempts at logging in as they can. Login Lockdown, a free plugin, allows you to limit that and to automatically lock out those who try to log in more than a number of times that you specify.
Okay so we said the top 10 and we've posted 12.. That's because we're trying to give you a little bit extra OR because - our inherent inability to count has manifested itself in a little bonus. Have a great day!