What Is a WordPress Plugin?

wordpress-logo-simplified-rgbFirst, WordPress is a Website Content Management System. In short terms, that means WordPress is a type of program or software that is installed directly onto your webhost or web server. Once installed, it becomes the program that you use to build, design and control your website. It’s major benefits are ease of use, universal accessibility and flexible power.

Ease of Use
Wordpress is so easy to use that so long as you know how to write an email and send an attached file with it, you know enough to create and control content on WordPress. There are some more advanced features, but the “meat and potatoes” of the website only require that basic understanding.

Universal Accessibility
Because no software is installed on your computer, so long as you have a computer with internet access, you can log into and edit your website. Be that am airport laptop, iPad or even a loaned library computer in town. So long as you have internet access you can control your website.

Flexible Power
Themes and Plugins allow for a great deal of customization to your WordPress website without requiring extensive coding knowledge. In many cases they are very user-friendly and can do many things such as:

  • Twitter or Facebook Feeds
  • Embedded Video
  • Interactive Map Feature
  • “Follow Me” Social Media Tab
  • Share-a-holic Buttons
  • Custom Contact Forms
  • Photo Gallery
  • Spam Filters for Comments
  • Back Up Your Website
  • Easy-Add Google Analytics
  • MailChimp / Constant Contact Submission Forms
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Importing/Exporting Previous WordPress Websites
  • eCommerce Shopping Carts
  • Easy Moible-Friendly Website
  • Polls
  • And muuuuuch more!

So a Plugin is a flexible added bit of code or programming you can install into your WordPress website with ease that gives you more functionality and control over your website’s look and feel.

Check out a few of my latest WordPress Websites:

DyeSigns by Pamela
The Speaker’s Studio
Environmental Compliance Source

Check in next week for links to some of my favorite, most useful WordPress Plugins!

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