In today’s post I will delve into WordPress Plugins basics and why are they important for our blog growth.
When we release a new WordPress Website we can choose from approximately 55,000 available plugins to add to our blog. WordPress offers a broad variety of plugins, whether we are referring to photography plugins, newsletters, or some other plugins that can provide the required functionality and features for our site.
In simpler terms, plugins are the features that will turn our page from a simplistic blog to a dynamic one with advanced functionality, according to our preference, providing a better experience to our website guests.
Plugins are pieces of software (pre-coded apps that integrate with our WordPress site) that are designed to perform a specific set of functions or add a specific kind of feature, to any self-hosted WordPress site.
Sadly, these plugins function only for self-hosted websites, and not hosted versions such as WordPress.com. Hosted websites typically provide theme options for customizing plugins so it isn’t possible to add plugins freely and customize sites on these platforms.
Many of these plugins can be discovered on the WordPress Plugin Page, but as previously mentioned, they work only for self-hosted websites (WordPress.org platform). In this case, if we own a self-hosted website, we can download the plugin .zip file, and then upload it on the plugin page of our WordPress Page.
What Plugin experience does the WordPress Premium Plan offers?
Sadly, the WordPress Premium or Free Plan does not offer the possibility to install plugins from third-party vendors. To install plugins, bloggers like us require to purchase the WordPress Business Plan which costs about $299 per year.
WordPress.com hosts a collection of about 200 homemade and partner themes so we can style our site with a layout at our preference. Thanks to the Premium plan, we’ll be able to install any of these themes for free, even the paid ones.
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