WordPress Plugins

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WordPress plugins are just one of the many reasons to select WordPress as your official CMS, content management system.

WordPress Plugins

Apps are to the iPhone what WordPress plugins are to websites. Though their applications are different they are still inspired by a platform.

When Apple launched the iPhone and subsequent phones launched by competitors since, a revolution began. Developers could now write their own app (short for application), submit to Apple et al and sell, sell, sell.

With billions of phones on the market today, the market for apps is huge. Though no guarantee that a developer’s product will sell. The opportunity is still there and the barrier to entry greatly reduced. Thus we all benefit. A healthy competition in a  free market society.

Enter WordPress

Over 30% of websites today use WordPress (WP). That is a lot of websites. It is also a huge opportunity for developers to create an “app.” In this case, apps are called plugins and the revenue model is slightly different.

Rather than a percentage of the sale going to the developer and the remainder to Apple, Microsoft, etc, with WordPress the website owner and developer deal directly.

The majority of plugins are free. And the features and functionality offered for this amazing low price of, nothing, is pretty vast. To make money, and pay the bills, developers offer a paid version as well.

Often a paid version includes technical support, added features, etc. Often, those added features are aesthetic. Like a contact form and the ability to change colors, layouts, etc.

How Often Do You Have To Pay

Rarely. In most websites we build, the paid plugins needed to meet the needs of the client is typically zero. The free versions are simply too good. Though support is limited, thanks to the “inter-web” and group think, you can often find answers to most questions quite readily.

Are They Safe

For the most part yes, plugins are safe. But that doesn’t mean you should just add plugins galore. You need to be select and ask yourself if you truly need to include one.

Why? Because the more plugins added to your site, in theory, the greater your site is prone to a hack. Especially if you don’t do a little research on the developer, their history and more so their frequency of updates.

Try avoiding plugins with limited updates.  Updates usually cover security patches. Vulnerabilities in prior versions that if not “patched” hackers can use to gain entry or do some other damage to your site.

Conclusion

WordPress in and of itself is a great CMS. A great solution, affordably priced. And used by many major companies today.

The vast sea of plugins available only enhance this product. And thanks to many developers who put a lot of time, effort and knowledge into their work, their is almost nothing you cannot do on WordPress.

If you find yourself using a lot of free plugins. Especially from the same developer, here’s a suggestion. Throw something in their tip jar. You’ll see a convenient method to say thank you with a small monetary gift right in your WP dashboard.

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