What is a Plug-in?
A plugin is a software complement that is normally installed within a CMS program or content manager, improving its capabilities. For example, if you want to watch a video on a website, you may need a plugin to do so. If the plugin is not installed, the manager will not know how to play the video. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. In the WordPress community, there is a saying: “There is a plugin for that.” They make it easy for users to add features to their website without knowing a single line of code. There are thousands of WordPress plugins available for free in the official WordPress plugin directory. Aside from the free plugins, there are tons of amazing premium plugins available custom made by companies and developers.
What can WordPress plugins do?
WordPress plugins are small software applications that integrate and work on top of WordPress software. This allows you to create almost any type of website with WordPress (not just blogs).
For Example, you can:
- Start an online store with WordPress using the WooCommerce plugin
- Create a WordPress forum using the BBpress plugin
- Develop a WordPress social network with BudyPress
- Implement a Membership site with Paid Memberships Pro
- Build a crowdfunding platform
- Create a marketplace
- and much more.
This has been our brief definition of the Plugin concept. We hope you found it interesting, and remember the popular saying from the WordPress community, “If you want to do it, there is surely a plugin for that.”