A guide to WordPress Plugins

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Plugin is a feature that helps to add special functionality in any website. Introduction of plugins in wordpress make it more convenient and responsive.

A wide range of plugins are available at wordpress. There are 55,000 plugins in total and apart from that you can also create your own custom plugin. All these plugins are mentioned in the wordpress dashboard from where you can install it.

A famous wordpress plugin is yoast seo that helps in onsite SEO development. It optimises the site content from title to description. It creates an attractive card representation of the site. It is easy to understand and implement and no prior knowledge of coding is needed. There is a paid and free version available for this plugin.

Woocommerce is also a popular wordpress plugin that creates eye-catching E-commerce websites.

How to set up a plugin?

  • File transfer protocol is abbreviated as FTP. It connects the website to it’s server. It enables the developer to edit and upload files. Ask your host to enable your plugin and you will need to fill certain details like your FTP account details that includes ftp username, address and password. The host will provide you the plugin.Now name the plugin file.
  • You will also need an access to staging site that will provide the preview of changes before it is made on the website.
  • A text editor is needed in this step as it supports various programming languages that are used during coding where there are various editors available meant for amatures as well as professionals.Create a custom plugin file by adding suitable codes to it and save it with . PHP extension. For example- Sublime text editor that helps with the same.
  • Now activate your plugin.
  • Any further functionality can be added through some specific web development tools mentioned below-
    1. Developer is available for free that optimises the wordpress site and suggests best tools for plugins.
    2. Pictura helps to choose the appropriate image for the site by searching images in its database.
    3. WordPress Boilerplate- It is object oriented. It helps to create custom plugins and customise hooks.