Energize Your Website with Plugin Power!

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Want to transform your website from basic to brilliant? Say hello to PLUGINS!

What is a Plugin?

A plugin for a website is like adding a special feature or functionality to your site, like how you might enhance your smartphone with different apps. It’s a piece of software that you can “plug in” to your website’s existing framework to extend its capabilities or add new features without having to build everything from scratch.

Why Every Business Owner Needs Plugins:

  • Boost Functionality: Add features without breaking a sweat.
  • Time is Money: Save hours on coding, invest in growth instead.
  • Tailor-Made: Customize your site like a pro without the tech headache.
  • Stay Fresh: Regular updates keep your website on the cutting edge.
  • Scale with Ease: Grow your online empire without a hitch.

How to Install a Plugin

Want to learn how to install a plugin and check for updates? Watch our tutorial.

What are Some Examples of Plugins?

Think of a plugin as a mini-program designed to perform a specific task or provide a specific service on your website. For example, you might use a social media plugin to display your latest Instagram photos on your site, a contact form plugin to easily collect messages from visitors, or an SEO plugin to optimize your content for search engines.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Yoast: Supercharge your website’s visibility and attract organic traffic
  • WooCommerce: This ecommerce plugin lets you create and manage an online store using features like inventory and tax management, secure payments, shipping integration and more. 
  • Smush: optimize, resize, and compress images, as well as converting images to WebP format for faster loading web pages.

Many plugins are free. Some are paid. You can browse nearly 60,000 of them here:  WordPress.org.

User beware: it’s important to use plugins judiciously. Having too many plugins or using poorly coded ones can potentially slow down your website or introduce security vulnerabilities. Regularly updating plugins and choosing reputable ones from trusted sources can help mitigate these risks. Also, keep those plugins updated to ensure compatibility with the latest versions of your website platform and to benefit from new features.

So now you understand the benefits of plugins. Need help installing one? We’ve got you covered. 

Comment below to share some of your favorite plugins!

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