Do you know what are plugins? Plugins are pieces of software codes that enable applications or programs to do things they could not do by themselves. Adobe Flash Player is one of the commonly used plugins, without this plugin you will not be able to view videos embedded into web pages. Many other plugins serve their own purposes; foreign language-alphabets, social media networking, etc. are some of the examples. There are plugins that can display documents related to Microsoft Office 2007 within your selected browser. Email programs use PGP plugins to ensure privacy and security of their users. Media players will also need plugins that enable them to play a particular media type. Sometimes plugins could be just routines; for example, Milkshape3d acts as a 3d model editor and let you add some new “save as (filetypes).”
Why plugins are excellent?
Plugins are very much portable and can easily be deployed. They are very small, but pack an enormous power. However, all these advantages depend on the plugin framework that you use. Coming to WordPress, the plugins are just awesome. They can improve SEO, save you a lot of time, and build up speed of your website and much more. They allow web developers and designers to build sites that are more sophisticated, quicker and better features too. The official plugin directory with WordPress is flooded with over 20,000 plugins and the volume of downloads exceed 330,000,000. These enormous numbers leave no doubt in one’s mind that plugins are an essential element of this WordPress ecosystem.
Problems that you may face while using plugins:
How good is my plugin?
You must look into many factors while picking a better plugin for your use. You can confirm about its credibility by looking into the plugin directory, its reviews and popularity as well. Make sure that your plugin is relevant and know the date of its publication. Do not just go for premium plugins without evaluating them. Keep visiting your plugin list and see changes that may have been updated therein. Check with the number of tickets that have been resolved and see the latest entry of a resolved ticket. The update frequency has to be checked and made sure that these changes have been validated as well. The popularity may not always show the credibility of your plugins, a less popular plugin built by a solid user could serve your purpose well. The ultimate goal should be to put your plugins into minimum usage but get a maximum result out of that.
This article is written by Satyes Mukherjee, a Creative Writer and retired Chartered Accountant from Kolkata, India. Visit author's website.