What Are WordPress Plugins?

What are WordPress Plugins?

An introduction to WordPress plugins, what they are and how they work.


WordPress is a powerful content management system (CMS) that allows you to build your own website or blog.

WordPress is used by over 490 million* websites and blogs around the world.

One of the best things about WordPress is that it’s very easy to use, but there are some advanced features that may not be as easy for beginners to understand.

That’s where plugins come into play!

Plugins are like apps that you can add onto your WordPress site or blog to add in new functionality without having to code them yourself.

In this article we’ll take a look at what plugins are and how they can help you manage and customize your site even further.

WordPress plugins are like apps for your WordPress website or blog.

Plugins are add-ons that extend the functionality of WordPress. They’re written in PHP and JavaScript, and can be free or paid.

Plugins are available in the WordPress repository, which means you can install them from your WordPress dashboard.

You can also download and install plugins manually by downloading them from another website and uploading them to your server through FTP or from the File Manager in cPanel and Plesk.

Plugins let you add new features to WordPress such as a gallery, slideshow, etc.

Plugins let you add new features to your WordPress site.

These features can include SEO tools, page caching and other types of features that are not natively supported by WordPress.

There are many different kinds of plugins available on the internet today and they each have their own benefits and drawbacks.

You can get free plugins from the WordPress.org plugin directory.

You can get free plugins from the WordPress.org plugin directory.

The repository is a great place to find plugins, but it’s important to remember that not all plugins are created equal. In many cases, you will want to pay for a premium plugin instead of using one that is free.

Just because a plugin is free doesn’t mean it’s safe or secure. So it’s important to see how many reviews a plugin’s got and whether it’s being updated regularly.

You can easily see this information on the plugin’s page within the WordPress plugins directory.

Though, if a plugin is created by someone who does not charge for their services, that doesn’t mean they are going to do anything wrong with your website and data.

Some reputable developers have started charging for their WordPress plugins since there are so many low-quality ones in circulation these days—and we recommend paying for them if possible!

You can also purchase premium plugins.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, you can also purchase premium plugins.

These offer enhanced functionality and support, so they may be worth the cost if you don’t have the technical know-how to make changes yourself.

Some of the best WordPress plugins offer premium support, which may be worth paying for if you run into trouble.

Premium plugins are paid plugins which promise enhanced functionality, support and automatic updates.

Premium plugins are paid plugins which promise enhanced functionality, support, frequent updates and new features.

Most developers bundle the plugin’s core features within the free version, and offer a larger suite of features within the paid option.

Premium plugins may be purchased by paying a one time fee, or by signing up for an annual subscription.

Annual subscriptions are often limited by the number of sites they can be used on, making it easier to choose a plan that suits you.

With premium plugins you can expect:

  • Enhanced Functionality: Your site will do much more with a premium plugin than it would without one.
  • Priority Support: Premium WordPress developers are often available by email or chat to help you solve problems quickly. They’ll also provide documentation so that you don’t need to figure things out yourself!
  • Continuous Updates: If you’re buying a plugin on a subscription, you also get free updates and new features as and when these are released.

Plugins allow you to extend the functionality of your WordPress site by adding in new features without having to code them yourself.

There are thousands of plugins available in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory, but only a few will be useful for a typical website owner.

Here’s a list of some popular plugins we use at Spiderz:


WordPress plugins are a great way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.

They can be free or paid, and they can save you time by helping you add in new features without having to code them yourself.

So if you’re looking for extra functionality with your blog or website, then look no further than plugins!

* According to the Netcraft Web Server Survey of July 2022 there are some 1,139,467,659 sites across 271,728,559 unique domains and 12,341,172 web-facing computers. As reported by WordPress.org, 43% of the web uses WordPress. Given these two values we can estimate that roughly 490 million websites are powered by WordPress.

Yasser Masood
Yasser Masood is a partner at Spiderz. He co-founded Spiderz in 2002 in Dubai, some twenty years ago. His area of expertise is Brand development and Web technology. His other companies are CloudWeb, Zuzaz, Dyrk and 1stAccount. You can reach him by writing to yasser@spiderz.com – he’ll be happy to hear from you!
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