1. What are WordPress plugins?
WordPress is an open-source platform that is constantly evolving with it and plugins, which make the Word Press platform more functional, secure, and beautiful. Plugins are built software companies and so far have about 55,000 WordPress and over 2 billion downloads.
2. What are WordPress plugins for?
Each plugin has its own purpose and functionality that makes websites much more productive. Plugins have a lot of differences from each other and as such is very useful, to the point that almost any form of the website can be done.
3. What types of WordPress plugins are there?
a) Design plugin – WordPress website has UX and UI design that helps the website owner to harmonize his website design with users. UI design is more related to the website backend where designers try to devise a better, more efficient, and productive solution related to the website (eg position of buttons, banners, logo, sliders, header, footer, etc, CTA) while UX design is more related to the front end where designers take into account the shapes, colors of the website, font types, etc. Design plugins have the task of helping the website owner to find the best solutions as easily and quickly as possible. Some of the popular design plugins are :
WP designer plugin
WP Designer allows you to add extra functionality to your site in a standard compliant way using customization best-practices. It allows you to keep the site functionality outside the theme so that it is not dependent on the theme. This comes in handy in various scenarios like when you want to create Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies etc. This also allows you to have one single place where you keep all your edits.
WP Designer also gives you a development-friendly environment. It provides you options to conveniently disable your customizations when you want to troubleshoot.
WP Paint – WordPress Image Editor is a browser based HTML5 Image Editor for WordPress media images. It has an intuitive interface resembling most common Desktop based Photo Editors with an extensive array of Image Editing, Photo Manipulation and Photo Editing Features.
- Image editor with an intuitive desktop Photo Editor like interface
- Ability to Manage Layers
- Flip, Rotate or Resize images
- Add Custom Text to images
- Crop images
- Apply Blur effects to images
- Turn images to Grayscale
- Change Hue of images
- Adjust image brightness contrast
- Add shapes on top of images
Style your WordPress site visually. Discover the most popular front-end design plugin!
VISUAL CSS EDITOR
The plugin allows you to customize any page and theme without coding. Click on an element and start visual editing. Adjust colors, fonts, sizes, positions, and a lot more. Take full control over your website’s design with more than 60 styles properties.
- Customize any page, any element
- Customize the WordPress login page
- Automatic CSS selectors
- 60+ CSS properties
- Visual Drag & Drop
- Visual Margin & Padding editing
- Live CSS editor
- Live preview
- Manage the changes
- Undo / Redo history
- Export stylesheet file
With Customify, developers can easily create advanced theme-specific options inside the WordPress Customizer. Using those options, a user can make presentational changes without having to know or edit the theme code.
This plugin is primarily intended to be used together with Pixelgrade themes. So the best way to get acquainted with it’s capabilities is to study the way one of Pixelgrade’s themes integrates with it.
CP Blocks main features:
- Multiple blocks of code in the users’ websites
- Integration with the Calculated Fields Form plugin
- Integration with the Contact Form 7 plugin
- Allows the insertion of blocks in the website’s posts and pages
- Constant development including many new blocks
- … and more features
b)Functional plugin– Functional plugins are, as the word itself, improves the functionality of the website. Sites gain in the scope of performance such as eCommerce, booking option, custom header, and footer, the ability to display the website in various languages , and many other options. Some of the popular plugins are:
WooCommerce is a flexible, open-source eCommerce solution built on WordPress. Whether you’re launching a business, taking an existing brick and mortar store online, or designing sites for clients you can get started quickly and build exactly the store you want.
We use Woo-commerce plugin when we have a number of products that we want to sell, which is why we need a shop or shop. Woo-commerce plugin actually helps us organize the shop as easily as possible, connect to the cart and of course complete the transaction.
Amelia is a simple yet powerful automated booking specialist, working 24/7 to make sure your customers can book appointments or events and pay online even while you sleep!
Insert Headers and Footers plugin
EASILY INSERT HEADER AND FOOTER CODE
Insert Headers and Footers is a simple plugin that lets you insert code like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, and more to your WordPress site header and footer. No need to edit your theme files!
The simple interface of the Insert Headers and Footers plugin gives you one place where you can insert scripts, rather than dealing with dozens of different plugins.
Stable, Reliable and Secure
With almost a million sites using WPML, we take stability and security very seriously. We run full QA before any release. We test WPML on different WordPress versions and with different popular plugins and themes. When a new version arrives, you don’t need to worry or stress.
c) Marketing and SEO plugins – are plugins that help your site to be better positioned on many browsers such as Google, internet explorer but also provide a better marketing and advertising strategy as well as tools that will allow you to carry out these tasks more easily. Some of the popular marketing and SEO plugins are:
One of the best plugins for SEO, very easy to use, and full of good tutorials. It has a FREE version as well as a PREMIUM version. How to use, why and when to use you will find here
For beginners, the FREE version is more than enough while the PREMIUM version is more for people who have a good knowledge of SEO.
We have a lot of good WordPress plugins on the market for marketing people, we will single out one of them (if you want to see the wider list of plugins you can find here)
More than an interesting name, OptinMonster is geared towards WordPress users who want to grow their email list by converting visitors into subscribers. If you don’t have an email marketing solution in place, this plugin is a good place to begin.
An easy to use form builder allows you create beautiful forms to boost your conversion rate. Adding to this, you have the ability to create many types of forms, including:
- Footer bars.
- Floating headers.
- Sidebar forms.
- After post forms.
All of the forms are mobile-friendly and responsive, increasing your chance of capturing smartphone and tablet users.
Super plugin for expanding the list of subscribers, you can make better news latter at the same time and add for any type of form on your website contact form, checkout form, etc)
d) Cyber protection, security plugins-are plugins that help the website to be protected from any kind of hacker attacks. WordPress has a large number of plugins of this type that differ from each other in specifications and prices. You can find most of them as FREE VERSION but many of them also have PREMIUM VERSION for those websites where their security can be compromised such as eCommerce websites, booking and the like.Some of the popular plugins are :
Jetpack is a super plugin that has 3 functions. Website security function, website performance improvement, and third marketing function. The plugin is made for WordPress users and was created by WordPress experts.
A super plugin that is easy to use and made by an expert. Word Press is a very secure platform but additional protection will never hurt. Firewall and additional protection on websites with this plugin will bring protection to a higher level.
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