In this post we are going to talk about choosing the perfect plug-ins for your WordPress site.
Plug-Ins are a WordPress users best friend, because of their ease of use and functionality. Without them, a WordPress site will be relatively empty, unprotected, lack functionality, and require much more maintenance.
Currently, there are over 40,000 available plug-ins in WordPress’s directory that free and easy to use. Generally, these plug-ins are created for a specific purpose and can be used to enhance the look and function of your site quickly and easily.
The way WordPress is designed (open source) allows people to create plug-ins or add-ons that improve the interface or provide more control over how your site looks and functions. The right plug-ins give you the ability to shape your site into just about anything you want.
However, there are useless plug-ins and plug-ins that don’t function well together. So you need to choose carefully, because the wrong plug-ins can slow down the load speed of your site and even stop it from functioning completely. That is why it’s important to think before you activate. It’s also a good idea to limit the amount of plug-ins you install on your site to only the most beneficial and necessary.
When choosing which plug-ins to install you should start by making a list of the features you would like to include in your site design. Then only choose plug-ins that will help you achieve those goals and work to enhance the function of your site.
In order to use a plugin, you simply have log into your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the add new section under “Plugins” on your sidebar and begin searching for the plug-ins you would like to install.
From within the dashboard installing a plug-in is as easy as clicking on install now next to the plug-in you’ve chosen and then activating it.
Alternatively you can download, unzip and upload your new plug-in to your server under the public_html/yourblogdirectory/wp-content/plugins directory. Then you log into your dashboard and activate the plugin from there.
Now let’s go over three simple guidelines that will help you identify which plug-in’s will work best for your site….
– Know what you really need
Sort out the ideal-plug-ins according to necessity. If you are running an online store and financial transactions take place all the time, your website will be a sitting duck for hackers, so you might want to install a plug- in that prevents hackers from getting through and stealing the credit card details of your customers or one that detects suspicious log-ins.
– Check the credibility of the plug-in author
While, it is not hard to trust a person or a group that obviously has an established reputation on the web. Before installing any plug-in it’s a good idea to investigate its author, check out its reviews and make sure there aren’t any complaints from other users. This way you can be sure that you’re installing a plug-in that will not damage your site.
– Compare quality and ratings
Product comparison is the key to determining which plug-ins will work best for your site. Usually, you can narrow down your choices by comparing ratings and feedback that are provided in the plug- in directory. These ratings will help you gauge the credibility and popularity of the plug-in and it’s author.
Just think of yourself as a smart online shopper and don’t hit the ‘add to cart’ button until you have done your research and determined which product will work best for you and then remember the same caution must be practiced when ‘shopping’ for free or premium plug-ins.