A plugin is a software package that contains a set of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. You can add new features or functionality to your WordPress sites. WordPress plugins are written in the programming language of PHP and integrate with WordPress seamlessly.
More than 54,000 free plugins are currently available in the WordPress.org plugin directory. Thousands more can be found on websites such as Github from third parties. In addition, there are thousands of premium WordPress plugins sold by developers and other companies.
Plugins greatest advantage is that they can help you achieve various goals for your website. Some plugins are designed to help measure your website traffic, create galleries, contact forms, etc. Just make sure to research about the plugin, make sure it is popular and it has a lot of positive reviews.
Plugins drawbacks are that it can make your website vulnerable to hacking or security problems. This is usually the case with older plugins that your web designer does not update. These issues of security can be quite serious. On the other hand, if you choose a paid version over a free, you are less likely to run into security problems since they are being updated constantly.
Overall, many plugins can cause performance issues in your site, they may be incompatible with other plugin causing them to malfunction or not work at all. As a rule of thumb, make sure to research about the plugin, make sure it is popular and it has a lot of positive reviews.
WordPress is popular for very good reasons. It is a very good piece of software that enables people to have a highly functional, visually attractive website without breaking the bank. In other words, owning a website has some responsibilities. make sure you invest in it, maintaining, and perform the necessary update to keep it running smoothly