Congratulations on making it this far in the course! You’re in the home stretch now.
This lesson is where things really get interesting. I’ve already explored in detail just how customizable WordPress is. You’ve changed the look & feel of your site, added content, improved navigation and more. But did you know you can add new features?
WordPress uses a plugin system to add any new features you might want to your site.
Want to capture the email addresses of your site visitors? There’s a plugin for that. How about your own personal WordPress tutor, live on your site?
How about your own personal WordPress tutor, live on your site (check out the “Your Virtual WordPress Coach lesson”)?
There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins out there, some free, some paid, but all available to help you make you make your site better and do exactly what you want it to.
Plugins are what make WordPress so flexible and widely used, since plugins allow WordPress to be adapted to almost any situation.
I’m using a number of plugins myself on this site! Can you tell what they might be?
This page itself is using one! This entire course is using a Learning Management System plugin that lets WordPress track your progress in this program.
Students enrolled in the Academy have access to a video overview of Installing WordPress Plugins. This free video covers the following topics:
- What plugins can do
- Installing WordPress plugins
- Configuring plugins
Joining the Academy is free and will give you instant access to the Installing Plugins video!
To quote Spider-Man, with great power comes great responsibility. Plugins are that power. They may extend your WordPress site, but they can also add new security risks, slow down your site, and break things. Keep plugins to a minimum, only using exactly what you need, and try to stick to popular, well-reviewed plugins that include support. If you do choose to use plugins, make sure you update them and retest their functionality regularly.