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Common Types of WordPress Plugins1:48 with Zac Gordon
In this video we go over the different types of plugins you commonly find on WordPress sites. We also go over a few specific examples from each of these categories.
Look through the plugins available from within WordPress and try installing and setting up a few.
When working with WordPress plugins,
there are a couple common types of plugins that you'll come across.
There are Widget plugins that let you add new types of widgets to your site.
Social plugins that allow you to share your content via social networks.
Backup and Security plugins that allow you to make backup of your site in case
something happens and implement security measures to prevent hacking or spam.
There are media plugins that can help you display images, audio, or video.
And there are Custom Post Type and Field plugins that let you add custom post types
and fields to your site, like a portfolio section, products, events, staff, etc.
We have form plugins in WordPress,
because by default WordPress does not offer contact forms.
There are a range of plugins that let you create custom forms on your site.
We have Membership plugins that let you offer free or
paid extended membership features or customize things like user roles.
There are SEO and Performance plugins that help make your site faster and
show up better in search engines and track user information from within WordPress.
And finally, we have Ecommerce plugins that let you sell products on your site.
There are many more types of plugins, and
I've included a number of links in the show notes
to help you get an idea of what common plugins you may want on your site.
Remember, like themes, some plugins take some extra work to configure and set up.
Make sure when you're researching plugins that you look for
installation instructions and support options.
Now, try looking through the plugins available from within WordPress and
installing a few and setting them up.
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