Plugin

Plugin, what is that?

Plugin

A WordPress site consists of:

  • The CMS system WordPress.
  • Themes: the design of your website.
  • Plugins: later more about this.
  • Widgets: similar to apps on your mobile, additions to your website.

What are plugins?

Pieces of software, written for WordPress and developed by third parties that you add to your website making it possible to add something to your website, for example a contact form.

Are plugins safe?

Plugins are a piece of software, so they can also contain vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities. There are a number of ways you can safely use plugins in your WordPress site, namely:

  • Before you install a plugin, read carefully what it does and other people’s experiences with it.
  • Choose especially plugins with 4 or more stars.
  • Choose plugins that are updated / maintained by the creator.
  • Update your plugins as soon as there is a new update.
  • If you still find a bad plugin, turn it off and delete it from your website.

Sometimes a plugin does not coincide with your theme or other plugin then you have to switch off the plugin and find another plugin to prevent problems on your website.

How do you find the right plugin?

Consider in advance what you want the plugin to do. Then search on keywords for a suitable plugin. Often you get a list of plugins that make contact forms for example. Look especially at the plugins with 4 or 5 stars. Read the description and the experiences of others with the plugin. Then install it and test if it goes well with your theme and other plugins.

Tip: With each plugin you install, you should consider whether you really need it on your website.

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