What is A WordPress Plugin?

A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress.

The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

Plugin Repositories

WordPress Plugins are available from several sources. The most popular and official source for WordPress Plugins is the WordPress.org repo.

Just to note, not all WordPress Plugins make it into the above repository. Search the web for “WordPress Plugin” and the keywords for the type of functionality you are seeking. There is bound to be a solution out there for you.

Default Plugins

The following two plugins are included with WordPress core:

Akismet
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You can review the spam it catches under “Manage” and it automatically deletes old spam after 15 days.

See all of the features in Akismet here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/

Hello Dolly
This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong. Hello, Dolly. This is, by the way, the world’s first official WordPress Plugin. When enabled you will randomly see a lyric from “Hello, Dolly” in the upper right of your Administration Screens on every page.

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