WordPress Plugins are what lets you use WordPress for more than just a blog. A Plugin could be just a simple image slideshow or a full functioning Online Store and any where in between.
I work with a lot of client site’s and each one is unique. If you have a WordPress website, chances are you haven’t seen too many others and have little reason to think there is any difference from one to the next. Truth is that there is a huge difference. No two WordPress sites are identical.
If you have worked with WordPress one of the things you notice right away is how limited the Page and Post editor is. Very simple but not a lot of tools to work with. Well there’s a reason for this in that WordPress is Blog and used to create Post entries, a picture and paragraph.
With the popularity of WordPress growing, designers continue to push the limits.
Here’s the good news, you can replace the default editor with a Plugin. There are a variety of Editors you can install that will give you further functionality. Some work fairly well others are a bit buggy.
As a designer I mostly do Page and Post design by editing the Code (the text tab). This is typically what you would need to do to achieve advanced layout and formatting.
Do I need to update my plugins? is really a tough question. If everything is working why should I? Has an improvement been made? Have any changes been made to the plugin? Will updating this plugin affect my website in a negative way? These are all valid concerns and it all depends on how you have your blog is set up. Security is always a concern and keeping things up to date is typically the best way to stay ahead but sometimes it can be bad to have the latest and greatest. Open Source software is consistently evolving so try to understand that from time to time an issue may arise. With all the frequent updates to WordPress itself you really want to make sure that everything works as it should so keeping an eye on things and having backups can really save the day. The Theme you are using with your WordPress Blog also needs to be kept up to date so you can really get all the benefits WordPress has to offer. Keeping your Theme up to date is even a more difficult question to answer and all depends on where you acquired the theme itself. If you developed the theme yourself you should have a pretty good idea of what you want or need it to do. If you purchased the theme then you are pretty much relying on the author to stay current and on top of things. If you had the theme developed for you then you should really stay in touch with the developer that you contracted. Many themes do not auto update so if you are relying on a notification on your Dashboard regarding a theme update chances are you will be waiting for some time. If you need some to keep your WordPress website up to date give me a call so we can take a closer look at your blog.
A plugin is a kind of Joomla extension. Plugins provide functions which are associated with trigger events. Joomla provides a set of core plugin events, but any extension can fire (custom) events. When a particular event occurs, all plugin functions of the type associated with the event are executed in sequence. This is a powerful way of extending the functionality of the Joomla! Framework. It also offers extension developers a way to allow other extensions to respond to their actions, making extensions extensible. The Joomla! plugin architecture follows the Observer design pattern. The JPlugin class is derived from JObserver and provides the means to register custom plugin code with core or custom events. The JEventDispatcher class, derived from JObservable, is an event handler which calls all plugins registered for a particular event, when that event is triggered. Prior to Joomla! 1.5 plugins were known as mambots. Mambots were able to change content only and were based on certain signal words. Since then their scope has been stretched and extended to such an extent that to enhance the meaning of the new functionality the developers decided to change the name from mambots to plugins. Joomla! 1.5 includes legacy support for Joomla! 1.0 mambots.
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A Plugin is a group of php functions that can extend the functionality present in a standard WordPress weblog. These functions may all be defined in one php file, or may be spread among more than one file. Usually, a plugin is a php file that can be uploaded to the “wp-content/plugins” directory on your web server, where you have installed WordPress. Once you have uploaded the plugin file, you should be able to “turn it on” or Enable it from the “Plugins” page in the administration interface of your weblog. The WordPress source code contains hooks that can be used by plugins.
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