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Sams Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes by Kreg Steppe, Chuck Tomasi

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Lesson 11. Customizing Your Site with Plug-ins

Plug-ins make all the difference in how your WordPress.org site runs. This lesson discusses how you can use plug-ins to change the function of your self-hosted site and how to install some of the more popular plug-ins.

What Are Plug-ins?

In a nutshell, plug-ins are bits of code designed to extend the functionality of your site to do almost anything. WordPress itself is designed to be lean and functional out of the box, but with plug-ins you add the extra functionality you need. Everyone has different needs, so the capability to add plug-ins keeps the WordPress core code clean and uncluttered, while at the same time allowing you the flexibility to easily add on features that make your site what ...

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