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WordPress® for Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Chapter 10. Making the Most of WordPress Plugins

In This Chapter

  • Plugging in to plugins

  • Finding, downloading, and unpacking plugin files

  • Uploading and installing plugins

  • Activating and managing plugins

  • Using the plugins that come with WordPress

  • Exploring open source plugins

Half the fun of running a WordPress-powered blog is playing with the hundreds of plugins that you can install to extend your blog's functions and options. WordPress plugins are like those really cool custom rims you put on your car: Although they don't come with the car, they're awesome accessories that make your car better than all the rest.

In this chapter, you find out what plugins are, how to find and install them, and how they enhance your blog in a way that makes your blog unique. Using plugins can also greatly improve your readers' experiences by providing them various tools they can use to interact and participate — just the way you want them to!

This chapter assumes that you already have WordPress installed on your Web server. Installing plugins pertains only to the WordPress.org software. If you're skipping around in the book and haven't yet installed WordPress on your Web server, you can find instructions in Chapter 6.

Note

WordPress.com users can't install or configure plugins on their hosted blogs. I don't make the rules, so please don't kill the messenger.

Finding Out What Plugins Are

A plugin is a small program that, when added to WordPress, interacts with the software to provide some extensibility to the software. ...

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