WordPress is not the world’s most popular web platform without good reason. With WordPress, if you’re looking to achieve something specific, there’s usually a plug-in to help you do it!
Plug-ins are specific software tools or modules designed to deliver or supplement a specific piece of functionality. So, for example if you’re looking include attractive links to your Facebook pages or display some snazzy tables on your website – there are plug-ins to help you do it.
The good news is that plug-in developers generally subscribe to “open source” software development principles – in other words there is no charge for using the plug-ins. This is good news for users and developers alike, as more people use the plug-in, more developers will contribute to it meaning that the most popular plug-ins have evolved in, some cases to complete solutions.
For example WooCommerce has grown to be such a powerful and flexible e-Commerce solution that it claims to power over 30% of all online stores. These claims are not without merit, WooCommerce alongside WooThemes delivers an incredibly flexible e-commerce solution almost straight out of the box! With virtually no development requirements a complete e-commerce solution can be up and running in a fraction of the time there would be taken to develop the complete application from scratch.
Another area that has benefited from the open source revolution would be e-learning. Moodle, with the tagline “Community driven, globally supported” – has evolved to be a complete solution. Their mission “To provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments.” – again all of this “out-of-the-box” with virtually no development required.
Even the world of search engine optimisation SEO has been demystified by the world of plug-ins. A Dutch company Yoast, from humble beginnings (just one guy) has grown to provide one of the most successful plug-ins around. A plug-in that will help you optimise your site for those keywords and key phrases that you’d like to be known (and found) for.
Using the most effective software tools and technologies to enable quick and easy delivery of solutions as I was been a philosophy at collabor8online. We are delighted to use plug-ins to deliver excellence to our clients.
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