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Plug In and Software Updates

On a previous page, we talked about how updating your website through either upgrades and/or changes will make your company or brand more attractive, tech-friendly, secure, and fast, leading to improved traffic and sales. Another way to make your website sleek, powerful and dynamic is by implementing Plug Ins, widgets, and conducting continued maintenance of the software to keep your website secure. Below we will discuss what Plug Ins are, why they are important, and how creating and updating this software with the help of Dependable Website Management can help you achieve your goals of a stronger brand.

What is a Plug In?

A Plug In is a piece of software (pre-written code) that extends and expands the functionality of a website. It acts as an add-on to a web browser, allowing the website to perform unique tasks it was not originally created to execute. A Plug In must both be installed and activated before it will help enhance the standard functionality of your website. With the assistance of Dependable Website Management you can pretty much do anything with a Plug In, but you want to be careful which Plug Ins you add to your web pages as too many Plug Ins can actually slow your website.

Where do I find new Plug Ins for my website?

Plug Ins are commonly used in connection with WordPress content management systems. Plug Ins add incredible features to websites and the great thing about WordPress is that it allows programmers to develop thousands of Plug Ins for the WordPress Plug In Market, giving the web developer access to a myriad of powerful software options to give your website extra functionality. Things like custom forms, API connections, SEO, galleries, and animation are all available software options for web developers in the WordPress Plug In Market.

What are some good Plug Ins I can add to my WordPress website?

In general, you want to have at least six general Plug Ins for: 1) A backup solution, 2) Security and anti-spam, 3) Data tracking, 4) Loading times, 5) Search engine optimization (SEO), and 6) Contact forms.

Need additional help with WordPress? Dependable Website Management’s team are WordPress experts with decades of combined experience. Whether you need a full brand new WordPress website installed, an online store built, or just some changes made to your existing WordPress website, we can get it done for you quickly and get it done right the first time. At Dependable Website Management we also clean out WordPress hacks, restore down websites, and install or delete WordPress Plug Ins.

What is a widget?

Chances are, you have come across the term “widget” alongside the word “Plug In.” The two both add functionality to a website but are separate pieces of software. Whereas a Plug In works behind the scenes, a widget is front-and-center on your website. In fact, in WordPress, the widget section is listed underneath the “appearances” tab with the admin dashboard. Plug Ins allow you to add different kind of widgets such as comments, popular posts, maps, calendar, email subscribe, etc.

For example, a widget located in the sidebar of a website might include icon links to your social media. With a Facebook or Twitter widget, you can display recent posts onto your website. Widgets are interactive and handy tools to give users more control over the display of Plug In functions.

Why should I update my Plug Ins?

Plug Ins, widgets, and WordPress are all software. Like your computer’s operating system or smartphone apps, they need to be updated at least once a month not only for security reasons but to also fix bugs and improve functionality.

The biggest downfall for Plug Ins is the fact they are susceptible to security hacks, especially on older versions of the software. In fact, over 80 percent of WordPress hacks are because blogs were either not updated or upgraded improperly.

Programmers and developers are consistently trying to stay ahead of hackers and malware by proving security updates to their software but at the end of the day it is up to the user to install upgrades to the website or WordPress core, Plug Ins and themes. At Dependable Website Management, our website safety team provides full upgrade services, complete website security with hack support and cleaning, and even website tech support to keep your web pages safe.

What causes software bugs?

We mentioned bugs earlier but to go more in-depth, a software bug is a flaw in a program that results in incorrect functioning. New software or upgrades are tested before hitting the market but sometimes, small coding errors slip through. Why? Human error is the #1 reason why there are mistakes in software design and coding. Inexperienced programmers, unattainable deadlines, and communication failure can all lead to bugs.

Above, we discussed the importance of updating Plug Ins and software in part to keep your website secure. In the next article we will discuss Dependable Website Management’s services when it comes to full website security and hack removal.

 

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