2 Types Of Plugins: Web Browser And WordPress

What Are Plugins? Caption

In computing terms, a plug-in (or plugin, add-on, or extension) is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization (Wikipedia). In other words, plugins allow additional functions to be performed on top of the default functions the particular software or website is designed for.



1. Web Browser Plugins

There are many different kinds of plugins available for downloads. The most common examples are plugins or extensions made for web browsers. These extensions are exclusive for the particular web browser they are made for. For instance, plugins or extensions for Chrome will not be applicable for Internet Explorer and vice versa.

Plugins or extensions for web browsers are able to perform a variety of tasks from enabling the use of emoticons to changing your browsing location (comes in handy where access to some web pages is not authorized when user is browsing from within certain countries). Some of the well-known browser plugins include Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime Player, and Twinword Finder. Adobe Flash Player and QuickTime Player enables the web browser to read files written in certain format (SWF, AVI and etc.) that it would otherwise be unable to, by default. Twinword Finder on the other hand, is an add on semantic search functionality for browsers. It reduces research time by providing related search results through understanding of searcher intent and the contextual meaning of terms. Find-on-page results are returned in highlighted paragraphs on the web page.

Web browser plugins and extensions are available for download in their respective web browser plugin stores:

Chrome Web Store
Safari Extensions
Firefox Add-ons
Internet Explorer Add-ons


2. WordPress Plugins

Plugins are also widely available and used on WordPress, a powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS). According to WordPress beginner’s guide, a plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. From theme makers to writing tools, there is also a directory dedicated to list and house all the available WordPress Plugin Directory.

Some of the more popular WordPress Plugins among content marketers include Yoast SEO, which analyzes the degree of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for a specific set of focus keywords.

Next to this plugin, several other important WordPress plugins should be present on any website. The use of these plugins is explained in detail. Remember to not use too many plugins for your website.

What are some of your favorite Plugins in the market? Share with us and leave a comment below!



Team Twinword
Team Twinword
Based on text analysis technologies, we developed Twinword Ideas to help marketers filter and select relevant keywords faster. Just by moving some sliders, users can get high-quality keyword lists for successful content marketing and paid search marketing campaigns.


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    FroFrom this article, I gather some information. I got to know where plugins are used. Plugins are made for web browsers and also used in WordPress.

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    Yoast SEO is a WordPress plug-in designed to help you improve some of the most important on-page SEO factors–even if you aren’t experienced with Web development and SEO. This plug-in takes care of everything from setting up your meta titles and descriptions to creating a sitemap. Yoast even helps you tackle the more complex tasks like editing your robots.txt and .htaccess.
    Some of the settings may seem a little complex if you’re new to SEO and WordPress, but Yoast created a complete tutorial to help you get everything set up. And the team at WPBeginner made this handy video to help you get set up quickly.

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