WordPress provides the platform, but WordPress plugins supply the magic.
When you set up your WordPress website, you get the basics: the ability to add pages and posts, the ability to add links and images, and to amend your WordPress template, etc.
But when you add plugins, look out! With plugins you can accomplish so much more. For starters, you can limit spam, create form mail, create a captcha, install social media widgets, create photo galleries–the list goes on and on.
Check out the WordPress Most Popular Plugins list to see which plugins are used the most. WordPress also provides a rating system that uses a five-star method to rate each plugin. Most plugins are very simple to install (two clicks)–however, full documentation is available for each plugin.
One extremely popular plugin is Akismet, which will check your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
Contact Form 7 allows you to create online forms within your WordPress site.Other recommended plugins f the from the author of Contact Form 7 are
- Flamingo – You can save submitted messages via contact forms in the database.
- Really Simple CAPTCHA –A simple CAPTCHA module which works well with Contact Form 7.
- Bogo – A straightforward multilingual plugin that helps you avoid headaches down the road.
With WordPress plugins, you enter a whole new world. Enjoy!