The role of company websites is more and more often not just being a business card or an information medium, but an important tool for building a competitive advantage by offering specific industry or organizational features. This allows you to reduce costs, simplify certain business processes or increase the level of customer service. For some types of entrepreneurship, however, they can even be a tool of key importance.
The basic installation of WordPress provides a set of functionalities in the field of storage, presentation and content management, and offers architecture and tools to expand it with further plugins.
The WordPress project portal provides a rich, well-organized, categorized plugin repository, where the creators community has the opportunity to present them, and users download, test, evaluate or finally apply in their implementations.
The module repository stores projects of various complexity, level of advancement, age of the project and the number of developers working on them.
The most complex plugins are extensive, integrated functionalities. These include mailing systems, internet forums, social networks, reservation systems, classifieds systems, file repositories. Some modules are designed to implement simple functionalities related to reading, forming or displaying data. These can be, for example, lists of related articles, subscription forms, etc., where user interaction is usually very short.
Some of the plugins are free, some are paid and some are available in a mixed model or differentiating whether they are intended for commercial or non-commercial use.
Although the repository of shared plugins is large, they have different levels of implementation and differ in functionality, although they may be classified in the same category. Sometimes the limitations of a given plug-in can be seen only after its installation and application. It happens that the installed plugin causes the wrong operation of our site. Not always interesting, the extension works with the latest version of WordPress, which we just installed. A large part of the extensions makes the whole functionality available only in the paid version or the documentation for them requires subscription, which is sometimes the customer did not foresee the budget. Some plug-ins are constantly developed by their creators, so they are available in different versions. It happens that more extensive functional versions have still problems of childhood during publication.
Before implementing the functionality we are looking for, it is best to identify the key business and technical requirements, search the plugins catalog, install and check whether they will be able to meet our expectations. The plugin may sometimes require a simple and sometimes complex configuration or customization.