In This Chapter
Plugging in to plugins
Finding, downloading, and unpacking plugin files
Using the plugins that come with WordPress
Uploading and installing plugins
Activating and managing plugins
Exploring open source plugins
Half the fun of running a WordPress-powered website is playing with the hundreds of plugins that you can install to extend your site’s functions and options. WordPress plugins are like those really cool custom rims you put on your car: Although they don’t come with the car, they’re awesome accessories that make your car better than all the rest.
By itself, WordPress is a very powerful program for web publishing, but by customizing WordPress with plugins — add-on programs that give WordPress almost ...