What is a WordPress plugin

A WordPress plugin is a piece of software that can be added to a WordPress website to extend functionality or add new features. Examples of plugin functionality include SEO tools, contact forms, ecommerce capabilities, and more.

Plugins differ from themes in their purpose. While a plugin adds specific functions to a website, a theme determines the overall design and layout of a site. A theme controls visual elements such as the header, footer, and sidebar, and defines the look and feel of a website, while plugins add to the site’s capabilities and functionalities.

However, there are some plugins that can override the theme system in WordPress and hence are actually a plugin and a theme. Example include Oxygen and Breakdance. There are also plugins that provide additional functionality to help build your layout elements (header, footer, sidebar etc) – for example, Elementor and DIVI Builders.

Some Other Definitions

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