One of the features of the Wordpress content management system (CMS) that users like is the ability to quickly add functionality and / of feature to the website using plugins. Plugins allow users to extend functionality or add new features to their WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress.... most of the time.
Every plugin in unique. They may add the same type of functionality or feature, but they will most certainly be different. This difference could be in the way that the plugin is programmed to function, the logic that is used to create it, the code structures and methods, or even the degree of support that is provided. With so many variables, what should users pay attention to when they are choosing plugins?
At E9 we have three key requirements for plugins:
If we find that a plugin does not sufficiently cover any one of the above three areas we go hunting for another one. However, this is not where the buck stops. Like any piece of software, plugins also need to be regularly updated. Far too often we find websites that have not updated their plugins and this makes them vulnerable to security loop holes. Recently a very popular Wordpress plugin, NextGEN Gallery, was found to have a severe security flaw. The flaw allowed site users to inject data into the websites database and compromise it. You can read more about it here.
But before you get busy reading the article we suggest you log into your Wordpress website and update make sure everything is updated. If you don't know how to do this, or feel uncomfortable doing it, get in touch. It's one of the services we provide to our clients.