Plugins and widgets are technically customization tools available in WordPress to help you build a custom website according to your standards. Like themes, plugins & widgets can be installed and setup through your WordPress admin dashboard.
What are plugins?
Plugins are software programs from third parties that you can install on your WordPress Website. Their purpose is to add functionality to your WordPress site beyond what comes with a standard WordPress installation. For example, you can use a social media plugin to easily add sharing icons to your website which would otherwise require manual coding to implement. Contact forms, image galleries, membership capabilities are just some of the possibilities made available via WP plugins.
What are widgets?
Widgets are sort of like plugins – in fact you can download widget plugins that will help you add extensions to your website’s side bar without having to modify any templates or code. There are some standard widgets included with WordPress including search bar & calendar but the availability of third party widget plugins can help you customize your website so much more.
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