Plugins

I cover the management and use of WordPress plugins in detail in Chapter 10; however, for the purposes of this section, I discuss the functions of the Plugins module in the Dashboard so you know what to do with it now!

The Plugins module includes three titles of WordPress plugins that are linked to its page within the WordPress Plugin Directory. The Plugins module pulls information via RSS feed from the official WordPress Plugin Directory at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins. This module displays a plugin from three different plugin categories in the official WordPress Plugin Directory: Most Popular, Newest Plugins, and Recently Updated.

The Plugins module doesn't have an Edit link, so you can't customize the information that it displays. Use this box to discover new plugins that can help you do fun and exciting things with your blog.

The Plugins module does have a very exciting feature that you can use to install, activate, and manage plugins on your blog. Just follow these steps to make it happen:

Top 100 Wordpress Plugins

Top 100 Wordpress Plugins

The bulk of the plugins featured are free and available from the WordPress.org website. However, a few commercial plugins are featured in the Plugin Showcase within this guide. The five plugins in the Plugin Showcase aren’t rated. Less information about them is offered because, in many cases, information such as the last time the plugin was updated isn’t available.

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