Finding Plug Ins

The process of finding worthwhile plug-ins for your blog is very similar to finding the right theme for your blog, but the thinking that goes into your choice can be radically different. Themes are mostly about presenting a face to the world; selecting a theme is the way to define a look for your online presence.

Plug-ins are all about functionality and automation; selecting a plug-in or set of plug-ins goes a long way to defining what you want to do with your online presence. Basically, you need to decide how much time and energy you want to spend on your blog site. What blog-related tasks do you enjoy doing, and what would you rather not think about? Do you want to have control over every aspect of your site, tweaking settings every day until the system works exactly the way you want it? Do you prefer having a system that takes care of all the administrative tasks behind the scenes, making it as easy as possible for you focus on creating blog content? What is the next cool thing you can add to make visitors become readers, and readers become a community? When you have answers to these questions, you can start looking for plug-ins to help you realize that part of the vision.

In this section, we'll walk through the process of finding the plug-ins you need, once you've decided what to look for.

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