What is a plugin?
In mathematical terms, a Plugin - also called add-on or extension - a software component that adds a certain function to an existing computer program. When a program supports these software extensions, it enables customization. In other words, through them it becomes feasible to perform additional functions besides the standard ones, for which the particular software or website is designed.
What are web browser plugins?
There are many different types of the software extensions available for download. The most common examples are extensions for web browsers. These extensions are exclusive to the particular web browser they are intended for. For example, plugins for Chrome are not applicable for Internet Explorer and vice versa.
The extensions for web browsers are capable of performing a variety of tasks. This ranges from enabling the use of emoticons, to changing your browsing location. Some of the most popular Browserplug-ins are Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime Player, and Twinword Finder. Adobe Flash Player and QuickTime Player allow the web browser to read files in certain formats (SWF, AVI, etc.) that it would otherwise not be able to read by default. Twinword Finder, on the other hand, is an additional semantic search function for Browser. It reduces search time by providing related search results. It achieves this by understanding the intent of the searcher and the contextual meaning of terms. The results of the search on the page are returned in highlighted sections on the web page.
Plugins and extensions for web browsers are available in the respective web browser-Plugin-stores are available for download:
- Chrome Web Store
- Safari Extensions
- Firefox Add-ons
- Internet Explorer Add-ons
What areWordPress Plugins?
The use of plugins is also widespread in content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, or Joomla. According to the WordPress manual, a Plugin a software that contains a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. You can extend the functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with the CMS. From theme makers to writing tools, there is also a directory where all available WordPress Plugin-directories are listed.
Some of the most popular WordPress plugins among content marketers are Yoast SEO, which determines the degree of Search engine optimization (SEO) analyzed for a certain set of focus keywords. Twinword Writer is also included, as it helps users write better by enabling instant search for synonyms and related words.« Back to Glossary Index