I use three WordPress plugins to dramatically increase links and save time. I would not be without them.
1 – Pretty Links The Pretty Links is a great free plugin that helps you create bespoke ULS that you can use within your blog or for external links to your website. For example, this link takes the user to my Etsy Shop via AWIN affiliate site. It’s easy to remember and I can use it as many times as I want.
Pretty Links says that it gives you “Shareable Affiliate Links for Email, Podcasts, YouTube & More” If you buy the paid version you get even more features including geolocation and better statistics.
2 – Internal Links Manager – The Internal Links Manager helps you automatically add links (and easily change links) on every page of your WordPress website. By linking a word to a URL then everywhere that shows there will be a link. All three plugin names on this post are linked to the plugin’s website through Internal Links. As you may have guessed the plugin works for internal and external links. So it also works well liking one post to another or to link a pots to your shop and products.
3 – RDP Wiki – this wonderful plugin help users easily add Wiki content to a blog post. Not just Wikipedia you can add links from other Wiki sites too. This is much quicker than linking to pages or using an iFrame to add links. Below I have used the RDP Wiki to add some Wikipedia content on the subject of Plug-in (computing). You can also see how I have used it on a page on my website What Classic Car.
I hope that you also enjoy using these three great WordPress Plugins.
In computing, a plug-in (or plugin, add-in, addin, add-on, or addon) is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization.
A theme or skin is a preset package containing additional or changed graphical appearance details, achieved by the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) that can be applied to specific software and websites to suit the purpose, topic, or tastes of different users to customize the look and feel of a piece of computer software or an operating system front-end GUI (and window managers).
Purpose and examples
Applications support plug-ins for many reasons. Some of the main reasons include:
- to enable third-party developers to create abilities which extend an application
- to support easily adding new features
- to reduce the size of an application
- to separate source code from an application because of incompatible software licenses.
Types of applications and why they use plug-ins:
- Digital audio workstations and audio editing software use audio plug-ins to generate, process or analyze sound. Ardour, Audacity, Logic Pro X and Pro Tools are examples of such systems.
- Email clients use plug-ins to decrypt and encrypt email. Pretty Good Privacy is an example of such plug-ins.
- Video game console emulators often use plug-ins to modularize the separate subsystems of the devices they seek to emulate. For example, the PCSX2 emulator makes use of video, audio, optical, etc. plug-ins for those respective components of the PlayStation 2.
- Graphics software use plug-ins to support file formats and process images. (c.f. Photoshop plugin)
- Media players use plug-ins to support file formats and apply filters. foobar2000, GStreamer, Quintessential, VST, Winamp, XMMS are examples of such media players.
- Packet sniffers use plug-ins to decode packet formats. OmniPeek is an example of such packet sniffers.
- Remote sensing applications use plug-ins to process data from different sensor types; e.g., Opticks.
- Text editors and Integrated development environments use plug-ins to support programming languages or enhance development process e.g., Visual Studio, RAD Studio, Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, jEdit and MonoDevelop support plug-ins. Visual Studio itself can be plugged into other applications via Visual Studio Tools for Office and Visual Studio Tools for Applications.
- Web browsers have historically used executables as plug-ins, though they are now mostly deprecated. Examples include Adobe Flash Player, Java SE, QuickTime, Microsoft Silverlight and Unity. (Contrast this with browser extensions, which are a separate type of installable module still widely in use.)
The host application provides services which the plug-in can use, including a way for plug-ins to register themselves with the host application and a protocol for the exchange of data with plug-ins. Plug-ins depend on the services provided by the host application and do not usually work by themselves. Conversely, the host application operates independently of the plug-ins, making it possible for end-users to add and update plug-ins dynamically without needing to make changes to the host application.
Programmers typically implement plug-in functionality using shared libraries, which get dynamically loaded at run time, installed in a place prescribed by the host application. HyperCard supported a similar facility, but more commonly included the plug-in code in the HyperCard documents (called stacks) themselves. Thus the HyperCard stack became a self-contained application in its own right, distributable as a single entity that end-users could run without the need for additional installation-steps. Programs may also implement plugins by loading a directory of simple script files written in a scripting language like Python or Lua.
In Mozilla Foundation definitions, the words "add-on", "extension" and "plug-in" are not synonyms. "Add-on" can refer to anything that extends the functions of a Mozilla application. Extensions comprise a subtype, albeit the most common and the most powerful one. Mozilla applications come with integrated add-on managers that, similar to package managers, install, update and manage extensions. The term, "plug-in", however, strictly refers to NPAPI-based web content renderers. Mozilla deprecated plug-ins for its products. But UXP-based applications, like web browsers Pale Moon and Basilisk, keep supporting (NPAPI) plugins.
Plug-ins appeared as early as the mid 1970s, when the EDT text editor running on the Unisys VS/9 operating system using the UNIVAC Series 90 mainframe computers provided the ability to run a program from the editor and to allow such a program to access the editor buffer, thus allowing an external program to access an edit session in memory. The plug-in program could make calls to the editor to have it perform text-editing services upon the buffer that the editor shared with the plug-in. The Waterloo Fortran compiler used this feature to allow interactive compilation of Fortran programs edited by EDT.
Very early PC software applications to incorporate plug-in functionality included HyperCard and QuarkXPress on the Macintosh, both released in 1987. In 1988, Silicon Beach Software included plug-in functionality in Digital Darkroom and SuperPaint, and Ed Bomke coined the term plug-in.
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