When reading through the Datafeedr documentation, you may notice that a lot of the documentation recommends you add code to a Custom Plugin if you want to edit the features and functionality of your WordPress website.
This is because the features and functionality of your WordPress website is largely based off the theme you chose. If you wish to customize your WordPress website, modifying the theme's code is an option, but it comes with certain limitations.
In most cases, creating a Custom Plugin is the more straightforward and superior choice.
Advantages of Creating a Custom Plugin
Custom Plugins give you the ability to modify your WordPress website to be the way you want, without editing the theme’s code.
This comes with numerous benefits:
- Flexibility: When you edit a theme's code, your changes stay with that theme. This means if you change themes, you might lose those changes. When you add code to a Custom Plugin, your modifications can move to a new theme without getting lost.
- Customizable Functionality: One of the primary advantages of a Custom Plugin is evident in its name – it's customizable! You have full control over selecting the features or functionality you want to integrate into Custom Plugins, which will then be applied to your WordPress website.
- Simplicity: Custom Plugins might seem intimidating, but they're not. The Datafeedr documentation will handle all the heavy lifting, you just need to copy and paste the provided code. It's user-friendly, regardless of your skill level!
Now that you know the advantages of Custom Plugins, you can effortlessly enhance your WordPress website's features and functions!