Using Joomla Plugins can be useful in getting your Joomla Website working the way you would like.
Unlike Components, Joomla Plugins extend back end functions in the administrator area allowing you to customize it to your own preference.
An example of a Joomla Plugin would be adding a short code function to your editor. Short code is just that, a short line of code.
Here is an example… you are using a contact form component and you want to insert the form within an article. It is very possible the component your are using has a Plugin allowing you to place the form within the article by entering a simple line ( for example: [form-7] ). Using this line of short code, the form is now visible within the article.
Plugins alter or improved the core functions of Joomla itself.
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