When designing and developing WordPress sites we often get asked what themes, plugins and widgets thingies are…. here’s a simple overview of the brilliant tools that we use to add further functionality and graphic interface to sites we design.

So what’s a Theme?
A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together allow us to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a site. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software.

and a Plugin?
Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximise flexibility and minimise code-bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that we can tailor a site to your specific needs.

and this Widget thing?
Widgets are a small block that performs a specific function. We can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.