I have a WordPress site and have been using WooCommerce for a while, but sometimes my mind gets stuck on one question that I’ve thought about asking many times but am still stumped by. So, here’s my question:
What is the fundamental, yet more precise, the distinction between WordPress plugins, add-ons, and extensions? Could somebody help me with my skepticism…?
This part is indeed tricky… and I have very novice knowledge about it. But still, I would like to give your question a try and would like participants from this forum community to correct me…
Now getting back to the answer:
Note that plugins, extensions, and addons can have different meanings on different platforms, whatever explanations I mention here are with respect to WordPress.
Plugins basically add functionality to your WordPress site, for instance- WooCommerce is a plugin that gives WordPress the eCommerce functionality, or PDF Generator is a plugin that allows you to create PDF files from WordPress posts, pages, and products.
When we talk about extensions, they are essentially plugins only, BUT, they are dependent on other plugins. For example, a Product Filter or a Quickview extension will only be functional if you have WooCommerce functional in your WordPress site. An extension may also be provided to you if there is a version change. So, an extension extends the functionality of an already installed plugin.
Now, about Add ons , (I am only guessing about this one) When you have a third-party integration, for example, the ticket platform- Zendesk, you can use addons for different purposes such as transferring data from WordPress to Zendesk and vice versa. So, it is an addon to your integration. sounds lame. lol. Please correct me about addons.