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Starting today I’m paying the WordPress plug-in designers who helped build my web site. I urge you to do the same.

Although I picked up some Fortran and Pascal at school and university, I’m no programmer.

Even if I was, those languages are useless preparation for the modern tools used to build web sites. My only brush with programming was more than 30 years ago.

So when it comes to making this site sing and dance, I use plug-ins to add functions to WordPress.

At the time of writing, there are 20 plug-ins installed and active on this site.

Some handle administration tasks readers never get to see. Others are more obvious. For example, Tobias Bäthge‘s WP-Table Reloaded handle’s the tables in my NZ media on Twitter directory.

Many plug-ins are free. Most authors write them for love, not money. They share the results with others.

As if writing plug-ins wasn’t enough work, they also support users. I’ve called on support a few times, some of it is first class.

Which is why, from today, I’m making a point of donating to plug-in designers who have improved my site.

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