Plugins are basically tools that will enhance your WordPress experience. You can add different plugins to get additional capabilities of just the WordPress core functionalities.
Go to https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/ to find out more about what types of plugins are available.
You can't install plugins on your own. However, once you have identified a potential plugin that may be useful for your project, submit a request to the IT/T&L Service Desk and request for the plugin to be reviewed by the admin team to see if it will be compatible with KPU's WordPress install.
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