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The decision to allow users to modify their World of Warcraft experience through the use of custom addons was one of the best the developers at Blizzard ever made. The addon community surrounding the game has flourished, and the customizability of the interface and ability to craft and implement useful tools is one of the things that keeps players continually coming back for more.
The WoW addon process can seem complicated, especially to a more casual gamer not accustomed to modifying their games the way PC players have for years. For those new to the idea, our Introduction to WoW Addons provides a general overview of the types of addons and their different functions.
If you're ready to dive into the world of WoW addons, but just not sure where to get started, our article covering Where to Find WoW Addons has a rundown on two of the best places online to find programs to modify your game.
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Installing WoW Addons
Of course, downloading a bunch of sweet addons does you little good if you can't install them. Our resident expert, Eric Stallsworth, has created a great walkthrough covering How to Install WoW Addons.
Check it out if you're wondering exactly what it takes to go from downloading a program to actually using it in-game.
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Top WoW Addons
There are a lot of WoW addons to choose from, and sorting through them all to find useful ones can be a bit of a chore. If you're looking for a little help with PvE, specificially raiding, soloing, or just general addons for the non-PvP side of the game, our Guide to PVE, Raiding, and Soloing Addons is a good place to start. Inside you'll find great ways to quickly and easily finish your quests, get a better idea of the status of your raid at any given time, maximize your DPS and more.
Finding programs that are useful for your specific class can be an even more difficult undertaking. Fortunately, here at Bright Hub, we have a team of writers who do all the legwork for you. There are ten classes in World of Warcraft, and Dick Ward's Guide to the Best Class-Specific Addons covers them all. Whether you're looking for a way to sort through and find the best equipment for each of your Druid's forms or figure out the optimal Death Knight ability to use at any given time, we've got an excellent WoW addon for your character.
If killing other players is more your speed, then you'll certainly appreciate the help offered by the excellent programs in our Guide to the Best WoW PvP Addons. Inside, you'll find great advice on debuff and spell timers, arena addons, and upgraded unit frames.
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World of Warcraft Addons - Role-Specific Addons
Most of the healers out there know that a good healing addon can mean the difference between keeping your party upright and a devastating wipe. Healbot is one of the best WoW addons for healers, and our very own Jamie Skelton has written an incredibly in-depth Guide to the WoW Healbot Addon. This comprehensive walkthrough of the addon's major features and benefits covers everything from installation, customization, slash commands, and skins.Using this guide, you'll be a Healbot master before you know it.
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Auctioneer AddonMany veteran WoW players will tell you, doing business on the Auction House without using the Auctioneer addon is not doing business at all. This fantastic addon provides you with suggested sell prices based on current market values, ensuring you always sell items as quickly as possible for the best possible price.
Our complete Guide to the Auctioneer Addon covers the ins and outs of this great program, including the in-depth search features, average price finders, and the best ways to earn maximum Auction House profits.
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World of Warcraft Map Addons
Few World of Warcraft players find that the stock map has everything they're looking for. Those who want to expand the capabilities of their in-game map should check out our Best Map Addons article. Inside, you'll find addons that allow you to set your own custom waypoints, identify the loot that drops from specific mobs, navigate your way through instance dungeons, and much more.
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Just for Fun
Not all WoW addons are made for serious business. With a game as large as World of Warcraft, many players feel the need to find creative ways to blow off steam. In our listing of the Best "Just for Fun" WoW Addons, we scour the addon sites to bring you the most amusing WoW addons available.Looking to kill some time while waiting on your guildmates to show up for a raid? We've got the best addons for wasting time like Bejeweled and Peggle. If turning your WoW playtime into a living comic book is something that interests you, then Comix may be something you'll want to check out.Take a look at the guide to find the best in pointless, yet fun, WoW addons.