A WordPress Glossary

A WordPress Glossary image WordPress Glossary of TermsA WordPress GlossaryLearn how to use WordPress more effectively by knowing the lingo. To some it may seem like WordPress developers have a language all of their own. Here is a list of some simple WordPress terms to get you understanding the basics of WordPress.

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  • Blog: A blog, originally shortened from Weblog is a site where a single writer (blogger) or a collaboration of writers (bloggers) can write articles and post them online to a Content Management System, like WordPress. As time goes on and the popularity of blogging continues to rise. there lines are sometimes blurred between what is blogging and what is actual journalism.
  • Category: A category is an easy way to separate your content in a more segmented manner. By using categories, you automatically create an archive page for all posts marked with that specific category. This is a great way to enhance the user experience by serving up more of the same content your visitor is interested in reading.
  • Comments: Comments are the readers platform to interact with the site’s authors and contributors. WordPress has its own built in commenting system, but other comment systems such as: Facebook Comments or Discqus can be added via plugin. Comments can disabled from the WordPress dashboard.
  • Content: There are many forms of content. Content is whatever can be seen on page, but it most often refers to the written word. Content can be photos, videos, and also graphics. WordPress makes adding content and sharing content with the world easy.
  • CSS: Short for Cascading Style Sheets, CSS is a style sheet language used for describing the the look and formatting or your WordPress site’s theme or child theme.
  • Dashboard: The WordPress Dashboard is the control center of your site. The dashboard is where you will create all posts and pages, add plugins, plus make simple site site design tweaks.
  • Embed Code: An embed code is a supplied piece of code written to embed an item from another site or service into your WordPress site. Sites like YouTube, Vimeo and Soundcloud, to name a few, offer embed codes to their users.
  • Footer: Your site’s footer is the very bottom portion of your site, hence the clever name. Footers can contain menus, copyright information, site maps and other information and links.
  • Forms: Web forms are a powerful tool for gathering information about your visitors. More commonly referred to as ‘Contact Forms’, these forms will route information via email to a designated person to follow up the contact. Forms can be used for a number of things including ordering products, requesting more information, requesting for a rep to contact them and applying for jobs, loans etc.
  • Page: A page in WordPress is a group of static content that resided in its own url. Page order is only changed through menus and navigation items, whereas posts are displayed in reverse chronological order. (Here’s a post that explains the differences beween pages and posts in WordPress)
  • Permalinks: A permalink, or permanent link, is a URL that points to a specific blog post or page after it has passed from the site’s homepage to its intended destination. In WordPress you set your site’s permalinks by navigating to WordPress’ Dashboard, selecting ‘Settings’ and clicking on Permalinks.
  • Plugins: A plugin is a pre-packed program or series of programs that run to enhance WordPress’ functionality. Very powerful and part of what makes WordPress awesome. (Here’s a list of my favorite plugins)
  • Post: A post is content added to the site’s blog page, which unless otherwise noted is displayed in reverse chronological order. Posts are fluid and will not always display on your blog’s main page, where pages are static. (Here’s a post that explains the differences beween pages and posts in WordPress)
  • Responsive Design: Responsive Design is a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). (Read more details about ‘What is Responsive Design‘)
  • SEO: Short for Search Engine Optimization, SEO is the technical art of getting your site found in search engines. SEO specialists work with your site’s keywords and phrases to make sure they are picked up and indexed by search engines, thus giving your site a better chance of being found.
  • Shortcode: A shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that lets you accomplish things with very little effort. Shortcodes can embed files or create objects that would normally require lots of complicated, ugly code in just one line.
  • Tags: Tags are the cousin to your content categories. Tags like categories allow you to segregate your content to another level deeper than categories. Categories are broad and tags should be more specific. Als0, more that one tag can be applied to a single piece of content, while only one category should be used per post.
  • Themes: A WordPress theme contains all the design elements, functionality and all the structural elements that make up your WordPress site. (Here are some tips for selecting the right WordPress theme for your site.) A child theme is a theme that relies on the functionality of another theme (or theme framework,) but it handles all the design elements. Example: Genesis is a theme framework and you will need a child theme such as Studiopress’ Minimum to make it all work.
  • Widget: WordPress widgets are an area where you add content and features to your site. Sidebars work from widgets and some theme frameworks such as Genesis utilize widgets to make homepages more flexible and user friendly.
  • WordCamp: WordCamp is a local conference in a town near you where you can hear speakers and other WordPress enthusiasts share their knowledge and teach others the finer points of WordPress. Typically every major city will host a WordCamp some time during the year.

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