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Blog: A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a website that consists of diary-style text entries or news articles (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
CMS: Content Management System. A content management system manages the creation and modification of digital content (e.g., websites, intranets, and online applications). It typically supports multiple users in a collaborative environment. WordPress is the most popular CMS.
CSS: Cascading Style Sheets. It is a coding language for specifying how a web page is presented. It allows web developers to create formatting and layout for a website independently of its content.
Domains: Domains are the unique, human-readable Internet addresses of websites. They are made up of three parts: a top-level domain (sometimes called an extension or domain suffix), a domain name (or IP address), and an optional subdomain.
Elements of a Domain. Moz, https://moz.com/learn/seo/domain.
The combination of only the domain name and top-level domain is known as a “root domain.” The “http://” is part of a page’s URL but not its domain name and is known as the “protocol.”
eCommerce: Electronic Commerce. The buying and selling of goods and services online.
HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language. A coding language used to create web pages. HTML does not style the web page. That is the job of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
IP Address: Internet Protocol Address. A unique number identifying all devices connected to the Internet.
MySQL: MySQL is a popular open source database management system. WordPress requires MySQL to store and retrieve all of its data including posts, pages, images, and user profiles.
Open Source: A platform of software development in which anyone can contribute to the modification and improvement of the product. The source code is published publicly and anyone is free to use, change, or distribute it. WordPress is an open source product.
Photoblog: A photoblog is a form of photo sharing and publishing in the format of a blog. It differs from a blog through the predominant use of and focus on photographs rather than text.
PHP: PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor (no, the acronym doesn’t follow the name). It’s an open source, server-side, scripting language designed for web development. PHP is a powerful tool for making dynamic and interactive web pages. A dynamic web page is a web page that displays different content each time it’s viewed. For example, login pages, forums, submission forms, and shopping carts, all use server-side scripting since those web pages change according to what is submitted to it. WordPress requires PHP to run.
Plugin: A set of code that “plugs in” to a WordPress site that adds some functionality or capability. Available only in the self-hosted version of WordPress, not on WordPress.com sites.
RSS: Really Simple Syndication. It is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, blogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
SEO: Search Engine Optimization. SEO is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic (non-paid) search engine results.
Theme: A set of graphics, colors, layouts, and fonts that can be applied to a WordPress site to change the visual presentation of the same underlying content. Each theme has its own features and limitations. Some themes in WordPress are free and some require paying a fee.
URL: Uniform Resource Locator. A URL provides a way to locate a resource on the web. It is the full address to the resource which can be a website, web page, image, document, etc. It includes the protocol, http:// or https://, IP address or domain name, and the resource. Example: https://moz.com/learn/seo/domain
W3C: World Wide Web Consortium. W3C is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web. Web standards are rules and guidelines established by the W3C – developed to promote consistency in the design code which makes up a web page.
Web Hosting: A service that allows you to publish your website to a web server (specially configured computer). This makes your site available on the Internet for the world to see.
Website: A website is a page or collection of pages on the World Wide Web that contains specific information which was all provided by one person or entity and traces back to a common domain.
Widget: A tool or application that can be placed into the sidebar, footer, or home page to display customized content on a site. Widgets can be added, rearranged, or removed via a drag-and-drop interface in the WordPress Dashboard.
Akismet: A plugin that automatically filters incoming comments to detect and remove spam. This plugin comes preinstalled with a new WordPress installation.
cPanel: A popular web-based administration tool that many web hosting companies provide to allow users to configure their own accounts using an easy-to-use interface. Most hosting providers that offer cPanel include a means to install WordPress with 1-click. This method installs the WordPress software and MySQL database and tables for you, quickly and automatically.
Dashboard: The Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area (wp-admin) of your WordPress website. Also known as the “back-end”.
Hello Dolly: This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong: Hello, Dolly. When activated you will randomly see a lyric from Hello, Dolly in the upper right of your admin screen on every page. This plugin comes preinstalled with a new WordPress installation.
Mobile Responsive Theme: Mobile responsive themes will automatically optimize your website for all devices. This means that no matter what type of device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone) your website is viewed on, it will look amazing.
SSL: Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is a standard security protocol for establishing encrypted links between a web server and a browser in an online communication. The usage of SSL technology ensures that all data transmitted between the web server and browser remains encrypted. URLs starting with “https://” indicate the utilization of SSL.
Web Browser: A web browser, or simply “browser,” is an application used to access and view websites. Common browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.
WordPress.com: Version of WordPress that includes free web hosting, backup, and maintenance. Users can set up a new site quickly and easily on this platform, though it lacks some of the powerful features of the self-hosted version.
WordPress.org: Self-hosted version of WordPress in which the site owner is responsible for installing, configuring, maintaining, and backing up the site. Though the software platform is still free, the site owner is responsible for paying for web hosting and domain registration fees. This version of WordPress is more versatile and contains more features than WordPress.com.
Comments: Section of a page or post in which site visitors can share their thoughts and ideas about the content and can reply to what other commenters have said. Configured in Settings > Discussion.
Media Library: Repository of images, videos, audio files, and documents uploaded to a WordPress site. The media library helps organize and manage large numbers of media files. The WordPress.com version does not allow uploading of audio or video files.
Page: A method of content creation in WordPress. Pages generally have static content and do not have dates or times associated with them. Unlike posts, pages cannot have categories and tags assigned to them.
Post: The main unit of content creation in WordPress. Each post is a blog-style entry with its own title. Each post has a date and time associated with it and posts are generally displayed in reverse chronological order (most recent on top). Categories and tags can be assigned to posts.
Screen Options: Drop-down tab on most Dashboard screens which lets the site owner select which modules appear on the screen. The available modules differ for each Dashboard screen.
Users: Users are individuals setup with a login (username and password) to gain access to a WordPress site. WordPress uses roles, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site.
Category: A method for logically organizing WordPress posts. Each WordPress post requires that a minimum of one category be assigned to it. Categories are more general than tags.
Sidebar: An optional vertical column of content, composed of individual widgets, that displays on a WordPress site. Can be located to the right or the left of the main content column, or on both sides.
Tag: An important keyword or term that helps describe the content of a post. Though not required for each post, site owners are encouraged to apply tags, as they assist both visitors and search engines to determine the subject matter of a post. Tags are more specific in nature than categories.
Hyperlinks: A hyperlink is a clickable link to another location. You can create a link to another page or post within your site or link to a URL outside of your website.
More Tag: A WordPress-specific tag that can be inserted into a post to break the content into two sections. Only the first section will appear on the blog home page, requiring the visitor to click the link to read the full article.
Permalink: The full URL of a WordPress post or page. It is automatically assigned when the post or page is created, but it can be manually edited via the Edit Post / Edit Page screen.
Post Formats: Post formats is an optional value added to WordPress posts which allows theme developers to define visual representation of a post. Not all themes support post formats; therefore, you may not see the Format chooser when editing a blog post.
Slug: When you give a Post, Page, Category, or Tag a title, WordPress will generate a slug automatically. The slug is the portion of the URL that refers to that specific page. Generally speaking, slugs tend to be very similar to the original title. For SEO, this is what you want.
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Child Page: A page that has a parent page is called a child page.
Parent Page: You can arrange your pages in hierarchies by selecting a top level page (parent) for your other pages.
Alternative Text: The Alternative Text (alt attribute) determines what text will display on the web page if the image file is not available. This is also what screen readers for the visually impaired will use, so we should try to be accurate and succinct in our description. Search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Bing) also use this text when indexing your web page.
Hotlinking: Hotlinking is an Internet term. It means displaying an image on a website by linking to the website hosting the image. The option to Add Media by selecting Insert from URL would be hotlinking. You should never do this unless you have permission from the site owner.
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Avatar: Small image or graphic displayed next to usernames in the comments section of a WordPress blog. Users can customize their avatar by using Gravatar.com, which connects automatically with WordPress.
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Custom Menu: Customized set of links that serve as a navigational menu for a blog or static website. Submenu items can be created via the parent/child relationship.
Site Icon: A favicon (short for “favorite icon”) is an icon associated with a website or webpage intended to be used when you bookmark the web page. Web browsers use them in the URL bar, on tabs, and elsewhere to help identify a website visually. The image must be square, and at least 512 pixels wide and tall. Need to create an icon? Favicon.io will help you create a minimal icon in a few simple clicks.
Site Title: The name of a blog. In WordPress, this title generally displays prominently at the top of the site. The site title is set in the General Settings screen.
Static Site: Website that, unlike a blog, has a fixed home page and prominent navigation menu. Which page appears as the home page is configured on the Reading Settings screen.
Tagline: Optional sentence or short phrase that further explains what a blog or site is about, and generally displays prominently near the Site Title. The tagline is set in the General Settings screen.
Archives: The past history of blog posts. Also a widget that displays links to older blog posts, sorted by month and year.
Tag Cloud: Visual representation of the tags applied in a site’s history of posts. The most used tags appear nearer the center of the “cloud”. Lesser-used tags remain on the periphery. The Tag Cloud widget gives visitors an instant idea of what a blog is about.
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Classic Editor: Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (‘classic’) WordPress editor and the ‘Edit Post’ screen. Makes your WordPress Dashboard look and act like version 4.9.9.
Administrator: Administrators are able to do everything. This user role can, in part:
- Create, edit, and delete any content
- Manage plugins and themes
- Edit code
- Delete other user accounts
Author: An author has far fewer permissions than editors. They cannot edit pages and are unable to alter other users’ content. In addition, they lack any sort of administrative capabilities. What they can do is create, edit, delete, and publish their own posts (and upload media files). This makes their role pretty clear – authors are responsible for creating content, and nothing more.
Contributor: The contributor role is essentially a stripped-down version of the author role. A contributor is only able to perform three tasks – reading all posts, as well as deleting and editing their own posts. This role is quite limited since it doesn’t enable users to publish posts or upload media files. However, it’s ideal for one-time and new content creators.
Editor: As the name of this user role suggests, an editor is generally responsible for managing content and thus has a high level of access. They can create, edit, delete, and publish both pages and posts – even those belonging to other users.
Subscriber: Subscribers have only one main capability and their WordPress dashboard is usually incredibly bare. They can read all posts on the site (as well as manage their own profiles). Normally, anyone can read posts without being assigned a role, so not all sites will use this option. However, it comes in handy for subscription-based sites, where you want to enable access to content only for certain people.
WordPress User Roles 101: What They Are and How to Use Them. Themeisle, https://themeisle.com/blog/wordpress-user-roles/.
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