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Confused

WordPress has many jargon (i.e. industry or professional related terms) associated with it that many users may not truly understand, even if they have heard them on a consistent basis or used the tools associated with them. Here is a run down of 20 such terms. Feel free to leave more examples in the comments!

 

  • 1. Widget – A small software application for the web, installed and executed by an end user, usually offering a focused process that relates to the content of a larger web page or to help the developer keep track of statistics.
  • 2. Menu – Navigation buttons, present on the website, that break webpages down into an organized, functional manner and help reduce clutter
  • 3. Background Tool – Allows user to change background image and color of a site
  • 4. Header Tool – Gives user control of the images displayed at the top of a site’s previous page
  • 5. Formats – Gives user control of the display of a specific post, rather it is an aside, quote, or gallery
  • 6. Theme – A correlation of colors, functionality, menus, visuals, etc that define the look and feel of a webpage
  • 7. Plugin – Custom functions created to extend the core functionality of a website, usually intended to maximize flexibility and minimize code
  • 8. Plugin Management Tool – Gives ease to finding and installing plugins
  • 9. Template Tags – A group of PHP functions that can be envoked by designers to perform an action or display specific information
  • 10. Template Hierarchy – Order of processing, dictates how templates control almost all aspects of output
  • 11. Archives – Dynamically generated list of posts, are typically grouped by date, gategory, tag, or author
  • 12. Roles – Control what functions a registered user can perform
  • 13. Comments – Or discussions, responses to posts left for the author by a visitor, important piece of a “give and take” blog
  • 14. Panels – Enables users to easily administer and monitor their blog
  • 15. Registered Users – Users that have applied for and recieved a user name and password and have certain rights and privelages that unregistered or anonymous users may not have
  • 16. Upgrade Tool – Downloads and install the latest version of WordPress, or any other software with the appropriate built in upgrade tool
  • 17. Meta – Means “information about”, in WordPress, usually refers to administrative-type information
  • 18. Dashboard – Meant to make creating and posting easier, gives tools and options that let you customize the format of the input ahead of time
  • 19. Media – Pictures, images, sounds, and movies; integral to a website
  • 20. Pages – Present static information, such as contact information, information about the author; usually won’t change much beyond initial creation