Glossary page

Archives: The past history of blog posts. Also, a widget that displays links to older blog posts, sorted by month and year.

Akismet: software built into wordpress.com that automatically filters incoming comments to detect and remove spam.

Avatar: Small image or graphic displayed next to usernames in the comments section of a WordPress.com blog. Users can customize their avatar by using Gravatar.com, which connects automatically with WordPress.com.

Blogroll: collection of links that point to external websites recommended by a blog owner. The Links reside in the side bar and can lead to any type of side website, not just blogs.

Category: A method for logically organizing WordPress posts. Categories represent high-level, general classifications. Each WordPress post requires that a minimum of one category be assigned to it. Categories assist visitors and search engines to sort content. Categories are more general than tags.

CMS: Content Management System. Any software platform that makes it simpler for users to publish, organize, and manage information on the internet.

Comments: Feature in which site visitors can share their thoughts and ideas about the content of a post or page and can even reply to what other commenters have said.

Dashboard: Set of blog management screens used to configure and maintain a WordPress site. Also known as the “back-end” of a WordPress blog.

Hotlinking: Displaying an image into a web page by loading it directly from a third-party site. Though common, the practice is controversial, and it is always best to get permission from the other site owner first.

Kitchen Sink: An icon on the main formatting toolbar of the Edit Post or Edit Page screen. By clicking on the icon, an additional row of formatting and other tools appears.

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.

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.

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, and new pages are not published in RSS feeds. A typical example of a page is an “About Me” page.

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.

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.

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) on the home page. Categories and tags can be assigned to posts. RSS feeds will include new posts.

RSS: Really Simple Syndication. A form of news feed that WordPress uses to send out new content automatically to subscribers.

Shortlink: A short and convenient URL that automatically redirects to the full URL of a WordPress post or page. Accessed from the Edit Post / Edit Page screen.

Sidebar: An optional vertical column of content (composed of individual widgets) that is present on every single page of a WordPress site. Can be located to the right or the left of the main content column.

Tag: An important keyword or term that helps describe the content of a post. Though not required for each post, bloggers 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.

Tag Cloud: Visual representation of all the tags applied in a blog’s history of posts. Those tags that have been most used appear nearer the center of the “cloud” and in larger font. Lesser-used tags remain on the periphery and in smaller fonts. Tag clouds give visitors an instant idea of what a blog is all about.

Tagline: 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.

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.

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.

WordPress.com: Version of WordPress that includes free hosting, backup, and maintenance. Bloggers 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 blogger is responsible for installing, configuring, maintaining, and backing up the WordPress 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.

Widget: A tool or application that can be placed into the sidebar to display customized content on a blog. Widgets can easily be added, rearranged, or removed from the sidebar via a drag-and-drop interface in the WordPress dashboard.

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