Common WordPress Terminology

Below is a list of common WordPress terminology which can be used as reference for those newer to the WordPress Platform.

AJAX

A function that allows web pages to perform certain processing without reloading the web page.

Category

Posts can be filed under different categories and allows posts to be grouped with similar content to help users navigate the site. See the article on The Basics of Categories and Tags for more information.

Comments

A blog feature that allows readers to respond to blog posts. From the Dashboard visit Settings > Discussion to be sure select "Allow people to post comments on new articles" to enable commenting on your blog entries.

Dashboard

This is the first screen you see when you log into the administration side of your site. It's the starting point for adding and managing your blog's content.

Domain

The address for your WordPress website.

Favicon

Short for "Favorite Icon", it's the small icon found next to the site name in a browser tab or within the URL bar.

Footer Area

The horizontal area at the bottom of the web page content where, depending on the Theme, Widgets can be placed to display more information.

Front End

This refers to what your visitors see when they visit www.yourwebsite.com.

Gravatar

A user's Gravatar is associated with their email address, and is set on gravatar.com. Your WordPress user and Gravatar accounts are linked automatically.

Menus

WordPress Menus are customizable and help enhance the navigation of your site. Depending on your active WordPress theme, you can have more than one navigation menu per location. To setup your menus visit Appearance > Menusand see your Theme's documentation section for information on the available menus for your active theme.

Page

Slightly different from posts, pages present more timeless information, such as an about or contact page.

Permalink

A URL where an article or post will be permanently stored. They allow users to bookmark information and know that the URL will never change. Take a look at the article on The basics of Permalinks for more information.

PHP

A programming language used in the functionality of WordPress sites.

Plugin

Tools added to Wordpress to improve or extend the functionality of the website. Plugins might be developed by WordPress or an outside party. To search through the endless variety available visit Plugins > Add New from your Dashboard.

Post

Articles that make up the content of the blog, each post becomes a blog entry or with a publish date attached that puts the entries in a chronological order.

RSS

Short for Really Simple Syndication, a way that readers can stay updated with your latest blog posts, either by email or by an RSS reader.

Shortcode

An easy way to include PHP code in your content areas. Most Themewich themes come with additional shortcodes.

Sidebar

A vertical area alongside the main content where widgets can be placed.

Slug

Usually generated by WordPress as a way to describe the content of the URL. They can also be adjusted to whatever you’d like for the specific Post or Page URL.

Tag

A keyword the describes all or part of a post or page, commonly placed in “Tag Clouds” in widget areas to aid in site navigation. Similar to a category only more specific. See the article on The Basics of Categories and Tags for more information.

Widget

Placed in certain areas and perform specific functions. For example, a calendar or contact Widget that might be placed in the Sidebar or Footer area of a page.

Widget Area

Specific location that Widgets can be placed in, such as a Footer, Sidebar or specific Page.