WordPress Terminology

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system.

A website can be thought of as a collection of articles and information about a specific subject, service, or product, which may not be a personal reflection of the owner. More recently, as the role of WordPress has expanded, WordPress developers have begun using the more general term site, in place of blog.

Here are some terms that will be useful when building your first wordpress website. Here we are going to know some common terms related to wordpress.

The word blog is used to refer to a website that contains a writer’s own experience, observation or opinions. This word is also used as a verb in reference to maintaining or adding new entries to a blog.

Posts are the principal element (or content) of a blog. The posts are the writings, compositions, discussions, discourses, musings, and, yes, the rantings of the blog’s owner and guest authors.

Integral to a blog are the pictures, images, sounds, and movies, otherwise know as media. Media enhances, and gives life to a blog’s content. WordPress provides an easy to use method of inserting Media directly into posts, and a method to upload Media that can be later attached to posts, and a Media Manager to manage those various Media.

Featured Image
This can be used for different purposes, but is mostly used for posts, giving you a space for one special image.

Categories can be hierarchical in nature, where one category acts as a parent to several child, or grandchild, categories. Thoughtful categorization allows posts of similar content to be grouped,

In addition to categories, terms or keywords called tags can be assigned to each post. Tags act as another navigation tool, but are not hierarchical in nature. Both categories and tags are part of a system called taxonomies.

Taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, a “taxonomy” is a grouping mechanism for some posts (or links or custom post types).

Post Meta
Post meta data refers to the information associated with each post. Post meta data also refers to Custom Fields where you assign specific words, or keys, that can describe posts.

Custom Field
WordPress has the ability to allow post authors to assign custom fields to a post. This arbitrary extra information is known as meta-data. This meta-data can include bits of information such as:

Mood: Happy Currently
Reading: Cinderella
Listening To: Rock Around the Clock
Weather: Hot and humid

Pages often present static information, such as “About Me”, or “Contact Us”, Pages. Typically “timeless” in nature, Pages should not be confused with the time-oriented objects called posts.

Custom post type
A custom post type refers to a type of structured data that is different from a post or a page. Custom post types allow users to easily create and manage such things as portfolios, projects, video libraries, podcasts, quotes, chats, and whatever a user or developer can imagine.

Widgets provide an easy way to add little programs, such as the current weather, to a sidebar. Menus make it easy to define the navigation buttons that are typically present near the top of a site’s pages.

The sidebar is a narrow vertical column often jam-packed with lots of information about a website. Found on most WordPress sites, the sidebar is usually placed on the right or left-hand side of the web page.

A Theme is the overall design of a site and encompasses color, graphics, and text. A Theme is sometimes called the skin.

Child Theme
A child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent theme. A child theme is the best, safest, and easiest way to modify an existing theme, whether you want to make a few tiny changes or extensive changes. Instead of modifying the theme files directly, you can create a child theme and override within.

Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to link to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. The URL to each post should be permanent, and never change — hence permalink.

Administering users means controlling Roles and Capabilities, or permissions

Roles control what functions a registered user can perform as those functions can range from just being able to login at a blog to performing the role administrator.

I hope you enjoyed this article. These basic terms definitely help you out to start to learn wordpress.
Source:   WordPress

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