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Simplifying WordPress Jargon: 5 Commonly Used Terms To Get You Started

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Simplifying WordPress Jargon: 5 Commonly Used Terms To Get You Started

Simplifying WordPress Jargon: 5 Commonly Used Terms To Get You Started

When you start out on a journey to identify whether WordPress.org is a good idea for a small business website, you will often encounter some technical terms and jargon which don’t make simple sense to the common man. This article takes a look at the explanations for some of those terms and also the possible synonyms for those terms.

1. Posts (Dynamic Entries)

“Posts” is one of the first menu items you may notice when you install WordPress or go about researching it. WordPress was basically meant to be a blogging system and that’s why, posts was a term used to mean regular entries or dynamic entries. A post is like a separate entry on a separate topic and it is stored and may also be displayed with the Date, Time and Author details. it’s more like a diary entry which can appear on your blogs home page, to inform people about the latest news.

2. Pages (Static Content)

Pages are similar to posts, the only difference being that pages are supposed to have a more static nature i.e. they would contain information which does not change much, like an “About Us” page or a “Contact Us” page which may rarely change. Pages cannot be tagged or categorized like posts can.

3. Tags (Keywords)

Tags are exactly what they mean. They are small words or phrases which can be used to identify or classify the post. Multiple tags can be used to identify posts. Tags allow the post contents to be identified by special key words which aid in searching the blog or also for SEO purposes. Eg: An article on Coffee could ideally have tags or key words which maybe: “Coffee, beverages, cappuccino, drinks, Tea Alternatives, hot beverages” and so on. Tags are optional and need not be applied to every post.

4. Widgets (Common Software)

Widgets sounds like potato wedges. They are exactly like that. Widgets are small pieces of pre-written software that you can place around in the sidebar of your blog. You can move the widgets around, rearrange them and remove them easily. Widgets allow you to use some pieces of commonly used software like stat counters, visitor maps, twitter feeds, list of pages on your site, latest posts on your blog and latest comments on your blog.

5. Plugins (3rd Party Add-ons)

Plugins allow you to install more software to enhance the functions and performance of the website or blog, without affecting the core WordPress files. Plugins are similar to Widgets, due to the fact that they allow you to reuse softwares and allow you to manage it in a simple and efficient way. Plugins are not part of the built-in WordPress features. They are optional pieces of software which can be used as per your needs. They are analogous to automobile accessories. Eg: Some cars may not come with company-fitted music systems. You can always choose your own brand of music systems and fit them into the car. The slot for the music system remains the same. You have to literally “plug-in” the music system. In the same way even plugins are installed simply and do not affect the core WordPress files.

WordPress is the ideal option for starting up a new website for your small business or office. Figuring out WordPress doesn’t take much time once you have got the hang of it. This commonly used jargon should be enough to get your website rolling. You can always visit the WordPress website and go through their online tutorials too.

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