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SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) refers to the process and techniques used to optimize a website or blog so that it appears higher in search engine results. Studies show that 75% of users don’t scroll past the first page of search results. As a result, SEO has become a critical marketing strategy. SEO practices capitalize on […]

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REST

REST (REpresentational State Transfer) is a set of design patterns that defines how different applications interact and share information with each other (almost always over the Internet). REST is designed to work with HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol). With HTTP, each “resource” on the Internet has its own URL. Resources can be individual products, clients, users, […]

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Responsive Theme

A responsive theme has a fluid layout that automatically adjusts to the various screen sizes and resolutions of electronic devices. For example, they may shrink, expand, or change the layout of components to optimize how the page appears on a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. They account for the various possibilities in a single theme, […]

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Plugin Editor

The plugin editor is a text editor that allows advanced users to edit WordPress plugins. You can access it under the Plugins | Editor menu in the Administration Area. The drop-down list at the top right of the editor allows you to select the plugin to change. A list of links to the plugin’s component […]

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Parent Theme

A parent theme is a theme from which a child theme inherits its style and functionality.

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Media

In WordPress, media refers to the images, audio, video, and other files that accompany your site’s textual content. In most cases, WordPress users upload media as part of the process of creating a new page or post. You can do this by clicking on the Add Media button that appears above the edit window. There […]

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Featured Image

A featured image is an image that represents a blog post, page, or custom post type. It will appear as a thumbnail when the content is shared on social media. The featured image for a blog post will also appear on the blog’s home page, category pages, tag pages, and archive pages, as well as […]

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Archives

In WordPress, the term “Archives” refers to blog posts. Administrators can use a widget to group their archives by by month, category, or author, and link to them in the sidebar. Over time, the number of blog posts may exceed the available sidebar space. To avoid this problem, administrators can create a custom archives page […]

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Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) are Web pages designed to load almost instantly in mobile browsers and apps. AMP files adhere to an open source specification designed to limit functionality and prioritize speed. They can also be cached online, which allows them to reach devices more quickly. AMP improves the mobile experience, and reduces the number […]

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XML

Extensible Markup Language. XML files are used to store and share data in a format that many different computer programs and websites can read. For example, spreadsheet applications, word processors, browsers, and many other applications can all import and reformat XML files. Bloggers migrating to WordPress can upload XML files containing their posts from a […]

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Widget

A WordPress widget performs a unique task, adds functionality to a site, and gives users an easy way to control and customize themes. For example, the RSS widget integrates an external feed, such as a Twitter feed, into a WordPress site. Tag cloud and calendar widgets are also popular.  Widgets often come with plugins. Site […]

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Website Hosting

Website hosting, or Web hosting, enables a business to store and provide access to its website through an external hosting provider, rather than an in-house Web server. WordPress users can choose from several Web hosting options. Dedicated hosting devotes an entire Web server to a single site. This option gives site owners complete control over […]

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Web Server

A Web server processes requests for Web pages. Each time a user enters a URL or clicks on a link, it locates the requested Web page and displays it. Web servers use HTTP protocol to process requests for HTML-based sites. The most common Web server software package is Apache, which is open source. WordPress users […]

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Theme

A WordPress theme is a pre-existing design or “skin” that can be applied to a WordPress site. A theme instantly change a site’s appearance, without affecting its programming. Themes often come with plugins that add features and functionality. Some themes are designed for specific industries or types of content, such as e-commerce, food and drink, photography, and news. […]

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Text Editor

A program for editing files in plain text format, as opposed to binary format. Notepad and Notepad ++ are two popular text editors. WordPress users who are comfortable with HTML can switch over to a built-in text editor while authoring a new post. The text editor allows you to customize the style of text, images, […]

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Template Tag

Template tags are used to modify your blog how you want and show information in a format interesting to readers.

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Template

A unique type of file that defines the content area of a web page. It outlines areas such as the header, footer, content, and sidebars.

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Taxonomy

A taxonomy is a structure or system for grouping similar things together. The Linnean system that classifies living things by Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species is one example. WordPress’ taxonomies allow you to organize your content through categories and tags. You can choose to display these taxonomies in your blog’s sidebar.   […]

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Tagline

A tagline is designed to be an attractive expression that describes the best features of the blog briefly.

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Tag

A tag is generally a keyword that defines a portion of a post or all of it.

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Subversion

Subversion allows users to keep track of changes and view outdated versions of WordPress if needed.

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Stats

Numbers and records showing how many views your site or blog received during a specific time as well as how many people have visited the site or blog.

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SSL

Secure Sockets Layer. Protocols for protected communications on the Internet.

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SSH

Secure Shell. This is a communication procedure for linking to remote computers.

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Slug

A brief collection of words that explain content, whether a post or a page in WordPress. These are typically URL friendly and are usually generated by WordPress to be a version of the existing post title. You can alter the slug to be anything you like. Slugs are used with permalinks as they help describe […]

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Sidebar

A narrow, vertical column on the right or left side of a WordPress theme that’s typically used for navigation. Sidebars usually link to other pages on the same website. They may also display a photo of the site owner, a brief bio, social media content, or advertisements. The sidebar for a WordPress blog may contain links […]

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Shortcode

A shortcode is a snippet of PHP code that serves as a placeholder in your content. Using shortcodes is a quick and easy way to add functionality to your site without writing code. You can use shortcodes to add buttons to your posts, pages, and widgets, or even pull in content from an API. Simply […]

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Shell

The term shell refers to a program that works with an operating system and is coordinated using typed instructions rather than a visual interface.

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Screen

A webpage used for handling a site or network. This is not the same term as page.

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Role

In WordPress, a user’s role determines his or her site permissions, or “capabilities.” Roles specify how users can interact with the site, and which tasks they can perform. For example, some roles can moderate comments and edit or publish posts, while a subscriber can only read posts. A user can have one of the following […]

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Robots.txt

Web robots look for files with this name on your web servers to see where they can locate files and content. Not all web robots look for this file.

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RSS

Really Simple Syndication, this is an arrangement used for organizing and updating many types of content, especially blog entries.

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Recordset

This term refers to the group of records or the results that the database query delivers.

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Relative URI

A relative link that’s part URI and is understood in relation to the base URI.

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Relative Path

A relative path describes the location of a file in relation to the recent directory. This is different from the absolute path, which gives an exact location in the original directly rather than the currently used one.

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RDF

Recourse Description Framework. A network used to describe the information of resources on the web.

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QuickTag

A fast and easy way to insert HTML code into posts.

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Query Variable

A query variable can be seen in place of a long or difficult-to-read permalink.

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Query String

A series of codes in a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that decides what information the web page will display.

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Post Type

A post type refers to a type of content. For example, WordPress offers the following default post types: Posts – For blog content Pages – For static content Attachments – For information about media files Revisions – For draft posts, and previous revisions of published posts Navigation menu – For items you want to add […]

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Post Status

This is the status of the post that can either be set as published, draft, pending review, or private. The status will determine who can edit and view the post.

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Post Slug

A post slug refers to words and dashes that describe a post in URL form. Post slugs typically use content from the post title in order to create a permalink that’s readable and relevant.

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Post

A post is an individual piece of content that appears on a blog. While some people incorrectly refer to the posts themselves as “blogs,” they are actually component parts of a blog. The correct term is “blog post,” or simply “post.” Blog posts are also different from articles, which are typically updated less frequently. Articles […]

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Port

Port is code that’s been reworked to work with WordPress.

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Plugin

A plugin is software that consists of a set of functions that extend the capability of your WordPress site and add different features.

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Pingback

Also referred to as “ping”, this term refers to the notification that alerts a person if you link to his or her article on another website or blog.

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phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is an open source, user-friendly interface for managing the MySQL database that stores your WordPress site’s content. It’s named for PHP, the scripting language WordPress uses to query this database. You can use phpMyAdmin to optimize your database, maintain tables, and create backups. Most WordPress hosting companies provide access to phpMyAdmin from the Databases […]

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PHP

PHP (which loosely stands for hypertext preprocessor) is a programming language used to create dynamic websites. Web developers embed PHP in HTML to connect Web pages to databases. When a user requests your content, WordPress uses PHP to query the database that stores it, then generates the complete HTML and returns the content on the […]

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Permissions

Permissions are security measures that allow an administrator to grant or restrict access to functions for users in WordPress.

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Permalink

A permalink is a permanent link to a post, page, or other Web content. Permalinks do not change or break over time. WordPress automatically generates permalinks for each individual post, page, category and list so Internet users can share them easily. WordPress administrators can change the format of a site’s permalinks under the Settings | […]

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Page Template

Page templates are specific to pages, not posts, and enable the user to have a specific page design to organize content and other information. A page template can be used for one page, several pages, or all of the pages on a site.

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Perl

Perl is an acronym for Practical Extraction and Report Language, a programming language that’s being replaced by PHP.

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Page

A WordPress page is a post type that displays information that doesn’t change, such as a company’s “About Us” statement, contact form, or service descriptions. It is similar to a traditional Web page. In contrast, posts are typically used for blog content, which updates frequently. While all pages and posts share the same template by […]

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Output Compression

Output compression can shrink a HTML file size without changing the essential meaning; it can also lead to faster load times for your WordPress site.

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Options

WordPress is able to store your settings and preferences through data in the form of options. There are different categories of options that can be added, changed, and removed.

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Open Source

Code used for programming that can be used or edited by virtually anyone.

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Nonce

A nonce is essentially a security number that’s used to protect against malicious use that could cause damage to a site or the site’s database. The nonce is created by the website to prohibit any identical requests from sites that could be harmful.

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News Reader

Also referred to as a news aggregator, this is a program that keeps track of information from feeds in WordPress.

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Network

A network is a group of different sites that are contained in one WordPress installation, like multisites.

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Navigation

The term Navigation describes text that sends you to a different webpage on the same website. The menu of a website as well as links and hyperlinks are also included in this term.

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MySQL

MySQL is an open source database management system that WordPress uses to hold all of your site’s content. WordPress uses PHP to store and retrieve content from the database, and Structured Query Language (SQL) to query it. However, administrators can manage their databases using phpMyAdmin, a Web application with a familiar, easy-to-use interface. MySQL is […]

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Multisite

The multisite feature allows several sites to share one WordPress installation. You can activate this feature to allow end users to create their own sites and blogs on your original installation. Alternatively, you may want to use the feature to create your own multisite network. The sites can share the themes and plugins you’ve installed, […]

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mod_rewrite

This module is essentially a rewriting tool that allows customization of URLs.

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Moblogging

Posting your blog from a mobile device.

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MIME

Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension, this formatting tool enables people to exchange information through the Internet via email.

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Microformats

Microformats are a way for programs to understand information that they read.

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Meta

Refers to information that’s generally classified as administrative in WordPress.

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Menu

A menu is essentially a list of links to different pages and posts on your WordPress site.

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MariaDB

MariaDB is a database server that was created by the developers of MySQL but now remains a separate management system.

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Linux

Linux is an operating system—much like Mac or Windows—that’s similar to Unix. It’s an open-source operating system.

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JavaScript (JS)

A programming language that allows web pages to be interactive for their users.

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ISAPI

Internet Server Application Programming Interface was designed by Microsoft to include a group of program actions that allow developers to create a web server that will run faster than a CGI application, which ISAPI was designated to replace.

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IDE

Integrated Development Environment. An IDE provides complete services for software development for programmers.

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IP Address

This address is a number specific to a computer for the purpose of identification and allows communication over a network. Web servers have IP addresses as well.

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HTML

Hypertext Markup Language is used to create and organize files that achieve the desired text appearances on webpages.

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.htaccess

The .htaccess file is a configuration file that can override the Web server’s default settings. In WordPress, the .htaccess file is mostly used to rewrite permalinks so that the URLs are easier for humans to read. WordPress administrators can choose from a number of common URL formats under Settings | Permalinks in the Administration Area. […]

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Hosting Provider

This is a company that essentially hosts the necessary files for websites. A hosting service is often cheaper for businesses.

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Hook

Hooks allow your WordPress plugins to be activated and work properly; a hook is an event that triggers functions. WordPress uses Actions and Filters to implement hooks.

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Header Image

The image you see at the top of the site’s homepage or other pages on the site.

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Hacking

This is the process of generating code for software.

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Hack

This is a small piece of code written for software in order to provide additional functions. This was used by older versions of WordPress but is no longer supported; WordPress now uses plugins and hooks to achieve this purpose.

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GUI

Graphical User Interface. This interface provides users with a more visual way of interacting with operating systems.

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Gravatar

A Gravatar is a type of avatar, or personal image, that’s used across many Web sites and recognized by people around the world. An avatar appears next to your username when you post comments or messages to online forums and blogs. An avatar is a type of “digital signature” that distinguishes you from other users […]

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GMT

This stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which is the original name of the time zone from which every other time zone has been defined. It’s now called UTC, which stands for Universal Time, Coordinated.

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gettext

gettext is a system that enables language translation among programs, therefore enabling WordPress to allow multilingual versions of its programs.

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Gallery

A gallery is the display of all the images that are included in your blog post.

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FTP

Short for File Transfer Protocol, this sets protocol for moving files, especially downloading or uploading files.

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Function

A function is a specific set of instructions in WordPress that enables different files to do many different things. Functions may be specific to different filters or actions, and all functions have different categories.

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Front End

This is what web visitors see when they land on your site’s homepage—the opposite of the Back End for modifying users.

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Footer Area

This area is usually dictated by your WordPress theme and will display information that’s not included in the content of the web page.

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Filter

Filters enable WordPress to process data before using that data to take action.  You can create custom filters to specify functions.

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Excerpt

A shortened description of a post. The excerpt explains your post when people find it while searching through a search engine. If you don’t customize the content of the excerpt, the initial 55 words of the content will be used.

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Draft

This is a post status which the post is not published but rather saved.

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Domain Name

A name used to identify a site on the Internet in a system in which the DNS and IP address are used.

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DOM

Document Object Model. This interface is independent of its platform and provides a way for programmers to alter the HTML and XML, although the DOM will often look very similar to HTML.

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DNS

Stands for Domain Name System and includes domain names as well as IP addresses for easy finding when you type in a domain name or URL of a website.

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DIVI

DIVI is a plugin used with WordPress in order to build page layouts easily.

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DIV

This component of HTML marks text segments and can be used as a tool to employ CSS custom designs to blogs.

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Developer

This is the term for a computer programmer who actively creates and modifies software solutions.

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Deprecated

These functions aren’t supported by WordPress any longer.

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Default Theme

Every version of WordPress has a default theme. If something happens to the selected theme or it is deleted, the default theme will be used in its place.

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Database Version

This is a number that changes when updates are made to the way WordPress organizes data in the database.

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Database

A database is a system for managing and organizing information. You can think of a database as a digital “filing cabinet” of information. Some databases contain data on customers, while others store product information. Database administrators manage the database, perform upgrades, create backups, and add and delete permissions. WordPress stores all of your site’s posts, […]

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Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard is a screen where you can access all types of different information about the site.

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CVS

Short for Concurrent Versions System. This software is used to coordinate WordPress development.

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Custom Post Type

A custom post type is a WordPress post type that you create. WordPress offers the following default post types: Posts Pages Attachments Revisions Navigation menu However, these post types may not be a good fit for your content. For example, you may want to showcase products or a portfolio on your site. WordPress allows you […]

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CSS

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a programming language that defines the format and layout of a Web page. For example, Web designers use CSS to create columns and boxes on Web pages. They also use CSS to style elements and define the colors, size, padding, etc. for everything from footers to text. CSS applies styles […]

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cPanel

cPanel is a control tool that allows WordPress users to configure their accounts through their hosting providers using an interface on the web.

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Content Management System (CMS)

A Content Management System (CMS) is a software platform that produces and maintains content on the web. Users can simply choose a preexisting theme, then enter their content into a simple interface—the provider has already done all of the Web design and programming work. Many also handle backups, security issues, Web forms, version control, site […]

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Content

Content refers to the entire contents of a post or webpage including both text and images.

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Comments

Comments permit readers to respond to blog posts in the form of a generally brief message. They may state ideas or thoughts or may ask questions, provide resources, or compliments.

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Collation

This is the order that’s used to categorize the characters in a character set, including symbols, numbers, and letters.

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Codex

A codex is essentially a manual, or set of articles, that demonstrates to would-be WordPress users how to use WordPress.

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Classes

Classes are categories of different CSS styles which can be used with any HTML component.

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chmod

This is a command that’s utilized when changing permissions for files. chmod comes from the term change mode.

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Character Set

A group of symbols that represent words when used in unison. These are generally stored where each letter is assigned a number.

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Character Entity

These entities include the contents of a specific entity that represents a character, for example, &#86 is representative of an uppercase V. Although the character entities used in HTML are usually hidden, you can show these symbols on the site by using a character entity method.

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CGI

CGI stands for Common Gateway Interface, which is an interface designed to help transport information between a web server and a web browser.

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Category

A category is a taxonomy that groups posts on similar topics. For example, you can assign your posts to categories, then display a list of categories in your blog’s sidebar. When a viewer clicks on a category, they will land at a category page that lists all of the posts belonging to that category. WordPress […]

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Capabilities

Every user on a WordPress site has designated capabilities. This allows the administrator of the site to modify roles and capabilities to give permission to one person but not another. For example, some users have permission to create and save posts but not to publish content.

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Boolean

A binary number that can either have the value of true or false.

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Bookmarklet

A bookmarklet is a type of bookmark that contains code which allows users to perform an action. Instead of storing a web address, a bookmarklet uses a piece of JavaScript code to perform an action when you click on it.

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Blogroll

A blogroll is a list of links to additional blogs or sites; users can customize this to include their favorite blogs.

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Blogosphere

This term refers to all blogs on the Internet, almost like a community.

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Blogging

The action of writing on or for a blog.

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Blog

A blog includes a series of content on a website. Blogs can be used by either individuals or organizations and are generally informal and have a common theme.

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Binaries

These are assembled computer programs, typically used for platforms where people use open-source code.

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Back End

Back End refers to the web page where users that are authorized to modify content on the site can enter the WordPress site—the opposite of the Front End.

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Avatar

This is the picture you see next to a user’s name on a blog post or web page that represents them.

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Autosave

WordPress automatically saves whatever you’re working on every two minutes, including blog posts and web pages. You can see the time on the page when the last save was made.

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Atom

An atom is a system to publish content in news feeds or aggregators, also referred to as Atom Syndication Format. Atom allows users to keep up with the latest news and new content.

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ASCII

ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. This is generally the most used format for text files on the Internet, and each character uses a binary number to signify it. This includes English letters, common symbols and punctuation marks, and numbers.

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Array

A structured way of arranging data used by computer programmers to include sets of data under one name. It includes several items, especially numbered items, to simplify functions.

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API

An API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of methods and tools that allows one application to interact with another. Developers typically use APIs to pull data and functionality from other applications into their own. For example, the Google Maps API allows programmers to display custom maps in their own applications. Developers can use APIs […]

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Apache

Apache (or the Apache HTTP Server Project) is an open source software package for running a Web server. The Apache Software Foundation offers the package for free. It is the most popular Web server software in the world. Apache supports PHP, MySQL, MariaDB, and various formats for permalinks. It also comes with a robust set […]

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AJAX

AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) is a method for accessing a Web server from a Web page that has already loaded. Through AJAX, a browser can send and receive new information. It can then display the new information on the existing Web page, without actually reloading it. For example, a user will immediately know if […]

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