Quick Glossary of WordPress Terms

January 11, 2016
Karen

Posts are time-orientated articles that make up a blog. They are shown in chronological order.

Categories enable you to group your posts together in a meaningful way. This helps to create a tidy navigation structure to your site.

Tags are a way of helping people find posts about a particular topic that is not important enough to have its own category. Note that tags are not related to each other like categories can be.

Media refers to the images, video, recordings and files you upload and use in your website. Media is typically uploaded and inserted into the content when writing a post or page. This section allows you edit, delete or view media previously uploaded.

Pages are for static content that is ‘timeless’ in nature. A good example of a page is the information contained in ‘About’ or ‘Contact’ pages.

Comments are a feature of blogs which allow readers to respond to posts. Allowing others to comment on your blog does require careful maintenance to reduce the amount of spam you get.

A theme is installed to change the look and feel of the website – it’s sometimes referred to as a template, although this is a more generic term. You can only have one theme active on your Website. There are many free themes available, but if you want your website to reflect your branding then you will need a bespoke theme.

A plugin is a piece of code that you can download and install to add new features and functionality to your WordPress website. You can have numerous plugins installed on your WordPress website, although you do need to take care to ensure that they are all compatible with each other.