More WordPress Jargon for Beginners

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Let’s get into some more WordPress Jargon for the Beginner:

Widgets

Without having any coding experience or know how, you can customize parts of your WordPress site the way you want it through widgets. Widgets adds content and features to your sidebar. WordPress comes with a couple default widgets:

  • Post Categories
  • Tag Clouds
  • Custom Navigation
  • Search Bar
  • Archive
  • Meta etc.

Find them on your Administration Panel under Appearance >> Widgets

Themes

A WordPress Theme is files that produces the graphic interface of your website. From color schemes to page layout, font styling to widget locations. All these are written in the Theme, or Template files.

There are many different themes to choose from, you can buy premium themes or go for a free theme. You can also modify a theme with a child-theme if you know a bit of CSS coding.

Taxonomies

The basic description of taxonomy is  “To group things together”. Taxonomies are a grouping mechanism for your posts – or links etc.

The name for the different groupings is called “terms”. Categories is one term used by default in WordPress.
The others are: Tag, Link Category and Post Formats.

You can check this page for more on Taxonomies.

 

Meta Tags

Meta means, information about. Meta Tags were originally created to provide concise information about a website.
Info includes, author, keywords, description, type of document etc.

Search engines use to rely on Meta Tags to learn about a website and ranking use to be greatly influenced by Meta Tags. Not so anymore. Google no longer uses the meta keyword in search result ranking.

More on Meta Tags here.

Permalinks

Each individual weblog post or page has a permalink. The permalink is the permanent URL to your Post or Page.
It is the link you and others use to get to your Post or Page.

You can choose and change the structure of your permalink under Settings >> Permalinks.

Footer

The Footer refers to the bottom section of a web page. In WordPress the footer section gets defined in the footer.php file in the templates files. Content that goes in the footer is usually stuff like copyright info, credits, privacy policy and so on. Widgets can also be placed in the footer area to customize the look.

Comment Spam

You might know spam from those e-mails you get from people you didn’t ask trying to sell you stuff you don’t want. Well, comment spam is when people reply to your posts leaving links on your site trying to get ranking credits with search engines for their own site. They don’t have anything relevant to comment on the topic of your blog, they just want their link in there.no-spam

You can moderate your comments from the comment tab, chuck out the comments that looks like spam and keep those that are useful and relevant.
There are a number of ways to fight spammers, including some great plugins. You can go here to read more into it.

Links

Links are what you click on to take you to a new page or a different section of a page. Links can be a word, string of words or an image. You can add links to your post by high lighting the clickable part for the link and then press the Insert/Edit Link icon in the Visual Editor. There you can just paste in the URL and choose if you want the new page to open in a new window or in the current one.link

There you have it. I hope this has made you a little bit more familiar with the WordPress world. Just keep adding to your knowledge little chunks at a time and you will start enjoying your blogging more and more as your knowledge and know how increases and you can apply functionality to your site you previously didn’t know about.

Remember, if you need help with any WordPress issues feel free to take us on your team. We strive for customer satisfaction…and then some.

Cheers and Happy WordPress-ing!

 

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