Understanding WordPress requires acquainting oneself with the unique terminology the platform employs. Whether you're a beginner just diving into WordPress or a seasoned developer in need of a refresher, this guide to WordPress terminology will help clarify the most commonly used terms.
The main administrative area of a WordPress website, where you manage content, settings, plugins, and themes. After logging in, the Dashboard is the first screen you see.
An individual article or piece of content. In WordPress, 'Posts' typically refer to blog entries but can also include other types of periodic content.
Static content that isn't time-sensitive. Examples include 'About Us' or 'Contact' pages. Unlike posts, pages don't appear in chronological order.
The design or skin applied to a WordPress site. Themes determine the look and feel of a website. There are thousands of free and premium themes available.
Extensions that add functionality to a WordPress website. Plugins can range from SEO tools to e-commerce solutions.
Small blocks of content, often dynamic, that can be placed in various areas, typically in the sidebar or footer. Examples include recent posts, search bars, and custom menus.
A collection of links typically used for site navigation. Menus can be created using the WordPress admin interface and are usually displayed in the website header, footer, or sidebar.
A small piece of code that allows users to execute code within WordPress posts and pages without having to write the actual code.
The name of the block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0. It allows users to design and build pages using a block-based approach.
A term used in the Gutenberg editor. Blocks are individual elements that you add to your posts or pages — like paragraphs, images, or videos.
A way of grouping content in WordPress. The default taxonomies are 'Category' and 'Tag', but custom taxonomies can also be created.
A type of taxonomy used to group similar posts together. For example, a blog might have categories like 'Travel', 'Food', or 'Lifestyle'.
Another form of taxonomy. Tags are typically more specific than categories and describe the details of a post. A post about a "Chocolate Cake" might be tagged with 'dessert', 'chocolate', and 'baking'.
The full URL of individual posts, pages, or any content on your WordPress site. Permalinks are important for SEO and usability.
Where all media files (images, videos, etc.) uploaded to WordPress are stored. From the Media Library, you can edit, delete, and manage your media files.
Feedback or replies left by readers on your posts. WordPress provides a robust commenting system with moderation capabilities.
The primary image associated with a post or page. This image typically represents the content and might appear in archives, search results, or highlighted displays.
A WordPress feature that allows users to create a network of sites on a single WordPress installation. Useful for managing multiple sites from one dashboard.
Specific files in a theme that define parts of a page, like headers, footers, or sidebars. By editing templates, you can customize the display of your website.
A sub-theme that inherits all the styling and functionality of its parent theme. Using child themes is recommended for making modifications because updates to the parent theme won't overwrite customizations in the child theme.