7 Common WordPress Terms You Need To Know Before Starting A WordPress Blog
WordPress is the well known and preferred blogging platform in the world these days. More than 30% of all the websites in the world is powered by WordPress. The reliability, fluidity,friendliness and the ease of using wordpress platform have endeared it to millions of users across the globe.
Interestingly, a lot of users are not familiar with some of the most known WordPress terms and what they stand all for.
Why is this?
Because not everyone that uses WordPress is a tech savvy user or developer; they are just people like you & me who are looking for a blogging platform to express themselves,easy to use,friendly or having a website to market their products to buyers across the globe.
If you are using WordPress and you are not familiar with some of the terminologies used on the platform, you are like owner of a exotic cars who’s unfamiliar with the various parts of the car’s engine. Such a car owner is liable to be exploited by his mechanics who know very well that they are dealing with a ruke. This is reason I have to compiled these popular WordPress terminology that you must know.
Even if you are yet to start using WordPress for your blog, knowing this would go along way to help you in future.Some of the terms like backend/frontend, FTP are commonly used in over all web development. When ever you are working with a designer or a developer, you would need some of these terms when relating with developers.
So, with this let’s learn something new today.
7 Commonly Used Terms In WordPress that you must know
The backend is the part of the WordPress interface/dashboard that visitors never get to see because it’s hidden from them.As an administrator you have access to WordPress backend which is otherwise known as WordPress dashboard.
You can give access to others like editors, writers, guest authors to access your dashboard. The default URL to access the dashboard is domain.com/wp-admin, however, you can change this to something like domain.com/login using plugins like WPS hide your login.
This is how WordPress dashboard (Backend) looks like:
From the backend, you can edit and schedule your blog posts, customize themes, create pages, Add advertisements, install/enable/delete/disable plugins and themes etc. If you’ve ever done any of these things beforenow, then you have worked on the backend.
The beauty of WordPress dashboard is; it makes it easier for anyone even a novice with zero experience to manage it easily. Since everything is well explained & graphical user interface (GUI) doesn’t require you to have knowledge of coding. This is one of the reasons why WordPress is so popular among every type of users for creating blogs or a websites.
The frontend is the interface of your blog that is visible to the visitors/readers.Example, right now you are reading this article on my WordPress frontend.
The frontend includes things like your blog layout, design, color, navigation bar, sidebars, published posts, active banners,adverts,pictures in post etc. It’s the WordPress themes that define how WordPress blog look at any point in time.
There are few plugins which help in making changed from your WordPress frontend.Most especially these days Page builder plugins are very popular as they help in designing all sort of frontend layout by simply drag & drop system/mode. Using such plugins are easy that even a 5th grade standard kid can start creating the layout they desire for thier blog/website.
File Transfer Protocol
Gratitude to user-friendly web hosting companies like Hostgator, Bluehost, Kinsta, Ipage & others, we don’t have to dwell much with FTP after initial setup. However, it’s important for every self-hosted WordPress user/owner to have a good knowledge about what FTP is. If you have read books on WordPress hosting, you might be aware of it. If not, try get resouces on it.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, a data transfer protocol which enables two different computers or servers to exchange files independently with interruption. Technically when you add an image to your blog post, it is uploaded to your web server. In the same way, your WordPress theme & plugins are added to your web-server (Your web-hosting account). Using FTP you can access this files using what is called FTP Client.
This is important when you are troubleshooting WordPress related issues or need to upload heavy files or run backup of your WordPress.
There are many great free & paid FTP clients out there:
FileZill is easy and frindly to use. Here are some more FTP Clients you can also make use of:
With FTP, you can easily move files from your computer onto your website’s server without going through the cPanel.
We can use FTP also for transferring a backed-up file from your server onto your computers. Once FTP is set up on your desktop, you can easily log in by providing your hostname, username, password, and port.
The interface is quite easy to understand as you can visualize every move being made, though the interfaces may vary slightly from one client to the other.
Creating an FTP account takes place right inside your cPanel, where you have to decide on the password to use for each of the sites/blog.
MySQL is an open source database management system (DMS) which most internet providers or hosting companies provide as a database server. WordPress blogs depend mainly on MySQL databases for storing information regarding the blog. The most common lingo used for this in WordPress industry is known as “WordPress database”.
You can easily access MySQL in the cPanel provided by your hosting company. Accessing MySQL (PHPmyAdmin) database will assist you to do following:
Optimize your WordPress database
Take backup of database
Drop a table
However, in 99.9% of the cases you don’t have to directly deal with MySQL database. Rather, you can use plugins to do all your tasks.
Permalinks are the permanent addresses or URLs system assigned to each post, page, categories, download links, or any other thing that’s on website.
The permalink is the URL in the address bar that you send to people if you want them to visit a particular page on your site.
For ex: https://www.techniche.pw/privacypolicy is the permalink of about page.
In WordPress, there are different types of permalinks structures which can be adapted for the site. Some of the permalinks types you can find in WordPress include:
http://example.com/?p=124 (This is the default WordPress permalink.)
You can decide which of the permalinks suits you better. While some webmasters love adding a category, others prefer to leave it without a category. It all boils down to what you like and the kind of SEO practice you are used to.
Whatever you want, make sure your permalinks do not pose a hindrance to search engine bots accessing your site easily. or SEO
5. WordPress Plugins
Plugins are some of the most talked about things as far as WordPress is concerned among users.
Plugins enable users to add additional features to their blogs. The WordPress plugins directory features several thousand plugins that you can readily use. If you are a WordPress user who has personally accessed the backend area, you definitely know what a plugin is.
Some of the things plugins can help you do following: Increase blog speed, enhance security, backup your site data, add an opt-in form, add shortcodes, monetize your blog, manage comments, add publishers/guest posters, share posts on social media, reduce image sizes, create sitemaps, improve SEO, etc.
6. WordPress Widgets
Widgets are private elements that you can incorporate directly into the sidebar, header, or footer of your blog.
They can be added from the backend/dashboard to improve the blog’s layout, create extra areas for displaying certain features, or manage your advertisements.
Some of the popular widgets include displaying post categories, latest comments and newest posts, social media share/like buttons, and autoresponder opt-in forms.
Widgets are similar to “Gadgets” on the Blogger/BlogSpot platform.
7. WordPress Themes
Apart from plugins, themes are the most popular term in WordPress Palace.
This is due to the important role they play in determining the aesthetics and functionalities of your blog. Like plugins, themes also play a vital role in increasing your blog speed, giving it a beautiful layout, and in overall branding of your blog.
Think of WordPress theme as a dress/style of your blog that never changes. WordPress Themes are also known as templates, skins. You can either use free or paid themes on your site.
While most newbies make use of free themes, those who have the money usually settle for paid themes which is othwise known as premuim theme because of their additional atrributes. Many premium themes have built in premium plugins and offer enhanced responsiveness.
These Themes are updated from time to time to take care of bugs, fix security issues, and/or improve user experience.
Some of the best premium WordPress themes can be purchased from: Admania theme ( what is used here)
Blogs can be built using these themes as they are or by customizing them to make them more unique. A lot of blogs are running on premium themes specifically designed for them (like ShoutMeLoud).
These 7 commonly used WordPress words are not the only commonly used terms. But we’ve chosen to select and discuss them because they’re also very important to every wordpress users.
If you want to start a new WordPress blog, you need to be familiar with these terminologies and also have a basic understating of the functions they carry out.
Take your time and go through these terms over and over again before proceeding to creating your blog/website.