Interestingly, many users are not familiar with some of the usual conventional WordPress terms and what they stand for.
Why is that?
Because not everyone that uses WordPress is a tech-savvy user or developer; they are just people like you & me that are looking for a blogging platform to express themselves or possessing a website to market their products.
If you are using WordPress and all of you are not familiar with some of the terminologies used on the program, you are like a car owner who’s unknown with the various parts of the car’s engine. Such a car proprietor is liable to be exploited by technicians who know very well that they are dealing with a novice. That is why I have compiled this popular WordPress terminology that you must know.
Moreover, if you have not started using WordPress for your blog, understanding this would help you in future.Some of the terms like backend, FTP is commonly used in overall web development. Whenever you are dealing with a creator or a developer, you would be using these terms.
So, with this let’s learn something different today.
7 Commonly Used Terms In WordPress that you must know
The backend is a specific part of the WordPress interface that visitors and users never get to see because it’s hidden from them. You as an executive have access to WordPress backend which is usually known as WordPress dashboard.
You can provide access to others like editors, writers, guest authors to access this dashboard. The default URL to access the panel is domain.com/wp-admin. Despite, you can change this to something like domain.com/login using plugins like WPS hide login.
That is how WordPress dashboard looks like:
The beauty of WordPress dashboard is; it makes it easier for anyone with zero experience to manage it efficiently. Since everything is well explained & graphical user interface (GUI) doesn’t require you to know any coding. Here is one of the reasons why WordPress is so widespread among every type of users for building a blog or a website.
Coming to the frontend:
The frontend is that interface of the blog that is visible to the visitors. For example, right now you are studying this article on WordPress frontend.
The frontend comprises things like blog layout, design, color, navigation bar, sidebars, published posts, active banners, etc. It’s the WordPress themes that do every WordPress blog looks distinctive.
There are few plugins which help in getting changed from WordPress frontend. Mainly these days Page builder plugins are very popular as they help in designing any frontend layout by just drag & drop elements. Using such plugins are so comfortable that even a 4th standard kid can start creating the plan they desire.
Thanks to user-friendly web hosting companies like Bluehost, Kinsta & others, we don’t have to do much with FTP after initial setup. However, it’s essential for every self-hosted WordPress user to know what FTP is. If you’ve read my book on WordPress hosting, you all might be aware of it. If not, here we go:
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, an information transfer protocol which facilitates two different computers or servers to exchange files separately. Technically when you add a picture to your blog post, it is uploaded to your web server. Furthermore, your WordPress theme & plugins add to your web-server (Your web-hosting account). Using FTP, you can access this files using an FTP Client.
That is essential when you are troubleshooting WordPress related issues or need to upload large files or take backup of your WordPress.
There are several great free & paid FTP clients out there:
I usually use FileZilla as it’s easy to use. Here are some extra FTP Clients:
- cURL (Free)
- FireFTP (Free)
- CrossFTP (Free)
- Cute FTP
With FTP, you can comfortably move a file from your computer onto your website’s server without passing through the cPanel.
FTP can also use for transferring a backed-up file from your server onto your workstation. Once it is set up on your pc, you can quickly log in by giving your hostname, username, password, and port.
The interface is pretty easy to concede as you can visualize every move made, though the interfaces may vary somewhat from one client to the other.
Producing an FTP account takes place right inside your cPanel, wherever you have to decide on the password to use for respectively of the sites.
MySQL is an extensive source database management system (DMS) which most internet providers or hosting companies give as a database server. WordPress blogs depend mainly on MySQL databases for storing information regarding the blog. The most common dialect used for this in WordPress industry is “WordPress database.”
You can quickly access MySQL in the cPanel provided by your hosting company. Accessing MySQL database will help you to do following things:
- Optimize your WordPress database
- Take the backup of the database
- Drop a table
However, in 99% of the problems, you don’t have to deal with MySQL database directly. Instead, you can use plugins to do all the tasks. I have already covered about WordPress database beginning & it’s a good time for you to read more & learn this part deeply:
- Whereby To Reduce WordPress Database Size To Improve Blog Performance
- Wherewith To Improve WordPress Performance With Advanced Database Cleaner Plugin
- How To Automate WordPress Database Backups
If you install a WordPress blog on hosting like Bluehost, SiteGround or any other; the one that automatically formulates a blog for you; to create the MySQL Database automatically. Despite, just in case if you are interested in learning more about it; I’ve written a tutorial earlier that explains how to construct the database manually.
You all may never have to use it, but it’s good to learn & improve your experience with WordPress & databases.
Permalinks are the permanent addresses or URLs to each post, page, classes, download links, or any other thing that is on your website.
The permalink is specific URL in the address bar that you send out to somebody if you want them to visit an individual page on your site.
For example, https://www.mycomputerlessons.com/about is the permalink of about page.
In WordPress, there are several types of permalinks structures which you can adapt to the site.
You can judge which of the permalinks suits you great. While some webmasters love adding a category, others prefer to leave it without a class. It boils down to something you like and a kind of SEO training you are used to.
Whatever you choose, make sure your permalinks do not pose a hindrance to search engine bots reaching your site. Here are guides to understanding WordPress permalinks:
- Which is the Valid WordPress Permalink Structure for SEO?
- How to Edit WordPress Permalink Without Losing Traffic
- How to Practice WordPress Post Permalink & Post Title Combination for SEO
5. WordPress Plugins
Plugins are any of the most talked about things as far as WordPress is touched.
Plugins enable users to add additional features to their blogs. The WordPress plugins catalog features several thousand plugins that you all can immediately use. If you are a WordPress user that has privately accessed the backend area, you know what a plugin is.
Some of the stuff plugins can help you do: Increase blog activity, enhance security, backup your site, add an opt-in form, add shortcodes, monetize your blog, manage comments, add publishers, share posts on social media, reduce image sizes, generate sitemaps, improve SEO, etc.
6. WordPress Widgets
Widgets are unique elements that you can incorporate directly into the sidebar, header, or footer of your blog.
All can be added from the backend to improve the blog’s layout, create additional areas for displaying specific features, or manage your advertisements.
Any of the favorite widgets incorporate displaying post categories, latest comments, and newest posts, social media share/like keys, and autoresponder opt-in forms.
Widgets are comparable to “Gadgets” on the Blogger/BlogSpot platform.
7. WordPress Themes
Aside from plugins, themes are the most popular term in WordPress world.
That is due to the role they play in defining the aesthetics and functionalities of your blog. Like plugins, themes play an important role in increasing your blog speed, giving it a gorgeous layout, and in overall branding of your blog.
Consider of WordPress theme as a dress/style of your blog that never changes. WordPress Themes are also identified as templates, skins. You can unless use free or paid themes on your site.
While most newbies make use of free themes, however, those who have the money usually settle for premium (paid) themes because of their additional functionality. Many premium themes have built-in premium plugins and offer enhanced responsiveness.
Themes are reasonably updated from time to time to take care of bugs, fix security issues, and improve the user experience.
Some of the excellent premium WordPress themes can be purchased from:
- Elegant Themes
Blogs can be created using these themes as they are or by customizing them to make them more different. However, A lot of blogs are working on premium themes specially designed for them.
7 Commonly Used Terms In WordPress
These seven widely used WordPress words are not the only widely used terms. But we’ve chosen to discuss them because they’re also essential.
If you need to start a new WordPress blog, you must be familiar with these terminologies and also have a basic underestimating of the roles they carry out.
Take your time and go through these terms once again before proceeding.