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WordPress Glossary

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Welcome to GlossaryWP

GlossaryWP is a website with documentation for people who are getting started with WordPress.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is what as known as a Content Management System. It allows the editors and administrators of websites to edit and manage content on your website.

Fun Facts about WordPress

  • Development for WordPress started in 2003.
  • As of writing, WordPress powers over 74 million sites including BBC America and the Windows Blog.
  • WordPress is open-source which means that there are hundreds of people working on the next version at any time. It also means that there is no licensing.
  • WordPress was built as a blogging platform but has now evolved into a fully blown CMS.

What is the Dashboard?

The WordPress Dashboard is the part you see when you login to your website. It’s the part where you edit and manage your website. WordPress Dashboard The Dashboard consists of a left sidebar and a right pane. The left sidebar is used to navigate around the dashboard.

How can I access it?

Type your website address then add /wp-admin/. Example: www.example.com/wp-admin/

What are posts?

Posts are like pages but on your blog. They are slightly different because you can tag and add categories to posts but you can’t do so for pages. When posts are displayed on your website, the newest one will be the top one. Example: Billy runs a small village newspaper, he updates its website regularly. The news articles show on the front page. Billy uses Posts for this.

How do I create a post?

To create a new post, open your WP Dashboard and hover over ‘Posts’ and click ‘Add New’. You will now see a page with lots of boxes. Create new post Each of the boxes will tell you what they are for. If you ever need any help, you can click on the ‘Help’ section at the top of the page. Create new post - Help

What are pages?

Pages are usually used for static content. A good example for this could be a Terms or Use page. Unlike posts, pages are not listed in order of the latest. They also can’t be tagged or categorized. Pages can be nested under a parent. So URLs might look like this. - www.example.com/contact/sales/.
Example: About Us, Contact Us, Terms of Use

How do I create a page?

To create a new page, open your WP Dashboard and hover over ‘Pages’ and click ‘Add New’. You should now see some boxes ready for information. Create new page Each of the boxes will tell you what they are for. If you ever need any help, you can click on the ‘Help’ section at the top of the page. Create new page - Help

What is Media?

Media are the files you upload through the Dashboard. Any images, documents or videos you upload to your website are called Media.

How do I upload media?

To upload media to WordPress, open your WP Dashboard and on the left sidebar hover over Media and click ‘Add New’. Now you can drag and drop your media files into the upload rectangle. Upload Media

What media can I upload?

  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Music
  • PDFs

How do I manage my media?

WordPress allows you to upload all types of media so you can use them in your website. To manage the media you upload, Go to your Dashboard and click on the ‘Media’ section. Media Library The top bar allows you filter your media by it’s type and when the media was uploaded. If you click on an individual media asset, on the left you a preview of the media and the right allows you to add titles, descriptions and captions. Media Preview

How do I manage my comments?

Comments are a core part of blogging. They allow bloggers to stay in touch with their readers.

When you get new comments, you will be able to find them in the ‘Comments’ section of the WP Dashboard. Pending comments will be highlighted in red and you can approve them by hovering over it and clicking ‘Approve’.

If you don’t like one of the comments on your website, you can edit it by hovering over the comment and clicking ‘Edit’. You will then be able to edit the comment. When you do this, the commenter is not notified.

Important Notes

  • Pending comments will not show to other users.
  • Commenters email addresses are not shown to the public.

What are themes?

Themes are what control how your website looks. When you spin up a new WordPress site you will be greeted with one of the default themes. At the time of writing it is ‘Twenty Seventeen’. Twenty Seventeen

How do I change my theme?

In the Dashboard, go to the ‘Themes’ page. At the top of the page there should a button called ‘Add New’. Click it. Theme Library You’ll now be presented with lots of different themes to choose from. I’m going to use the search functionality to find a theme called ‘Scaffold’. When you find the theme you would like to use. You need to click ‘Install’ then click ‘Activate’. Now your theme is activated, you can ‘Customize’ it to your needs Customizer

How do I edit my navigation menus?

Navigation menus are the parts you click on to get around your site. They can be created and accessed by hovering over ‘Themes’ then clicking on ‘Menus’. If you don’t yet have a menu, create one. Just drag and drop the menu items and save it. The menu you created won’t show on your website until you associate it with the location on the site. Custom Menus

What are plugins?

Plugins enable you to extend the overall functionality of WordPress. There are over 100,000 plugins in the official repository.

How do I install a new plugin?

To install a plugin, go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on the ‘Plugins’ section. Then at the top of the page click ‘Add New’. You will now be presented with the new plugins page. Similar to the new themes page there are sections at the top and a search feature. When you are happy and want to install a new plugin click ‘Install Now’ next to the plugin name.