Category Archives: WordPress Words

WordPress Words is our WordPress glossary. We define the words, terminology, and naming conventions from the world of WordPress here, helping you learn more about how WordPress works. Definitions are researched and presented by students for future students.

WordPress Words: Footer

The bottom section of a webpage is also known as a footer. This area typically contains the name of the company or organization that publishes the website, along with relevant copyright information. Some websites may also include basic navigation links, such as “About Us,” “Contact,” and “Help.” Corporate website footers often include additional links to “Terms of Use,” “Privacy Guidelines,” and “Advertising” pages as well.
The Tech Terms Dictionary

Example: Scroll down to the footer for additional information about this site. Continue reading WordPress Words: Footer

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WordPress Words: Microformats

A microformat (sometimes abbreviated μF) is a web-based approach to semantic markup which seeks to re-use existing HTML/XHTML tags to convey metadata[1] and other attributes in web pages and other contexts that support (X)HTML such as RSS. This approach allows software to process information intended for end-users (such as contact information, geographic coordinates, calendar events, and similar information) automatically.
Definition of Microformat – Wikipedia.com

Example: In the text “The birds roosted at 52.48, -1.89” is a pair of numbers which may be understood, from their context, to be a set of geographic coordinates. With wrapping in spans (or other HTML elements) with specific class names (in this case geo, latitude and longitude, all part of the geo microformat specification.
An example of a microformat found on Wikipedia.org.

How Microformats Are Used

Using microformats within HTML code provides additional formatting and semantic data that applications can use. The use of microformats can facilitate in exporting a geographical location to maps such as Google Maps.

Advantages of Microformats

Using microformats has advantages. They enable the publishing and sharing of high quality sounds, images, and other information on the Web. You can share your microformat with content providers, ensuring that you’ll get content in the right format and you don’t need to do anything to that content before presenting it to the user.

Microformats and WordPress

WordPress is somewhat microformat enabled. The special code makes your web pages readable by not only people, but computers are able to make sense of your page also. Microformats are extremely useful when applied to themes. You can add them to one place and enable your whole site.

About Microformats

“Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns.”

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WordPress Words: Pageviews

 Page views  are the names for generated web pages on your site
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Example: When the article title was clicked,  a single post page view was generated and the layout was different.

 About The Word

The Pageview is the way in which a generated webpage is viewed, and also the number of times a page has been viewed.

These are some different types of Pageviews

  • Front/Home Page
  • Single Post Pageview
  • Single Page pageview
  • Multi Post Pageviews
  • Category Pageview
  • Tag Pageview
  • Author Pageview
  • Search Pageview
  • Archive Pageview

pageviews

This is an example of your number of Pageviews

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WordPress Words: Blavatar

“Blavatar is term we came up with by combining blog and avatar. Blavatars are used in a number of ways. It will be displayed as the favicon for your blog, which shows up in a browser’s address bar and on browser tabs..”
WordPress Support

Example: Blavatar can be used as icons for your blogs.

About The Word

A Blavatar or also known as a Favicon is an icon used for ones blog. “It will show up in the comments section of a blog if you send out any Pingbacks” (WordPress Support).

Example of a Blavatar:Image of blavatar

Notice the icon, that is a Blavatar. The picture that shows up to represent your post or blog.

If you wish to upload a Blavatar go to settings then go to general and at the right you will see something that says Blog Icon, click that then upload your picture then you have your Blavatar!

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WordPress Words: Visual Editor

The visual editor provides a semi-WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) content editor that allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content in a view similar to that of a word processor.
WordPress.com Support – Visual Editor

It mimics the behavior of desktop publishing tools such as Microsoft Word and even has many of their features such as a toolbar along the top allowing you to format your content.
WPbeginner – What is Visual Editor in WordPress?

What is the WordPress Visual Editor?

The point of the Visual Editor is to emulate software like Windows Notpad or like Apples TextEdit. It is somewhat basic but has some new features, like adding pictures and videos with in the content. In the editor it shows what the site will or might look like, hence WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) or also known as WYSIWYMG (What You See is What You Might Get). It is an easy way to build content without the creator needing to know the raw code.

This is what the Visual Editor looks like when the 2 rows are visible.

WordPress visual toolbar

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Video Hat tip:T&S Webdesign

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WordPress.com Theme Submissions Suspended

It used to be that you could only submit a new theme for WordPress.com if they had invited you to. That all changed at the beginning of 2014 when WordPress.com announced that they would add a submission form to their site for anyone who would like to sell their themes.

How Theme Developers Feel

There have been mixed feelings about how well that has gone. Theme sellers are excited to have the opportunity to submit their themes freely, but at the same time, allowing so many people to submit themes is slowing down the approval time for the themes. That can cause some frustration among sellers.  Theme creator, Mike McAlister said on his own review of how WordPress.com submissions were going:

I’m not talking about weeks long, I’m talking about months long. Each Array theme review has taken at least a month, usually longer. Our latest theme for WP.com, Camera, took 4 months from the day I submitted it to the day it was released.

There have been other complaints with the new submission process as well, especially for people who design commercial themes. They are saying that WordPress.com is not spending enough time promoting the commercial themes. Some of them are abandoning their desire to sell to WordPress.com and are returning to other buyers like Themeforest.

What Automattic Says

Right now, this is what the theme submission page at WordPress.com says.

Screenshot of the submission page text for themes on WordPress.com.
When contacted about why it took down the theme submission option, Automattic said:A Screenshot of a quote that Automattic gave about why they took down their theme submission form. While theme creators may be upset by the take down of the open theme submission form on WordPress.com, it should be helpful for them to realize that WordPress is working on getting the system updated so it won’t take so long for their themes to be approved. Automattic did not give a date on when their form will be available again.
Hat tip: WP Tavern

WordPress Words: Query

A query is a request of information from a database.
Webopedia.com.

Example: The database query retrieved the records of all employees who work more than 40 hours per week.

About The Word “Query”

Queries are most often used in SQL (structured query language), developed by IBM in 1974. This language allows a user controlled set of data to be returned from a very large collection of information.
SQL ANATOMY wiki
An example SQL query

WordPress also utilizes SQL in its own unique way, with a class called wpdb, which contains its own function to relate WordPress to a database. Using the object $wpdb, a sample query for use in WordPress would look like this:
sample wpdb query
Source: WordPress.org

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WordPress Word: Gravatar

Gravatar is a free service for providing globally unique avatars. It is a type of avatar—an image or picture which represents an individual when they interact with websites, and is integrated it into the WordPress blogging platform.
Gravatar.com

About Gravatar

Gravatars were created by Tom Preston-Werner and has been ran and supported by a free service called Automattic since 2007. It’s included with every WordPress account, and always lets every user to authenticate themselves during login, comments are manage not only WordPress, but hundreds of other websites that use it.

“Gravatar” stands for Globally Recognized Avatar, because it works as a single person across multiple websites, removing the need for multiple separate accounts and bios. Prior to Gravatar and similar services, an avatar would included a person’s name. The picture and bios associated with their logon credentials on only a single site.

A gravatar is different than the similarly-named blavatar, which represents an individual blog—not a single person.

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WordPress Words: Widgets

Widget is a fancy word for tools or content that you can add, arrange, and remove from the sidebar(s) of your blog. Widgets make it easy to customize the content of your sidebar(s).
WordPress.com Support Page.

Example:

WordPress Widgets
Sample of WordPress Widgets

About Widgets

You can benefit greatly by using widgets in your WordPress blog. To define them further, they are small boxes that contain a specific type of information or application for your users. You can install widgets into any area of your WordPress blog that has widget areas available. Some themes have more widget areas than others. You can add widgets to sidebars, footers, posts, and more. You can also make customized extra widget areas in your blog.

To learn how to install widgets into your WordPress sidebar, start with this video tutorial…

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WordPress Words: Heading

The heading is simply like a title. In HTML, it is structured by using heading tags such as H1, H2, H3, and H4. Normally, as the heading number gets bigger, the font gets smaller.Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional.
WordPress.org Support

Example: A well placed heading can be used to change the separate topics in a post and structure my work.

For those of you who don’t know what a tag is. A HTML tag is:

An HTML tag is a code that describes how a Web page is formatted. HTML tags are defined by the characters < and >.
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About Headings

The headings that we use in WordPress are HTML headings that separate content on your posts. Headings are important because they let the writer of the posts change topics or shift the post directions. They also let search engines use the headings to find your posts and most importantly they structure the post you are writing, giving it a change in direction or introducing a new topic or idea.

Headings can be used in both the editor options. In the visual editor the Headings tool looks something like this:

WordPress Heading in the visual editor

In the text editor, the Headings look like this:

WordPress headings in the text editor

Search Optimization

Headings also allow search engines to find your content. They often times view your headings and select them if they match the searched ramifications. This will help bring more traffic to your site.

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WordPress Words: Back-End

Of or relating to the part of a software system or online service that the user does not interact with and that is usually accessible only to programmers or administrators: back-end software.
The Free Dictionary.

Example 1: The  IT administrator logged in to the back-end of the program to change user permissions for the manager.
Example 2: Our company is seeking a Junior Full Stack Developer, who will work with back-end code, as well as front-end user interface design.

WordPress Back-End

With business software, the term back-end can refer to anything customers and most employees never see, such as database queries and code. With websites, the back-end is virtually anything not seen on the front-end by normal visitors to the site.

With WordPress however, the term back-end refers to something specific:

The back end is the area that authorized users can sign into to add, remove and modify content on the website. This may also be referred to as “WordPress”, “admin” or “the administration area”.
WordPress Codex Glossary.

The back-end of WordPress is primarily the administrator panel, but also includes anywhere you can post or modify content or settings.  When used as a verb rather than a noun, adding content is a back-end action which requires login and privileges on that blog. On the other hand, commenting, liking, and sharing are front-end actions available to site visitors.

A picture highlighting the main navigation of WordPress.com's back-end in red.
The WordPress.com Back-End

The Other Back-End

WordPress technically has more than one back-end. Users of WordPress.org open source software can modify settings in code to change the appearance and behavior if their installation of the software.

Example : A WordPress freelance developer modifies code on the back-end of the software to change the appearance of administrator panel for their client. The client has no access to the code, and modifies content by logging into their back-end: the administrator area. 

Additionally, the developers of WordPress software itself modify code within the software when they release new versions. For WordPress software developers, the front-end of their product is the administrator panel interface, since their primary audience is blog owners, while the blog owners primary audience is their blog visitors.

Example : WordPress.org hires back end developers to work on the code of their software. They release new versions, which website developers download and set up for their clients.

In the above example, each of these three persons have their own understanding of back-end access. One client’s back-end is another developer’s front-end.

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WordPress Words: Menus

Navigation Menu is a theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for introducing customised navigation menus into a Theme.
WordPress Codex

The WordPress Menu helps you to design your own menu such as: Adding Pages to your menu; specifying Custom Links when you would like to link directly to another site. You can even add Category Pages that creates a filtered blog feed displaying only the posts from a category that you designate. Continue reading WordPress Words: Menus

WordPress Words: Comments

Comments allow your website’s visitors to have a discussion with you and each other.
WordPress Codex

Comments are a fascinating part of how we communicate with each other. They enable us to have discussions through mediums like the internet, and lets us interact with people from all over the world. Comments allow us to socially connect in ways that were previously impossible. In WordPress, a comment form like the one below will appear at the bottom of a post or page, and people can respond to what you have written. Continue reading WordPress Words: Comments

WordPress Words: The Loop

The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post.
WordPress Codex: The Loop

The loop will start with code that checks to see if the current page is supposed to display a listing of several posts or just one post. If a page is supposed to list blog posts, then it will list out a title and excerpt for each post. If the page contains only a single page or a single post, then the loop will display the content for that page. Continue reading WordPress Words: The Loop

WordPress Words: Template Tags

Template Tags: A template tag is PHP code that dynamically creates and displays design choices on a WordPress Site. Template tags are found within Templates and Plugins.
WPBeginner

Example Usage: We’ve updated the post title template tag in the single post template file to be in an h1 heading not h2.

About the Word

WordPress Themes set the design for a WordPress site. Themes include template files for different aspects of a WordPress Theme, i.e., the text colors and fonts for a heading. Inside of each template file are WordPress code blocks represented by template tags, PHP code that specify the parameters of those design decisions. Continue reading WordPress Words: Template Tags