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: Child Theme

A Child Theme is a Theme that inherits the functionality of another Theme, called the parent Theme. Child Themes allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent Theme. A Child Theme is the best, safest, and easiest way to modify an existing Theme, whether you want to make a few tiny changes or extensive changes. Instead of modifying the Theme files directly, you can create a Child Theme and override within.
Child Themes – WordPress Codex

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WordPress Words: Tags

Tags: A group of descriptive words which provide a useful way to tell readers what a post is about.  They simply make it easier for people to find your content.
WordPress Support – What Is A Tag?

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WordPress Words: Media Library

Media consists of the images, video, recordings, and files that you upload and use in your blog. Media is typically uploaded and inserted into the content when writing a Post or writing a Page…

The Media Library Screen allows you to edit, view, and delete Media previously uploaded to your blog. Multiple Media objects can be selected for deletion. Search and filtering ability is also provided to allow you to find the desired Media.
Media Library – WordPress Codex

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WordPress Words: Shortcodes

A shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that lets you do nifty things with very little effort. Shortcodes can embed files or create objects that would normally require lots of complicated, ugly code in just one line. Shortcode = shortcut. – http://en.support.wordpress.com/shortcodes/

WordPress has many shortcodes that can help you make your life a little bit easier.  Shortcodes can help you with things like embedding video or audio in your site, Google maps and Calenders, polls, Microsoft Office documents, and much more.

To use a shortcode, surround it in brackets in the text editor. do not use curly brackets like this {, use these [].

(I used the shortcode youtube=link to embed that video! )

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WordPress Words: Media

According to The Business Dictionary, digital media “includes photos, video and music, distributed over the Internet, which are either non-copyrighted or copyrighted materials provided either freely or for a fee.”

How Does Media Effect Us?

Media plays a very important role in today’s society and greatly impacts how we communicate with one another. Almost any form of mass communication can be regarded as media, such as television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet. WordPress itself is a form of media, because it’s a means for people to communicate through a medium. Although media can exist in many different forms, we want to talk about media and its relation to WordPress. This means we want to talk about online media, or more specifically, digital media and how it can be used in WordPress. Continue reading WordPress Words: Media

WordPress Words: Plugins

WordPress Plugin: A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API).
Writing a WordPress Plugin – WordPress Codex

WordPress Plugins are a set of files that have to be installed and activated in order to work. Don’t confuse WordPress Plugins with plug-ins for light bulbs or electronic devices. WordPress Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress, allowing it do do more. Continue reading WordPress Words: Plugins

WordPress Words: HTML

HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is a markup language used to describe the semantic content of web pages. It is usually used with CSS and/or JavaScript. WordPress renders web pages to conform to the HTML5 standard. The standard is set by the World Wide Web Consortium.
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The term HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. This is the language that the browser understands in order to bring you the contents of you web page. According to the article “HTML- HyperText Markup Language” on Webopedia, “HTML defines the structure and layout of a Web document by using a variety of tags and attributes.”

HTML consists of tags that hold the design and structural elements of a web page such as the header, headings, lists, images, and content in general. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) hold the instructions to design the HTML architecture of a site, influencing colors, positioning, size, and design elements.

HTML in WordPress

HTML is the underlying architecture of a web page. In WordPress, HTML is found in WordPress Themes, holding the PHP and WordPress code to generate and display the web page.

HTML is generated when creating a post or Page in WordPress. The user has two choices when creating content in WordPress, using the Visual Editor that hides the HTML tags, or using the Text Editor that displays the HTML tags.

In the post or Page Edit Screen, there are two tabs above the content and toolbar area to the right labeled Visual and Text. The Visual Editor is where you can type in what it is you would like to say, and then WordPress does all the code for you automatically. The Text tab is the “behind the scenes” of what you’ve written in the visual editor. This will show you where all the tags that are surrounding your tags and giving them certain attributes.

Visual display of where the Text editor and Visual editor are located within WordPress

Screen shot of how the entities show up in the Text editorAdding Some Style

HTML allows you to build a base structure of how you want your page to look. You can think of HTML as the bones of your website. However, without Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) you’re websites appeal may fall flat.  wrote an article for ClarkWP about what CSS is, and what it can do to give your site the extra push it deserves.

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WordPress Words: Blockquotes

A blockquote is an HTML tag for designating a section of quoted text.
WordPress 24-Hour Trainer by George Plumley

Blockquotes are used for text both on the web and printed material. You use them to surround the text of material you are bringing into your article that is written by someone else that you are quoting.

As the reader reads through a web article, they must identify clearly the difference between the original content and copied content.

There are two ways to quote from other sources. You may add the information in quotes, just like in traditional media such as how Lorelle VanFossen explains that it’s important to “learn how to link and quote from published material to stay safe and on the right side of International Copyright Laws.” That example includes a link to the source and the quoted content within quote marks, identifying it as content not in the author’s words.

In a blockquote, the citation link may come before, after, or within the blockquote. Here are examples. Continue reading WordPress Words: Blockquotes

WordPress Words: CSS

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g., fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3)

Example: “The CSS in this part of the code is not coded correctly. Are you sure that the color of that Page is correct in the CSS?”

According to the W3C (or World Wide Web Consortium), Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS, is a mechanism used in web development to style certain elements of a website. CSS originally applies to web coding alongside other languages, such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and JavaScript/jQuery/jQuery Mobile. Currently the latest version of CSS, CSS3, is being used for many websites today.

What is the history behind CSS development? In Chapter 20 of Cascading Style Sheets, designing for the Web by Håkon Wium Lie and Bert Bos, both Lie and Bos delineate the origins of CSS from 1994 to their present year in 1999. Looking back over twenty years ago, it is easy to see how much of a struggle it was to establish CSS as a fundamental part of web browsers and the construction of the World Wide Web in general. Continue reading WordPress Words: CSS

It’s About the Words of WordPress

This year, the ClarkWP student staff will be creating a glossary of WordPress words, terminology, and jargon as part of the Clark College WordPress class in Vancouver, Washington.

WordPress Wordle by Lorelle VanFossen.

Part of their class assignments will be to find a word specific to WordPress and write a post defining and clarifying the word, featuring links to resources and references to help us better understand the word and see examples in usage.

If you have a word you’d like to see added to this project, please let us know below. The word must be WordPress-specific, though we may expand into blogging terminology.

Thanks for your support!

What is a Gravatar?

The Gravatar service is a program that users around the world can use to create their own personal avatar that is recognized globally. Gravatar stands for “globally recognized avatar.”

People all around the world use these graphic icons to represent themselves and give a face to their email, social media, blogs, etc. In WordPress for example your Gravatar is located in the top right hand side of the Administration Panels where you develop your blog, and can also be found anywhere you comment on anyone else’s content on any WordPress site around the world.

The Gravatar system features two services. First, it allows the user to create a visual identity avatar. Second, it creates an online portfolio. If enabled on WordPress or other sites using Gravatars, a Gravatar profile hover card will appear when someone hovers over their Gravatar. Click the Gravatar and the user is taken to the online profile.

Gravatar allows the creator and webmaster to control certain content and ability to configure their system to set a Identicon if the user has no registered Gravatar. Continue reading What is a Gravatar?