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WordPress Words: Slug

A slug is a few words that describe a post or a page. Slugs are URL friendly version of the post title (which has been automatically generated by WordPress), but a slug can be anything you like. Slugs are meant to be used with permalinks as they help describe what the content at the URL is.

WordPress Codex – Glossary Definition of Slug

A permalink is a URL at which a resource or article will be permanently stored. Many pages driven by Content Management systems contain excerpts of content which is frequently rotated, making linking to bits of information within them a game of chance. Permalinks allow users to bookmark full articles at a URL they know will never change, and will always present the same content.

WordPress Codex – Glossary Definition of Permalink

About The Word

In WordPress the slug is the specific address of a post or Page after the domain name. By default, it is a number, the post or Page ID number. Through the use of pretty permalinks, WordPress generates a semantic structure for the slug, which by default is the year, month, date, and post title in readable numbers and words. This may be modified on self-hosted WordPress sites.

Example post permalink: http://wordpress.org/development/2006/06/wordpress-tips-editing-posts/

The slug for that post is “wordpress-tips-editing-posts“.

In general, most people have no need to modify the slug of a WordPress post or Page. WordPress generates it automatically when creating a post or Page, cleaning it up to remove extraneous code and adding hyphens between the words. The main reasons people edit the slug is to shorten the length of the URL if the title is long, and to put more emphasis on SEO keywords.

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WordPress Words: Domain

A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name.
Domain Name definition by Wikipedia

Every website is located by a domain name or address, creating a form of phone book or address book for the Internet.

About the Word

A domain is created through a domain registrar, a company that registers the address of a site and links a name to that address. The address, the Internet Protocol (IP) resource identifier is actually a set of numbers, unique identifiers and namespaces, but for usability, words are used for website addresses. When you type in example.com, the browser taps into the IP addresses to locate the number or address of example.com, which might be 1234567 and directs the web browser, thus the user, to that location on the web on that specific server and that specific address. Continue reading WordPress Words: Domain

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: 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 Word: PHP

PHP is a recursive acronym for Hypertext Preprocessor. Its main focus is server side scripting which is specifically suited for web developers to write dynamic pages quickly.
PHP Manual – What is PHP?

How Does PHP Work?

When someone visits your PHP webpage, your web server processes the PHP code. It then determines which parts it needs to show to visitors. This includes content and pictures and hides file operations.  Then translates your PHP into HTML. After it translates into HTML, this sends the webpage to your visitor’s web browser. This means that PHP is a powerful behind the scenes scripting language that your visitor’s wont see.

All WordPress sites use PHP to process the data and generate a web page. Code snippets created with PHP, JavaScript, and other web programming languages used in the core of WordPress for redundant and frequently accessed programming are called Template Tags. Continue reading WordPress Word: PHP

WordPress Words: WordPress Gallery

Gallery…is specifically an exposition of images attached to a post. In that same vein, an upload is “attached to a post” when you upload it while editing a post.
WordPress Codex

Example: “Let’s upload images to the gallery as attachments, not as media files.”
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WordPress Words: Media Uploader

The Media Add New Screen allows you to upload Media (images, videos, files, etc.) for later use in your posts and pages. This screen allows you to both add single items as well as perform bulk uploads, if you wish to add more than one media item to your Media Library. Uploading media from your local computer into the Media Library is quite simple. Two ‘uploader’ methods, Multi-File Uploader and Browser Uploader, are provided. The Multi-File Uploader is the primary method for adding media to the Media Library, but if doesn’t work then click the “Browser Uploader” link to use the Browser Uploader.
WordPress Codex

As explained above, there are two types of Media Uploaders that are used in WordPress. The first is the Multi-File Uploader. This is considered the preferred method, but if your browser can’t support HTML 5, the Browser Uploader will work.

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WordPress Words: WordPress Foundation

The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
The WordPress Foundation

In an effort to protect and maintain the free-access to WordPress open source code, The WordPress Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization was organized in 2010 by Matt Mullenweg.

The WordPress Foundation clearly states that:

“People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.”

One of their first donations from Automattic was the gift of the WordPress trademark. This generous donation was made to entrust the Foundation with the protection and continuation of WordPress. Their intent was to safeguard the trademark by making it independent of any company. The WordPress Foundation has developed policies for fair use of their trademark. Continue reading WordPress Words: WordPress Foundation

WordPress Words: WordPress Meetup

 meet·up \mēt-əp\ noun
A meeting, especially a regular meeting of people who share a particular interest and have connected with each other through a social-networking Web site.
Year of the Meetup – WordPress News

Meetups bring together people with common interests. A WordPress Meetup is when a community of people who have a common love of WordPress get together to discuss all things WordPress on a regular basis. These WordPress Meetups come in all different shapes and sizes, and carry multiple WordPress learning benefits. 

In the article from WordPress News, it lists a few different types of Meetup people like to participate in: Continue reading WordPress Words: WordPress Meetup

WordPress Words: Categories

Categories: “Each post in WordPress is filed under a category. Thoughtful categorization allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content and aids in the navigation of a site.”
WordPress Codex

About WordPress Categories

Categories are an essential part of WordPress. They help group like topics and posts together, which makes it easier for people to search by topics that interest or pertain to them. Categories are not to be confused with tags. Categories tend to be based on broader topic points than the tags that people enter for their posts.

Categories can be placed in a number of different places, depending on what themes and widgets you are working with. They can be displayed at the top of a post, the bottom of a post, on the menu, in the sidebar or in individual post view. Continue reading WordPress Words: Categories

WordPress Words: Jetpack

Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools. These powerful features were previously only available to WordPress.com users.

The Jetpack team is made up of employees of Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com. Years ago WordPress.com blogs had easy access to a lot of features that really weren’t available to self-hosted WordPress sites unless you wanted to install and maintain many individual plugins. After enough interest from self-hosted sites to have access to the same features with only a click of the mouse, the great developers of Automattic created Jetpack. Self-hosted WordPress users can install over two dozen popular plugins with only one click. And of course it’s that easy to update them as well.

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WordPress Words: Link

A segment of text or a graphical item that serves as a cross- reference between parts of a webpage or other hypertext documents or between webpages or other hypertext documents.
Dictionary.com

Links connect content and sites together on the web. They are critical to the organizational structures and facilities of the web, connecting sites and information. This is what makes World Wide Web a web.

Choose wisely what words or images are going to be a link. Don’t say Click here for a link, instead use a descriptive link that tells the users what they are linking to. A phrase for a link is more beneficial than just one word. Continue reading WordPress Words: Link

WordPress Words: Akismet

Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at thwarting the underbelly of the web. It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time. To fight the latest and dirtiest tactics embraced by the world’s most proficient spammers, it learns and evolves every single second of every single day.
Akismet

Example: “I’ve been using Akismet for more than four years on several web sites and Akismet caught countless comment spam.”

According to Wikipedia, Aksimet attempts to filter link spam from blog comments and spam trackback pings. The filter works by combining information about spam captured on all participating blogs, and then using those spam rules to block future spam. Continue reading WordPress Words: Akismet

WordPress Words: Posts

Posts are what make your blog a blog — they’re servings of content that are listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s front page.
Posts – WordPress Support Documentation

Example: “Did you write enough posts for the WordPress Newspaper site? You need to write five more posts by midnight.”

According to WordPress.com’s Support article on posts, posts are the essential content which make WordPress a blog. A post can be anything: an announcement of a new content series, a photograph of a special moment, a quote once buried but now on display, or even just a solitary link followed by a description. Continue reading WordPress Words: Posts