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WordPress Words: DIV

A “DIV” is an HTML element that divides sections of your WordPress site.

Example: A user can customize their site by adding DIV tags around their content sections in the text editor. Then they can add custom CSS to their DIV’s by going to the Theme Editor in
Appearance–>Editor–>style.css and adding a new line in the file.

.main-grid-content {display:inline-block;background-color:#FFF;}

About the Word

The DIV tag in HTML is used widely on most websites today. By default, a DIV is a block level element, which means it will take up all of the horizontal space  in its current container. In WordPress DIV’s are used to create new sections of content within your site, that may be linked to current classes or new ones.

New sections can help you separate portions of your site to add embedded maps, special offers, promotions, contact information, images and other content.

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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 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

WordPress Words: Automattic

WordPress is a free and open source content management system, as well as being owned by company named Automattic. Automattic was founded by Matt Mullenweg in 2005. Automattic is derived from the founder’s first name. Automattic employees work from around the world meeting once or twice a year or more as needed, becoming one of the first virtual companies in the world with hundreds of employees.  Continue reading WordPress Words: Automattic

WordPress Words: Theme

A Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical front-end interface with an underlying unifying design for a site. A WordPress Theme modifies the way the site is displayed and designed, without modifying the underlying core programming of WordPress. While some associate a WordPress Theme with “skinning” your site with a design, a WordPress Theme contains programming code that influences the design, changing it with each generated page view based upon the programming with PHP, WordPress template tags, WordPress conditional tags, and CSS.
WordPress Theme in WordPress Codex Glossary

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