WordPress Terminologies

WordPress Terminologies

Learn WordPress by key terms and abbreviations all on one place. Know what’s what.


WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS). It’s a software designed for everyone to democratize publishing. WordPress is considered to be the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management software. From hobby blogs to largest news sites, WordPress powers more than 31% websites live today.

WordPress Themes

WordPress themes are the collection of files called as templates that produce the appearances of the WordPress powered websites. A theme defines the way the site is displayed.

Default Theme

The default theme is the theme that comes with WordPress installation. It can be used to create a basic website. For more option and better look, you can replace it with any theme of your choice.

Child Theme

A child theme is a theme that takes the functionality and styling of parent theme (the main theme). Child themes are the recommended way of modifying a parent theme.

WordPress Theme Directory

WordPress Theme Directory is the official hub of checked and inspected WordPress Themes. All of the themes in the directory are free for downloading. You can search the type and style of themes, see the preview and settle with the theme that matches your requirements.

WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins are software that works inside a WordPress site to extend its functionality. Plugins are meant to add new features and enable new customization options.

WordPress Plugins Directory

WordPress Plugin Directory is the largest hub of free and open source WordPress plugins. You can access this directory from the WordPress dashboard and install and activate any plugin right from there.

WordPress Admin Dashboard

Admin Dashboard is the area where creating, customizing, modifying website content happen. From installing a theme to set up a plugin, everything has to be done right from the Admin Dashboard. You can access it from yourwebsite/wp-admin.


A “slug” is the URL (a few lowercase words separated by dashes) of a particular post made out of title automatically.


A Shortcode is a system of embedding a PHP code into the body of a page or other content item in order to display a particular content. It allows people to execute PHP code inside WordPress posts, pages, and widgets without having to write any code directly.


The sidebar is a vertical column provided by a theme to display information other than the main content of the web page. Sidebars contain widgets that a site administrator sets up from the backend. Sidebars can be placed on the either (left/right) side of the website depending on the theme you are using.

Static Front Page

A WordPress site can have a dynamic blog-like front page or a static front page which is used to show customized content. By default, WordPress shows the recent posts on the front page. But users can display customized content on the front page known as a static front page.


A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, a “taxonomy” is a mechanism for grouping some posts (or links or custom post types). WordPress has two popular taxonomies that people use regularly: Categories and Tags.


Categories groups related posts together and tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find website content. Each of the posts in WordPress can be filed under one or more categories.


The tag is one of the taxonomies in WordPress.Tags are basically keywords for each page/article you create. Adding tags that accurately represent a post or page will increase the chance that it will get its due traffic. Compare to categories, tags are smaller in scope and focused on specific topics.


Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your website pages and blog posts, category and tag archives. In short, a permalink is the web address that links to your content. The URL to each post has to be permanent, this is why the link is called permalink.

User Role

The user role defines the permission for the different type of users to take actions on the site. WordPress has six predefined roles: Super Admin, Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber. Each of these roles is allowed to perform a set of tasks. The task includes customizing website content, publishing posts, moderating comments, and so on.

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