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Glossary

If you are confused about the jargon used on this website rest assured you are not alone. How does a pingpack differ from a trackback? What is Akismet? This page aims to define all of the terms used.

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Action
An action is a function or method that is run at a specific point or points during the WordPress execution. Developers can use a hook to add or remove an action.
Administrator
Administrator is a default role in WordPress. A user with this role is able to perform an advanced set of tasks related to managing the blog.
Akismet
Akismet is a plugin used to fight comment spam. It is developed and maintained by Automattic, the company founded by WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg.
Atom
The Atom Syndication Format is an XML language used for generating feeds.
Attachment
An attachment is a type of post. When you upload a file to the media library you may attach the file to a post or page.
Author
Author is a default role in WordPress. A user with this role is able to publish, edit and delete their own posts.
Autosave
When you are editing a post, the changes you make are automatically saved every 2 minutes. The editor will indicate when the entry was last saved to the database.
Avatar
An avatar is an image used to represent a user.

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Block
In Gutenberg a block is a peice of content. A block can be a paragraph, an image or a full gallery. Many blocks are used together to form a complete page.
Blogroll
A blogroll is a list of links to various blogs.

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Category
Categories help you group related posts together.
Capabilities
Each user has a role and is granted permission to perform tasks based on the set of capabilities assigned to their role.
Codex
This is a series of articles showing you how to use WordPress. The documentation is free and open and contributions are voluntarily.
Contributor
Contributor is a default role in WordPress. A user with this role is able to edit and delete but not publish their own posts.
Customizer
This is a tool that helps you customise your blog. Here you can change options, manage navigation menus and widgets and upload a website logo and icon.

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Dashboard
This is the main administration screen for a blog. It will give you information about the blog using widgets that you can enable and disable.
Database
The database is where content is stored.
Draft
A draft post is a WordPress post that has been saved but not published. It is not available to the public.

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Editor
Editor is a default role in WordPress. A user with this role is able to publish, edit and delete posts even if they are not the post author.
Excerpt
An excerpt is a summary of a blog post. It can be used in themes and RSS feeds.

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Feed
A feed provides users with a way to keep up with the latest information posted on a blog. There is no need to visit the blog because their feed reader aggregates the content for them.
Filter
A filter is a function or method that is run at a specific point or points during the WordPress execution. The aim is to modify a value in some way. Developers can use a hook to add or remove a filter.

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Gallery
A gallery is a set of images attached to a post.
Gravatar
This is an image that follows you from blog to blog. It will likely appear beside your name when you post a comment or publish a new blog post. The image is associated with an email address to ensure it is unique.
Gutenberg
Gutenberg is the new modern WordPress editor. It lets you write and format content.

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Hook
A hook is an event that happens during the execution of WordPress. All attached actions and filters are run when the event occurs.

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Meta
Meta generally means information about something. Information associated with each post, comment, user and blog is stored in the database.
Multisite
Multisite is a feature that allows a single WordPress install to have multiple blogs and share a single database.

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Network
A network is a collection of separate blogs created using a single WordPress install. Multisite is the feature that makes creating a network possible.

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Options
Options are items of data that WordPress uses to store preferences and configuration settings. They are stored in the database.

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Page
A page is a type of post. The page post type is hierarchical. Hierarchical post types can have parent and child pages.
Pagination
Pagination is the process used to divide a long article. To improve readability each part of the article is shown on a different page.
Permalink
A permalink is a reference to a resource or article. Permalinks allow users to bookmark blog posts and pages.
Pingback
If you link to an article when writing a blog post and the article author has enabled pingbacks then they will get a pingback notification telling them you have linked to them.
Plugin
A plugin is a set of files written by a developer. It adds functionality to a WordPress install. Plugins can be activated and deactivated.
Post
A post is a type of post. The post post type is flat. Flat post types do not have parent or child posts.
Post Format
Post Format is a theme feature used to customise the presentation of a post. There is a standard list of formats available. These include aside, gallery, link, image, quote, status, video, audio and chat.
Post Status
The status of a given post determines how it will be handled. Public posts are given a publish status. Incomplete posts are given a draft status. Posts due to be published at a future date are given a future status. Posts to be reviewed are given a pending status. Private posts are given a status of private. Trashed posts are assigned a status of trash.
Post Type
WordPress has a lot of different types of content. A single content item is called a post. The main types of post are post, page, attachment and revision.

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RSS
Really Simple Syndication is a type of feed which allows users and applications to access blog updates in a standard format. These feeds allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news reader.
Role
Each user is given a role and permission to perform a group of tasks.

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Shortcode
A shortcode is a string of text used to embed content in a blog post. The audio, caption, embed, gallery, playlist and video shortcodes are all supported.
Sidebar
A sidebar is a vertical region of the page provided by a theme for displaying an aside.
Site
A site is a blog created to be part of a parent network. A site in a network is virtual in the sense that it will share the same database and file system as the rest of the sites on the network.
Slug
A slug is text that describes a blog post or a page. Slugs are usually a friendly version of the blog post or page title but they can be defined by the post author.
Sticky
A sticky post is a post that is always displayed first in a list or archive. These posts are usually presented differently to make them stand out.
Subscriber
Subscriber is a default role in WordPress. A user with this role is able to read.

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Tag
A tag is a word or phrase which describes all or part of a post. A post can have several tags.
Tagline
A tagline is a slogan or phrase that describes the blog in a brief and concise manner.
Taxonomy
A taxonomy is a way of grouping posts together. category and post_tag are available in WordPress. The items in these taxonomies can be referred to as terms.
Template
A template is a file that defines a region of a page. In a theme there is usually a template for the header at the top of the page, a template for the main content and a template for the footer.
Term
A term is an item in a taxonomy. Terms have a title, slug and description. Hierarchical taxonomies can have parent and child terms. Terms can be used to group posts. If a set of posts share a term then the posts can be considered related.
Theme
A theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a view for a blog. A theme governs how the blog is displayed by defining the graphical design.
Toolbar
The toolbar is an area at the top of the page that lists useful admininstration screen links.
Trackback
A trackback helps you to notify an author when you write something related to what they have written in their blog. It is a form of acknowledgement.
Transient
A transient is data that is intended to be temporary. Transients can be stored in the database or in memory.

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Widget
A widget adds content or features to a region of a page. WordPress has a variety of widgets ready to use.

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