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WordPress Terms

If you’re new to WordPress, become familiar with these terms. The “More” link at the end of most entries opens a new window to the official WordPress documentation on that particular subject. You may also be interested in these videos:

Admin panel (or administration screens)

The website used to manage a WordPress site. The admin panel is the interface for creating posts, pages, categories, and so on, and for managing themes, plugins, and users. More →


A historical view of WordPress posts. The most common types are date and category archives.


A general subject or topic that can be assigned to posts. Categories can be arranged in a hierarchy with parents and children. More →

Child theme

A manually created theme based on a full theme. A child theme’s files are located in a subdirectory of the main theme’s directory, and only those files that have overrides to the main theme are contained there. More →


The page of the WordPress admin panel that you see when you log in. More →


The PHP query that drives the view of recent posts on a WordPress site. More →

Meta box

A small box on WordPress post and page screens containing a set of functionality, such as the Tags meta box for posts.


A set of WordPress sites that are managed under a central WordPress site, resembling Settings can be pushed from the central site to the child sites. More →


A static set of content that will not be displaced by newer content (as posts are). Visitors usually open pages from a navigation menu. More →


An extension of WordPress functionality not included in the default installation. Plugins are typically created and maintained by third parties. Note: Headway is compatible with most plugins. More →


Content published on the site that could answer the question, “What’s new?”
Older posts are displaced by newer posts because newer content is typically viewed as newsworthy and up to date. More →

Post meta data

The information associated with a post, such as author, date, and number of comments. More →


A keyword applied to a post. Tags are used in WordPress search results and may be used by plugins to generate lists of related posts. More →


A set of files that determines the layout and design of the site. You can switch themes on a WordPress site without affecting content at all. More →


A dynamic area in the site, typically in a sidebar or footer. To include widgets in your site, your theme must have at least one widget-ready sidebar or footer. More →

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