5 New Terms to Learn Before Building Your WordPress Website

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Written by Frankie Cameron

If you are like me just starting out with WordPress, you may have come across some new jargon. I thought I was tech-savvy, but there is so much to learn. The blog outlines 5 New Terms to Learn before Building Your WordPress Website.

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With my first novel out for review, and spare time on my hands, I launched this author site and started a blog. I checked out the websites of some authors, both published and unpublished. Decided what I liked and needed as a brand-new author.

There are plenty of ‘How to Build A Website’ blogs on the internet, so I won’t bore you with those details. The article I followed had step-by-step instructions with pictures. Easy, right?

Build a website they said, it will be fun they said…

Actually, that part was simple. I set up a self-hosting WordPress website through Bluehost with a free domain. After picking a free theme from Elegant Themes I installed it. Suddenly, there I was with a template and no clue what to do next. Sure, you can start a website in an hour, but you still have to figure out how to add content and manipulate the site. After some trial and error, I finally found a video on YouTube that taught me the basics of my theme. The following is a list of website terms I didn’t know previously.

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1. Plug In

A plug-in is a software program that adds functions to your word press site. My theme suggested I add plug-ins such as WPForms (creates forms), SendinBlue (email/marketing) and WooCommerce (allows you to sell products).

2. Widget

A widget is a block of content usually used in the sidebars, headers and footers. My theme, Hestia has nine widget areas. While plugins get installed, widgets are drag-and-drop blocks.

3. SEO

The term SEO is short Search Engine Optimization. This is the method of enhancing the traffic to your website through organic search engine results. I installed Yoast SEO. Whenever I write a post, Yoast scores my SEO and readability then suggests changes to improve both.

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4. API Key

API is short for Application Programming Interface, a code that gets passed in computer applications to track and control the user. For example, my marketing program allows me to send 1000 emails a day and they track my usage to ensure I don’t go over this number.

5. Slug

This is not a bug, but the user-friendly name of the post in the URL. For example, the slug in this URL is 5-new-terms-to learn-before-building-your-wordpress-website.

Final Thoughts

I hope these terms prove helpful. There is a stiff learning curve to master WordPress, but it is a great program once you get the basics down. Are there any other crazy website terms I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time

Frankie

All photos via Pixabay except for the screenshot of the slug.

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