5 New Terms to Learn Before Building Your WordPress Website


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.


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 I checked out the websites of some authors, both published and unpublished.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.

Word Press Terms

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.


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


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

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