When you’re first starting to learn WordPress, there can be a little bit of a learning curve. I created this glossary specifically for WordPress beginners, to help you get familiar with important WordPress terms to will help you get started quicker.
If you don’t know how to install WordPress, check out my tutorial for creating a WordPress site in less than 5 minutes.
Important Terms For WordPress Beginners
When you first login, you’ll see the Dashboard. I don’t usually spend any time on this screen but it can be helpful if you eventually have plugins that show information here. For example, a lot of Google Analytics plugins will show some simple traffic reports here so you can get an idea of how your site is doing without having to login to Google Analytics every time. I’ll be showing you how to set that up in module four.
The WordPress toolbar is the thin horizontal bar across the top of your screen when logged in. This will be present no matter where you are in WordPress admin. So any page you’re on, you will have access to all of these links. The Updates page is where you can make sure your WordPress version, plugins and themes are up-to-date.
When you look at your website, you are viewing the theme. The theme is what controls the style and layout of the content on your site. Try out different free themes from the WordPress theme directory or premium themes from sites like Theme Forest, Creative Market or Elegant Themes. (affiliate links)
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Posts + Pages
Before you start creating content, it’s important to recognize the difference between Posts and Pages.
- Posts are used for blog posts or content that is more time-sensitive such as news or upcoming events. Sometimes people don’t really have a blog, but they do want to have some sort of “updates” or “news” section so you can use blog posts for this purpose even if you won’t be maintaining a typical blog.
Pages are for more static informational content. So the homepage, About, Contact, Services and all of that will be using Pages.
Plugins are small pieces of software that you can install to provide additional functionality and features for your WordPress website. Some examples of my favorite plugins include Yoast SEO, SumoMe share buttons, and Instagram Feed. One of the reasons I think WordPress is the best website platform is the almost endless amounts of amazing plugins available.
WordPress Widgets add content and features to your sidebars (the vertical area along the side of your blog posts). The default widgets that come with WordPress include things like Categories, for listing out links to all your blog categories, or a Search bar. Plugins will often add their own widgets. For example, a Pinterest plugin might enable you to add a Pinterest feed widget to your sidebar. Browse all available widgets by clicking “Appearance” then “Widgets.”
Your User Profile
You’ll want to update your user profile information because some of it may appear on your WordPress theme (depending on which theme you’re using). Edit your profile by going to Users > Your Profile.
Security tip: Be sure to change your password to be secure. And update your username to something other than “admin” or your personal or business to make it more secure.
I hope this post has helped you learn your way around WordPress a little. Please feel free to post comments below if you have any questions!