WordPress has its own terms for various things. This is a cheatsheet to help you get familiar with these terms:
Dashboard: The area you see when you log in to the WordPress (WP) admin area. It is the topmost menu item of the left-side admin menu. The Dashboard shows an overview of your site, such as how many posts you’ve made so far, how many comments you have, how many comments in moderation, and other bits of information.
Post: A “post” is a time-stamped entry that will show on the blog. Also called a blog post. Think of a post as being dynamic (it will eventually be pushed off of the main blog and into the archives by newer posts being published after it).
Page: A “page” is a non-time stamped entry, usually of longer pieces of information that do not change very often. Think of a page as being static (it stays in one place on the site and does not change).
Sidebar: The thin column of information that runs down the side of the blog and displays widgets.
Widget: Individual “blocks” of information that are displayed on the sidebar. You can have as many widgets as you want on a sidebar.
Category: The main topics of blog posts. These are usually general and broad, such as “Family,” “Food,” and the like.
Tag: Also known as labels. These are the more specific topics that a particular blog post covers. If a post is under a category of “Food,” then its tags could be “cookie recipe,” “chicken soup,” and the like.
Archives: The general term used for past blog posts (generally, those that have moved off the main page). There are “Category Archives” and “Tag Archives” and “Month Archives” and “Year Archives”…which are exactly what you’d expect, collections of blog posts arranged by category or tag or month or year.
Theme: The look of your blog: the collection of colors, fonts, images, and layout.
Media Library: The name WP gives to all media (images, video) uploaded to the “Media” area, either while writing a blog post (uploading images) or by going directly to the Media area and uploading there.
Plugins: Added functionality for WP. Think of plugins as little helper programs.
Permalinks: The actual URL of a particular post or page; the URL that displays in a browser’s address bar when you are viewing a page; the “permanent link” to that post or page. This site’s URL is
http://moonsteamdesign.com/, but this post’s “permalink” is
I hope this helps…but did I forget a term you’d like defined? If you’d like me to add anything to this list, please feel free to email me!
P.S. There is no connection between WordPress terminology and baby pelicans. I just happen to be a sucker for baby pelicans, so I could not resist using this photo.
P.S.S. If I ever have a baby pelican, I’ll name it Grammar. ;)