WordPress Glossary for Beginners (Terms Explained)

WordPress Glossary for Beginners

For someone new to the world of blogging, all the new terms being thrown around can get pretty confusing – especially if you have little to no background in computers and web development. This article will explain some of the more common terms you’re likely to come across as you start blogging. These are not in alphabetical order, but rather are somewhat organized into related word groups. Now – let’s get straight to it!

Is There a Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

Yes – there are actually many differences between WordPress-dot-COM and WordPress-dot-ORG. We have a full WordPress.com vs WordPress.org guide, but to sum it up as much as we can,

WordPress.com is an online platform run by Automattic (the developers who invented WordPress) where you can create a basic blog for free (though you can signup for premium plan). The catch with WordPress.com is that your website is technically owned and managed by Automattic and you have limited options when it comes to the function and design of your website.

WordPress.org on the other hand is a self-hosted version of WordPress. To use it you also need a WordPress hosting plan and a domain name which you have to pay for yourself. But the huge benefit is that your website is 100% yours and you have free reign to style your site how your want and use any theme, plugin or other add-on that strikes your fancy.

What Is a Blog?

Blog is short for “weblog” – an online log, like a diary or journal. Blogs are usually personal websites in which individuals create posts about anything from their daily life to recipes to commentaries on hot topics, but they have evolved to include use by businesses and organizations to talk about important issues or to provide expertise.

Blog posts are usually listed in reverse chronological order (that is, the most recent one is listed first). But don’t worry, you can always reorder your blog posts using built-in theme options (like changing the date) or by installing a free plugin such as Post Types Order.


Your Content consists of all the posts and pages on your website. This can be text, tables, images, or anything else your add to your site. It’s essentially all the information outside of your graphic design.

Post Type

A Post Type is a way to structure content on your website. For example, “blog” is a post type as is “staff” or “portfolio.” It’s an easy way to differentiate content, and often your theme will style post types according to their purpose. Using the same example, post types could be styled so a blog has a featured image then text, staff may include an image and social links, and a portfolio may only display a collection of images (note – these are just example to demonstrate how post types are often styled differently, this is not to say that every blog, staff and portfolio page



This article was written by Kyla and originally published on WPExplorer.

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