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8 Definitions and Explanations for WordPress users

New to WordPress or a hard-core user.  In either case, knowing the WordPress nomenclature will always be useful.  Here are a few definitions to get you started.  And if you’re an expert, you can always add a comment on the bottom 😊

Categories:

A default taxonomy in WordPress.  They are hierarchical and used to group and sort posts.  Categories are required, you can easily add them as needed and make subcategories.   By default, a post without a category will be listed as uncategorized, which is also a category.

Permalinks:

A permanent URL that can be customized.  It is a link to a full page or post, such as a blog.   A permalink is made up of two parts, the website domain, and slug.  WordPress has a number of options for setting up the structure of the URLs for all the pages, posts, etc.

Slug:

The tail end of a permalink that is unique to only that page or post, category, or tag.  If the author or owner hasn’t created a specific slug, by default it will be automatically created by WordPress.
They are always created in small letters using the “  “ (inverted commas) between each word.

Example:  WordPress will generate a slug based on the title of your post – the permalink is the entire URL, the slug is the “optimize-your-email in 7 steps” in this example.  https://mailinglistservices.com/optimize-your-email-in-7-steps/

Tags:

A pre-defined taxonomy. Tags are used to focus on specific topics for a specific post.  They are not hierarchical.   Multiple tags can be used in posts.   Visitors can find similar posts by selecting a tag.

Taxonomies:

A classification system originally based on a biological premise.  WordPress employs taxonomy to arrange, for example, posts into groups.   By default, there are two taxonomies in WordPress, categories, and tags.  You can also add and edit taxonomies as needed.

Widgets:

A tool that allows you to add chunks or blocks of content to your post.   These blocks can be added anywhere, the footer, header, sidebar, or on a page to name a few.  You can use them to add a link or a function or feature, all without additional coding.

If you find these useful, we will be updating definitions and explanations in our next blog.

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