WordPress Glossary

The website/computer world has its own jargon. If you are confused about a word while creating your Web Portfolio, hopefully these definitions can help out.

Your Dashboard is how you view the inside of your website, the space where you manage your pages, theme, etc. All your editing is done through the various parts of the dashboard. At any time, you can click “view page” or your site name in the toolbar to visit the surface (what others see) of your website.

This is the small icon that will appear in the tab of your browser. For example, Facebook’s Favicon is a white “f” on a blue background.

This is the area at the top of the page, usually a picture. The header contains your site title and tagline.

These are an organization of pages. Within Appearance>Menus you can create several menus (normally you would just use one) and organize what sequence your pages lie in. Not all your pages need to be on a menu, although it may be hard for your readers to find them. In sidebars/headers/footers you can add additional menus if you like.

This is simply where a menu is used. WordPress requires you to specifically choose which menu to use in your site. Until then, it may only display a home page.

Page Width:
The quintessential WordPress style apparent in most themes is having a background and a page floating in front of the background and centered. For example, if your background is all black and your page is white, that white page is probably in the middle and it takes up a certain amount of space over the background. The space it fills is called the page width. 

Plugins are features which you can active to change WordPress. While widgets are specific to a website, plugins affect the editor. We recommend the Slide Deck plugin which allows you to use SlideDecks in your site, but this is not the same as a widget. Instead, this is more like a “Media” option.

Themes are pre-made styles for your website. Themes can add unique features (a special photo slider) or take them away (not all themes have a header). Because themes are made by a third party, we have no control over what is available to you (though St. Olaf does select which themes are available to use). You may have to switch themes if you need a specific feature.

These are additional things you can add to your page or your site. Widgets can provide features like Search, links to Recent Posts, another list of your pages, buttons for Social Media, etc. Usually Widgets are on the side of your website and you can remove them or pick and choose what to keep from the Appearance>Widgets menu.