When you get into in a new field like blogging, one of the first challenges you might face is getting familiar with some terms associated with that new field.
Like any field out there, there are words or phrase that convey a certain meaning when it comes to website or blog, which might have a different meaning in other fields.
In this post, we will examine 44 terms about website or blog you may frequently come across as you journey to learning web skills. The meaning of these terms expressed here is not a definition for academic works, they are my explanation which is aimed at helping you understand this terms.
Avatar is a graphic or image representing a web user online. It’s like your profile on social media.
This Is the name used to identify a website or blog online. Like house address in the real world, domain is used to identify a website or blog online.
Hosting company are responsible for housing your website or blog online. They have the resources to make sure your website or blog is accessible anything any day in the online world.
The position that website or blog appear in search engine results.
SEO (search engine optimization)
This involves many techniques that are used to make a website or blog rank higher in search results.
It’s an informative piece of either or both text, images, graphics, audios or videos, which can be published on a website or blog.
cPanel (control panel)
An administrative user interface that hosting companies offer for managing of hosting service. It’s a place where the online settings of the functions of your websites or blog are done
It’s the act of making web content available online. Most often carried out by hosting companies.
An unfinished or unpublished web content. An unfinished post can be saved as a draft, which can be published in a later time.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
A tool or software used to transfer or download files from or to the web.
Platform or CMS ( content management system)
CMS is an open-source system, a web template, it enables a user to add, modify and reset functions to suit their own need. An example of CMS is WordPress.
A plugin is used to give more functionality to a CMS (content management system) like WordPress. It’s like an app in a phone.
This is the part of a website that contains the contents such as post, images, graphic, videos etc.
The homepage is the first page that you see when you visit a website. In most cases, it contains pieces of information about the website.
A directory is a form of a website that list blog in them, sort them by topic and importance. This means as a blogger you can share your blog in a directory, it’s one source many blogs can attract traffic.
A forum is a form of a website that focuses on providing solutions and answers to problems and questions online.
A landing page is used for collecting leads, especially from advertising. Mostly, they are always different from your homepage.
These are the right or left side of websites or blog. In most cases, you will find blogroll and widgets in the sidebar.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
This a tool in a website or blog that allows a user to connect to websites or blog in other to receive regular updates.
It’s a clickable content in a webpage which when clicked leads you to other page or post within a website or to other websites or blog.
This is a clickable content that leads you to other page or post within a website or blog.
This is a clickable content that leads you to other page or post outside a website or blog.
This the text which contains a clickable link
Search engines always assumed that any site linked to is useful and relevant, since search engine value relevant content, when a website is linked to (external link) search engine gives authority to the website linked to which makes it rank more higher in search results. That act of giving authority to other websites is what is called link juice.
A link attribute which prevents a search engine from giving authority (link juice) to another website.
Or an article is always written and published in a blog.
A blog is a form or part of a website that is updated regularly with a post. Initially, it was used as a personal journal before entrepreneurs started building ideas around it.
It’s the process of running a blog. It’s the process of managing, updating and monetizing a blog.
Blogger is a name used to identify a person who runs a blog.
Blogroll a list of blog link that links to another blog post in a blog. Eg. In a website or blog, you may see something like ‘most read post’ or ‘recent post‘ those are an example of a blogroll.
permalink is a link of a post or webpage.
Category and Tag
A category is a high-level group of subjects which are discussed in a blog, while tag is like a low-level group of a subject which are discussed in a blog. For example, if among many subjects discussed in a blog is sports and under sport, many types of sport are also discussed like football, basketball etc. Sport can be grouped as a category while types of sports can be grouped as tags.
Comments are the opinions of readers and the replies of the blogger shared on a post. Blog post often has a post-discussion section where blog readers can share their opinions or questions on the subject they read.
The header is the top part of your blog or website, it appears before any pages or posts. It’s the section in your blog where you find items like logos, taglines, and navigation menus etc
The footer is the bottom part of your blog or website, it appears below any pages or posts. It’s the section in your blog where you can items like copyright notification of a website or blog, in some site sitemap, menus etc. are found in the footer
This is the process search engine take to make your site search engine friendly. It’s the process they take to make your website or blog discoverable when someone searches for it.
Keywords or keyphrases.
They are the major word or phrase that identifies your web post or page on search engines.
It’s a little description of what a page or post is all about. Search engines use meta description to let web user know what they will be expecting when click to view the full content from search results.
Meta title or page title
This is the title of your post or page that search engines display in search results.
It’s how your readers can connect to you. It can be either through Email or RSS
Social media sharing
This is a way your blog content can be shared to various social media platforms from your blog or website.
Sitemap contains a list of key pages that make up a website with links to them, sitemap makes your content easier to find by users including search engines.
It’s a tool used mostly by CMS to sort and arrange many of the section that makes up a website or blog, like the sidebar, header, footer etc
URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
It’s a tool used by the web to locate a piece of information with a unique address, information such as a page, image or document etc.
These are not all about website or blog terms. There are many other terms used when dealing with website or blog, but hopefully, the few shared here can help you get familiar with website or blog.
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