This is a quick reference to terms you’ll hear. It is intended for novice users and website owners.
Getting your website online
- Hosting – this is the space that you rent on a computer that is online 24 hours a day.
- Domain Name or URL – the address that points to that computer. e.g. yourname.com or yourname.com.au
- Front End – this is the website that your readers / clients / internet users will see.
- Back End – this is a series of webpages that allows you to create and manage your website.
- Dashboard – this is the menu that you use to access and navigate the back end.
On your Website
Look around this page and you’ll see…
- Header – the banner and menu you see across the top of the page
- Footer – menus, links, copyright information etc at the bottom of the page
- Sidebar – a column down the right (sometimes on the left) of the page normally includes secondary menus, advertisements, etc
- Widgets – are sets of code that is used over and over – e.g. the items in the sidebar are usually widgets
- Menus – a list of pages, posts or categories to help people navigate around your site
- Permalinks – the address you see at in the bar at the top e.g. in ww.yoursite.com.au/contact-us contact-us is a permalink. WordPress gives the option to use them rather than something like ?p=123
- Themes – think of themes as the decoration of your website. You can change your theme to get a new look to the same content
- Responsive – a responsive website adjusts so it can be viewed on screens of many sizes, including phones, without scrolling to the right.
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