A Quick Guide to Terms Commonly Used in Blogging

Every work under the earth have their own terminologies which novice or people from other disciplines may not be able to comprehend. For instance, when Lawyers talk about consideration, they simply mean Money, when gamblers say crew, they mean cheating organisation and etc.


Bloggers too are not left out with the use of terms. My friends that are not familiar with blogging don’t seem to understand me whenever I mentioned some terms while talking about building blogs. Sometimes, I have to explain it in the simplest form before they could grab the information I was trying to pass.

Today, I’ve decided to share a qucik guide to terms commonly used in blogging.

Tag: Tags are applied to WordPress blogs posts to provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional.

Label: Labels are applied to Blogger blog posts to easily categorize posts. When you publish your post on Blogger, the labels will be listed with it. Clicking any of the labels will take you to a page containing only posts with that label.

Categories: In WordPress-powered blogs, Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content. Categories are similar to, but broader than, tags.

Theme: WordPress and some other blogging platforms use “themes” to describe a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. Themes may include customized template files, image files (*.jpg, *.gif), style sheets (*.css), custom Pages, as well as any necessary code files (*.php).

Template: Just as theme is to WordPress, so also template to Blogger and some other blogging platforms. Template is your blog superhero clothing.


Widget: is a small helpful application program embedded directly into a web page. A widget has the role of a transient or auxiliary application, meaning that it just occupies a portion of a webpage and does something useful with information fetched from other websites and displayed in place. Widgets often take the form of Blog feeds, Facebook announcements and etc.

Gadget: Gadget is the term that Blogger uses for a widget. A gadget and a widget serve the same functions.

Plug-in: Plug-ins are tools to extend the functionality of the software that powers your blog. In WordPress-powered blogs, plug-ins add an additional feature or function to websites, most plug-ins are written in the PHP scripting language. Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.

Permalink: A permalink is permanent URL assigned to individual blog post, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another blogger will use to link to your article, or how you might share a link to your story on social media .

Are there terms you think should be added to the list? Drop it/them in the comments section.

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