website lingoGetting familiar with “website lingo” can really help you get around and navigate your WordPress for Property Management website. Below we have 43 of the most common terms and we will add more as they come up in questions.

Website Lingo

  1. About page — a static page that contains information about you and/or your company.
  2. Account username — what you use to access your WordPress for real estate site.
  3. Background — the image or color behind your blog. Some themes allow you to create a custom background, changing the color or the image in the background.
  4. Blog — a collection of content posted on the Internet. There are all different types of blogs including personal, corporate, political, podcasts, photographic, and more.
  5. Blog Title (aka Site Title) — displayed in the title bar of a web browser and is displayed in the header for most themes.
  6. Blogger – a person who creates content for a blog. Typically this is you or a team member or an assistant. Or a Blogging service run by Google. – See it here 
  7. Category — a way to group certain types of blog posts together. Categories tend to be broader and more general than tags.
  8. Comments — responses to content on your blog. The default is for comments to be turned on.
  9. Dashboard — also known as ‘the backend’, where you’ll edit your website. You can change settings, select themes, write or manage content, add or remove users, get support, add images, and more.
  10. Gravatar — Globally Recognized Avatar, a photo or image you choose that will appear next to your name when you comment on or post to a WordPress blog. Sign up at
  11. Gravatar hovercards — a pop up window that displays information associated with a Gravatar account.
  12. Header — the image at the top of your blog. Some themes allow an option for you to upload a custom header.
  13. Likes — a way to show your appreciation for a post on a WordPress site. Feel free to “like” our Website Lingo post below!
  14. Media Library — the tool that allows you to upload images, audio files, videos, and other files
  15. Menu — how things are arranged on your blog. Custom Menus, allow you to customize your navigation menu with a drag and drop interface.
  16. Page — pages are static. They are a good way to publish information that doesn’t change much. Pages are not associated with a date/time like posts, nor can you tag or categorize a page.
  17. Post — posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order. This is also called the blog or company news.
  18. Post format — a way to make different types of content appear visually distinct on your blog. Not very common at this time but they are coming soon. Types of formats include Standard, Gallery, Aside, Image, Status, Quote, Video, Audio, and Chat.
  19. Privacy Settings — these settings control who can and cannot view your blog.
  20. Profile — information about you that is shared publicly on the Internet. This can include your username, first name, last name, and how to display your name publicly.
  21. Publicize — a feature that allows you to share your posts through other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linkedin, and Yahoo! This can also be setup to automatically post.
  22. REI Avenue – A site for learning how to create a WordPress based Property Management website
  23. Responsive — a term that refers to the way your website adapts to multiple devices — a computer, tablet, phone, etc. Some themes are designed to be responsive — to change so that they show up in the most optimal view depending on the device the site is viewed on.
  24. Self-hosted — This is the version of WordPress you have setup with REI Avenue. This type of hosting allows your blog to be on a server that you control and have unlimited access too.
  25. Shortcode — a WordPress specific code that lets you do things with little effort and no coding, such as embed files or create objects. For example [youtube], which posts a youtube video without needing to worry about code.
  26. Site Title (aka Blog Title) — displayed in the title bar of a web browser and is displayed in the header for most themes.
  27. Slideshow — a format to present images on your blog. Images are attached to a post and automatically rotate on a timed basis. Also known as a SlideDeck.
  28. Spam — unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising. This can show up as emails, comments and trackbacks/pings to your site.
  29. Statistics — Data about your blog. There is a “Stats” tab on your dashboard that shows traffic to your blog, referrers, top posts and pages, and more.
  30. Tag — a way to characterize posts. Tags are optional and posts can have multiple tags. Categories offer a general way to sort your posts and tags offer specific ways to organize your posts.
  31. Tagline — a memorable phrase usually shown beneath your blog or site title.
  32. Text Editor — a content editor that is text based. If you use this, you’ll need to insert HTML for formatting. This is the second tab in the editing screen.
  33. Theme — a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying, unifying design for a blog. AKA “The look”.
  34. Tiled gallery — a format to share images on your blog. Tiled layouts have three style options — rectangular tiles, square tiles, circular tiles or mosaic tiles.
  35. Toolbar — when signed into you’re website, the collection of icons at the top of a blog that allow you to perform different actions: like a post, follow a blog, access your blog’s dashboard, create a new post, and more!
  36. Upgrades / Updates — Themes, plugins and features update on a weekly basis. Sometimes-even daily. Updates will show on your WordPress site as a number with a circle around it. If you click it, it will allow you to upgrade your site.
  37. Visual Editor — a content editor that allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content in a view similar to that of a word processor.
  38. Web Address — Also known as URL, or the characters that you see in your web’s address bar.
  39. Widget — tools or content that you can add, arrange, and remove from the sidebar of your blog.
  40. WordPress — is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

Did we miss one? Or have a question? Let us know in the comments below.