For the last couple of years, I have been responsible for writing most of the client documentation at the agencies I’ve worked at. That documentation has usually included some generic information about WordPress (managing pages, posts, users, and so on), information about features specific to the client website (page templates, meta fields, theme settings, etc), and a glossary containing definitions of different terms in the WordPress ecosystem. Terms like administration panel, categories, comments and draft, along with some less WordPress-specific terms like e-commerce and SEO.
The last time I updated the glossary for a new client documentation, in the middle of May this year, it hit me that there must be a website for this. A list of WordPress definitions written not for WordPress developers, but for those who manage WordPress websites either as part of their work or in their spare time. I spent some time looking, but I didn’t find what I was looking for. Most of the definition lists were written for developers, with code examples and lists of relevant functions.
What I did find was a domain name.
My batting average for turning domains into websites has gotten progressively worse over the last few years, but I'm feeling hopeful for this one. pic.twitter.com/fYqlbKHAly
— Anders Norén (@andersnoren) May 15, 2018
In the next couple of weeks, I built the website and wrote definitions for almost a hundred WordPress related terms, totalling 25 000 words. I just needed to read through the content a final time, put the site live and tweet it out. Then Divide & Conquer happened. Suddenly, my day job became more fun than any of the side projects I had cooking. That hadn’t been the case for a long time.
WP Glossary went back into the drawer until things calmed down a bit.
Now that things have calmed down, I’m happy to finally make WP Glossary public. It contains definitions of most of the words you encounter when you use the WordPress administration panel, whether you’re a professional updating your company website or a blogger who use WordPress in your spare time. If you fit either one of those descriptions, I hope you’ll find it useful. If you work at an agency, I hope you’ll be willing to include a link to WP Glossary in your client documentation, rather than maintaining a list of your own.
As the site has just launched, please let me know if you notice anything that looks off, either visually or content-wise. Each definition includes a ”Send Correction” link. If you see a definition that can be improved, please click it and fill out the form with your feedback.