Here is a glossary of terms used in this course.
Browser – The computer application used to connect to the internet. Popular examples are Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Content – The content of your website: text, images, and video.
CSS – Programming language used on the internet. Stands for Cascading Style Sheet. CSS controls the color, size, position, and layout of your website.
Domain – A name for your website. When connected with hosting, a domain will show you a website. Example: www.example.com
HTML – Programming language used on the internet. Stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. HTML is used to describe what content is on a website.
Hosting – A service offered by hosting companies. For a fee, these companies store the files that make up your website. Required for all websites.
Open Source – software with code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. As opposed to software protected by copyright.
Page Rank – Your position on a Google (or other search engines) search page. Rank #1 is the first search result. Your rank will be different depending on what you search for.
Plugin — An optional add-on for WordPress websites that extend its functionality. Free or paid.
SEO – Stands for Search Engine Optimization. The process of making your website more visible on search engines. Good SEO will improve your page rank.
SSL Certificate – A tool for connecting to a website securely. It’s the s in https://. A good hosting company will include an SSL certificate with your hosting. Also improves your page rank. Strongly recommend.
Theme – Free or paid set of files that changes the way your WordPress website looks.
WordPress – A free and open source Content Management System (CMS). Requires hosting and a domain name to work.
A notice about links in this course
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