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Learning the WordPress Lingo

wordpress-logoWe’ve brought you design terminology and web development terminology, but WordPress has a lot of terms particular to their platform. If you’re just getting started with WordPress, knowing the lingo can really help you create the website you want. Here goes!

Theme
Wordpress comes with two built in themes (Twenty Eleven and Twenty Twelve), but there are hundreds, if not thousands available. More than just “skins” for a static interface, these themes can fundamentally change the navigation, functionality, and page layout of your website, as well as the look. There are tons of free themes, but there are also premium themes. In general, premium themes are not “better” than free themes, though they do tend to include more special features like carousels or responsive design.

Plugin
In addition to all the awesome customization that themes can offer, the WordPress plugin library can further tweak your website’s functionality. A plugin is an add-on, and there are thousands of them that will add different features to your site. For instance, the Ajax Event Calendar will add an editable calendar, the SEO by Yoast plugin will add search engine optimization capabilities, and the Disqus plugin will replace the default WordPress comments with a prettier, more customizable comments feature. Basically, whatever you want – there’s a plugin for that.

The Loop
In order to display your website, WordPress “calls” your content through what they call “The Loop.” Let’s say you have a blog, and the homepage shows all your latest blogposts. The Loop is a block of code that retrieves information about each blogpost and shows the title, content, and meta data about that post, then loops back and retrieves the information for the next post. The Loop can be highly customized to show any information about a particular post you want!

Post Type
For most themes, there are only two post types: posts and pages. The difference between posts and pages can be a confusing distinction for WordPress beginners. Posts are intended to be used for a blog. New posts will automatically be added to The Loop and displayed on your blogpost homepage. Pages, on the other hand, are intended to house static content, like an About or Contact page.

Sidebar
Most themes (including ours) has a sidebar. Most often, the sidebar is the same on every page and displays some or all of the following features: recent posts, a search field, archives, comments, photos, or anything else you want to display on every page!

Widgets
Widgets are drag-and-drop functions that can be added to widgetable areas (most often the sidebar). In the image below, you can see various widgets which can be dropped into the sidebar. There are thousands of widgets available for download in the plugins area.

widgets

Dashboard
This is the term used for the WordPress admin area. From the Dashboard, you can add new posts or pages, change settings, and even see analytics about your traffic!

dashboard

10 Professional and Free WordPress Themes for Your Business

Did you know you can host a powerful and versatile company website on the WordPress.org platform? Frequently we find our clients confused about WordPress sites – they’re not just for blogs. In fact, lots of businesses use WordPress for their static sites because a designated web administrator from within the company can easily edit pages through the Content Management System (or CMS – which we have a whole post about right here). He or she doesn’t even need to know HTML or any programming language because the backend is as easy as a few menus and a word processor.

What you will need for your new site is a great design, and luckily for you, there are seemingly endless pre-made WordPress themes to suit your needs. Some are premium; some are free. For a new business with a limited time-frame or budget, one option is to try to find a free or low-cost theme, and then hire a designer to help you personalize it. It’s a little known fact that once you’ve downloaded a theme, you own all the files, so you can edit it however you want!

Here are 10 awesome and totally free themes. Maybe you’ll love them as is, or if not, you can always add a few tweaks here and there and no one will know you didn’t build it from scratch!

Danko
Intended for non-profts or charities, this beautiful theme could be great for an array of businesses. Plus the slider is so unique!

Pytheas
Clean, simple, and great for a business with a portfolio. It’s got a well-integrated slider, and it’s responsive!

Academia
Just as the name suggests, this site is tailored towards schools and universities, but is by no means so limited. If you’re looking for the scholarly feel, check this one out.

Poloray
This one’s all business: clean, smart, and professional.

Sight
Have a lot of content to get out there? We love this theme because it packs a lot on the page without overwhelming the eye. We love the modern twist on a newspaper-look, too!

Bizz
Another responsive beauty from WPExplorer, the Bizz theme already has a fantastic layout, just add your colors and logo!

Suburbia
Another option for a content-heavy blog, this theme fits in a lot of elements seamlessly with its innovative layout.

Structure
With modern lines and striking fonts – this theme will definitely make a splash.

Themia
A simple but sleek design for a small website that doesn’t need much fluff.

Murmur
Another clean, professional choice that could be really personalized with the addition of an accent color!