If you are beginning your online journey and starting a blog, it can be quite overwhelming. In order to help you get through it here is a glossary of common terms and what the hell they mean.
WordPress. WordPress is easy-to-use software that you can use to create your blog. WordPress is free and highly customizable.
Plugin. A plugin gives you the ability to customize or add anything you wish to your site. Here is a list of the most popular plugins. I use the following plugins and recommend you do as well.
All In One SEO – All In One SEO for WordPress will help your blog rank higher with the search engines.
Google Sitemap – Google Sitemap will help you get your blog pages indexed quickly on Google.
WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache will make your blog load a lot faster and handle more traffic.
Show Top Commentators – Show Top Commentators encourages readers to comment.
WordPress.com Stats – WordPress.com Stats will let you know who is visiting your blog.
Akismet – Akismet kills off the comment spam. This is an absolute must!
After The Deadline – After The Deadline will proof read your blog post for grammar and spelling
Widgets. A widget gives you the flexibility to design your blog how you want and where you want certain features to go. I.e. contact forms, social media share buttons, etc. Below are widgets I use on my blog.
RSS Icon Widget – Adds an RSS Icon to your blog allowing your visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed.
OIO Ad Manager – Allows you to control where you wish to display ads and/or automates the selling process for advertising.
Text Widget – I place html code of what I want displayed in that spot on the sidebar. Example of this is my twitter feed.
Theme. A theme is how your content is going to appear. All themes are different and you need to decide which one fits your business best. There are free and paid themes. I use a paid theme – News Pro theme from studio press. I recommend a paid theme as they appear more professional and perception is key.