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Absolute WHAT? WordPress vocabulary for beginners, Part 1

posted on 12:36 PM, May 1, 2017

by Maria Lahiffe

So you’ve got a new website. Huzzah! Now you just need to populate it with professional-looking content.

You’ve picked WordPress as your content management system, right? If you’re still not sure why WordPress is your best bet, check out our previous blog post on this topic.

Any time you start to use a new program or platform, there is new vocabulary to learn. Here are some basic terms you’re likely to encounter when you are starting out with WordPress, along with what they mean.


This is a user role in WordPress, similar to your computer. When you install WordPress, it creates a new user with the username and password it gets during the installation. This person is the administrator, who has full capabilities to do anything on the site. The administrator can add and remove other users, and give others admin access to the site if you want. Be careful though – all administrators can do everything on the site, including add, deleting, and modifying all content and themes. In most cases, a site will only have one administrator. Everyone else will have some lower level of access, to add content for their section, for example.

Absolute Path

This is sometimes also called the file path or the full path. It is the location of a directory or file on a computer or a website. Here is an example of an absolute path on a computer:

Z:\Administration\Staff\Staff Folders\Maria\2017

Here is an example of an absolute path on a website:



Categories are used to sort and group your website content into different sections. For example, your site may have categories for events, news, blog content, and volunteer opportunities. Every new post needs to be assigned a category. If you don’t assign one when you post the content, then it will go into the default category, which, in a new Wordpress installation, is called “uncategorized”. Your administrator can change the default category in the Settings > Writing screen.


This is a user role on a WordPress site. A contributor can edit and delete their own posts, but cannot edit or delete posts which have already been published. This is an ideal role for staff members who run their own programs. Each contributor can create content for their own programs, but cannot change anything else on the site.

We’ll continue to give you some more new vocabulary in future posts. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed to learn when we post new content. Use the comments below to let us know which vocabulary you’d like us to explain next.

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