This information was copied for reference, from various online sources:

Avatar – a figure that represents you in this website.  It can be a photo or another image that you’d like others to recognize you by.  The default image is a sideways “G”.  This represents a link to “Gravatar”, for those with existing accounts there.

Blog –  short for “Web Log”, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.  A blog starts off with an article written by the blog owner and your visitors can leave their comments underneath.  In a blog you can only comment on an existing post (if allowed).  Not all blogs allow commenting.

BuddyPress  –  a powerful plugin for WordPress that transforms into a fully functional social network platform. When installed on WordPress Multisite it provides features that lets your members socially interact with each other within a multi-blogging platform environment.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) –  a new feature being added to HTML that gives both Web site developers and users more control over how pages are displayed. With CSS, designers and users can create style sheets that define how different elements, such as headers and links, appear. These style sheets can then be applied to any Web page.  The term cascading derives from the fact that multiple style sheets can be applied to the same Web page. CSS was developed by the W3C.

Content Management System (CMS) –  also called a Web management system is software or a group or suite of applications and tools that enable an organization to seamlessly create, edit, review and publish electronic text. Many content management systems offer a Web-based GUI, enabling publishers to access the CMS online using only a Web browser. Also, a CMS designed for Web publishing will provide options and features to index and search documents and also specify keywords and other metadata for search engine crawlers.

Forum – an online discussion group that is usually segmented by topics.  Interactions begin with the opening of a thread.  Online services and bulletin board services (BBS’s) provide a variety of forums, in which participants with common interests can exchange open messages. Forums are sometimes called newsgroups (in the Internet world) or conferences.  A discussion forum starts off with a post written by anyone and other members can reply.

Masonry – a JavaScript grid layout library. It works by placing elements in optimal position based on available vertical space, sort of like a mason fitting stones in a wall.

Page – a fixed amount of data.  (2) In word processing, a page of text. Most text-processing applications recognize a hierarchy of components, starting with a character at the lowest level, followed by a word, a line, a paragraph,and a page. Applications permit certain operations for each type of component; for example, you can delete a character, a word, a line, and sometimes an entire page. For pages, you can also specify formatting characteristics (for example, page size, margins, and number of columns).  (3) In virtual memory systems, a page is a fixed number of bytes recognized by the operating system.  (4) Short for Web page.

Parked Domain – is when you purchase a domain name, but you don’t associate it with any web services like email or web hosting.  Instead, you “park” it for later use.

Post – a message that has been submitted to a topic. To publish a message in an online forum or newsgroup.  A message published in an online forum or newsgroup.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) – XML that contains summary information for a collection of items.  For both blogs and discussion boards, the collection consists of the most recent posts.  The RSS file typically contains the title, date, and author of the post, an excerpt from the beginning of the post, and a URL where you can read the entire post.  You can use RSS to look at posts and then read the threads about the posts.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Search engine optimization is a methodology of strategies, techniques and tactics used to increase the amount of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine (SERP) — including Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines.  It is common practice for Internet users to not click through pages and pages of search results, so where a site ranks in a search is essential for directing more traffic toward the site. The higher a website naturally ranks in organic results of a search, the greater the chance that that site will be visited by a user.

Thread – a collection of posts, usually organized in a hierarchy, which typically includes some back-and-forth between different people on a given topic.

Topic Tags – allow users to filter between forums and display topics with a specific topic tag.  If topic tagging is enabled, when a user creates a topic they have the ability to add specific tags to quickly explain what a post is about and it also helps users find related topics based on those tags.

Website – a collection of pages on the World Wide Web that contains specific information which was all provided by one person or entity and traces back to a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL).

 

 

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