Tabs. Thingies. That thing. None of these are actual parts of a blog, of WordPress or any other kind, but they are often terms bloggers use to refer to parts of their blog. This can make for some misunderstandings and miscommunications when trying to change your blog or when talking to a designer or developer. Unfortunately, your blog doesn’t come with handy-dandy labels so you know what’s what. That’s okay, I do have labels to help you learn the terminology you need to know to refer to various parts and pieces of your WordPress blog. Many of these terms are used across content platforms, so they do relate to websites that are not running on WordPress as well.
These parts give a blog its structure. A blog commonly has 4 structural parts: Header, Footer, Content Area and Sidebar.
The top part of your blog. It usually contains your blog’s title and tagline, an image, and your menu(s). It may also contain search bars, social media icons and more.
This is the main section of your blog. This is where your blog posts and page contents show up. It’s usually the largest part of your blog.
Sidebars are the skinnier areas on the side of your blog. These are usually where your sidebar widgets will go. Often blogs have 1 sidebar either on the right or left, however they may have two: one on either side of the content area, or sometimes two sidebars on either the left or right side of the content area. The one column blog layout has no sidebars, so not all blogs may have them (though most do).
This is the bottom part of your blog. It usually contains credits, ads, and copyright information and may also contain widgets to put content in your footer.
These are common parts that not all blogs will have. However, many of them are very common and there’s a good chance your blog has at least one of these options. Depending on your blog’s theme you might not, but many themes support these common features.
Many themes, including all Genesis Themes, feature the ability to show either the full post or post excerpts on your blog’s front page or blog page. You can usually enable this option in your theme options.
Featured images are images you include with every post that can be shown in places such as widgets, the post page, and your blog or category pages.
This includes information like the post author, date & time it was posted and how many comments the blog post has. Not all information is always shown and the format and location may vary based on the them you use.
The title of your post, it also usually links to the post. It’s shown on your “blog” page or category pages as well as when you view the blog post individually.
The menus let your blog viewers easily visit different posts, pages, and categories on your blog. They are often in the header of your blog. However, you may also have secondary menus in the footer, or use a custom menu widget in your sidebar. Note: I commonly see these referred to as “tabs”. Even if they look like tabs, they are menus, and the items on each menu are menu items.
Widgets are usually found in the sidebar of a blog theme. However, they can be found elsewhere (headers, footers, even content areas!). The main idea of a widget is it’s where you can put stuff, from text widgets to image gallery widgets. Learn more about widgets here! Check out the different parts of a WordPress blog theme in action! The infographic below demonstrates all of these common blog parts on an actual blog theme (Classy Gal). Learning the correct terminology for the various bits & pieces of your WordPress blog will help you not only communicate with your designer or developer but also get help from your blogging friends, and use tutorials. After all, it’s hard find results for tutorials to move “that thing with all the tabs on it on your blog”, searching for tutorials to move your WordPress Menu on the other hand is much more useful!