There is no doubt that WordPress is by far the most popular and one of the most powerful blogging platforms available today. A big part of its popularity is due to its user-friendly environment.However, if you are planning to go deeper into blogging, you will sooner or later face some of the more technical terms, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with them right away.
4 terms to keep in mind as you get deeper into blogging with WordPress
To help you grasp the essence of some of the technical language, we will look at 4 abbreviations that are often used when it comes to websites and blog.
We will start our journey through the lexicon of blog owners by looking at FTP. As you probably know every website, including blogs, are based on a server somewhere. That server can be accessed through a system, that is called File Transfer Protocol. It is generally what the name suggests – a system to transfer files. Using an external software such as FileZilla, Cyberduck or inbuilt file managers such as cPanel or Plesk you can log into a directory of the server and access, change and download files from your website. It is used when you need to make structural changes to the website that are above the capability of a simple editor.
2. Reversed DNS
Despite the fact that the term might be discussed less, reversed DNS is used just as widely as the ones mentioned before. DNS is a Domain Name System, and it helps people connect to servers through URL addresses. Reversed DNS is opposite; it shows who is using the address. Put in an average human language it is simply a process of figuring out who is behind a network, or in our case – a blog. Using an IP address reverse DNS systems can track the origin of the connection. Most sites have inbuilt systems that use reverse DNS for statistic purposes as well as security reasons.
Another term that you will undoubtedly hear in the circles of bloggers is MySQL. Sorry to disappoint, but it has nothing to do with “your school.” Maybe just the fact that in a sense it is related to an accumulation of knowledge. Although learning to use it might take time and the fact that it is usually discussed by programmers might give an impression that it is profoundly complicated, it is actually an open source system to manage databases. Together with other systems on the page MySQL database stores and allows access to your blog posts, user information, comments and other information about the website.
Last of the terms that we will cover is SEO or Search Engine Optimization. This relatively simple, but powerful process can make your blog become world famous and broaden your audience. The basic principle behind SEO is that by using keywords connected to what the page is about it helps search engines to establish the connection between your page and those keywords. This helps your site become mor e visible and more people get to know about your amazing content.
Knowing what it means is only a start
The systems and processes mentioned all work together to make what we call a blog. Although knowing what the terms mean is only the beginning. The real fun begins when you start using them for your benefit. That might take some time and effort, but that is how your blog will become explosive.