Glossary

 

Below is an A-Z list of common terms used in blogging with a meaning or hyperlink to another site. Please feel free to ask more questions about blogging terms in the comments. We will get back to you within a day. This page will be updated as more terms are added.

Avatar
Online representation of yourself, part of your digital identity, appears when you leave comments

Attribution
Name of photographer who took the original image and where this image can be found. When using compfight plugin, this is included when you add your image to your post or page. This also applies to musician and original musical score and sounds/clip art etc.

Blog
An abbreviation for web log. For classes, this could be a newsletter for parents to see what is happening in your classroom or a place for students to publish work to a worldwide audience or an area for you and your students to reflect on your learning. There are many ways to use your blog in class.

Blogroll
List of other blogs or websites you often visit. Makes it easy for students to navigate to your favourite places. These are also known as links.

Captcha
When visiting other blogging platforms you often have to leave an anti spam word or captcha. These are images containing letters and numbers. You have to type them in to prove you are a human and not a bot.

Categories
These are like chapter headings. What are the main topics you will be writing about – could be subject areas, could be student names so all their work can be found quickly.

Clustrmap
This is a visual representation of your visitors. Only about 1 in 50 visitors will leave a comment so a map gives you a better idea of where your visitors are coming from.

Comments
The area where the conversation takes place in your blog. If you have a question as the last part of your post, it allows great conversations to happen in the comments. You can leave links in comments by using some special HTML code.

Creative commons
Types of licenses for images, music and audio that you can use on your blog. You cannot just use any image, music or audio as your blog is public and many images etc are copyrighted and can’t be used without paying for them.

Dashboard
This is the backend of your blog and where you write posts or pages, approve comments or posts if written by students, change password and settings, upload avatars and add new students etc.

Header
All blogs have this in the top of the main home page. Sometimes the images in headers can be customised to suit your blog theme. Make sure you find out the pixel width and height before creating your own header. These measurements can be different for each theme. Often the header will also include links to various pages you might have created.

HTML code
A special code that allows you to embed widgets, audio, YouTube videos, Vokis etc into either posts, pages or your blog sidebar.  Sometimes you might need to change the values of width to fit things in your posts or sidebars.

Links
See blogroll

Page
Similar to a post, but pages are static, contain information that rarely changes such as commenting guidelines, about pages, how to contact the teacher or school etc.  Pages are often found in the header area otherwise you need to include the Pages widget in your sidebar.

Pingback
When you write a post that relates to something you have read in someone else’s post, you have to include a link in your post. This will cause a pingback on their blog and they will know that someone has read their post and thought so much of it, they have included a reference to it in their post. Pingbacks look like comments but usually have [ ….] around the link.

Post
This is the main column on your blog. Posts are in reverse chronological order with the newest posts at the top and older posts disappearing off the screen eventually. When you write a post, remember to include a title, categories and tags before hitting the publish button. Posts can be written earlier then you schedule a certain date and time for it to be published.

Sidebar
Each theme has different numbers of sidebars but generally you can have one or two. When you change themes, make sure you check the widgets again in your sidebars especially if changing from to sidebars to one sidebar.  Add the widgets again from the inactive list as your settings will still be remembered there.

Tags
Another name for keywords which are used when doing an internet search. If your post category is science, then tags could include microscope, minibeasts, chemistry ….

Theme
This is the look of your blog. There are over 140 themes to choose from some with one sidebar others with two. Some have pages in the header, some allow you to customize the header with your own images. Themes can be changed often but be careful when changing from two sidebar theme to a one sidebar theme as your widgets will become inactive.

Widget
These are the extras you can add to your sidebar. Most common widgets are recent comments, recent posts, categories, blogroll or links, archives and subscribe then you add others such as clustrmap, vokis, bookshelf, class pet, twitter feed etc These are added by using the embed code given to you when you create the widget.

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