A WordPress Glossary

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Here is a quick reference to common terms, phrases and features commonly found in WordPress sites.

 

Basic Template Files
style.css Style sheet file
index.php Home Page file
single.php Single post page file
archive.php Archive or Category file
searchform.php Search form file
search.php Search content file
404.php Error page file
comments.php Comments template file
footer.php Footer content file
header.php Header content file
sidebar.php Sidebar content file
page.php Single page file
PHP Snippets for Header
bloginfo('name');
Title of the site
wp_title();
Title of the specific post or page
get_stylesheet_directory_uri();
The style.css file’s location
bloginfo('pingback_url');
Pingback URL for this site
bloginfo('template_url');
Location for the site’s theme files
bloginfo('version');
WordPress version for the site
bloginfo('atom_url');
Atom URL for the site
bloginfo('rss2_url');
RSS2 URL for the site
get_site_url();
Exact URL for the site
bloginfo('name');
Name of the site
bloginfo('html_type');
HTML version of the site
bloginfo('charset');
Characterset parameter of the site
PHP Snippets for Templates
the_content();
Content of the posts
if(have_posts()):
Check if there are posts
while(have_posts()): the_post();
Shows posts if posts are available
endwhile;
Closes the ‘while’ PHP function
endif;
Closes the ‘if’ PHP function
get_header();
Header.php file’s content
get_sidebar();
Sidebar.php file’s content
get_footer();
Footer.php file’s content
the_time('m-d-y');
The date in ’08-18-07′ format
comments_popup_link();
Link for the comments on the post
the_title()';
Title of a specific post or page
the_permalink();
the link or URL of a specific post or page
the_category();
category of a specific post or page
the_author();
Author of a specific post or page
the_ID();
ID of a specific post or page
edit_post_link();
Link to edit a specific post or page
get_links_list();
Links from the blogroll
comments_template();
Comment PHP file’s content
wp_list_pages();
List of pages of the site
wp_list_cats();
List of categories for the site
next_post_link('%link');
URL to the next post
previoust_post_link('%link');
URL to the previous post
get_calendar()'
The built-in calendar
wp_get_archives();
retrieve a list of archives for the site
posts_nav_link();
Next and previous post links
bloginfo('description');
Site’s description
Navigation menu
Category Based Navigation
<ul id="menu">
<li <?php if(is_home()) { ?> class="current-cat" <?php } ?> >
<a href="<php bloginfo('home'); ?>">Home</a></li>
<?php wp_list_categories('title_li=&orderby=id'); ?>
</ul>
Pages based Navigation
<ul id="menu">
<li <?php if(is_home()) { ?> class="current_page_item" <?php } >>>
<a href="<php bloginfo('home'); ?>">Home</a></li>
<?php wp_list_pages('sort_column=menu_order&depth=1&title_li='); ?>
</ul>
Extra stuff
/%postname%/
Customised permalinks
include(TEMPATEPATH . '/x');
Include any file
the_search_query();
Value for search form
_e('Message');
Prints out message
wp_register();
Displays the register link
wp_loginout();
displays the login/logout link
<!--next page-->
Divides the content into pages
<!--more-->
Cuts off the content and adds a read more link
wp_meta();
Meta for administrators
timer_stop(1);
Time to load the page
echo get_num_queries();
Queries to load the page
The Loop
<php if(have_posts()): ?>
<php while(have_posts()): the_post(); ?>
// Post content here (Custom HTML & PHP code)
<php else; ?>
<php endif; ?>
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