Glossary of Terms

On this page, you will find an explanation of all the terms used throughout our documentation and plugin.

Scroll down to find the term you'd like to learn more about. The list is in alphabetical order, from A to Z.

Actions
Hooks
Aggregator
RSS
Atom Feed
RSS Feed
Cache
SEO
Content Aggregator
Shortcode
Content Curation
Taxonomy
Custom Post Type
URL
Fatal Error
WordPress
Feed Item
WordPress Cron
Feed Source
WordPress Post 
Filter
XML
FTP Client 

Are you not sure about some other term used throughout our documentation or our plugin? Let our support team know and we will add it to this list.


Actions

Actions are one of the two types of Hooks.They provide a way for running a function at a specific point in the execution of WordPress Core, plugins, and themes. They are the counterpart to Filters.

Aggregator

A website or program that collects related items of content and displays them or links to them.

Atom Feed

Atom is the name of an XML-based Web content and metadata syndication format, and an application-level protocol for publishing and editing Web resources belonging to periodically updated websites. All Atom feeds must be well-formed  XML documents, and are identified with the application/atom+xml media type. Learn more here.

Cache

The browser cache is a temporary storage location on your computer for files downloaded by your browser to display websites. Files that are cached locally include any documents that make up a website, such as HTML files, CSS style sheets, JavaScript scripts, as well as graphic images and other multimedia content. This reduces page load speed on visiting the site again.

Content Aggregator

A content aggregator is an individual or organization that gathers Web content (and/or sometimes applications) from different online sources for reuse.

Content Curation

Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. Services or people that implement content curation are called curators. Curation services can be used by businesses as well as end users.

WP RSS Aggregator is a tool that provides a content curation solution for your WordPress website by allowing you to import content into your WordPress site, reviewing it, making changes to it, and then publishing it for your visitors to read.

Custom Post Type

Custom post types are new post types you can create. A custom post type can be added to WordPress via the register_post_type() function. This function allows you to define a new post type by its labels, supported features, availability and other specifics.

Fatal Error

In computing, a fatal error or fatal exception error is an error that causes a program to abort and may, therefore, return the user to the operating system. When this happens, data that the program was processing may be lost.

To fix a fatal error, please follow the instructions explained  here on WP Mayor.

Feed Item

A feed item is an individual entry in an RSS feed. It is one entry in a regularly changing web feed. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed Item. Learn how to find an RSS feed and view feed items in the RSS feed  here.

Feed Source

The source URL for a type of web feed which allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format. Within WP RSS Aggregator, it is the source from which you wish to import content into your WordPress site.

Filter

Filters are one of the two types of Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. Learn more here.

FTP Client

A File Transfer Protocol client (FTP client) is a software utility that establishes a connection between a host computer and a remote server, typically an FTP server. An FTP client provides the dual-direction transfer of data and files between two computers over a TCP network or an Internet connection. One example of a free FTP client is  Filezilla.

Hooks

Hooks are a way for one piece of code to interact/modify another piece of code. They make up the foundation for how plugins and themes interact with WordPress Core, but they’re also used extensively by WordPress Core itself. There are two types of hooks: Actions and Filters. To use either, you need to write a custom function known as a Callback, and then register it with WordPress hook for a specific Action or Filter.  Learn more here.

RSS

RSS (Rich Site Summary; originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication) is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading, such as WP RSS Aggregator itself.

With RSS it is possible to distribute up-to-date web content from one web site to thousands of other web sites around the world.

RSS Feed

Extended from .xml, RSS (Rich Site Summary; originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication) is a type of web feed which allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format.

SEO

Search Engine Optimization is a methodology of strategies, techniques and tactics used to increase the number 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.

Learn about the effects WP RSS Aggregator has on your website's SEO and that of your sources  here.

Shortcode

A shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that lets you do nifty things with very little effort. Shortcodes can embed files or create objects that would normally require lots of complicated, ugly code in just one line. 

Learn about WP RSS Aggregator's shortcode  here.

Taxonomy

In WordPress, a "taxonomy" is a grouping mechanism for some posts (or links, or custom post types). The names for the different groupings in a taxonomy are called terms. Some examples of the most popular taxonomies in WordPress are categories and tags.  Learn more here.

URL

A uniform resource locator (URL) is the address of a resource on the Internet. A URL indicates the location of a resource as well as the protocol used to access it. For example, the URL of WP RSS Aggregator's website is  https://www.wprssaggregator.com/.

WordPress

Wordpress is a free publishing software and content management system (CMS) that is popular all over the world. The software is open-source allowing developers to create a wide array of plug-ins, themes and widgets. WordPress is widely considered easy to use and is the CMS of choice for  almost one-third of all websites around the world.

WordPress Cron

Cron is a Unix/Linux utility that is typically used to schedule commands or a script on a web server that runs in the background. A cron job is a task itself, which is used to schedule tasks at periodic fixed times, dates, or intervals. In WordPress, this is handled by  WP-Cron, which is used to simulate a system cron.

Learn more about how WP RSS Aggregator uses WP-Cron  here.

WordPress Post

A WordPress post is what makes up the blog aspect of your site. These are generally news or informational updates about a certain topic or talking point. Posts are listed in reverse chronological order and can be tagged, categorized and even archived on your site.  Learn more here.

XML

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable.

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