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Definition: Favicon

Yesterday I mentioned a favicon was one thing you could use to customize your WordPress template. But what exactly is it?

Favicon is actually short for Favourites Icon – meaning the icon/picture you see next to a bookmark in your bookmarks bar or menu. It is also usually displayed in the address bar and on the tab.

Favicons are usually 16x16px (pretty small) so any design has to be quite simple. I would recommend that you change your site Favicon to something other than the default (as this is usually the logo of your blog platform – why promote them when you could promote yourself?).

What “blogging terms” would you like to be defined?

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Definition: Blog Platform, Blogging Software, Blogware, Content Management System (CMS)

This is part of a series called “The Blogger’s Dictionary”, we’ll be defining everything to do with blogging every Wednesday and Friday for the time being!

We know they can be hosted, or self-hosted, but what actually is a blogging platform?

Blogger, WordPress, Moveable Type, Tumblr, are all examples of blogging platforms, and that is they are the core of your blog. They are what makes your blog actually work – allow you to create posts without hand-coding HTML and CSS to create a website. Essentially they are a form of software on the internet which were created to make the process of blogging itself and blog maintenance easier.

This is the last blog post before Christmas, I will be back on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week and then posting daily after the new year!


Definition: Self-Hosted (Blog)

This is part of a series called “The Blogger’s Dictionary”, we’ll be defining everything to do with blogging every Wednesday and Friday for the time being!

Blogging jargon is a wondrous thing, now we know what a hosted blog is what is a self-hosted blog?

A self-hosted blog is hosting the blog yourself. This means you pay for server space, a domain name and manage everything yourself.

This is different to a hosted blog, such as WordPress.com because usually all of this is done for you, you might or might not pay – but WordPress.com, Blogger and so on all manage the rest for you, even if you buy a domain name the rest is sorted.

 

Check back tomorrow for advantages of self-hosting your blog!


Definition: Hosted Blog

This is part of a series called “The Blogger’s Dictionary”, we’ll be defining everything to do with blogging every Wednesday and Friday for the time being!

So what is a hosted blog? Assuming you know what a blog is then we just need to define “hosted” so what the heck is it?

A hosted blog is where the server (where your blog is stored) is provided by someone else, usually for free. Your blog domain is usually something like http://MYBLOGNAME.wordpress.com

Here are some common examples:

  • WordPress.com
  • Blogger
  • Tumblr

There are lots more options for hosted blogs, but I believe that these are the most popular.