1. A definition of meme, apparently pronounced “meem” , as listed in Urban Dictionary.
2. Hyperlink: a link from a word or words, usually in blue as above, to a webpage with more information concerning that word or words. (This is my personal definition.) When I read this in my blog, after I posted it, I realized that all my links are brown, not blue.
My “lesson learned” is creating my own hyperlinks. I created the link to Urban Dictionary above.
3. Plug-in: The following “explanation” is from the WordPress glossary. See link in #4. I would like to know what a plug-in is, what it does, and how to use one……crickets…more crickets….?
A Plugin is a group of php functions that can extend the functionality present in a standard WordPress weblog. These functions may all be defined in one php file, or may be spread among more than one file. Usually, a plugin is a php file that can be uploaded to the “wp-content/plugins” directory on your webserver, where you have installed WordPress. Once you have uploaded the plugin file, you should be able to “turn it on” or Enable it from the “Plugins” page in the administration interface of your weblog. The WordPress source code contains hooks that can be used by plugins.
In blogging, ping is an XML-RPC-based push mechanism by which a weblog notifies a server that its content has been updated. An XML-RPC signal is sent to one or more “ping servers,”[clarification needed] which can then generate a list of blogs that have new material. The technology was first introduced by Dave Winer to Weblogs.com in October 2001. Today, most blog authoring tools automatically ping one or more servers each time the blogger creates a new post or updates an old one.
Open ping servers, like Moreover Technologies‘ Weblogs.com, let other web services subscribe to a list of blogs that have recently pinged them. Blog search engines can provide fresh results very quickly by polling only the newly-updated blogs. Similarly, aggregators use results from ping servers to tell subscribers which items on their subscription lists have fresh material.
In addition to open ping servers, there are also proprietary ping servers that gather information only for their own applications. Most of the major blog search engines operate such ping servers.
Unlike open ping servers, proprietary servers with their own subscription applications have no incentive to share their received ping data directly with other servers, which may offer competing services. As these servers do not share their data, bloggers have to ping a large number of individual servers to receive the desired publicity. As a result, bloggers have turned to services such as Ping-o-Matic!, Pingler.com and Index Me™, which ping multiple proprietary ping servers and remove the need for website owners to acquire new servers to ping themselves.
I have absolutely no idea what any of that means….but they used a lot of hyperlinks! Compliments of wikipedia.
In general computer terms, “ping” is a common utility used in a TCP/IP environment to determine if a given IP Address exists or is reachable. Typically, Ping is used to diagnose a network connection problem. Many times you will be asked, “Can you ping that address?”. That means, does the Ping utility return a success message trying to reach the “problem” IP Address?
- External links: Ping at Wikipedia
Pingback lets you notify the author of an article if you link to his article (article on a blog, of course). If the links you include in an article you write on a blog lead to a blog which is pingback-enabled, then the author of that blog gets a notification in the form of a pingback that you linked to his article.
WordPress has their own glossary! I was looking up slug for #5 and found this. Still not sure what it all means. Lesson learned?…..to be determined.
A slug is a few words that describe a post or a page. Slugs are usually a URL friendly version of the post title (which has been automatically generated by WordPress), but a slug can be anything you like. Slugs are meant to be used with permalinks as they help describe what the content at the URL is.
Example post permalink:
The slug for that post is “
Good explanation, but I must be completely computer illiterate. More research necessary.
6. Trackback URL: Look! There’s a link in the Pingback definition!
Trackback helps you to notify another author that you wrote something related to what he had written on his blog, even if you don’t have an explicit link to his article. This improves the chances of the other author sitting up and noticing that you gave him credit for something, or that you improved upon something he wrote, or something similar. With pingback and trackback, blogs are interconnected. Think of them as the equivalents of acknowledgements and references at the end of an academic paper, or a chapter in a textbook.
Now that makes more sense, but it doesn’t tell me how to use it. Guess I’ll have to do more research to figure that out.
OK. I guess my lesson learned is that I am not going to learn all this in one day. If anyone can explain any of this please leave it in the comment section and I will let you know if I comprehend any of it.