Terms to Know

When using Plymouth Create, it is important to know the terminology associated with creating a site. Below are some common Plymouth Create terms and their definitions.

Administrator Account a management account that is created with every instance of an installed application
Backup a copy of your site that can be used to restore data
cPanel the control panel interface that is seen when logging into Plymouth Create; allows users to manage their sites
Dashboard your cPanel homepage
DNS Domain Name System
Domain a unique Web address (e.g. yourname.plymouthcreate.net) that can be made with Plymouth Create
Domain Mapping allows you to assign your domain (or a subdomain) to another service, such as Google Sites or Tumblr
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; protects the privacy of student records
FTP File Transfer Protocol; a method that allows you to remotely move files to a Web server from another location – usually your local/personal computer
Installatron a script installer that allows you to quickly and easily install web applications to on the web space
LAMP server Linux (operating system), Apache (Web server), MySQL (database server), PHP/PERL/PYTHON (programming language); the environment Plymouth Create runs on
Migration moves your domain and content to an individually-owned hosting account
Open Source software that is freely available for use, modification, and redistribution
Reclaim Hosting the service that Plymouth Create is hosted through
Shibboleth refers to your academic institution
Subdirectories an alternative to subdomains (ex: yourdomain.com/blog VS yourdomain.com/gallery)
Subdomains a distinct, individual site off of your main site that can use its own web application (ex: http://campus.plymouth.edu VS http://library.plymouth.edu/)
URL a web address
Web Applications a piece of software that runs on a web server, such as WordPress, Mediawiki, and ZenPhoto
WordPress one of the most commonly used web applications; allows users to create and customize a blog-style site

WordPress Terms

As one of the most popular web applications, it is important to know some of the terms associated with WordPress when creating a WordPress site for the first time.

Categories groups of content that are predefined as belonging to a particular topic
Pages static portions of a site that are not subjected to the reverse-chronology of posts; used to create sections on a site such as “About Me” or “Contact Information”
Plugins software that can be installed through WordPress to add additional features and functionality to a site
Posts articles that are written for a WordPress site, shown reverse-chronologically, and often categorized by topic
Tags similar to categories, tags group content together based on a predefined term; often used more precisely and liberally than categories
Themes a prefabricated design for a WordPress site
Widgets often added to sidebars, widgets are small areas that perform a specific function in a WordPress site, such as adding a calendar or showing Recent Posts

For more help on using Plymouth Create, see the Plymouth Create Support site or contact ITS Help Desk by emailing helpdesk@plymouth.edu.