If you’re new to websites, or perhaps just new to WordPress, you may not know all of the terms used in talking about it or how to set it up.  The following is a list of terms you may come across in our documentation or during support discussions and a brief explanation of what they mean.

If you can’t find a word you’re looking for on the list, feel free to add a comment to the bottom and we’ll see about adding it!


Term Explanation
9mm Network Refers collectively to all sites hosted by
Admin Bar A black bar that appears across the top of your site when you are logged into it. Clicking on your site name will take you either to the front page of your site or the back end, depending on where you are currently.

Click here to see an example of what the admin bar looks like.

Admin Sidebar The black bar running down the left-hand side of the screen when you are in the back end of your site. It contains a menu linking to all the most important areas of your site, and can be quickly identified by the “Dashboard” link at the top of the list.
Back End The administrative part of your website, where you can manage posts, pages, products, and other content. This is also where you manage all of your settings for the site. This part of the site is not publicly visible.
Child Theme A theme which extends (adds onto) an existing theme, allowing for customizations to the original theme that won’t be lost if the original theme gets updated at a later time. The original theme is typically referred to as the Parent Theme, though occasionally “base theme” may be heard as well.
Classic Editor A post editing interface that allows you to edit content in a manner similar to a word processor (such as Microsoft Word). Also known as the TinyMCE editor, after the piece of software powering the editor.

Click here to see a sample of what the Classic Editor looks like.

By default, 9mm Network sites have the Classic Editor enabled and set as the default.

Dashboard The landing page when you first arrive at the back end of your site (such as if you click on your site’s name in the admin bar while viewing your site’s home page). It displays a number of useful statistics about your site, and also contains a form for submitting and tracking help requests if you require assistance.
eProcessing Network (ePN) A 2nd Amendment Friendly payment processing service that powers most stores on the 9mm Network
Front End The publicly-visible part of the site. Generally speaking, all visitors will be able to see things here, although some of it may require them to be signed in first.
Get Help Button The blue and white button in the admin bar that takes you to where you can submit a help request. Looks like this: Get Help
Gutenberg Editor A new post editing interface introduced by WordPress at the end of 2018. It uses a block-based, drag-and-drop interface to allow for creating more advanced page layouts.

By default, 9mm Network sites have the Classic Editor enabled and set as the default. If you wish to enable the Gutenberg editor on your site, you can click on the Get Help button to submit a request to activate it.

Payment Gateway A piece of software that enables an online store to communicate with your payment processor so that transactions may be approved or denied
Plugin Sometimes also referred to as an “extension”. A piece of software which can be used by WordPress to allow the site to do new things (e.g. WooCommerce is a plugin that turns a WordPress site into a retail store).
Product Gallery A collection of additional images of a product that can be displayed on a product’s detail page. The Product Image for the product is included in the Product Gallery by default when loading the page.
Product Image The primary image associated with a product. This is the image that will appear in grid views (such as when viewing a category or search results), and will be the default image shown when viewing the product’s details. Each product may only have one Product Image; any additional images should be added to the product’s Product Gallery.
Theme A collection of files which determines how the site looks, and which may provide additional functionality. Sometimes referred to as a “skin”. See also: Child Theme
WooCommerce An extension of WordPress that enables a website to run a store
WordPress A popular blogging platform used to power all sites operated by the 9mm Network

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