In WordPress, terms refers to the items in a taxonomy.

For example, a website has categories books, politics, and blogging in it. While category itself is a taxonomy the items inside it are called terms.

Before the custom taxonomies were introduced, WordPress had template tags to display tags and categories. With the introduction of custom taxonomies, template tags were introduced to handle display of terms inside custom taxonomies. Template tags for terms can also be used for categories or tags, which are default taxonomy built-in to WordPress as standard.

Functions related to the terms, such as the_terms() function will display the terms inside of a custom taxonomy within WordPress. The parameters of the_terms() Function allow the user to format them to make the information presentable. The following is an example of the_terms() function:

1| ID, 'category', 'categories: ', ' / ' ); ?>

Terms within custom taxonomies can also be displayed using short code, widgets, and other means, depending on how the site is setup. The above code is for displaying it using hard code through PHP. The hard coded way may be more convenient for custom designed websites, whereas the widgets and plug-ins method may be more useful for pre-designed WordPress Templates being used by multiple websites. The plugin and short code option also gives the admins who are not as tech savvy an easier method of implementation and control of displaying terms within the custom taxonomies. To initially setup the short code, some hard coding into the WordPress files still has to be done. Please see the related articles below for further detail on this.

WordPress (Wikipedia)

WordPress logo.svg
WordPress Dashboard
WordPress Dashboard
Developer(s) WordPress Foundation
Initial release May 27, 2003; 15 years ago (2003-05-27)
Stable release
4.9.8 / 2018-08-02[±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in PHP
Operating system Unix-like, Windows
Type Blog software, Content Management System, Content Management Framework
License GNU GPLv2+
Website wordpress.org

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging, but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores. Used by more than 60 million websites, including 30.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2018, WordPress is the most popular website management system in use. WordPress has also been used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS).

WordPress was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, as a fork of b2/cafelog. The software is released under the GPLv2 (or later) license.

To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server, either part of an Internet hosting service like WordPress.com or a computer running the software package WordPress.org in order to serve as a network host in its own right. A local computer may be used for single-user testing and learning purposes.

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