Tumblr may have its own lingo, but the blogging platform also adopts the language of the web. How many of these 25 web terms used on Tumblr do you know?
- AAC — Advanced Audio Coding. AAC is an audio format recommended by Tumblr for the sound of MP4 videos (when uploading a video post).
- Avatar — An image representing you on Tumblr. Also called a portrait photo, the avatar appears to the left of your posts on the Tumblr dashboard.
- BMP — An abbreviation of “bitmap,” BMP is a Windows image format supported by Tumblr for image uploads.
- Blockquote — A blockquote creates indented text, set off with a vertical line in Tumblr, to distinguish another author’s words.
- Bookmarklet — The “Share on Tumblr” bookmarklet operates in your web browser’s bookmark bar. When clicked, the bookmarklet summons a window, letting you create posts from the web page you are browsing. Get the bookmarklet here.
- CSS — Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) drive the look and formatting of your Tumblr theme, defining layout, fonts, margins, images, colors and more.
- Favicon — Short for “favorite icon,” this tiny image appears in browser location bars and bookmarks. Tumblr automatically creates a 16-by-16-pixel version of your avatar as a favicon.
- GIF — The Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, reduces images to a palette of 256 colors. Animated GIF image files are limited to 1 MB on Tumblr.
- Hat tip — Also H/T, hat tips credit a person or website for contributing to an online effort, such as surfacing great content.
- HEX code — Web colors are represented with hexadecimal characters (numbers 0 to 9 and letters A to F). Tumblr dark blue is #2C4762 in hexadecimal code.
- HTML — The Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, is used to author web pages. By default, Tumblr offers a simple editor for writing and formatting text but allows you to edit the underlying HTML code by clicking the <html> icon.
- IP address — An Internet Protocol address is a series of numbers assigned to a device on a network.
- JPEG — The Joint Photographic Experts Group created the JPEG (also JPG) image standard for digital photography. Tumblr supports the JPEG format for image uploads.
- Markdown — One of the editing options in Tumblr settings, Markdown offers a simple means of formatting text using plain-text email conventions.
- Meta tags — Found in HTML, meta tags describe a web page, often offering a page description and keywords to assist with search engine optimization.
- MP3 — A digital audio format supported by Tumblr for audio posts.
- MP4 — A digital multimedia format supported by Tumblr for video posts.
- Permalink — A combination of “permanent” and “link,” permalinks are URLs that lead to individual Tumblr posts. Of course, if you change your Tumblr URL, permalinks are no longer permanent.
- Pixel — Short for picture element, a pixel is the smallest spot of light seen on a display. On Tumblr, most images have a maximum of 1280 pixels in width (except for panoramas) and 1920 pixels in height.
- PNG — An abbreviation for Portable Networks Graphics, the PNG image format is supported by Tumblr for image uploads.
- Redirect — Sending one URL to another URL. Tumblr pages can serve as redirects to your posts with a particular tag or to an external website.
- RGB — This color standard combines red, green and blue to create a spectrum of colors for photos and graphics. Images on Tumblr must be RGB and not CMYK, which stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black).
- RSS — RSS (Rich Site Summary) allows visitors to subscribe to your post updates from a feed reader. Tumblr automatically generates an RSS feed of your blog. Just add /rss to your Tumblr URL for the link.
- Short URL — For each post, Tumblr generates a truncated “tmblr.co” web address. If you’ve connected your blog to Twitter, you can view the Short URL of any published post. Edit the post then click the gear icon in the upper right.
- URL — Uniform Resource Locator, also known as a web address.
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