The WooCommerce Glossary is a compilation of commonly used terms for quick reference.
- We use U.S. English and spellings, as part of Automattic, Inc.
- We follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam Webster, with rare exceptions.
add-on (adjective and noun) and add on (verb)
admin: Refers to person with this user status for a website/store
and: Spell out. See entry for Ampersand at Grammar, Punctuation, Style.
back end (noun) and back-end (adjective)
cart: Shopping cart, not shopping basket.
checkbox and checkboxes
drop-down (adjective and noun) and drop down (verb)
emoji (singular and plural)
etc. with period. Do not use … That’s an ellipsis.
extension: Software that expands features and functionality of an existing plugin, such as Subscriptions for WooCommerce.
FAQ (singular) and FAQs (plural). Not FAQ’s.
front end (noun) and front-end (adjective)
GitHub: Capital G, capital H
ID: Abbreviation for identification. Not id or i.d. or Id
i.e. (meaning) and e.g. (for example) — Not: eg, ie or ex.
its and it’s: its is possessive; it’s is short for ‘it is.’ Determine which to use by substituting ‘it is’ in the sentence.
Jetpack: Capital J, lowercase p.
Knowledge Base: Also known as the WooThemes ex-support forum. Closed permanently in June 2016 after assessment, cull and migration of top 1400 posts (20 percent).
lessons not learnings
Like: Social media action
log in and log into (verb) and login (noun)
MailChimp: Capital M, capital C.
new vs. fresh: New should be used. Fresh means something else. e.g., new install, fresh install
Ninja: Capitalized when a job title at WooCommerce. Moving toward Woo Happiness Engineer or Woo HE.
OK not Ok or okay or okey
opt-in (adjective and noun) and opt in (verb)
PayPal: Capital P, capital P
plugin: Software that can be installed and turned on/off (plugged in), such as WooCommerce
pop-up (adjective and noun) and pop up (verb)
set up (verb) and setup (noun)
sign up (verb) and signup (noun)
staging vs. development vs. production: different test sites
shop (verb and noun)
student not learner
sync vs. synch
their, there, they’re: their is possessive, there is a place, they’re is they are
third party not 3rd party
website vs. site
which vs. that: The store that sells widgets (not: The store which sells widgets) and The store on the corner, which is open 9-9 on weekdays.
WooCommerce: Capital W, capital C. Avoid WC when possible, as those unfamiliar with context can mistake for WordCamp (e.g., WC Madrid).
WooThemes: WooThemes or woothemes.com no longer used as a brand name; only exists in code examples. See entry for WooCommerce.
WordPress: Capital W, capital P
WordPress Admin: Also known as wp-admin, not Dashboard. Only use WordPress Admin > Dashboard if user should go to this location.
Zendesk: Capital Z, lowercase D. Sometimes abbreviated internally as ZD.