What is: WordPress Front End


Peter Jobes

Definition of Front End

The front end is the polar opposite of the back end. Essentially, it’s a term given to the things that the user sees and interacts with on a blog or website. Right now, you are viewing the front end of a blog. The culmination of all the back end pieces working as intended (we hope!).

A lot of things come into play when you access a website to read an article or shop for products. Front-ends and back ends work together to bring you a page that looks right and works well. While a back end concentrates on the mechanics behind the scenes and is commonly manageable on a platform such as WordPress or Joomla’s ‘Dashboard’ page, a front end deals with what your readers are looking at.

A front end generally consists of two parts – the web design and web development.

The programming languages behind front ends are typically HTML and CSS, and it’s the development and utilisation of these languages that influence the design of your website. Along with Javascript and JQuery (a Javascript-based library), you have all the tools you need for the presentation of your texts, menus, widgets and buttons. Once you have the layout you want, it’s time for the back end to work its magic behind the scenes and spring all of your links into action.

Along with programming language, SEO and cross-browser compatibility are also associated with the use of front ends – image software like Photoshop and editing software such as Dreamweaver too. The power of a fully utilised front end to your website can’t be understated.

Tip: Use your front ends to create attractive and easy-to-follow content for your site. Make sure your front end is fully compatible by testing it on a range of different browsers that readers may visit from and on smartphones too.

Further Reading:

1. What is: WordPress Backend (Admin)?

2. Yellow Pencil: The Best Visual CSS Editor Plugin For WordPress

3. How To Easily Show Code Snippets On Your WordPress Website

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Peter Jobes

Content Marketing Manager

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