Content item

A individual item of content. For example, a page, a news article, and an event are all content items, which correspond to the Page, News, and Event content types, respectively.

Content type

A collection of fields that describe a specific type of content, like a news article, a person, or an event. Site admins can add additional content types by enabling optional modules. WDS can also create custom content types for a site.


A collection of features or functionality that can be enabled on sites. WDS has made several optional modules available to site administrators to enable on their site. For example, the "News" module enables the News content type and provide a News List Block for displaying news on a page.


Exactly the same as "content item". The term "node" is Drupal's terminology, but WDS prefers to use "content item" which is easier to understand.

System path

All pages in Drupal have a system path, which usually has a number in it that corresponds to an ID. For example, all content items have a system path /node/[id], and all taxonomy terms have a system path of /taxonomy/term/[id]. Usually URL aliases are created for system paths.

Taxonomy term

A term is an individual item that belongs to some taxonomy vocabulary, typically used for categorizing content. For example, a vocabulary "Colors" may have terms in it "Red", "Green", "Blue".

Taxonomy vocabulary

Used primarily for categorizing content, a vocabulary defines a specific grouping of taxonomy terms. Some default vocabularies exist on all sites, but WDS can create custom vocabularies if needed. Synonymous with categories.

Testing Environment

A place to try changes before replicating them on the Production Environment ( your live website). Sometimes this environment is referred to as "QA' for quality assurance. 

URL Alias

The user-friendly path for a content item or taxonomy term that replaces the system path. For example, /my-page can be an alias for /node/123.