How to Create Glossary Pages in WordPress
Table of Contents
- Why should your site have a Glossary?
- How Does the Glossary Impact Your Website's SEO?
- Glossary Screenshots
- Usage and Publishing Instructions
- List of Glossary Settings
- Archive Settings
- Single Page Settings
- Call to Action
The Glossary Dropin allows you to easily create and manage an entire A-Z dictionary of your niche’s most commonly used phrases and keywords in one deep and easily searchable directory.
Fun to write and easy to manage, the Glossary adds an entirely new dimension of content to your site that is easy to link to, sends search engines deep into your site, and gives your readers a new destination to learn deeply about your niche.
Why should your site have a Glossary?
As a writer and niche site owner you are probably used to defining important keywords and terminology for your readers to understand, but after a while it can become repetitive to explain the same terms over and over again.
Creating a new blog post to simply define every keyword and phrase in your toolbox can easily clutter up your blog archive, and the blog post format tends to be an overkill since most definitions only require a few paragraphs to define at the most.
On top of that, interlinking to other content pages is one of the best things you can do to send your readers deeper into your site, and if you blog about a variety of topics it can be hard to link to a satisfactory amount of relevant content per post.
The Glossary steps in as not only a useful page that can quickly educate your readers, and increase the amount of time spent on your website, but also positions your website to benefit from a trend in how search engines view your website.
How Does the Glossary Impact Your Website’s SEO?
The premise behind the Glossary Dropin lies in catering to Google’s favorable view of micro content that answers specific questions in a concise manner.
You may notice that instead of trying to get you to click through to the top listed website result, Google will scrape a snippet of text from that page and show it directly in the search results with the option to click through to read more afterwards.
Not only does providing a concise answer directly in Google’s search results highly increase your page’s visibility, it also adds a layer of authority to your website in your visitor’s minds before they even visit your website.
While writing content-rich and long articles is the key to longterm SEO success, writing quick yet thorough Glossary pages will allow Google to find definitions from your website and position you to rank for them.
Just see how the largest WordPress site on the Internet, WPBeginner, ranks for a plethora of definitions from their custom made Glossary page:
Now with the new MD Glossary Dropin, you can create these same kind of definitions pages with ease. Let’s explore in more detail:
Read the Dropin Installation Guide for general instructions on how to install any MD Dropin, including the Glossary Dropin.
Usage and Publishing Instructions
After you have successfully installed the Glossary Dropin you will have a new admin panel navigation link called Glossary. This is where you will add new Glossary entries and customize the Glossary settings.
To create a new Glossary entry go to Glossary > Add New (just like you would normally create a blog post) and enter the Entry name and description text. You have access to the full Blocks Editor and MD page settings, so create as thorough or as simple page content as you’d like.
Next, and this is important—enter the first letter of the new entry into the Terms meta box. In order for this new entry to appear in the Glossary, you must add a Letter to match it to:
After you have written your definition text and entered the Term Letter, you can publish your new entry and see it listed on your Glossary archives page. Easy!
List of Glossary Settings
The Glossary Dropin comes with just enough settings to make personalizing your pages simple without overwhelming you. Here is a list of custom settings by section available in WP Admin > Glossary > Settings
- Page Title: Change the main h1 tag at the top of the Glossary homepage
- Page Subtitle: Add a complementary subtitle to the top of the Glossary homepage
- Page Text: Add main description text to the top of the Glossary homepage
- Search Text: Change the A-Z navigation search text
- Page Slug: Change the page slug from /glossary/ to your own custom URL
- Layout Options: Add a custom sidebar, or remove Main Menu from page
Single Page Settings
- Term Prefix: Add a prefix to the beginning of every Glossary entry page title
- After Post Title: Change the “Learn more” title after each Glossary entry content
- After Post Text: Add descriptive text to the “Learn more” section after each Glossary entry
Call to Action
You can add a call-to-action to the end of the Glossary homepage and each Glossary entry from these settings. Choose between an email form, button link, or popup (all connected to MD Email and Popups) and customize your offer to best match the context of the Glossary pages.