About the Tools

York Portfolios is powered by WordPress Multiuser, an open source blogging platform that is among the most popular and flexible web publishing platforms available today.

York Portfolios is an on-campus installation of WordPress MU (multiuser), one of the world's most popular blogging platforms. York's selection of a globally relevant platform ensures that your e-portfolio and blog(s) are portable. 

When you're ready to graduate from York College, simply export your database with one click and import it into a WordPress web host. It's your work, and you can control it.

The social network behind York Portfolios is actually a plugin for WordPress MU called BuddyPress. This tool enables registered users to locate and interact with each other online, individually and in groups. 

The social network functions are a lot like those you might know from MySpace, Facebook, or other social network sites. You can invite friendships, form and join groups, and much more.

Technical Terminologies

WordPress MU
It is a technology platform for blogs. It is used by York College for students' blogs and ePortfolios.
The general topic in which the post can be classified. Generally, bloggers have 7-10 categories for their content. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. Quoting http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts
Pages & Posts
You can write either posts or pages. When you're writing a regular blog entry, you write a post. Posts automatically appear in reverse chronological order on your blog's home page. Pages, on the other hand, are for content such as "About Me," "Contact Me," etc. Quoting http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages.
A Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. Quoting http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes.
It is designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as "widgets") without having to change any code. Quoting http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/WordPress_Widgets.
It refers to micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Tags have to be enabled with the right code in your theme for them to appear in your post. Quoting http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts