Web Design Glossary


Here’s a short web design glossary of often used web design terminology that web designers use, which may come in handy when speaking with a web designer.

Some of which I’m sure you’re already familiar with.This post will be updated often, so feel free to bookmark it!

Accessibility Context of a web site that is usable for people with disabilities, such as access for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically impaired and colour blind people.

Anchor An anchor is a link that links within the same page of the web page.

Backlink A backlink is a link from another website to your own. Links from related sites to yours can improve your ranking in search engines.

Blog A blog is a website that an individual or group of users make frequent updates to, to record opinions and information on a regular basis.

CAPTCHA A CAPTCHA is a part of a web form that attempts to validate that the person filling out the form is a person, and not a bot. Its objective is to reduce spam.

Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) A style sheet language that defines the look and feel of HTML documents. Cascading Style Sheets can define fonts, colours, background images, layouts, and more.

CMS A content management system (CMS) is a system used to manage the content of a Web site. CMS allows publishing, editing and the modifying of content, whilst keeping design separate, making it easier for content authors to add content.

Ecommerce Ecommerce is the sale and purchase of goods and services on the internet or through other electronic systems.

External link External links or outbound links are links that link to another website on the internet.

Favicon A favicon (short for favourites icon), also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon is a small graphic that sits in your Favourites Menu after you bookmark a page.

Font Typeface, defining the size, family, weight, and style of text.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) A standard for the exchange of program and data files across a network.

GIF A graphic format suited for flat colour images, often used for animated images.

HTML Editor Software that allows you to create Web pages.

Host Provides the infrastructure (servers and networking) for a Web site.

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) The language used to write Web pages. Its code is rendered by a browser to display Web page.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Allows Web browsers and Web servers to communicate.

Hyperlink A graphic or piece of text that links to another web page.

Internal link A link that links to another page of the same site or domain.

JPG or JPEG Graphics file, usually used for photographs or images with many colours.

Meta Tag A line of HTML coding that contains metadata about a webpage, which provides search engines with information about the website.

PNG A raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) SEO is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results.

Uniform Resource Locator (URL) The address of a web page or other resource on the internet.

WordPress WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS).

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