20 Web Terms You Should Know #

January 07, 2019 - Written by: Kahla Livelsberger

When hiring someone to design your website, it would be helpful to know some of the terms they will be using to help you understand how and why they do things the way they do. We compiled a list of 20 words to read over before your first meeting with your design firm.

FRONT END
A front end developer focuses on the graphical aspect of the website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They design the site to make it look good.

BACK END
A back end developer focuses on the communication aspect. They make the site work with the database that holds all of the information.

ABOVE THE FOLD
Above the fold refers to everything that is visible on a website before you scroll on a website. The most important information should be above the fold.

BOUNCE RATE
This is the number of visitors to your site that leave after only viewing one page.

BROWSER
A program for HTML files to navigate the World Wide Web. Some examples would be Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

CTA
Short for Call to Action, CTAs are buttons or images designed to get visitors to click to go to another page.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Also known as CMS, Content Management Systems help users modify their database information and design styles without knowledge of code or how databases work.

COOKIES
A file created by a website you have visited that saves your preferences for that session. Cookies may be used for future sessions, so the website can load faster and know your preferences for the next time you visit.

CACHE
Cache is your temporary internet files that are saved so the next time you visit a site it will load faster for you. Your design firm may ask you to clear your cache so that you get the most updated version of the webpage you are viewing. Clearing your cache may also free up hard disk space for your computer.

HTML
Short for HyperText Markup Language, HTML is the way that you define elements on a webpage. It is the code that structures the website.

CSS
Short for Cascading Style Sheet, CSS styles the HTML on a website. Without CSS, HTML is just black text on a screen. CSS tells the HTML elements how to look and where to go.

DOMAIN
A name that identifies a website. For example, our domain name is innovatechmt.com. Every website has a domain name used as an address to access the site.

HOSTING
You cannot have a website without hosting. The web host holds all of the information for your website. If your hosting is down, your site will not show up. It's like renting - You have to "rent" space to store your site on the web.

FAVICON
An icon that is linked to a URL that is displayed in the address bar and in the bookmarked list. Usually, it is similar to the logo of the site.

HTTP
Short for HyperText Transfer Protocol, this defines how messages are formatted and transmitted and what actions the server should be taking.

HYPERLINK
A link that takes you to a website, document, or another location.

SEO
Short for Search Engine Optimization, SEO is used to send information to search engines to help your website show up in search results.

META TAG
Meta tags are used by search engines to display information about your website in search results. They should explain and define all of the content on your website. Meta Tags are one of the many things you need to do to make your SEO better.

RESPONSIVE
This is what makes a website flexible on the screen to fit different screen sizes and devices. Sometimes, responsive design means that same content isn’t displayed on smaller screen sizes, or it’s displayed differently.

URL

When hiring someone to design your website, it would be helpful to know some of the terms they will be using to help you understand how and why they do things the way they do. We compiled a list of 20 words to read over before your first meeting with your design firm.

FRONT END
A front end developer focuses on the graphical aspect of the website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They design the site to make it look good.

BACK END
A back end developer focuses on the communication aspect. They make the site work with the database that holds all of the information.

ABOVE THE FOLD
Above the fold refers to everything that is visible on a website before you scroll on a website. The most important information should be above the fold.

BOUNCE RATE
This is the number of visitors to your site that leave after only viewing one page.

BROWSER
A program for HTML files to navigate the World Wide Web. Some examples would be Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

CTA
Short for Call to Action, CTAs are buttons or images designed to get visitors to click to go to another page.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Also known as CMS, Content Management Systems help users modify their database information and design styles without knowledge of code or how databases work.

COOKIES
A file created by a website you have visited that saves your preferences for that session. Cookies may be used for future sessions, so the website can load faster and know your preferences for the next time you visit.

CACHE
Cache is your temporary internet files that are saved so the next time you visit a site it will load faster for you. Your design firm may ask you to clear your cache so that you get the most updated version of the webpage you are viewing. Clearing your cache may also free up hard disk space for your computer.

HTML
Short for HyperText Markup Language, HTML is the way that you define elements on a webpage. It is the code that structures the website.

CSS
Short for Cascading Style Sheet, CSS styles the HTML on a website. Without CSS, HTML is just black text on a screen. CSS tells the HTML elements how to look and where to go.

DOMAIN
A name that identifies a website. For example, our domain name is innovatechmt.com. Every website has a domain name used as an address to access the site.

HOSTING
You cannot have a website without hosting. The web host holds all of the information for your website. If your hosting is down, your site will not show up. It's like renting - You have to "rent" space to store your site on the web.

FAVICON
An icon that is linked to a URL that is displayed in the address bar and in the bookmarked list. Usually, it is similar to the logo of the site.

HTTP
Short for HyperText Transfer Protocol, this defines how messages are formatted and transmitted and what actions the server should be taking.

HYPERLINK
A link that takes you to a website, document, or another location.

SEO
Short for Search Engine Optimization, SEO is used to send information to search engines to help your website show up in search results.

META TAG
Meta tags are used by search engines to display information about your website in search results. They should explain and define all of the content on your website. Meta Tags are one of the many things you need to do to make your SEO better.

RESPONSIVE
This is what makes a website flexible on the screen to fit different screen sizes and devices. Sometimes, responsive design means that same content isn’t displayed on smaller screen sizes, or it’s displayed differently.

URL
Short for Uniform Resource Locator, URL is another word for a web address and is used to access a web page on the web.

After going over these basic web terms, you should be more knowledgeable and more comfortable meeting with your design firm and understanding what they are talking about. You might even impress them!

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