The web design industry can be extremely intimidating for those unfamiliar or new to it. Not only does it contain its own language but there’s so much web jargon and terms that goes along with it.
For designers, these terms have become second nature, so lets look at some of the most common web related terms you’ll stumble across.
A 301 redirect is a term all designers are familiar with, it’s the term used when one URL (Uniform Resource Identifier) permanently redirects to another.
This usually happens when you change URL’s, have broken pages, content is deleted or is no longer useful, when a website is redesigned or domains are merged.
When a 404 page error appears, this means the page you’re trying to access doesn’t exist on the website. 404 errors commonly appear when a page has been deleted from the site or the URL has been misspelled.
CSS, also known as Cascading Style Sheet refers to the script created to lay out and style pages on a website. This can include anything from colour, size, spacing of the content to font changes.
Without hosting, your website can’t be accessed. Hosting is the web servers used to “house”, serve and maintain all the files of websites.
A domain name is simply the name of your website, it is what people typically type into a browser when searching for your website.
Domain names are unique to every business, and your domain name can be claimed by having it registered with a domain registrar.
Shopping carts are e-commerce sites specifically designed for businesses that sell products that allow customers to purchase goods online.
Content management system is a type of software that uses a database to manage content when designing a website.
Although they are not specific to web design and are used for marketing purposes too, they play a vital role in the management of website content.
HTTP, short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, is regarded as the foundation of the world wide web used to load pages with the use of hypertext links and to transfer files on the internet.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is the secure version of HTTP, where data is transferred over a secure network.
Cache refers to a type of hardware or software component that stores data so that the data can easily be accessed for future use.
Cookies is the data your browser saves to help keep track of your website visits and activity.
Slideshows on a website are typically referred to as sliders used to display information. They’re used for images, text and even video.
The top section of a website is known as the header, it is usually what people see first when opening a website.
Footers are found at the end of a website, they’re the opposite of the header. They generally display company details such as contact information, copyright, social icons and privacy policies to name a few.
While these are but a few everyday design terms we’ve compiled, there are hundreds, if not thousands of web related terms designers and design agencies are familiar with.