Like most industries, web design and development has its own language and jargon. When working with your web designer you will need to be familiar with at least some of the numerous terms and definitions.
A short list to get you started:
Terms you probably know:
The home page of a website. Nobody’s quite sure where the term comes from.
A link from one web page to another, either on the same site or on a different one. Usually highlighted in some way, these can be text or images.
Web designers usually refer to a website’s menu as “navigation” but they’ll know what you mean. There are different types of navigation menus:
- Pop-up: When you hover your mouse over a navigation link to a page, other navigation links “pop” up to give you access to other sub-pages. The pop-up will disappear when you click or move the mouse away.
- Select: Most commonly used on sites designed for small screens (such as your smartphone), once you click on it a select menu displays all the pages on a site. It will stay open until you select a page from the menu or click somewhere else on the page.
Terms you should know:
The content management area system your designer (or you) uses to make updates and changes to the site’s layout and content. It allows you to update the content of your site, without making the editing visible to the public until it’s published.
This is a small program that extends a website’s capabilities. It’s usually used with a content management system like WordPress. Popular plugins include: contact forms, social media icons, sharing tools, and e-commerce tools such as WooCommerce or Paypal donations.
Responsive Web Design (RWD)
Responsive Web Design is a way of building a website layout to be functional and easily read on a variety of device types such as mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, without the need to maintain multiple websites. Technically it is compromised of fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries. (TMI, right?)
Terms to impress your web designer:
A type of web navigation which provides a trail of hyperlinks for the user to get back to previous pages from their current location within a website. Not only useful for site visitors, Google also loves breadcrumbs.
Cascading Style Sheets
Known as CSS, Cascading Style Sheets define the look and feel of a website. CSS has replaced HTML-based methods for formatting and website layout. The biggest advantage of using CSS is the ease with which changes to the entire site can be made. CSS allows your designer to change the style of your site without having to make major content changes.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
A technology that notifies users when a website is updated, RSS allows you to read the update with a feed reader, meaning you don’t have to visit the site. RSS is used to subscribe to blogs and sites which frequently update information such as news agencies. RSS is built into most content management systems.
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