Web Terms

Web Design can be a very intimidating venture for those who are new to it. It contains language all on its own. Whether you are creating a website on your own, or working with a Web Developer, this list of 15 Web Design terms will help you better understand the process and create a clearer line of communication among those working on the project:

A graphic placed around a website, usually at the top, for advertising. They can be static images, text, or animated. Banners are great to draw attention to special offers and promotions on your website.

A domain name is a name that identifies a computer or computers on the Internet. These names appear as a part of a Website’s URL. For example, in www.itvibes.com – itvibes is the domain name.

HTML stands for “HyperText Markup Language,” it is the language used to create and format web pages.

A hyperlink, or link, connects one web page to other web pages either on the same website (internal linking), or web pages located on another website (external linking).

JPEG stands for “Joint Photographic Experts Group,” JPEGs are flexible types of photo files that can be made smaller for websites.

Navigation refers to the menus, links, icons and buttons on your site, along with where they are and where they take a use.

Outbound links are links that take you to an external website.

PDF stands for “Portable Document Format,” they were first developed by Adobe. PDF’s include a document with text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.

PNG stands for “Portable Network Graphics.” It is an image format ideal for compression and displaying images on the web. They can be edited for millions of colors, as well as transparent backgrounds.

The number of pixels in an image

A search engine is a program that searches web pages for specified keywords and returns the list of relevant sites.

“Search Engine Optimization” is the design of a website for better ranking on search engines through use of targeted keywords, link-building, Google Analytics, and content development.

The architecture of a website based on the site’s navigation.

A small version of an image, mostly used as a ‘preview image’ in an image gallery.

URL stands for “Uniform Resource Locator” or web address.

The further in depth you go into web design, the more complex it becomes. However, with an understanding of these important web design terms, you are placing yourself in a position to be able to understand basic web design aspects. For more information on web design and developmen