Web Terms You Should Know

There are a lot of terms you may have heard when discussing the details of your website. While some of the terms are self explanatory, others aren’t so much. Below are a few commonly used web terms and their corresponding definitions to help you out.


Back End
The back end is the area of a website that is hidden from what a regular user sees when they visit your web page. This is where all of the code, files, and the structure of your website are stored and accessed.

The cache or cached files are files from web pages you have visited that your web browser has saved and stored for faster viewing for the next time you visit that website.

Cascading Style Sheet (CSS)
Cascading Style Sheets or CSS as they are most commonly refered to, are used to define the different elements look on your website.

Content Management System (CMS)
A content management system is a backend tool that allows users to easily manage their websites. This tool separates the design and code from the content of the website. This allows users who aren’t so web savvy to easily update the content on their website.

Front End
The front end of a website is the part that the person viewing your website sees. This is where all of your contet, design elements, and branding is.

HTML stand for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the primary code language used to write web pages.

The navigation, often refered to as the menu, is the area on a website where the links to the most important pages (usually the main top level pages) are located. The navigation is usually placed at the top or on the side of webpages.

Plug In
Plug ins are snippets of third party code that are used to extend the capabilities of a website and cut down on development time. Plug ins are most commonly used with content management systems.

Responsive websites use flexible page layouts to self adjust to any screen size a user may be viewing the website on. This includes large computer moniters, tablets, smartphones, and anything else you could think of to access the internet.

Resolution is the physical number of pixels displayed on a screen. Resolution is measured in dots per inch (DPI) which refers to the pixels.

Search Engine Optimization (often refered to as SEO) is the practice of affecting the visibility of a website in a search engine’s unpaid or organic search results.

Usability refers to how easily a user can access and find what they are looking for on your website. This includes the content, images, navigation, and any interactive elements on your website.

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