Like any other profession, web developers have certain basic jargon that makes their work much easier. These are basically shortened versions of much longer words or phrases that ease the process of coding.
This is a guide for either aspiring designers or a client looking to learn something about web design before they engage someone for the job.
Here are 7 commonly used terminologies.
#1 HTML – HyperText Markup Language
HTML which in full means HyperText Markup Language, is basically a composition of different tags that are put together to create the structure of a website. These tags are usually paired then the website content is added to fill in the spaces between them.
#2 CSS – Cascading Style Sheets
CSS which in full means Cascading Style Sheets is essentially the document that contains the layout, fonts, colors, and the overall look of the website. It has a cascading effects in that any alteration on a style sheet will affect multiple pages on the website.
#3 PHP – HyperText Preprocessor
PHP which in full means HyperText Preprocessor is essentially the mechanism that will allow the display of dynamic web content as well as interaction with this content on the web page.
#4 CMS – Content Management System
CMS which in full means Content Management System is essentially the platform that will allow administrators of a website to manage the content of the website. This can be editing, updating or deleting content.
#5 SEO – Search Engine Optimization
SEO which in full means Search Engine Optimization is essentially the process of planning, developing and writing a website’s content with the goal of improving its chances of showing up on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
#6 UI – User Interface
UI which in full means User Interface is essentially the platform that will allow for interaction between a website and its user.
#7 UX – User Experience
UX which in full means User Experience essentially encompasses everything from UI, to the emotions, moods, feelings, and so on that the website’s user experiences when on the website. It’s basically the overall experience of the person using the website.
There are of course many other terms you will hear developers use, but these are the most common and basic that you should know.
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