7 web design and development terms, explained

It can be intimidating when you are not aware of a few important web design and development terms. That’s why we’re here – to help you learn them.

by Natko Radmilovic - Art Director
7 web design and development terms, explained

7 web design and development terms, explained

Just compare the first website, which came out in 1991, to modern websites. You will see how much the web world has evolved. It used to be when simpler back in the day. At present, developing, designing and maintaining a website has become a complex ecosystem of skills, technologies and terms.
Are you in the middle of your web design? Feeling overwhelmed due to jargon you don’t quite understand? No worries! This post covers some of the most common definitions or terms used in web design and development. Have a look:

1. Above the fold (and below the fond)

Have you ever heard of “below the fold” and “above the fold”? Probably, yes! They are the two most common terms used by every web development agency. Above and below define whether the content/information appears on the top or lower half of the “fold”. The “fold” is the point where you have to start scrolling. So, when the content is above the fold, you don’t have to scroll for the content because it’s displayed first.

2. Front-end (and back-end)

Front-end represents all the elements like images, text and pages that users see when they first land on your website. It’s essentially what they interact and engages with. Front-end development is a process where programmers and coders manipulate how your website looks on a browser. On the other hand, back-end development is the other end of your system that helps your website run, but it’s hidden from users.

3. Content Management System (CMS)

A Content Management System is a platform where you edit and publish your website content. For instance, WordPress is a popular CMS that gives you control over the appearance, usability and accessibility of your look.

4. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

HTML coding can’t work alone, so it needs assistance to create attractive web pages. That’s when CSS comes into action and allows you to manage how information is presented on your website. It is used to manage different design elements like colours, the background, the shape and size of a web page.

5. Responsive design

As of the first quarter of 2021, mobile devices generated more than half of the global website traffic. The process of making your web design compatible with these devices is what responsiveness is all about. It helps you design a website that automatically adapts to different devices or screens.

6. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

This one is very common. SEO helps search engines understand the content on your website with the help of its Meta tags, ALT attributes, web pages and more. This further helps your website rank higher in organic search results.

7. Domain name

A domain name is the online identity of a website. It represents administrative autonomy and control within the internet. It’s the name of your website that people type into a browser to visit. For example, our domain is digitalpieces.com.au.

A final word

Of course, there are many web design definitions and terms to learn. However, these common terms will help you successfully start your web design and development journey. Rest is just learning. That said, we would love to help you with your web design and development project.
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