Top Web Design Terms and What They Mean

Whether you’re a web designer, someone studying web design, or someone who is just working on the web design for a website you plan to commission, from time to time you’re likely to come across an industry term that truly seems to be in a foreign language, or a an acronym that you just can’t make head or tail of. If someone’s just told you that you’re HTML, JPEG and PHP for your CMS is not SEF or accordant with W3C guidelines and you have no idea what they’re talking about, here’s a quick rundown on common web design terms and acronyms for you:


A browser is computer program that displays websites on the internet. Without browsers there would be no web design. An example of a browser is Internet Explorer.


CMS translates to Content Management System. A CMS is a system used in web design to add or amend text on a web page.


A database is a collection of data stored on a web server. Databases are used in the web design of search pages.

E-Commerce Website

E-Commerce websites are those that are specifically established to enable the purchase or sale of products or services over the internet.


Flash is a Plugin produced by Adobe that enables rich functionality in web design. Flash is often used in the design of games and other animated features.


HTML translated to HyperText Markup Language. It is the primary scripting language used to write web pages.


A homepage is the first page that is displayed when a user opens a web browser or selects the “home” button on the browser menu. People often have their home page set to popular or useful sites such as Google or a news feed such as MSN or CNN.

Hosting Company

Hosting companies offer space on their web servers for public sale or rental. Every website must have a host so operating a hosting company can be a lucrative business enterprise.


A hyperlink is a link to another image, document, download or website that is embedded in a web page.


JPEG translates to Joint Photographic Experts Group. A JPEG is a type of image file and is the common image format required for images used in web design.


PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocesser. It is another computer language mainly used to create dynamic (moving or interactive) web pages.


SEF translates to Search Engine Friendly and refers to any element of a website that works toward optimising the visibility of a website on popular search engines such as Google.


SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation that is a system of methods used to boost a website’s placement in search engine results listings.

Search Engine

A Search Engine is a website that has been specifically designed to allow users to search for information on the internet by entering key search terms to direct the search and order the results according to their relevance. Google is the most well-known search engine.


W3C stands for World Wide Web Consortium. The W3C is an organisation that dictates standards of web design and development on an international scale.

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