24 Web Design Definitions You Need to Know

24 Web Design Definitions That You Need To Know

If you are about to hire a web designer for your website or want to know more about web designing, learning the basic terms and web design definitions should be a priority. Just like any other learning field, Web Design also has its own language. Knowing the basics will help you understand it further as well as help you communicate well with your web designer.

Below we listed down, in no particular order, 24 commonly used web design definitions:

1) Back-end

In software engineering, the term backend refers to the infrastructure of the website itself. It includes the information structure and applications. Basically how the site works, updates and changes. The back-end of the web industry is often called server-side.

2) Front-end

This is where converting data to a graphical interface. It’s where users view and interact with data such as pages, images, content, etc. It’s also referred to as the User Interface.

3) Hosting

Also known as web hosting, it is a business of housing, serving, and maintaining a website’s files. It’s like renting out space on the web for the websites.

4) Responsive Design

It is an approach to web page creation that suggests that design should respond to users need. Especially with the rising of the smartphones, tablets, and other devices that can access the internet; designing a website that’s mobile or gadget-friendly is highly demanded.

5) Navigation

Navigation is an element within a webpage that contains links to other sections of the website. It is a big part of any website and it’s present on most if not all the pages of a website.

6) SEO – Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization is important when you already have an up and running website. This is to ensure that the search engines will acknowledge your website as worthy to rank high.

7) Landing Page

A landing page is a standalone web page where visitors land when they click an ad from a different website, Google AdWords or anything similar. The purpose of the page is to give visitors the call-to-action (CTA).

8) Meta Tags

Is a combination of snippets of text that describe the content of a page. Meta tags help search engines tell what a website is all about.


HTML or Hypertext Markup Language is the standard markup language for documents designed to be displayed in a web browser. It defines the meaning of the structure of web content.

10) Javascript

It is a computer programming language. This programming language will help any website to become and have interactive effects. Javascript is used alongside HTML to help enhance it.

11) URL

A uniform resource locator (URL) is your website’s global address on the world wide web. It indicates the location of a resource as well as a way to access it.


HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is used by the world wide web to communicate between client computers and web servers. HTTPS or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure is a secure version extension of HTTP. It is a method of ensuring secure communication.

13) Domain

Your domain is your website’s identity. Within the internet, the domain is defined by the IP address. And devices that share a common part of IP addresses have the same domain.

14) Favicon

Favicon, short for favorite icon, is a shortcut icon. This is the image we see displayed in the address bar the browser of each specific website we visit.  

15) Hyperlink

A hyperlink is an HTML element that links to another portion of the document or to entirely another document. For example, you can add a hyperlink to a word or image that either another website or from a page in your website.

16) iFrame

iFrame, short for inline frame, is an HTML element that enables an external webpage to be embedded in an HTML document. It is often used to insert content from another source, such as ads.

17) CSS – Cascading Style Sheet

CSS is used to format the layout of Web pages. The language for describing the overall look of a web page; like colors, layout, and fonts. CSS also helps in making sure your webpage will adapt to different devices.

18) Content Management System

Content management system or CSM is a software application used in creating and managing digital content. One example of a CMS is WordPress. In WordPress, you can facilitate creating, editing, organizing, and publishing content.

19) Below the fold

Your website is divided in half which is above the fold and below the fold. Below the fold refers to the section only visible after you scroll down.

20) Bounce Rate

A bounce rate is the term used for when a user visits your website and won’t interact and engage with any of the content and each session last 0 seconds.

21) Plugin

Plugin is a software component that adds a specific feature to any website. It basically allows extra functions to be made on top of the default functions the particular software or website.

22) HTTP 404

HTTP 404, a status code, pops up when a webpage can’t be found.

23) Cookies

A cookie is an information that a Website plants on your hard disk to remember something about you at a later time. It will record your preference when using a certain site.

24) User Experience (UX) Design

UX Design is the process of producing products that give significant and important experiences to users through improving the usability, accessibility, and desirability of the design.

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