31th May 2017

10 Web design terms & abbreviations explained


10 Web design terms & abbreviations explained

Newcomers to web design, or even entrepreneurs looking to take their business online might be confronted with certain terms and abbreviations which can discourage them at first. This list will allow you to better communicate with your B2B web designer and understand what they’re asking of you in terms of guidance and information.

1/ B2B Website

Starting with the focus of companies like HEXA which can help you design the best websites out there in this niche, let’s see what B2B stands for. It actually stands for Business to Business and it underlines a business which primarily deals with other businesses instead of the more common business to customer approach.

2/ Breadcrumb Trails

When it comes to shopping websites, you’ll have a number of categories and subcategories to choose from. This can get very confusing, very fast if you’re just browsing around. A breadcrumb trail on a specific page will show a hierarchy of categories or pages you went through, and looks something like ‘Category 1> Category 2> Subcategory> This specific page’.

3/ Website Hosting Services

If you’re asked if you have purchased or use a web hosting service, you should know it refers to a physical server which keeps the information of your website stored on it.

4/ Domain Names and URLs

A domain name is the name of your website, without the ‘www.’ part at the beginning. It will be what you’ll be looking for when searching for a name for your website. The URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is the complete address of your website, like https://hexadigital.co/.

5/ Search Engine Optimization

You might’ve noticed this term thrown around – it is abbreviated as SEO and it means the sum of strategies used to get a search engine to rank your website higher in search result.

6/ Headings, Headers, Titles, Sub-Headings

Like in a normal document, you might need titles, sub-headings, and even other delimitations on your webpage. In HTML these come in the form of header tags, created with the H1 through H6 tags, each representing a different heading size.

7/ Linking, Hyperlinks

Linking a certain portion of text, an image or other media item on a specific website page means that clicking that specific element will lead you to another part of the same website or an external website.

8/ Hyper Text Markup Language or HTML

This is one of the most common coding languages used to create, edit and format website pages. There are several other programming languages used, depending on the specific website, but HTML is widely used as it works on any machines and all browsers.

9/ RWD

When asked whether you want a RWD or not, know that it stands for Responsive Web Design and in most cases, your answer should be ‘Yes’. This makes a website render or show properly on most devices, regardless of the screen size and allows for various navigation options, form using mouse and keyboard, to touchscreens.

10/ A Website’s Sitemap

This is a collection of your website’s URLs and some additional information on each of them, which allows search engines to better ‘crawl’ through your website and properly represent it and its internal pages in search results.

They sound, and in certain cases, look way too complicated to understand, but once you get through the list above, you’ll be familiar with most of the common web design related terms and abbreviations.

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