Tech & Web Design Glossary

Definitions for common tech and design terms.

This glossary includes definitions of some of the more common technical and design terms you may hear us discuss throughout the duration of your project.

Analytics: The process of collecting and analyzing data from a website or application in order to better understand how users interact with it.

API (Application Programming Interface): A set of rules and protocols that allow different software applications to communicate with each other.

Backup: A copy of important files and data that can be used to restore them in the event of data loss or system failure.

Beta design: A preliminary design of a website or application that is still in the testing phase and may undergo changes based on user feedback.

Beta testing: The process of testing a website or application before it is released to the public in order to identify and fix any issues or bugs.

Browser: A software application used to access and view websites and other online content.

Cache: A temporary storage location that stores frequently accessed data or information to improve the speed and efficiency of a computer system or software application.

Content Management System (CMS): A software application used to create, manage, and publish digital content on the web.

Cron job: A scheduled task or automated script that runs at a predetermined time or interval.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets): A style sheet language used to describe the visual appearance of web pages.

Database: A collection of data that is organized and stored in a structured manner for easy access and retrieval.

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack: A cyber attack in which a network or website is flooded with traffic in order to overwhelm and disrupt its normal functioning.

DNS (Domain Name System): A system that translates human-readable domain names into machine-readable IP addresses.

Domain name: A unique name used to identify a website or web server on the internet.

E-commerce: The buying and selling of goods or services online.

Email client: A software application used to access and manage email.

Firewall: A security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol): A protocol used for transferring files between computers over a network.

FTP client: A software application used to transfer files between computers using the FTP protocol.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language): A markup language used to create and structure content on the web.

IP address: A unique numerical identifier assigned to every device connected to the internet.

JavaScript: A programming language used to create interactive and dynamic content on the web.

Mobile optimization: The process of optimizing a website or application for use on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Plug-in: A software component that adds specific functionality to an existing software application.

Responsive design: A design approach that ensures a website or application is optimized for use on devices with different screen sizes and resolutions.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO): The practice of optimizing a website or content to increase its visibility and ranking in search engine results.

Server: A computer system that provides data or services to other computers or devices on a network.

Spam: Unsolicited or unwanted email or messages, often sent in bulk.

SSH (Secure Shell): A protocol used for secure remote access to a computer or network.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer): A security protocol used to establish encrypted connections between web servers and web browsers.

Theme: A pre-designed template used to control the visual appearance of a website or application.

URL (Uniform Resource Locator): A web address that uniquely identifies a website or resource on the internet.

User Experience (UX): The overall experience a user has when interacting with a website or application, including factors such as ease of use, functionality, and aesthetics.

User Interface (UI): The visual and interactive components of a software application or website that allow users to interact with it and perform actions.

Web application: A software application accessed through a web browser or web interface.

Web hosting: A service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible on the internet.

Website: A collection of web pages that are accessible on the internet and linked together.

Widget: A small software application or tool that performs a specific function or provides information on a website or within another software application.