Common Terms in Web Design

My clients often ask me to explain some common terms in web design, so here are a few you might be wondering about.

Page: A page on a website is what you go to when you click on a link. Typical pages include: home, services, about, and contact.

Home Page: The first page you see on a website.

Link: What you click on to go to a page. Many of my clients initially refer to these as “tabs,” because sometimes they are formatted to look like tabs, but the proper name is “links.”

CMS (Content Management System): This is a program that allows non-web designers, who don’t know a programming language or own web design programs, to update a website by logging in and typing text into boxes. The most popular CMS is WordPress.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization): SEO is the process of getting traffic to a website. Basic SEO includes researching keywords (words/phrases that people search on most when looking for a business) and putting those keywords into the text, links, and background code of the website.

Responsive: Responsive websites change their layouts and font sizes slightly when going from a desktop to a tablet and phone, in order to create the easiest viewing experience.