Common Web Design Words, Web Design Agency, Web Design

1st February 2014

Common Web Design Words, Web Design Agency, Web Design

Common Web Design Words

We have compiled a list below of the most common words used by website designers with an explanation to what each word means.


This is the part of the website that your visitors can see online.


This refers to the section of the website which isn’t available to your visitors for example if you are using a content management system (to update the website yourself) this will often be referred to as back-end of the website.

Domain Name & Hosting

A domain name is the address of the site you have for example:

Hosting or Web hosting is where the files of your website are stored.

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FTP stands for file transfer protocol. The FTP is used to directly access the web hosting server and make updates to the web pages or content.

Google Analytics

Simply put, it allows you to see how many hits/visitors you are getting on your website and includes information of where your visitors are coming from and even what machine and browser they are using to access your website.

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When using a search engine, you type in one or more words to describe what you are looking for 'dsgn one' or ‘web design’ for example. These words or phrases are known as keywords.

Responsive Design

Responsive design will adapt and work on every type of device, regardless of the screen size so whether you are viewing your website on a PC or an iphone the website will fit perfectly to the screen size ensuring best possible viewing.

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Content Management System

A Content Management System or CMS is a web based program that allows you to post images or content in an easy and convenient way to your website.

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Social Media

Social Media is a social way of communicating. Social Media Marketing is the promotion of your products or services via Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to improve your online presence.

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Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing is marketing that makes use of electronic devices such as computers, tablets and smart phones to engage with customers.

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Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Search Engine Optimisation is the process of modifying your website to push it as close as possible to the top of the results pages of one or more search engines.

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Simply put, it refers to an area in the website that serves a specific purpose. For example it could be a contact form that allows you to send an email through your website or an eCommerce shopping cart facility.


eCommerce is the term used to define the electronic transactions that take place on the internet otherwise known as an Online Shop. eCommerce transactions are typically for products or services that are located on the Internet.

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If you hear any of these abbreviated terms, they are simply the coding languages used in creating a website.


You’re reading a blog right now. A blog is a section of a website where people can post articles they’ve written.


A browser or web browser is a program you use to view websites online. The most common browsers used are Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

Browser cache

You may be asked to ‘clear your cache’ at some point in time and often the reason for this is because browsers save a website you look at in a cache. Cache is used to enable you to view a website for the second time much more quickly; however a recently updated website page may cause you to view an older version of that page not the very latest website page and content. In which case you may clear your cache to ensure when you visit the page again you see the latest version of the web pages.

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Dsgn One have been building and designing custom websites for organisations in Bath & London for over 6 years. Our friendly, highly experienced team of web designers are here to help you.

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