In a world full of constantly changing technologies, keeping up with jargon can be difficult. The web isn’t any different. It seems like every month there is a new coding language, new design trends, and a whole bunch of language to go with them. Here are a few web terms you may have encountered without knowing what they mean.
Favicons are small customizable icons displayed in the address bar of the web browser. These icons are usually adaptations of the websites logo and are a great way to let the user know they are at the website they want to be, as well as to increase brand recognition.
Cache is when files used by the web browser to load a website are saved so that the website loads faster the next time a user visits. This feature can help users load pages quickly, but can be a pain for developers. If your cache is on, the website may not always register changes made to the code. So, if you’re making changes to your website, but don’t see them, empty your cache and reload your page first, before chasing down your developer.
- Sticky menu
A sticky menu is when the navigation of a website sticks to a section of the page and is always visible even when scrolling or swiping through a page. This allows the user to navigate to another page quickly, without having to scroll back to the top of the page to reach the navigation.
- Hamburger menu
A form of navigation within a website is a hamburger menu. It is generally signified by three horizontal lines in the top right or left of the website. Typically they are used when the navigation is too big or obtrusive on the websites design. When clicked they reveal the menu and navigation that can then be used to go to another page.
A Content Management System (aka. CMS) is a backend tool used to manage a site’s content that is editable aside from the design and functionality. A CMS generally makes it easier for someone who is unfamiliar with web design and development to change or add content to their website.
The domain is the name by which a website is identified. A domain is connected to an IP address that line your website files to the browser. A domain can be anywhere between 26 to 63 characters long.
A link from one webpage to another, either the same site or another one. Generally the link is on a text or image and is highlighted in some way, whether underlined, a different color or a different font weight.
- Meta Data
This is information put into the header of a webpage that gives information about the web page the user is currently using. The information isn’t viewable on the web page, except in the source code.
- UI & UX
User interface (aka UI) is the visual part of the website that the user interacts with – the layout, design and content of the page. It generally consists of a header, body with content, images, and buttons, and a footer. User Experience (aka UX) is exactly what it sounds like, but don’t overlook this one. User Experience is the most important part of the website and should be a huge part of the building process.
With the variety of screen sizes and devices today, almost all modern websites are responsive. That means the content and design of the website changes to fit the device it is being viewed on. With the rise of mobile traffic, responsive websites allow a user to have the best experience, no matter what device they are using.