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25 basic terms related to website things - entrepreneur should know

Do you ever fell difficulty in; what your web developer is/was talking about in a meeting or even after a meeting? I mean, what language were they speaking?

If yes, don’t worry it happens to all. Here is some basic terms related to website, entrepreneur should must know. You can ask, why should I understand the website things?

It is important so that you don’t sit in a meeting with a blank stare on your face having no idea what your web development team is talking about. You can certainly still ask for a little more clarification, as every developers love to help explain what they do, but it is always good to have a basic understanding.

These terms will help you to gain a better understanding about your website project.

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What is web development

This is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet, however we think in different way it is an opportunity to expand your business and get world wide presence.

Website development ranges form the simplest tasks to the highly professional and complex applications. This can include the very simple plain-text page to the complicated applications of the web-based internet, or social networking.

What is web designing

Website design includes the content, the way it looks, and the way it works. Web design is a process of conceptualizing, planning, and building a collection of electronic files that determine the layout, colors, text styles, structure, graphics, images, and use of interactive features that deliver pages to your site visitors.

What is domain name

A domain name is a way to identify and locate computers and resources connected to the Internet. No two organizations can have the same domain name. If you are planning to build a website then you need to register a domain name first or you can ask your service provider to book it for you. Domain name have so many extensions, you have to choose one which suits your business best.

Read this article if your going to buy a domain, 8 Pro Tips for choosing a perfect domain name for your business.

What is SEO

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, it is a technique or process by which a website or a digital things get good rank in search engine like Google, Yahoo, YouTube etc. SEO involves lot's of method to optimized your website pages as per search engine search algorithm to get noticed.

Now a days it is noticed that more visitors means more business leads so SEO can play very important role to build your brand as well as to get new leads.

There are tons of terms in SEO your can read here, about SEO, SEM, SMO and SMM in digital marketing

Web and desktop Software

The biggest difference between desktop and web application is desktop app (DA) is the machine independent, hence every change has only reflects at the machine level,

Where as web app (WA) is the Internet dependent program, hence any change in the program reflects at everywhere, where it becomes use such as a website.

What is CMS

CMS stands for content management system, it is a system used to manage the content of a website. There are many types of content are present on a website which need to be updated on frequent basis.

If you want to update content by yourself then you need a CMS based website, where you can update content without any coding expertise. It is very simple to operate and functionally similar to any other social network profile updating.

What is Web Hosting

Web Hosting is the service that makes your website available to be viewed by others on the Internet. A web host provides space on its server, so that other computers around the world can access your website by means of a network or modem.

In Simple word web hosting is place where your keep your web pages and related files.

What is Static Website

A static website consists of a series of HTML files, each one representing a physical page of a website. So on static sites, each page is a separate HTML file.

When you visit the homepage, you are viewing the actual homepage file. Even if two pages contain a chunk of identical content (like a footer), they both contain two versions.

So, if you want to update the footer, you must do so twice, once on each page. This is fairly straightforward and it's how all websites were built during the early years of the world wide web.

What is Dynamic Website

A dynamic website uses server technologies (such as PHP, Larvel) to dynamically build a web page right when a user visits the page.
Basically, what happens is the user goes to a certain web address and the server finds a bunch of different pieces of information that it writes into a single cohesive web page, which is what you see. Dynamic pages are the pages that change dynamically.

Dynamic pages can change every time when they are loaded without making any changes. Dynamic web pages can also change their content based on what user do, like clicking on some text or an image.

If the information stored in the database changes, the web page connected to the database change accordingly and automatically without human intervention.
Dynamic sites are great for image galleries, online calendars or e-commerce etc.

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Basic terms related to Website things!

#1. 404
404 is an error message that a user sees when what was requested cannot be found. This is often due to trying to reach a page that doesn’t exist, or an incorrectly typed page URL.

#2. API
API stands for “Application Program Interface.” This is how computers and applications can communicate with one another.

#3. Bandwidth
This is the amount of data that can be transmitted over a connection in a given time

#4. Bounce Rate
In the words of Google, your bounce rate is the percentage at which a person leaves your site from the entrance page without interacting with the page.

#5. Cache
Cache is temporary data storage that helps site speed by storing relevant information on your computer the first time you visit a website. Thanks to cache, when you visit the website again, your computer does not have to reload all the website information as its already saved.

#6. Cookies
Don’t get this confused with the dessert that Cookie Monster loves so much.

(Fun fact: I share a birthday with Cookie Monster. Not joking.)

This is data saved by your web browser on to your computer. It identifies you - from how often you visit a site, to what parts you visit the most, even your preferences when browsing and more.

#7. CMS
CMS stands for “Content Management System.”  This is a software system (like HubSpot or WordPress) that is used to edit the content on your website.

#8. Crawl
This is what it is called when a search engine sends a bot to your website to gather information on pages that exist and no longer exist and update their database on the information it has gathered. It is necessary to get indexed by search engines and get found.

#9. CDN
CDN stands for “Content Delivery Network.” This is a system of computers with scripts and other content that are used by many websites. The content on these computer will often be cached and be helpful in speeding up your website.

#10. DNS
This is always a hard one to fully explain and Cloudflare does an awesome job.

“The Domain Name System (DNS) is basically the phonebook of the Internet. Humans access information online through domain names, like nytimes.com or espn.com. Web browsers interact through Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

#11. Favicon
Short for “Favorite Icon,” this is the icon that appears in your website browser tab.

#12. Framework
A framework is defined as “a package made up of a structure of files and folders of standardized code (HTML, CSS, JS documents etc.).”

This is a technical way of saying a set of software tools that helps people build websites easier. Examples: Bootstrap, Skeleton.

#13. FTP
FTP is short for “File Transfer Protocol.” When it comes to websites, this is how files are uploaded to the internet.

#14. Hosting
Hosting refers to a web server where the files for your website are stored.


Instant SSL states, Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to.

The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure.' It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. HTTPS is often used to protect highly confidential online transactions like online banking and online shopping order forms.

#16. Meta Tag
A meta tag is an important HTML tag for SEO ranking as it stores information about the web page. Search engines use this information to categorize websites and display information in the results.

#17. Page Speed
Page speed refers to the amount of time it takes to load all content on a specific web page.

#18. Plug-in
This is an add-on to a CMS (such as WordPress) to allow you to add features and extend functionality to your website.

#19. Responsive Design
Responsive design is a website that should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size. This is done automatically by using breakpoints/media queries in the CSS file.

#20. SEO

You know this one! SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the process of creating and modifying content for the best visibility on search engines.

#21. Server Side Scripting
Server Side Scripting is a technique used in development which involves utilizing scripts on a web server that produce a custom response for each user’s request to the website.

#22. Sitemap
This is organization chart of all the pages on a website (and they’re very important.)

#23. SSL
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and is a standard security protocol for establishing encrypted links. This ensures that all data transmitted between the web server and the browser remains secure.

#24. User Experience (UX)
UX or user experience is the interaction a user has with an interface (such as an app or a website page).

#25. User Interface (UI)
UI is the interaction between the visitor and a computer.

Now, You’re Speaking DEVELOPER'S Language.

There you have it. Now, there are hundreds of terms when it comes to web development, but these are some of the most commonly used in everyday conversation here at IMPACT and likely in any marketing office.

Happy learning, and I hope your conversations with your development team go a lot better after understanding these terms.

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