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Web Design Terminology

Blog – Almost like a diary or journal, with frequent updates, deal with a specific topic and are often used as a marketing or customer service tool, short for web log, a blog is a web page

HTML -allows the web developer to add functionality,language used to construct web pages

CSS -determines the look of elements on a web page, CSS gives the web designer more power to control how the content is displayed, it splits the content from the presentation

Content Management System -offers a way for a user to edit the content of a web site from within a browser-based interface, without any HTML skills required, is a feature often built into a web site by the developer, allowing the web site owner to add, remove or change the content themselves

JavaScript -is a client-side scripting language used to create dynamic behaviour in HTML documents, the primary use and benefit is that actions can be performed on the page without the need to reload the page, the major browsers support JavaScript, but the user usually has the option to turn JavaScript off

PHP -is a server-side scripting language. It is used extensively in web development to produce dynamic pages, (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor)

WYSIWYG – WYSIWYG is short for “What You See Is What You Get”. A WYSIWYG HTML editor allows the web designer to work on the web site without editing the code directly, The WYSIWYG editor has a user-friendly interface which allows the designer to place images, change attributes etc. without having to write the HTML markup, It is worth noting that most WYSIWYG editors are somewhat limited and that professional designers should have a good command of the language in order to be able to edit the code directly

URL-is a fancy name for a web site address, for example http://www.webdesigndictionary.com/terms.php?letter=u
Domain Name- is a name by which a web site or web server is identified, for example webdesigndictionary.com, domains can include letters, numbers and hyphens only
IP Address-Every computer connected to the Internet has an IP or IP address. IP addresses are numerical, consisting of three blocks e.g. 123.456.7.89
Host-in order for your web site to be visible to the world, it must be “hosted” on a web server,the host is the company that provides the web server, you could set up your own hosting server, but that is costly and time-consuming compared to hosting your web site with a third-party host, See http://www.w3schools.com/hosting/host_intro.asp for a more detailed explanation
User Interface-means by which the user and a computer system interact, in particular the use of input devices and software