10 Common Web Development Terms Explained - Iceberg Web Design

Are you in the middle of a website project, surrounded by words you don’t quite get? Web development comes with a staggering amount of jargon and tech speak. And although we understand what has become our second language, others around us may not. Hopefully, this list of common web development terms will help you make sense of it all.

First Things First: What Is Web Development?

To understand the terms and definitions that come with it, you must first understand what web development is. Web development refers to the tasks and processes associated with developing websites for hosting, including web design, content development and much more.

Web development includes the coding or programming that makes your website work. Everything from your website’s layout to the functions on each webpage is put together or “developed” by a web developer.

10 Common Web Development, Defined

Inside of the web development process, there are many terms used to define certain tasks and tools. Some of these terms may include:

1. Above the fold: Content that is “above the fold” is content that is displayed first, without having to scroll down further on a webpage.

2. CSS or Cascading Style Sheets: CSS allows developers to manage how information is presented on a website such as text, colors and other elements of design.
3. CMS or Content Management System: A CMS is a platform where the manager of a business’ or organization’s website edits and publishes current or new content. For example, WordPress or Joomla.
4. Domain name: Your domain name is the name that identifies your website on the internet.
5. Front-end development: Front-end development is the process where coders manipulate how a website looks on a browser, from content to applications.
6. Hosting: This term refers to the space you rent on an internet server for your website to live on.
7. Keyword: Keywords are the words or phrases you use on your website to improve your search engine optimization or SEO. They are typed into a search engine query to locate websites that match.
8. Meta tag: Meta tags include title, description and keywords that your developer adds to the coding of your website. They’re used by search engines as classification for searches.
9. Plug-in: A plug-in consists of thirdparty code that helps increase the functionality of a website without changing the core code of your website. For example, a WordPress plug-in such as Yoast.
10. SEO or search engine optimization: SEO is a process used to increase your website’s ranking in search engine results. This can be done by improving content, website pages, using meta tags and more.

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