Five Common Web Design Terms, Explained!

Designing a website is an essential part of getting your brand out there. That said, it can feel awfully intimidating for web design beginners. In this article, I will define five common web design concepts in simple and clear terms.

1. HOSTING-This term is commonly used and, no, it has nothing to do with opening up your home to an AirBnB tenant. Hosting refers to where your website lives. Hosts that you've probably heard of are GoDaddy, Squarespace and HostGator. Haven't heard of any of those? That's okay, too. All you need to know is that a host literally houses the content (files, images, videos, etc.) of your website.

2. DOMAIN NAME-A domain name is the website's internet address. More simply, it is the name you type into the address bar to get to a website. For example, my domain name is Some of the most common domain endings are .COM, .ORG, and .GOV although there are many others that you can choose from. Popular domain names will go fast but I can help you create one to fit your business' needs.

3. CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CMS)-A content management system is the place where you actually build and design your website. Think of it like a tool shed, or an artist's den. A chef's kitchen or a carpenter's workshop. You get the idea! With a good CMS you can add and organize your pages and edit your HTML and CSS (more on that in a moment). Popular CMS include Wordpress and Squarespace.

4. HTML-Your HTML is the bare bones of your website. It is a language that every webpage that you see uses to dictate the structure of your website. Luckily for you, most CMS make it so you never have to deal directly with your HTML.

5. CSS-It's all about the design, baby. CSS or Cascading Style Sheets is another language that we use to design websites. It is different from HTML in that it controls font, colors, and anything else having to do with the aesthetic look of the website. As a web designer, it is the most fun part of the job as it allows me to be creative and to add cool features like sticky navigation bars, animations and so much more.

I couldn't resist. Here's one more term...

6. FAVICON-I had to add this term because it is so much fun. A favicon is the tiny little image that you see to the left of the address bar or at the top of the tab you're on when you're browsing a website. They are often a simplified version of your logo.

So, did you learn anything new? Are there any other terms you would like for me to explain? Comment below or send me a message on the Contact page!


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