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Web Development: Terms to Know


Web Development: Terms to Know

  • Front-End – Describes the code that makes what you actually see when you visit a website address. This is typically done with HTML, CSS and Javascript. 
  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol) – This is basically the way web developers upload files to your web host so users can access them on the internet.
  • HTML – The code that tells a browser how to display text and images on your website.
  • IP Address (Internet Protocol Address) – A set of numbers assigned to a server, computer or device that are used to identify it from other devices on the internet. IP addresses look like
  • Javascript – A programming language used to enhance functionality of a website. This code is run from a user’s browser.
  • Language – We’re not talking English or French. Basically, a developer can use different syntax to code your website. These syntaxes are grouped together into what are called programming languages, which could include PHP, Javascript, etc.
  • PHP – A programming language that enables a website to interact with a database and perform certain functions on its back-end.
  • UX (User Experience) – The actual experience a user has when visiting your website. A good user experience is one where the user can interact with the website easily and has a positive experience.
  • UI (User Interface) – Also known as GUI (Graphical User Interface). The content, organization and design of your website with which a user interacts.
  • Web Host – A company that runs a server where files can be stored and accessed from the internet.
  • Wireframe – A graphical representation that shows the functional elements of a website. Wireframes have little to no design. They are used to plan out a good user experience before spending time designing and building a website.
  • Database – A programmed data storing structure. Databases use tables and fields to make information accessible in the back-end of a website.
  • DNS (Domain Name System) – Method used to assign domain names to IP Addresses. For example, typing or into your web browser will take you to the same place.
  • Domain – Also known as Domain Name. The url users type into their browser’s address bar to access your website. Consists of a unique name followed by .com, .org, .net, etc.
  • Back-End – Describes the code that makes up the functionality of your site. A user never sees this, but this is what makes the website work. This is usually done with a language like PHP in conjunction with databases.
  • CMS (Content Management System) – A tool that lets a site owner change the content on their site without having to write code. Some popular options include WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.
  • CSS – The code used to give a designed look to a website written with HTML..


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