With the Internet at the forefront of the tech-world, web design jargon seems to be everywhere. The web and the tech revolving around it is growing at a rapid pace with new terminology popping up every day. But this doesn’t mean professional techies and web design gurus are the only ones who should know them.
Below, Learn iT! Anytime has listed some of the most common basic web design jargon you might want to familiarize yourself with and lock into your vocab.
Hypertext Markup language(HTML)
HTML has been around a long time. The web language controls what you see on different websites, from telling your browser what color the web page should display to what type of font you are reading and is still widely used today. Even knowing a bit of HTML code is a recommended.
Cascading Style Sheets(CSS)
Working along side HTML, CSS serves almost as a control center giving more flexibility when it comes to web design. CSS defines a stronger style, look and feel to a website. A single change to the CSS, could change attributes of an entire website in one step.
Characterized as trendy, many websites are now implementing this web design technique; allowing users to scroll through content, while more content loads automatically on the same page. This keeps the user from surfing to other web pages creating an ‘infinite effect’ for users.
Graphical User Interface(GUI)
GUI is a graphical user interface to a computer. Interacting with computers wasn’t always so pleasing, it used to be strictly text based. Remember DOS? Now the graphical elements makes our interaction with our computers so much more visually appealing. Looking at this site, you are looking at the GUI of your web browser!
Seen everyday yet forgotten by many. All websites nowadays have a tiny icon located at the top of each browser tab or window. Favicon, which is short for favorite icon could be seen along side your bookmarked websites.
Mastering white space is great way to improve your overall design skill set. What is white space? Well literally the spaces around elements in the design that help make your pages pop including space around images, around and in-between text, and the overall layout. Manipulating the white space to your advantage is key to a great web design.
In such a mobile connected world, responsive design is key to ensuring your website is visually consistent on all devices. A responsive web design adapts to the device it is viewed on regardless of its screen-size or resolution maximizing the viewing experience.
Ever find your eyes drawn to certain aspects of a website more than others? Well that’s a visual hierarchy structure at work. Designers use it to arrange certain elements of a webpage to direct your eye to what they see as more important by using size, color, font and effects.
Content Management System (CMS)
A CMS is simply an application that allows you to create, manage, store and publish content on webpages including graphics, images, video, audio the whole multimedia bit. Not all CMSs are created equally, but the foundation is the same. Hands down the most accessible and user-friendly of them all is WordPress.
And there you have it friends, 10 web design terms that will help you along your way. For more design tips please feel free to visit our training page. If you think we missed some key terms, please let us know in the comments below!