Web Design Definitions You Need to Know

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When we hear web development or web design, we always think that it’s just technical stuff and ordinary people won’t be able to understand it.  However, as a client or a lawyer, knowing the basic and familiar terms in the field of web design or development would be an advantage because understanding it will be helpful if you have concerns with your website.

Here are some of the most common terms that you need to know:


1. HTML, Java Script and CSS 

HTML imageHTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the web’s primary language.

Simply put, HTML allows a web designer to instruct a web browser on how to handle a certain piece of material. HTML has a lot of tags that allow the designer to mark up their content with semantic meaning, such as identifying paragraphs as text copy, importing images as images, and so on.

HTML, on its own, is just not enough to make stunning web pages. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allow designers to construct a visual set of rules that determine how a web page’s various parts are presented on screen by the browser.

The color of text, the background, the size, shape, and position of all the different sections of a page may all be customized with CSS

JavaScript is a programming language that allows designers to construct interactions on a web page, as the name implies.

Originally, JavaScript was only utilized for form validation and alert boxes that appeared when you neglected to input your phone number in the phone field. There are many more feasible uses for JavaScript these days, such as spectacular visual effects and the ability to load new material without reloading the entire website.

One thing to keep in mind is that, despite its name, JavaScript has nothing to do with the Java programming language.

2. SaaS

Saas image

SaaS stands for Software as a Service and is not to be confused with SASS. Simply put, any service that provides a software platform and is delivered from or via the cloud qualifies.

The current versions of Microsoft Office online, Google Docs, and Photoshop Express are all instances of SaaS in action.

Each of these services provides a desktop-like experience for users, but they are supplied directly from the web without the need for the user to install any additional software.

3.  Information Architecture (IA)


The semantic layout of content and information on a website is referred to as information architecture (IA). It deals with how information is organized, such as which pages belong where in a web site’s layout, what material is provided on each page, and how each of these pages interacts with other pages on the site.

IA focuses on making it as simple as possible for users to locate the information they need, with the goal of increasing conversion, revenue, and/or user satisfaction.

4. A/B Testing

AB TestingA/B testing is a process for experimenting with multiple approaches of obtaining the same end result with the goal of determining which solution is the most effective through experimentation.

A/B testing is commonly used to test different web page layouts and track how many users convert to paying customers using the different layouts.

A/B testing can significantly boost the conversion rate of individual pages by continuing an iterative process of prototyping, reviewing, and changing.

5. Responsive design

ResponsiveYou can’t have gone a day without hearing about responsive design. This has been a hot topic on the internet for several years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Clients have even begun to demand responsive websites from their designers, often without fully comprehending what they are requesting!

In plain terminology, a responsive design adapts to the user’s device and, in an ideal scenario, the user’s context so that the content required is shown in the most relevant and accessible manner possible, regardless of the type of web-connected device used to view it. In reality, this implies that as the screen size changes, a web page will re-paginate itself. When viewed on a desktop computer, many columns are displayed; however, when viewed on a smartphone, only a single column is displayed.

However, keep in mind that responsive design encompasses much more than just content reformatting.