Web Design


Web design refers to the design of website's that are displayed on the internet. The different areas of web design include web graphic design; interface design; authoring, including standardized code and proprietary software; user experience design; and search engine optimization (SEO) or search engine monetization (SEM).  

What a Web Designer does!

It is a web designer's responsibility to construct the overall look and feel of a website, using images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to do so. It encompasses several different aspects, including web page layout, content production, and graphic design. While the terms web design and web development are often used interchangeably, web design is technically a subset of the broader category of web development.

Web terms and acronyms!

  1. Anchor Text: The text used to refer to your site. This usually is the hyper linked words on a web page, the words you click on when you click a link that takes you to a different page on the website.
  2. Back link: Back links are links from other sites leading back to your site. (Google uses these links to determining page rankings.)
  3. Back End: The back end of a website is where the Server-Side scripting is located, it is not visible to the user. Server-side scripting is the most expensive. 
  4. Bandwidth: This refers to two different aspects of speed. Those are, low bandwidth (not desired) and high bandwidth (most desired).
  5. Breadcrumbs: Refers to the links displayed on a web page. These are meant to give clarity to what pages the visitor is on and what pages are available to the user. (ex: Home > About > Services > Templates).
  6. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets): CSS is used to format your website's pages, so each matches the others on your site. It is not part of the HTML scripting of the actual page, but rather it is part of the normally unseen page that controls the feel and look of your site.
  7. Client-Side (Front-End View): This refers to what the user views in their browser.
  8. Domain: The domain name is by which a website is identified. (Particular attention should be used in selecting a domain name for your website due to multiple best practices. Some names will rank higher and display to the person looking for sites similar to yours.
  9. Database: A structured set of data held on a single computer or bank of computers and is accessible through the use of a Query Language. *(Think of a database as a large walk in closet with millions of drawers. Some large, some small that are labeled with the names of the items in the drawers.)
  10. e-Commerce:Short for electronic commerce which refers to the buying and sealing of products and services on the Internet through website's.
  11. GUI (Graphical User Interface)A graphical user interface uses an input device (like the mouse) and visual representations of how the user is able to interact with a web application.
  12. ISP (Internet Service Provider): A company that provides service to get on the Internet.
  13. Landing Page:A landing page is the page where a visitor first enters a website.
  14. Meta Data and Meta Tags: Meta data is the data contained in the header that offers information about the web page that a visitor is currently on. The information contained in the meta data is not viewable on the web page. (Google uses these tags, located in the header of the page, to determine the sites niche interest or market.)
  15. Navigation: The links to different pages on a website, normally located in a group in the navigation bar or breadcrumbs.
  16. OSP (Online Service Provider): Can be and ISP but most often it is the provider of your hosting of your website.
  17. Server-Side (Back End View): Normally these pages are located in a database on your ISP.
  18. Template: A template is a pre-designed website that contains the look and feel of your desired design information.
  19. URL: It stands for Uniform Resource Locator. This is the address of your website.

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