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Web Design Glossary

  • AJAX
    Asynchronous Javascript And XML - is a group of interrelated web development techniques used on the client-side to create rich interactive web applications. With Ajax, web applications can retrieve data from the server asynchronously in the background without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page (avoiding the need for a 'clunky' page reload). The use of Ajax techniques has led to an increase in interactive or dynamic interfaces on web pages.
  • API
    An Application Programming Interface -  is an interface that a software program implements in order to allow other software to interact with it. One example of this is the inclusion of the GoogleMaps API within a website.
  • ASP
    Active Server Pages (since the introduction of ASP.Net this is often referred to as 'Classic ASP'). A set of server-side processing utilities and objects originally provided with Windows IIS Web Server. 
  • Bandwidth
    How much traffic you can send through a connection. Usually measured in bits-per-second (bps) or GB/month (GigaBytes/month) when referring to web hosting packages.
  • bps
    Bits-Per-Second - A measurement of how fast data is moved from one place to another. 
  • Byte
    A set of Bits that represent a single character. There are 8 Bits in a Byte.
  • Cache
    An Internet Browser will often cache (that is, store - for quicker subsequent retrieval) the contents of a web page. This can become annoying if the web page or its images have changed and you are still seeing the cached versions. Caching can usually be turned off within a browser's options - or a refresh can sometimes be done using keys Ctrl-F5 (pressed simultaneously).
  • cgi-bin
    A common name of a folder in a web server in which CGI programs are stored. CGI is a set of rules for running scripts or programs on a Web server. When you submit information such as a search phrase or your username and password, to a Web server, there's a chance that the server is using a CGI script to receive and process the data.
  • CMS
    A Content Managed System (CMS) or Content Managed website provides the owner with an easy-to-use admin interface (usally part of the website) to allow quick changing of the content. Some of the better CMS websites provide WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors as well as image upload functionality that automatically optimises and creates different image sizes (such as thumbnail, regular and large versions) as it performs the upload.   
  • Dedicated Server
    A supply of a (non shared) server for the purpose of storing data and running web applications & other software.
  • Domain names
    This is the name that typically identifies a website. For example, "e-cc.org" is the domain name of ECC's website. Then there are domain names that have been registered, but are not connected to a Web server. The most common reason for this is to have email addresses at a certain domain name without having to maintain a website.
  • Ethernet
    A very common method of networking computers in a LAN, MAN or WAN.
  • Firewall
    A device that blocks unwanted access to a LAN or other network.
  • FTP
    File Transfer Protocol - a common method of transferring files between two Internet sites. FTP is a way to login to another Internet site for the purposes of downloading and/or uploading files.
  • HTML
    Hyper Text Markup Language - is the predominant markup language for web pages. It provides a means to create structured documents by denoting semantics for text such as headings, paragraphs, lists etc as well as for links, quotes, and other items. It allows images and objects to be embedded and can be used to create interactive forms. It is written in the form of HTML elements consisting of "tags" surrounded by angle brackets within the web page content. It can include or load scripts in languages such as JavaScript which affect the behavior of Web browsers; and can use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to define the appearance and layout of text and other material. The W3C, maintainer of both HTML and CSS standards, encourages the use of CSS over explicit presentational markup.
  • HTTP
    Hypertext Transfer Protocol - The protocol for moving hypertext files across the Internet. Requires a HTTP client program on one end, and an HTTP server program (such as Apache) on the other end. HTTP is the most important protocol used in the World Wide Web (WWW).
    Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a combination of HTTP with the SSL/TLS protocol to provide encryption and secure identification of the server. HTTPS connections are often used for payment transactions on the World Wide Web and for sensitive transactions in corporate information systems. HTTPS should not be confused with Secure HTTP (S-HTTP).
  • Intranet
    A private network within a company or organisation that uses similar software that you would find on the public Internet, but one that is generally for internal use only.
  • IP address
    A unique 32-bit number that identifies the location of your computer on a network. It works something like a street address - as a way to find out exactly where you are and deliver information to you.
  • ISP
    Internet Service Provider - A business that provides access to the Internet in various forms.
  • JSP
    Java Server Pages - is a server side Java technology that allows software developers to create dynamically generated web pages, with HTML, XML, or other document types, in response to a Web client request to a Java Web Application container (server). Architecturally, JSP may be viewed as a high-level abstraction of Java servlets. JSP pages are loaded in the server and operated from a structured special installed Java server packet called a J2EE Web Application often packaged as a .war or .ear file archive.
  • LAMP stack
    This is a common acronym for a stack of Open Source software  - taken from the first letters of:  Linux (the operating system), Apache HTTP (web server), MySQL (database server) and PHP (or Python or Perl) scripting language.
  • LAN
    Local Area Network or an office based network.
  • Linux
    A widely used Open Source Unix-like operating system. Linux was first released by its inventor Linus Torvalds in 1991.
  • LSI
    Latent Semantic Indexing -  is a retrieval and indexing method, thought to be used by Search Engines, utilising statistical techniques to identify patterns in the relationships between the terms and concepts contained in an unstructured collection of text. LSI is based on the principle that words that are used in the same contexts tend to have similar meanings. A key feature of LSI is its ability to extract the conceptual content of a body of text by establishing associations between those terms that occur in similar contexts.
  • Internet Merchant Account
    An Internet Merchant Account is usually required by the Payment Service Provider when enabling an ecommerce website for online payments. 
  • Meta Tag
    A specific kind of HTML tag that contains information not normally displayed to the user. Meta tags contain information about the page itself, hence the name ("meta" means "about this subject"). Typical uses of Meta tags are to include information for search engines to help them better categorise a page. You can see the Meta tags in a page if you view the pages' source code.
  • PHP
    PHP, or PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, is a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development, to produce dynamic web pages. It can be embedded into HTML and generally runs on a Linux web server (although versions are available for others), which needs to be configured to process PHP code and create web page content from it.
  • PPC 
    Pay Per Click (sometimes called Cost Per Click - CPC)  is an Internet advertising model used on websites, in which advertisers pay only when their ad is clicked. With search engines, advertisers typically bid on keyword phrases relevant to their target market. Google AdWords is one popular example of PPC advertising. Whilst PPC can give instant and impressive results - it can become costly over the long term and Search Engine Optimisation is often a slower but more cost effective marketing route.
  • Protocol
    On the Internet "protocol" usually refers to a set of rules that define an exact format for communication between systems. For example the HTTP protocol defines the format for communication between web browsers and web servers.
  • PSP
    Payment Service Provider (or Payment Gateway) such as SagePay, Eway, PayPal, WorldPay etc.
  • RBL or DNSBL
    A DNSBL (DNS-based Blackhole List or Blacklist) or RBL (Realtime Blacklist) is a list of IP addresses published through the Internet Domain Name Service in a particular format. DNSBLs are most often used to publish the addresses of computers or networks linked to spamming; most mail server software can be configured to reject or flag messages which have been sent from a site listed on one or more such lists.
  • SEO
    Search Engine Optimisation. Optimising a web site's URL and its web pages to rank highly in search engines for partcular key-phrases and search terms.
  • SLA
    Service Level Agreement - A document supplied to explain core guarantees of service, methods of dealing with operational problems and standards of service.
  • SMTP
    Simple Mail Transfer Protocol - is the main protocol used to send electronic mail from server to server on the Internet.
  • URL
    a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a subset of the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that specifies where an identified resource is available and the mechanism for retrieving it. In popular usage and in many technical documents and verbal discussions it is often incorrectly used as a synonym for URI. In popular language, a URI is also referred to as a Web address.
  • USB modem
    A device that is attached to a PC through a USB (universal serial bus) port. Ideal for a single user to access the Internet. Only active when computer switched on/Internet function activated
  • Web hosting
    Web hosting is where we allocate an agreed amount of space on our servers for you to store your website. We offer 50MB to 1GB depending on how big your website is.
    Extensible Hypertext Markup Language is a family of XML markup languages that mirror or extend versions of the widely used Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).
  • XML
    Extensible Markup Language is a set of rules for encoding documents electronically. It is defined in the XML 1.0 Specification produced by the W3C and several other related specifications; all are fee-free open standards.   XML's design goals emphasize simplicity and usability over the Internet. It is a textual data format, with strong support via Unicode for the languages of the world. Although XML's design focuses on documents, it is often used to represent arbitrary data structures, for example within Web Services.
  • XSLT
    Exensible Stylesheet Lanuguage Transformations is an XML-based language used for the transformation of XML documents into other XML documents. Often this is used to transform XML data into presentable web pages.


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