29 March 2016

Web Design

Web Design Jargon

Many web designers will speak an alien language that is sometimes really hard to understand and although you might be able to get the rough gist of it, there is little you can do if you are mid-conversation with a web designer and you are completely confounded by what they are saying.

But you don’t need to worry anymore! Here at FDC Leicester we don’t like to use too much jargon (unless we are teaching you what all the high-tech phrases actually mean), so if you decide to come into our offices for a chat, we can assure you, you will understand everything.

However, we have outlined just a few of the most important terms being thrown around these days anyway, just so you have a rough idea of what it’s all about.


Unfortunately, when web designers use this word, they don’t mean the edible kind – which is a shame really, don’t you think? You may have seen the word cookie quite a lot when browsing, as changes in the law mean websites have to openly declare and ask for your permission when adding cookies, however, very few people know what cookies actually are.

Cookies are files, normally small in size that a website server may place on your computer in order to gain more information about the kinds of things you prefer. This allows the website to generate content or products that are more relevant to you. This information is only available to the server of the website, though, so there’s not too much to worry about.

Ever wondered how when you are on a website they bring up products that are an exact match to what you like? Cookies are the answer – Aren’t they always!


It’s quite easy to get an idea of what this means, and generally, when talking about web design, it does depend on what you are talking about. Broadly, however, a responsive design refers to a website that is designed so that it can be used easily on a mobile phone or tablet i.e. screens of sizes different to that of a laptop or computer.

So, instead of having separate designs for mobiles, tablets, laptops, computers and every other new device on the face of the earth, a responsive web design takes into account just one web design that is able to adapt and change depending on the device the viewer is browsing on.


Web designers love this acronym and it is short for Hyper Text Markup Language and it sounds a lot more complicated that it is. Don’ get me wrong, learning this is no easy feat, and this is why web designers need to be quite clever. It is basically the art of learning a different language that the computer understands. It is a combination of letters, words and symbols that in the correct combination can be used to describe the content of different documents.

Ever wondered how the space between two paragraphs on a website got there? Well, you probably didn’t but I’ll tell you anyway. Coding using HTML is how! So, simple concept but complicated to learn – at least now you know the basics of what it is.


This really is one that boggles the mind. UX is basically a shorter way of saying “user experience” and the only reason this is used is because saying or typing “user experience” instead of UX is a bit of a mouthful (or key-full).

So, there you have it – three of the most confounding web design phrases decoded for you – now you can go and show off your knowledge to any web designers you might know and be truly cool.

Web Design Jargon


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