Web Design Terms
These web design terms were created by Vegas Graphics
to help you understand the terminology of certain services,
add-ons, or functionality you may be looking for with
your website project.
Website accessibility is about making your website's
internet content and design accessible to all visitors
including persons with visual and physical impairment.
By developing good code and stable website hierarchies;
it enables screen readers to find and scan web pages
for audio output. Likewise when programming a site
or using add-on scripts the developer should make
use of "hooks" which provides disabled
visitor’s alternative text for dynamic websites.
The address bar is the input box at the top of the
browser window that shows the URL (internet location)
of the current status of the web page you are on.
It is also used to type the domain address you wish
to visit (ex. http://www.vegasgraphics.com).
Animated Gif (.gif)
An animated gif is a graphic containing multiple images
which gives the user the appearance of animation
or image swapping. The pros are that it’s a
good alternative when browser settings are set very
The cons are that animation creativity and dynamic
functionality are restricted.
Backend & Frontend
Backend is usually the business logic/functionality
of a dynamic application (ex. administration control
panel of a content management program or ecommerce
store). Frontend is what the customers sees (the
Backup is the stored files of your website in case
the server crashes or is unrecoverable. By having
a site backup, files that run your website can be
restored to the last backup date.
A banner ad is an advertisement located on a web page
which can be developed with animation software, images
or a combination. Banner ads are very common on website
that sells ad space or promotional announcements.
They are often designed to lure potential visitors
and a great source of traffic if placed on a high-trafficked
Bitmaps are pixel based image files; it’s where
pixels within images are assigned a color values. Examples
of bitmap type file extensions are: .jpeg, .jpg, .gif,
.tiff, .png, and bmp. When bitmap image dimensions
are not in sync with their original size, they can
have a stretched, pixilated, and distorting appearance.
The blog is derived from the combination of an old
term called "web log" and is generally
composed of date-related entries and post. Blogs
have gained a lot of popularity over the years and
are becoming the norm with visitor-interactive websites
such as TMZ.com. Blogs are a great way to post stories
and receive visitor feedback resulting dynamic website
growth and opinion related speech.
Bread Crumb Navigation
A Bread Crumb Navigation A.K.A. "Breadcrumb trail" displays
the navigational structure of the web page you are
currently on through hyperlinks. Sometimes this gives
the user the ability to find out which page they're
currently on and the steps that took them there.
Web Browsers are a gateway to viewing the internet;
they are designed to turn html markup and programming
code (that’s used to create a web page) into
a visual display people can actually understand.
Browser Compatibility among a variety of available
browsers is an important issue with web designers.
Cross Browser Compatibility consciousness is an important
practice when creating websites to make sure web
page(s) can be viewed among a variety of browsers
and operating systems with little to no design variation.