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Basic Web Design Terminology

In this blog post we are going to define the meanings of some basic web design terminology. We plan on publishing a web design terminology blog once a month. Here is our first set of web design definitions:


HTML stands for ‘Hyper Text Mark-up Language’. This is the standard mark-up language used to make web pages. Put simply, HTML is a language for describing web pages. HTML elements are represented by tags. You can learn more about the basics of HTML on the W3 Schools website.


CSS stands for ‘Cascading Style Sheet’. CSS is a language used for describing how a web page and its elements are presented. This included layout, fonts & colours.


CMS stands for ‘Content Management System’. In web design a content management system allows the website administrator to manage, edit and update a websites content with ease, using a graphical interface. Popular examples of this are WordPress, Drupal & Joomla.


URL is short for ‘Uniform Resource Locator’. It is the address of a web page. It is informally known as a web address. For example, the URL of Google is https://www.google.com.

Open Source

A program that is open source is freely available to users. Users have the ability to take the source code and modify, and distribute their own versions of the programs. The web design code editor Brackets is an example of an open source program.

Web Browser

If you want to view a website, you will need a web browser. A web browser processes a web pages HTML and renders them in the browser windows for the end user to view. Examples of popular web browsers are Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox & Safari.

Ecommerce Website

An ecommerce website is a website that allows products and services to be sold and purchased over the internet. An example of an ecommerce website is www.topshop.com.

If you are interested in our web design service, then please call our team on 0793 9006 826. You can also send us an email to hello@ctrlaltcreate.co or fill out our enquiry form. We provide our web design service to businesses in Wirral and across the North West.