Demystifying Web Design: A Comprehensive Glossary of Key Terms

Discover essential web design terms in my glossary, including e-commerce, page builders, mobile-first design, and SEO. Build your website with ease and stay informed with my regularly updated resource.

Welcome to my web design glossary! Whether you’re interested in creating your own website, starting an online store, or simply curious about how websites work, this glossary is here to help. We’ve gathered a collection of essential terms related to web design and development, explained in a way that’s easy to understand. I have you covered, from e-commerce and page builders to mobile-first design and SEO. So let’s dive in and explore the exciting world of web design together!


  1. E-commerce: The buying and selling of products or services online.



  2. Shopify: A popular e-commerce platform that allows users to create and manage their online stores.



  3. WooCommerce: A plugin for WordPress that enables users to turn their websites into e-commerce stores.



  4. Page builder: A tool or plugin that simplifies creating web pages by providing a drag-and-drop interface, eliminating the need for coding knowledge.



  5. Mobile-first design: A design approach where the website is created primarily for mobile devices, focusing on optimising the user experience for smaller screens and slower connections.


  6. CRM (Customer Relationship Management): A system or software that helps businesses manage their interactions and relationships with customers, typically by storing customer data, tracking interactions, and facilitating communication.


  7. Keyword research: Identifying and analysing keywords or search terms for specific products, services, or information online.


  8. Google Ads: An online advertising platform by Google that allows businesses to create and display ads on Google’s search engine and partner websites.


  9. Pay Per Click (PPC): An advertising model where advertisers pay a fee each time their ad is clicked. It is commonly used in online advertising platforms like Google Ads.


  10. Responsive design: A design approach that ensures websites adapt and display correctly on different devices and screen sizes, providing an optimal viewing experience for users.


  11. WordPress: A popular content management system (CMS) that allows users to create and manage websites without requiring advanced technical skills.


  12. Hosting: The service of storing and making websites accessible on the internet. Web hosting providers offer server space and resources to host websites.


  13. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer): A protocol that establishes a secure encrypted connection between a web server and a user’s browser, ensuring data transmitted between them remains private and secure.


  14. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation): Optimising a website’s content, structure, and settings to improve its visibility in search engine results and attract organic (non-paid) traffic.


  15. UX (User Experience): The overall experience and satisfaction users have when interacting with a website or application, focusing on ease of use, efficiency, and enjoyment.


  16. UI (User Interface): The visual and interactive elements of a website or application that users interact with, including buttons, menus, forms, and other graphical elements.


  17. CMS (Content Management System): A software or platform that allows users to create, edit, organise, and publish content on the internet without requiring advanced technical knowledge.


  18. Blog: A type of website or a section within a website that features regularly updated articles or posts, typically presented in reverse chronological order.


  19. Call to Action (CTA): An element, such as a button or link, that prompts users to take a specific action, such as making a purchase, signing up for a newsletter, or contacting the website owner.


  20. Domain: The unique web address or URL identifying a website, such as “”


  21. TF-IDF stands for Term Frequency-Inverse Document Frequency. It is a numerical statistic used in search engine optimisation (SEO) to evaluate the importance of a keyword within a document. TF-IDF considers the frequency of a term in a document (TF) and its rarity in the overall document collection (IDF). This analysis helps search engines understand the relevance of a specific keyword to a particular webpage, determining search engine rankings and improving keyword targeting strategies.


I hope this web design glossary has been a helpful resource in expanding your understanding of key terms in the world of website creation. Remember, web design constantly evolves, and new terms and concepts emerge. We will continue to update and expand this glossary to ensure it remains comprehensive and up-to-date. If there are any terms you feel we’ve missed or if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Happy exploring and designing!”

Please let me know if you have any specific terms you’d like me to add or any other requests!