The web design industry is constantly evolving. New trends in design, technology and development are popping up all the time, making it difficult to keep track of everything that’s going on. There are so many terms related to web design that it can be hard to know what they mean or which ones you need to know. In this blog post, we will go over different terms related to web design and user experience that everyone needs a basic understanding of!
12 Web Design Terms Everyone Needs to Know
- Responsive Design: Responsive web design, also known as “RWD” or “Responsive Web Design” is the practice of building a website to respond in some capacity (usually by resizing) to the size of the device or screen that it’s being viewed on.
- User Experience: User experience, sometimes abbreviated as UX and often pronounced “you-ex,” is all about how people interact with a particular product. In web design terms, user experience refers specifically to how users navigate around your website and what they think of it while doing so. It includes factors such as site layout, navigation and load time etc., but generally extends beyond just web pages themselves into other aspects like marketing campaigns and pricing plans.
- UI: User interface, or “UI” is how a website looks and feels to the user. The UI includes everything from button design and placement on a screen all the way down to something as seemingly small as text color.
- A/B Testing: A/B testing is a methodology that allows you to compare two versions of something (which could be anything from an email template, landing page or even just your overall website) and the results will tell you which one performed better.
- Slider: A slider is a type of web design tool used for navigation, usually in conjunction with other elements such as images. They are most often seen when someone wants to showcase their services on a site rather than list them out individually like they would if using bullet points etc.
- Parallax Effect: The parallax effect can either refer to how layers move at different speeds relative to each other based off what’s happening in front of them or it might mean scrolling up and down between various pages within the same site.
- Animation: Animation is the process of creating a visual sequence (moving images) that can be used to convey information and ideas. It’s often seen in advertising, but also occurs throughout popular sites such as with loading pages or when scrolling through menus etc.
- HTML: HyperText Markup Language or HTML is one of many languages which you can use when using coding language. It’s what makes up almost every web page you see on the Internet. HTML is what generates your website’s tags, meta data and text formatting (like bolding or italics) as well as things like images, videos and other media files.
- CSS: Cascading Style Sheets or CSS are another language that can be used when coding a web page. They allow for more specific control of how content looks which makes them ideal for changing colors, fonts etc., while also providing instructions on where to place an image in relation to its tag name rather than just saying “place it here”.
- Page Load Time: Page load time refers to how long it takes from clicking a link until the resulting web page appears fully loaded in front of you. It might not seem important now, but if your page load time is on the longer side, it can impact how often people come back to your website. Designer needs to know this to plan out how many images and effect to use on a page.
- Progressive Web App: A progressive web app, also abbreviated as a PWA and pronounced “pah-wuh,” is a website that uses modern web technology to provide an experience which behaves like an application or native mobile app. PWAs allow for constant connection without the need of downloading any software onto your device and work even when offline (if information has been previously cached).