The Ultimate Web Terms Glossary

Being a team of digital intellectuals, we are habitual to the language of web. Digital designers, web developers, digital marketers, developers and programmers speak and think in this language every day, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you aren’t a long-time friend of the web.

For someone just getting started in web design, or someone looking to have a site designed, all the technical jargon can be overwhelming. We at Codifica Design Studio put together  glossary to put you in the know to make it easier to start and finish your next project.

The text a link uses to refer to your site. This can make a big difference in your site’s search engine results.


A domain, or domain name, is your website address. Just like your physical address, it’s just an address on the internet that specifies where your browser should go to look for information. Some people confuse their domain with their website.


The front-end is what appears in your browser when surfing the web. It refers to the part of the web that your users interact with. A front-end developer is someone that uses the programming languages of HTML and CSS, possibly with the addition of languages like JavaScript to create what you see in your browser.

  • HTTP

HTTP Stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol. HTTP is a set of rules for transferring hypertext requests between a web browser and a web server.

  • HTML 

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. It’s an essential language for developers to use in order to specify content for a web page. It consists of tags and attributes that tell the browser what content the web page contains.


A landing page is the page where a visitor first enters a website. Oftentimes, a special landing page is created to elicit a specific action from the new visitor (usually in connection with an advertising or marketing campaign).

  • CSS

Think of HTML as the skeleton/backbone and CSS as the looks. CSS, which stands for Cascading Style Sheets, the most common way of setting a look and feel of a website.


Javascript is a programming language that can create dynamic and more complex features on web pages


Server-side refers to scripts run on a web server, as opposed to in a user’s browser. Server-side scripts often take a bit longer to run than a client-side script, as each page must reload when an action is taken.