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Some Common Web Development Terms

May 12th, 2016

Web development can be jargon-heavy, but if you know a few terms, it can make navigating the web, and your site, a bit easier. Here are some of our essential terms:

  • HTML stands for "Hypertext Markup Language" and is one of the most widely used languages for creating web pages. If you want to learn how to code a site, HTML is where you begin. 
  • CSS stands for "Cascading Stylesheets" and is used to describe how a document written in a markup language (usually HTML) is meant to be displayed (or styled) on a page.
  • Sass stands for "Stylistically Awesome Stylesheets" and has become a popular way to create CSS by offering features that CSS doesn't have yet. It not only keeps your CSS neat and tidy, it makes the whole CSS process a lot faster!
  • JavaScript is a programming script language that we use to create our sites. It's open-source, so if you feel inspired after reading our newsletter, you can dive right in!
  • Favicon, short for "favorite icon", is that little icon you see next to the address bar or in a browser tab next to the title of the page. Sites generally use the mark (or icon) from their logo.
  • Meta tags are small pieces of text that appear in your page's HTML code to describe the content. You don't see this text on websites – it's just a part of how the search engine bots learn about the content on your pages.