The Non Techie’s Cheat Sheet To Web Design TermsIf you are new to working with a web designer it can seem like they speak another language.  While this is in part true, we have put together a cheat sheet of terminology to help translate.  After all, communication is key to getting your designer and your vision on the right path.

HTML - Hyper Text Markup Language. HTML is the language that builds the structure of a site.  You may also hear the "HTML5" thrown around, it's simply the most recent version of the language and has many features that older versions do not support.

CSS - Cascading Style Sheets.  CSS is what makes sites look good.  It can control everything from positioning to colors of fonts.  CSS3 is the most recent version of CSS and also has new features that allow designers to be more creative and use new effects.

JavaScript - JavaScript is a scripting language that is used to increase a site's interactivity with it's users. It can control popup windows, move elements and much  more.

PHP - PHP is a server side scripting language. This means it is hosted on your web host. Not all web hosts offer this service, so it is something to consider when choosing your host. It's a big part of the WordPress content management system (CMS).

Responsive Design - Responsive design is the process of designing a site to look good no matter what device is being used to view it.  The site layout will change depending on the device. It's an alternative to developing a separate mobile site.

Mobile Website - A streamlined version of a website geared to the specific needs of mobile users. They are usually much simpler than the desktop version of the site.

CMS - Content Mangement System. A CMS is a system that allows users to modify the content and look of their website.  They often require little or no actual coding knowledge. CMS include WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

Web Host - A web host is server that actually contains the files of your website.  It is necessary to have in order for your site to exist. Popular hosts include GoDaddy, Blue Host, Host Gator and Rack Space.

Domain Name - A domain name is the url that allows users to visit your site (for example . They can be purchased through a hosting company such as Go Daddy, or by standalone domain registrars.

There are many more words and buzzwords that fill the lexicon of the web design and development world.  However, knowing a few words will help non-designers and non-developers work more closely with their design & development counter parts.  Do you have any words you'd like added to our cheat sheet? Let us know in the comments!