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All About Web Design Definitions

Web design definitions can be confusing for those venturing into the web design field for the very first time. Here is a list of web design definitions to ease your problems.

  • Web design is the most basic term you come across. Web design refers to the design aspects such as a webpage, graphic design and content production, of a website.
  • Web development is yet another term commonly used with web design. The term relates more to the technical process of building a website such as coding and writing markup.
  • Responsive design is all about how your web design responds to the device people use. It should adjust to mobile, desktop or tablet, whichever device individuals use to view your website and look same on all the mediums.
  • SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is the process of website optimization so that it shows up in search results page.
  • Search Engine Result Page or SERP is the page where every website wants to be ranked higher.
  • Above the fold, term refers to the part of the website that you see on the screen before scrolling down the page. It is here where the important web content should reflect. Under the fold is the page after the page breakup.
  • Infinite scroll is a website design term that allows users to scroll down to new content, without moving into separately loaded pages.
  • Google AdWords is generally used for SEO as a tool that involves using certain keywords for business bidding. This causes their website or ads to show up on search result page.
  • Web hosting is a platform where a website is hosted. It is where all the components of your website are stored.
  • UX or User Experience refers to the experience of a user in terms of website usability, engaging design, accessibility, and navigation.
  • Call to Action are specific images or texts used to urge visitors of the website to act, either by subscribing, commenting, sharing etc. It uses action-oriented words.
  • Meta Description generally occurs after the content title but before the main body. It is a short description of what is on the web page. This small snippet is very important for SEO as it can help boost your rankings when right keywords are used.
  • HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language is the computer language that is used to display texts, images, and links.
  • Back End is the place where a website is controlled and altered.
  • URL is the abbreviation for Uniform Resource Locator where the website address can be found on the internet.
  • Content Management System is a tool that handles the website’s content and separates from site’s design. This makes it easy to change the content without interfering with the design.
  • RSS or Rich Site Summary publishes frequently changing information on your websites such as blog posts or news, by using web feed formats.
  • Bounce rate signifies the number of visitors leaving your website after just viewing a single page. Slow loading pages and difficult content might be the reasons for higher bounce rate.
  • Cookies are small files that are stored on the user’s computer by a website. These cookies can be used to track a user’s movements across the website.
  • Conversion rate refers to the number of users that take the desired action on your website. For the e-commerce website, it means buying a product and for a blog, it might mean subscribing to newsletters.

What a Good Website Designer

So, what it is really that distinguishes a good website from a poorly designed web site? The topic is as broadly debatable as Windows over Linux is but it all boils down to the two important keywords: development and design! A good web designer offering web site design services must know the difference between the two words.

Web development in itself is a broad term for any activities related to website, web application, web solution, e-commerce development, web content development, client-side / server-side coding, web solutions and web database system. Web development usually refers only to the technical aspects of building a website.

Web design on the other hand is perceived as the artistic side of creating a website that involves the visual styles, layout coherence, color theme considerations and all other factors that has something to do with the general appearance of the site, vis-à-vis its functions.

Therefore, we may conclude that web development equates to a programmer’s logic craftsmanship while website design is a product of an artist’s imaginative and creative ideas. If this is true which I’m sure most website design firms and individual web designers in the Philippines would agree that a good website must be a combination of digital landscape and well planned programming logic. The dilemma however is that majority of web designers falls short of these two important aspects. Worst, most website developers do not realized these qualifications. I don’t have anything against talented and enterprising individual with knowledge on web design and development but there is more than simply knowing the basic of html and image editing to come up with a commercial grade website. We must put in mind that a website is our business or personal identity online. It is the sum total of our being and our business that is accessible to clients and prospective clients. It means therefore that a website is our front line to the information age and that should be well planned and designed in order for it to serve its purpose.

There are however rampant offering on “create your own website in minutes” application and other template-based website. I’m baffled by these ideas simply because it directly contradicts to what I have just discussed above. Choosing to publish a website from a template equates to buying a white cardboard box in the department store and stamping it with your product’s name, no branding, no image building, no identity! It’s like the usual “Special Patis (Fish Sauce) label you see all over the wet market. All of them claim to be special but the sad truth is that non of them are.

As I have mentioned already, there are two important keywords in the subject, they are Website development and Web site design. Development is of course straight forward and can be learned in school. However, design is a rather different zone in the battlefield of web design. As the word design implies, it has something to do with creative ideas carefully woven by an artist – a full fledge designer who is there to collate the meaning of symbols, colors, sizes and positioning of every element in a website. It is ironic though that most web design firms out there offers template based website that are available in many template stores, worst many of them are available for free. So to say, if you have your prestigious business website made from templates, chances are that you have a twin website somewhere in the internet with only its mole and hair different from yours – the logo and text content, but they are visual replica of each other.

Five FAQs About Web Design

Web designing has been around for the last twenty years. Though its beginnings could be called “humble” in terms of its navigational, interface and graphics aspects, it is not another form of art that is integrated with internet technology. Almost anyone who endeavors to learn how to design a web site will be able to manage somehow. The reality though is that not everyone will have the ability to design “great” web pages.  For those who are new in the World Wide Web, here are five of the most frequently asked questions regarding web design.

1. What is web design?

Web designing is constructing web pages. It includes various phases of work in order to create a web page and its related pages. A web site is generally not one single page but also contains sub pages under different headings as needed by the site.  A web site generally has two kinds of presentations. The first one is the arrangement or presentation that the users relate to (interface) and the second presentation is about the page’s technical descriptions for non-human browsers like web robots.

The work that goes into web designing is not as easy as it seems for a web designer should have the expertise to present the web page appear uniformly in different browsers. The languages used in designing web sites are called hyper text, HTML or XML. What appears in IE browser might not be the same when viewed in Firefox.

2. Who are the ones that design web sites?

A web designer or a web developer has become synonymous. Strictly speaking though, a web designer is the one who conceptualize, plot and plan a web site.  A web developer is the one who uses HTML and XML to actually out up the pages. He is the one who takes care of writing the language for the web page’s graphics, audio and video streaming and other rich media.

There are plenty of ready-made templates and platforms available online today. Using this type of web page set up does not make you a web designer or developer.  You may be tech savvy but until you can write your own program, you cannot be called a web developer.

3. Does it take long to build a web site?

The answer depends on the person doing the web designing. It can take just a few hours to a few days. For ready-made-templates used in changing the web site’s skin, a few minutes will do.  Free website platforms will take only a few minutes to build.  Customized and personalized e-commerce sites will take a few days or even weeks to build up and perfect it.

4. Does a site’s design costs much?

The cost of your site’s design depends on its content.  A customized website can be had for as low as $100 to  the a high $2000 plus plus. The price is really dependent on the requirements. Personal websites are cheaper to design. However, e-commerce sites with trading and products displays and check-out counters are expensive.

5. Why do I need customized web design?

If you want your customers and readers to take you seriously, you need to have your own personalized website and domain name.  It would be a hard sell for you if you can’t even afford the time, money and effort to have your own domain name and web site.

Learn More About Web Design

When considering taking web design courses, you might be wondering if you should physically attend a school or use distance learning. Either option can be beneficial, but you must decide what’s best for you. Let’s look at how distance learning works as well as some pros and cons of this method when learning web design.

What is Distance Learning?

Distance learning means you’ll complete certain web design courses without being in a physical classroom or under direct supervision of an instructor. These types of web development classes may be taken on the Internet, by CD or DVD or using other forms of technology. While some distance learning courses still have one-on-one instructors, such as complete online colleges, others allow you to pretty much work on your own.

When you take a web design course using this option, you might log in to an online learning center to complete lessons or download an e-book or software program. Some sites offer streaming audio and video learning resources. Others may have all the lessons visible online, free to the public. The cost of courses can vary from free to $1,000 or more, depending on the learning method and contents.

Pros of Distance Learning

This type of web design training certainly has its advantages, especially for older students. Imagine a parent wanting to learn web design. This person is probably already busy working and tending to family, so they would likely prefer flexible hours and the ability to learn from home. Learning online or through other means from home offers flexibility and is usually much more cost effective than attending a local school or college.

Cons of Distance Learning

There are a few disadvantages when taking web design courses from home. One is the absence of an instructor, which can lead to confusion when learning how to code web pages.

Web design takes a lot of concentration as well as the ability to comprehend what the lessons are teaching. Without an instructor, you might find yourself “stumped” more than once, with no one over your shoulder to explain it.

You are Alone with Your Studies

Another disadvantage is you won’t have the interaction with other students while learning design. This can sometimes make learning less fun or interesting.

Absolutely for Self-starters

But if you’re a loner, distance learning is definitely the way to go! One more downside… the necessity to motivate yourself and keep on schedule with your lessons. You won’t have anyone to answer to (unless you enroll in a time sensitive course online), so you’ll have to set your own hours and stick to it to complete your course.