Website jargon – when I finally decided to jump into […]

Website jargon – when I finally decided to jump into entrepreneurship, I approached a web developer to code. What looked like simple work, in the beginning, started to look like a mission to Mars with all the website jargon. Every time I came to terms with his jargon, he would throw something new to disturb the balance.

It would remind me of an Einstein’s quote “If you cannot explain it simply, you have not understood properly”. It was my meeting with another developer when I realized that everyone is too used with these same terms. This made me realize that I was illiterate in the field. My concepts needed some revisions, in fact, some improvements before I could understand what these techies were talking. Tech people love talking in jargons and when it comes to web technologies these jargons can sometimes become confusing.

Website Jargon

Let’s look at a few concepts that you should be aware of:

1. Browsers

A browser is a terminology used to denote several software applications which you use to browse through the internet as a whole. The most popular web browsers are Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Firefox.

The work of a browser is when you enter the URL (Ex www.yocreativ.com) of the website you want to check, the browser finds the website files on the server and presents it to you.

2. HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language)

This is a markup language which provides the structure of a website. This can be considered as the bones of the website. You can check the HTML codes of any website by simply pressing CTRL + U on the website. The structure of the website will show you which tags and divisions have been used for which part.

3. CSS (Cascading Style Sheet)

This is yet another markup language that allows a developer to give styling to the premade structure, these styling mainly include colors, fonts, placements, action on hover or click, drop downs etc. This is where the creativity of the developer and the website comes in a display as it adds a beauty element to a website. It can be considered as the looks of a human body.

4. JavaScript and Jquery

With HTML and CSS combined you will be able to create a static website which displays some contents. On the other hand, JavaScript makes your website more interactive and communicative rather than being a simple colored document. Javascript is a scripting language that allows you to add functions which would respond when the user clicks or moves over some feature. It can also work when some particular event happens. There is a whole world of actions available for it and each has its own usage.

JQuery, on the other hand, is simply a library of such java scripts. Instead of writing the complete code, you can refer to the library and make coding easier.

5. Programming Languages

There are many programming languages and you need to decide which one to use for your website very carefully. It’s a never-ending list with each programmer preferring one to others depending on their need, skill and learning. There are different languages for the front end, database and for the back-end.

6. Framework

If you start building a website from scratch, it takes a lot of work and time. Actually building a website from scratch is not necessary most of the time. Instead, if you choose frameworks, the same can be done in much lesser time and does not require a lot of effort, to begin with. Some of the frameworks are:

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