Web Design Terms & Definitions

Besides providing services we tend to educate our customers as well. At Luna Designs we want our customers to know and understand what services we provide. We have selected important terms and their meanings used in today's high tech world.

 

·  Animation

It is referred to an image that changes over time. A simple example is Luna Designs logo where the orb is moving around every couple of seconds.

 

·  Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can travel a communications path in a given time, usually measured in seconds. If you think of the communications path as a pipe, then bandwidth represents the width of the pipe that determines how much data can flow through it all at once.

 

·  Browser

Very often called Web browser, a software application used to locate and display Web pages. The two most popular browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. There are many other browsers like AOL Browser, Opera, NeoPlanet and many others.

 

·  Database

A special way of organizing computer data. It looks like a table implemented columns and rows for fast accessing data from any of the cells in the table. There are many different types of databases but all of them work on the same principle. Databases are very useful for storing and organizing data for later retrieval. Very often used for managing accounts, managing user information, creating guest books and bulletin boards, even this page (dictionary) is implemented with database.

 

·  Domain Name

A unique name that identifies one or more IP addresses. For example, the domain name Luna Designs represents one IP address. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. Every web site that you visit is stored under domain name.

 

·  Domain Name Extension

Part after the dot in the domain name is a domain name extension. In the Luna Designs domain, domain extension is .ca . There are many other domain name extensions such as .com .net .org .gov .edu .mil .info .web .us .uk .cc .it .mx .ba and many others.

 

·  E-Commerce

E-Commerce means conducting business on the Internet. It is mostly referred to buying and selling items online.

 

·  Encryption

A way of coding the information in a file or e-mail message so that if it is intercepted by a third party as it travels over a network it cannot be read. Only the persons sending and receiving the information have the key and this makes it unreadable to anyone except those persons (your browser does it automatically).

 

·  Flash

Browser independent vector and graphic animation technology owned by Macromedia Inc.. Most browsers support Flash technology and one flash animation looks the same on all browsers.

 

·  FTP

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol which is one of the methods of transferring files over the Internet.

 

·  GIF

GIF stands for graphics interchange format, it is a bit-mapped graphics file format used by the World Wide Web. GIF supports colour and various resolutions. But it is limited to 256 colors.

 

·  Graphic Design

Graphic design is a form of communicating visually using text and/or images to present information, or promote a message. The art of graphic design embraces a range of cognitive skills and crafts including typography, image development and page layout. Graphic design is applied in communication design and fine art. Like other forms of communication, graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created, and the products (designs) such as creative solutions, imagery and multimedia compositions. Graphic design is traditionally applied to static media, such as books, magazines, brochures, direct to mail, posters, ads, etc.


·  Home Page

It is a first page (also called opening page) of a Web site.

 

·  Hosting

Hosting is a service provided by hosting company. That's a place (a computer available on the Internet) where web site is stored and made available to web site users to view the content of that web site.

 

·  JPEG (JPG)

Stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. JPEG uses compression technique for color images and therefore some details are lost in the compression yet giving relatively good quality. It is widely used on the Internet and other digital applications.

 

·  Link

Sometimes called hyperlink. A link is object on the web page. When visitor of a web site click with the mouse on that object then user is taken to another web page where the link is pointing to. Different types of links are: text links, graphic links, java links, form links and some other which are not very important.

 

·  MP3

MP3 is the file extension for MPEG, audio layer 3. Layer 3 is one of three coding schemes (layer 1, layer 2 and layer 3) for the compression of audio signals. MP3 files could be embedded into web site providing music while visitors are viewing the site. MP3 files are relatively small comparing to other audio files and therefore are quite suitable for transferring over the Internet.

 

·  Search Engine

A program that performs searching on documents for specified terms or phrases and returns a list of the documents where those terms were found. Search Engines are lately referred to Internet Search Engines. Most popular search engines today are Google, Yahoo, MSN, AllTheWeb, Excite, Lycos, AOL, HotBot, Altavista. There are over several thousands search engines and growing every day.

 

·  Submission Forms

Forms are web pages "fields" for a user to fill in with information. They are an excellent way of collecting and processing information from people visiting a website, as well as allowing them to interact with web pages. The output can be sent as an e-mail form, stored online, printed, and/or returned to the user as an HTML page.

 

·  Thumbnail

A small version of a bigger image on a web page. Usually containing a hyperlink to a full-size version of the image.

 

·  URL

It stands for Uniform Resource Locator, which is a string that supplies the Internet address of a resource on the World Wide Web, along with the protocol by which the resource is accessed. The most common URL type is "http," which gives the Internet address of a World Wide Web page. Some other URL types are gopher and ftp.

 

·  Video Clip

A short video sequence that can be embedded into a web page.

 

·  Web Page

One of the pages one the web site including home page.