HTML…What?

Let’s face it. We’re not all Web designers. In fact, the majority of us barely know how to Facebook or Twitter, let alone create a web site from scratch. I’ve been going over several basics of web site design for the past couple of weeks and I’ve come across a slight glitch. It’s hard keeping up with Web design terminology. So I’ve compiled a basic list of Web design terms that will help you as a resort or lodge owner to understand the goings-on about web sites. The more you know about your web site, the more you’ll be better able to maintain its look and manage it effectively – the overall goal.

Common website terms:

  • HTMLHTML stands for hypertext markup language. It is the primary language used to build Web pages. For example, the HTML tag <p style=”text-align: center;” will create a new paragraph on your page and center the text.
  • XHTMLXHTML stands for extensible hypertext markup language. This language is useful because it will work for a variety of browsers including those on cell phones or other small devices.
  • XMLXML stands for extensible markup language. It is the set of rules for encoding documents in a computer form, and it’s most useful for organizing large amounts of content and making it easy to reuse in other places on your site.
  • Cascading style sheets (CSS)CSS is a style-sheet language, primarily used to describe the look and formatting of Web pages most commonly written in HTML or XHTML. CSS allows you to easily recreate a specific look and feel across numerous Web pages.
  • JavaScriptJavaScript is a prototype-based, object-orienting scripting language. It is primarily used as a part of a Web browser to enhance user interfaces and dynamic websites. In other words, JavaScript makes a web site run smoother and faster for a better user experience.
  • PHPPHP is a general scripting language designed for Web development to produce dynamic (or evolving) Web pages.
  • FlashFlash is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactive elements to a Web page.
  • GIF/JPEG/PNG/TIFF – These are types of image file formats used to organize and store digital images. The most common image format is a JPEG. Most digital cameras produce JPEGS by default.
  • FTP Server – The File Transfer Protocol is used to copy files from one host over to another via the Internet. FTPs are extremely useful for quickly transferring files and documents that are too large to be sent via email.

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