Website Terminology: What You Need to Know

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So here you are. You probably got here one of three ways:

  1. You’re about to embark on a web development project and are lost with a capital L. Kind of like the TV series… minus the whole stranded on an island part.
  2. You’re looking to expand your wealth of website terminology knowledge and thought this might be an exciting read. (You’re 100% correct, by the way.)
  3. You were creeping on the Onsharp site or (insert social page) and decided to take a gander at some of our insider tips and tricks.


Regardless of how you got here, I want you to leave at least 1% smarter than when you first arrived. To make sure that happens, I’ve put together a quick glossary of some of the most common website terms that will equip you with the knowledge you need moving into your own web development project.

There’s No Place Like Home

Right off the bat, let’s start with the homepage. It’s the first impression your business makes as visitors enter your website, so it’s incredibly important to not only knock people’s socks off with your amazing design, but to also provide a great user experience for everyone involved.

Header: A header is the top part of your website that doesn’t change as you venture to different pages. The header usually displays your navigation bar and can incorporate items like social media icons, your phone number, and a search bar.

Sticky Header: A sticky header (also called a fixed header) is a website navigation bar that’s locked into place so that it doesn’t disappear when the user scrolls down the page. It proves useful for its accessibility from anywhere on your website without having to scroll back up to the top of the page.

Footer: The footer is the bottom part of your website that doesn’t change as you click on different pages. A number of items can be displayed here, such as contact information, a social media feed, or a subscription form.

Hero Spot: A hero spot is the first image visitors see on your page. With most website templates, you have the option to choose between having a single hero spot image or multiple rotating images.



You should be feeling that 1% knowledge increase right about…now.

Call to Action: A call to action, or more commonly called a CTA, is a clear place on your website for users to take an action step. Links to other pages on your website, buttons, contact forms, and social icons are common CTAs and are great ways to get visitors involved and engaged with your website and content. A best practice is to include a CTA on your hero spot since that’s the first thing people see.



Content Management System (CMS): A content management system, normally referred to as a CMS, is a computer application that allows for the support and creation of content on the Web. We use a CMS called WordPress to develop a majority of our websites. From its ease of use to its ability to be mobile responsive, this particular CMS has a special place in #TeamOnsharp’s hearts, as well as almost 80 million websites on the Internet.

Domain Name Service (DNS): In a nutshell, the DNS tells all web traffic where to go – almost acting as a traffic cop. It will direct you to the website you’re looking for, as well as deliver emails to the appropriate locations.

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Otherwise, that’s all I have for today, folks. Take your knowledge, pass it on to your friend, your friend’s friend, and maybe even your grandma Doreen.

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