Website Glossary

Every industry has its own special form of shop talk. 

Here's a glossary to help you understand websites better. 

If you're client, head over to your support area to access the full Anatomy of a Website Guide, which you should keep by your bedside :-)

Some handy words to know. 

Domain Registrar: a company where you register your domain. Your domain name is then set up to point traffic to wherever your website is hosted. We always use hover.com to handle domains. 

Website Host: This is where your website exists in real life as a set of files and code. Next time you're on a website go to file-save and see what happens. You'll download that website's page contents in a folder, along with an html code file that makes sense of it all. 

FTP: File Transfer Protocol. This is the way digital files are uploaded to your host, so they can be used in your website. FTP is one of the ways to access your website's files outside the browser and is used for advanced maintenance. 

Theme & Plugins: Software you install on your site to help you format and add features. 

CMS: software (Content Management System) you install for managing your content. It's your workspace. This software lets you format and publish your content without needing to look at lines and lines of code. WordPress is the most widely used and supported CMS available. 

Maple Builder: The front end content builder that lets you manage your content exactly how it looks. 

Browser: reads the code and displays the website for viewers. Kind of like how a radio takes a signal and turns it into sound, a browser takes code and turns it into a website you can interact with. 

HTML: This is the standard code language that's used by browsers to make sense of your website content. It stands for hypertext markup language. Behind your site is a long string of code. Good code is the foundation of a useable website. 

CSS: This is a type of code that tells the html code what styles to use for things like your paragraph text, your headings, your link colors, etc... It stands for custom style sheet. 

Javascript: This is a type of code that lets your website do fancier things like have floating help icons with embedded chats, like the one you can use to get support from Maple. 

Modal Lightbox: When you click on something and the screen goes dark except for a small box of content. That's a modal. These are great for creating focus on things like galleries, contact forms, or signup forms. 

Widgets: An area of your website that is able to display something that is edited somewhere else. For example, a menu could be added wherever you want, but you would edit your menu in the menu area. 

There may be more, so check the anatomy of a website guide in the support area.

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