Web design terms which you should know before briefing a new website.

WordPress is a platform which is used mainly to create websites. The software allows users to upload/download themes and plugins in order to build their ideal website. Most of the websites that I design are designed on WordPress but I can design websites on other platforms such as Wix, Weebly, Webflow, Squarespace and Shopify.

Website builders are tools that allow users to build and design websites without having to manually write all of the code. These builders usually come in the form of plugins, mentioned earlier. Some examples of website builder are: Elementor, Divi, Thrive Architect, SeedProd, Avada and Beaver Builder 

A theme customises the appearance and design of a website by changing the colours, fonts and layout. There is a plethora of themes on the WordPress directory as well as third-party plugins which other design companies offer which can be downloaded onto your website. Get in touch if you need help putting a theme on your website.

Plugins are downloadable add-ons to a website that give functions which WordPress itself does not provide. The processes of website building, website security maintenance and website loading speed optimization come in the form of plugins and so plugins are absolutely necessary for your WordPress website.

Templates are pre-made sections, elements or full pages, provided by website builders; Elementor provides many of these templates. You can also save your own templates so that you can use the same element or section across multiple pages.

Margin is the space outside between the border and an element within your page. There is a margin for all sides of an element (left, right, top and bottom) and each side can be changed individually. 

Padding is very similar to margin but it is the space inside the border between the border and the next element. Just like margin, all 4 sides can be changes individually or all together. 

Every website needs a header. It is on the top of every page and is the first thing that a user sees when visiting your website. The header commonly has links to the most important pages of your website as well as your logo and any other elements you would like.

Footers are the bottom section of a website. It can include anything you would like but commonly the footer includes a copyright notice, privacy policy notice and contact information.

Menus are used on website to provide visitors a series of links which navigate to the most important pages across your website. The menu is usually found on the header and has a dropdown of subpages.

A call to action is an element on a website which instigates a visitor to carry out an action. For example, the "book a call" button is an example of a call to action as it tells the user to book a call.

A sticky element is an element, section or column which stays in the same position regardless of where the user scrolls to. For example, the header on my website is sticky to the top.

Hover effects are effects that occur when the user hovers their mouse over a certain element before they click. The term titles that you clicked on have a different background colour for the hover effect. Other hover effects include different border colours, font sizes or blur.

Fixed images are images that are fixed in position when the visitor scrolls. The content below the image will then move over the image. An example of this can be seen on the blog page.

A sitemap is a list of a website's pages which provides visitors with a full breakdown of everypage of the website. This allows visitors to find pages like web design terms which are not found on your navigation menu. Sitemaps can also be provided to search engines such as Google which allows Google to find the website's pages more easily. Sitemaps for search engines can be generate by plugins such as Yoast SEO as they need to be a XML sitemap.

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is the process of optimising a website for search engines such as Google to improve your ranking. I spoke about SEO in more detail in this blog post, where I outlined some tips to improve your SEO. For example, submitting your website to directories such as Snappy's Web Design Directory, Web Design, LinkTo.Directory, WooCommerce Developers increases your ranking on search engines.

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There’s a lot to think about when putting a website together including the complexity of the site, choice of platform, like WordPress, Webflow or Squarespace for example, hosting, SSL certificates and Search Engine Optimisation.

Hopefully these web design terms have given you at least some insight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

On average, a website takes 3-4 weeks to build with a first draft of the site usually taking 1 week to be produced. The time it takes depends on the content already prepared (text and images) and the complexity of the site.

Costings are tailored to website, depending on the number of pages, complexity and other services such as hosting and domain names. I am happy to discuss in detail the specific costs and any specific budget that you may have.

It sure will! All the websites created are optimised for laptop, mobile and tablet devices.

The website can be hosted for you and the domain name can also be purchased for you if this is needed.

You can find examples of websites that I have created on my portfolio page here: Website Portfolio